Michael Skapinker is an Assistant Editor and Columnist at the Financial Times and editor of the FT’s special reports. He was born in South Africa and educated at Witwatersrand and Cambridge universities. He began his journalistic career in Greece and joined the FT in London in 1986. He received the Work Foundation Members’ Award for his contribution to the understanding of working life. He was named Columnist of the Year at the 2008 Workworld Media Awards and Business Commentator of the Year at the 2012 Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. His column on business, language and society appears in the FT on Thursdays.