Diane Francis is an expert on Silicon Valley, future technology, geopolitics, the Ukraine-Russia conflict, Putin, energy, business, and white collar crime. Always provocative, her direct and forceful writing has established her international reputation in covering the personalities, trends, and financial backstories that affect companies, individuals, governments and societies. Her popular twitter feed on tech and corruption has more than 600,000 followers around the world.
An award-winning columnist, bestselling author, investigative journalist, television commentator, and screenplay writer, she writes pieces for newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Politico, The WorldPost, and Miami Herald, and is a regular contributor to the New York Post and The Guardian. She is Editor-at-Large at Canada’s National Post and writes for the US Edition of The Huffington Post. She is a regular contributor to Al Jazeera America and CCTV-America (China TV).
Francis is Adjunct Faculty at Singularity University in Mountain View, California, a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, and sits on the boards of the Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative and the Canada-US Law Institute. She is an activist, and has organized major conferences in Canada at Ryerson University on bio-tech and business, with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce on future technologies, and raised $1 million in corporate sponsorships to mount Singularity University’s first Canada Summit. She is a member of Abundance360, created by Silicon Valley influencer and space pioneer Peter Diamandis, who leads this exclusive group of 250 entrepreneurs.
In 1991, Francis became Editor of Canada’s Financial Post, the first woman editor of a national daily newspaper in Canada, a position she held until the paper was sold in 1998. She is the author of ten books, including Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country (2013, featured in a cover story in Foreign Policy), Who Owns Canada Now?: Old Money, New Money and the Future of Canadian Business (2008), and Immigration: The Economic Case (2002). Her latest major project is completion of a full-length motion picture script with Hollywood producers—an original concert and unlike other science fiction films in production. She is also working on a second movie project, based on her seventh book, Bre-X: The World’s Biggest Gold Swindle.