Idrees Kahloon is the Washington bureau chief for The Economist and leads coverage of the White House, Congress and national politics. Before that, he was the Washington correspondent and US policy correspondent.
He began at The Economist as a data journalist in London – this means he is very good at unpicking numbers to figure out what’s going on. He graduated from Harvard University with a degree in applied mathematics and economics.
Idrees can talk about several of our Festival topics – but will be especially good at answering questions about the US midterms and numbers in the news.