2011 Milken Institute Summit
Commodities Editor, Financial Times
Javier Blas is the commodities editor for the Financial Times, leading a team of reporters based in London, Beijing and New York in their coverage of oil, metals and agricultural commodities markets, trading houses, and the geopolitics and policy of natural resources. Blas has reported on commodities from more than 30 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia, including from war-torn Libya and Iraq. He was awarded the prestigious A. H. Boerma prize by the United Nations′ Food and Agriculture Organization in 2011 for his coverage of the 2007-08 food crisis. Previously, he reported on the international economy for both the Financial Times and the Spanish business daily Expansión. He frequently appears on national and international television and radio. A native of Spain, Blas received a B.A. and M.A. in journalism from the University of Navarra, Spain, with an emphasis on business journalism. He also studied political communication at the University of Sheffield.