Francis Fukuyama keynote speaker
Francis Fukuyama keynote speaker

Francis Fukuyama

Legendary political scientist and best-selling author

Speaker Themes

  • Geopolitical trends
  • International political economy
  • Democratisation
  • US foreign policy
  • AI and the impact on global politics
  • Biotechnology
  • Global governance

Travels from

Stanford, USA


Francis Fukuyama is a world renowned political scientist and author, perhaps most famous for his works positing the triumph of liberal democracy at the end of the Cold War as the final stage of political evolution, the so called ‘End of History’. His research topics include international political economy, nation-building, democratisation, and international security concerns.

Francis is not merely an author of political science, he also has extensive experience in political field work. He worked for the US Department of State from 1981 to 1982 and served as a delegate to an Egyptian-Israeli conference on Palestinian autonomy. Fukuyama’s interests also extend beyond political science, as more recent works by him have focussed on the role that biotechnology may have to play in human development, and he served on the US President’s Council on Bioethics from 2001 to 2005.

Francis is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and a faculty member of FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. He is also Director of Stanford’s Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy, and a professor (by courtesy) of Political Science. He has also held positions at George Mason and Johns Hopkins universities. He is a founding board member of The American Interest, as well as being a member of the American Political Science Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Pacific Council for International Affairs.

A prolific author and commentator, Francis’s works are popular with both academics and the public at large. Whilst best known for his breakout work The End of History and the Last Man (1992), he has authored many other works including The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution (2011) and Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment (2018). His most recent book is Liberalism and its Discontents (2022).

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Through his unique combination of political experience and academic excellence, Professor Fukuyama provides audiences with challenging and innovative political insights. His work encompasses history, philosophy, political science and technology, and has made him one of the world’s most respected authorities on global geopolitics, democratisation and emerging nations. His perspective is a must for any organisation looking to understand the trajectory of global politics.

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