Paul Markillie is Innovation Editor at The Economist. He previously held a number of senior editor posts and was the magazine’s first Asian business correspondent, based in Hong Kong to cover China and the region’s emerging markets. Paul’s current focus is on new technologies and their implications in business.
He visited many companies and research organisations around the world for his highly acclaimed special report “The Third Industrial Revolution” (April 2012). This describes how digitisation is set to radically alter global manufacturing, supply chains and labour markets with advances in areas such as robotics, materials and additive manufacturing (also known as “3D printing”). Paul has an encyclopedic knowledge of how these disruptive technologies are affecting diverse sectors such as aerospace, automobile and medicine. Having discussed these developments with everyone from leaders of multinational corporations to CEOs of start-ups, he also has an insider’s view of the personalities behind these dramatic changes.