About Us

bne IntelliNews publishes business news and data on emerging markets. Our goal is to provide pragmatic and actionable information for investors and companies. We publish news coverage of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East and data and forecasting on more than 72 different countries and 400 industry/commodity categories.

Our headquarters are in Berlin, with editorial bureaus located throughout the regions we cover.

bne IntelliNews is the combination of bne Media (the publisher of bne magazine founded in 2006) and Emerging Markets Direct, the publisher of the IntelliNews PRO news and viewswire founded in 1998. Both companies were merged in 2014 by Jerome Booth's New Sparta, until 2017 when Booth withdrew. bne IntelliNews is independently owned and operated, with editor in chief and the founder of bne, Ben Aris as the controlling stake holder. James Hammond, Nicholas Watson and Liam Halligan are signficant minority shareholders. 


Our products include:

bne IntelliNews Magazine — Our flagship monthly print title bne IntelliNews covers business news and politics in more than 30 Eastern Europe and Eurasian countries. Content from the magazine and other features and news are available on the public site intellinews.com

IntelliNews Pro — Our premium economic and business news and industry reports newswire, covering Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The premium content are available at pro.intellinews.com but are behind a paywall. Contact sales at sales@intellinews.com for a trial access to this content. 


Our staff biographies:

Editor-in-chief: Ben Aris

Amongst the longest serving foreign correspondents in Eastern Europe, Ben Aris has been covering Russia since 1993, with stints in the Baltics and Central Asia. He co-founded bne and is a former Moscow bureau chief for the Daily Telegraph and was a contributing editor at The Banker and Euromoney for a decade.

James Hammond

James Hammond founded Emerging Markets Direct in 2011 as a vehicle for the MBO of IntelliNews from Euromoney’s ISI Emerging Markets, where he was Director and Executive VP of Global Marketing, Product Development and Acquisitions. Earlier in his career, he headed ISI’s Latin American operations out of Mexico City and, prior to ISI, was Associate Publisher (Latin America) for World Times Inc.

Nicholas Watson

Nicholas Watson is a co-founder of bne. An award-winning journalist and published author, he has a long career as a reporter in all the major regions of the globe. He was a correspondent in Tokyo for eight years, in New York for three years, in London for three years, and in Prague for 10 years.

Liam Halligan

Liam Halligan is an economist, columnist and broadcaster with extensive business experience. He has written his weekly Economics Agenda in The Sunday Telegraph since 2003 - which has been recognized with a British Press Award since 2003. Between 2007 and 2013, he was Chief Economist at Prosperity Capital Management.

News Editor: Clare Nuttall

Clare Nuttall is based in Bucharest, Romania. She previously spent six years in Kazakhstan with bne first as Central Asia correspondent then as Eurasia bureau chief. Clare has also written for the Financial Times’ Beyond Brics blog, Economist Intelligence Unit publication Business Eastern Europe and private equity magazine Real Deals. She has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from Oxford University.