John Howkins is a leading figure in the global development of creative economies and a well-known speaker and advisor on creativity and innovation. He is the author of the bestselling The Creative Economy and Creative Ecologies. He is Chairman of ITR in London and Howkins & Associates in China. In 2011 he advised the Prime Minister of Thailand on a five year plan for Thailand's creative economy and the Shanghai government set up the John Howkins Centre for the Creative Economy in 2006. John worked in TV, film and digital media for many years, including 10 years with Time Warner.
John is the Founder and Director of the Adelphi Charter on Creativity, Innovation and Intellectual Property, and devised the London Intellectual Property Advisory Service ('Own It'). He is Deputy Chairman of the British Screen Advisory Council (BSAC) and a Council Member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). He is a former Chairman of the London Film School. He was Executive Director and associated with the International institute of Communications for many years. He has a BA in International Relations and a MA and AA (Dip) in Urban Design. He is Visiting Professor at City University, London, and the Shanghai Theatre Academy.