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Economic Rockstar

Mar 12, 2015

Loretta Napoleoni is an expert on terrorist financing, and advises several governments and international organizations on counter-terrorism and money laundering.

As Chairman of the countering terrorism financing group for the Club de Madrid, Loretta brought heads of state from around the world together to create a new strategy for combating the financing of terror networks.

Loretta is a regular media commentator for CNN, Sky and the BBC and advises several banks on strategies to counter the current ongoing crisis. She lectures regularly around the world on economics, terrorism and money laundering.

Loretta is also a columnist and writes about terrorism, money laundering and the economy for several European financial papers including El Pais, The Guardian and Le Monde.

Loretta began her career as an economist, working for several banks and international organizations in Europe and the US. She has a Phd in economics and a Masters of Philosophy in International Relations and one in terrorism.

She is the bestselling author of numerous books including The Islamist Phoenix, Maoanomics, Rogue Economics, Terror Incorporated and Insurgent Iraq.

Her books are translated into 18 languages including Chinese and Arabic.

“I studied economics because I thought that economics was the way to change the world” - Loretta Napoleoni.

Economic Themes:

In this interview, Loretta mentions and discusses: Islamic Finance, gold, barter, quantitative easing, reserve currency, consumerism, the Marshall Plan, labor, wages, sex trade, slavery, demand, profit, trade unions, capitalism and growth.

Find out:

  • about Loretta’s involvement in the feminist revolution in the 1970s in Italy where she was one of the founding members of the Italian Feminist Movement.
  • why she studied economics and the subsequent irony of working for a Russian bank.
  • why Loretta sold her company to do a PhD in terrorism at the London School of Economics.
  • about Loretta’s contact with the Italian Marxist organisation, The Red Brigade.
  • how terrorists fund their activities.
  • who initially sponsored ISIS or the Islamic State initially and how they may regret this.
  • why Jihadi John and others were attracted to the Islamic State.
  • how Saudi Arabia’s sponsor of a war by proxy against the Assad regime in Syria resulted in the creation of IS.
  • about The Caliphate and why IS wants to re-create a modern version of this region.
  • about the functioning economy of the Islamic State.
  • if the Islamic State has a functioning banking system.
  • if the Islamic State is using gold coins, dollars or a bartering system.
  • about the how women are treated in the Islamic State.