Neil Monnery studied at Oxford University and Harvard Business School. He worked for twenty years at The Boston Consulting Group as a Director and Senior Vice President and for ten years as Strategy Director of W.H. Smith. He is now active in business, investing and research. He is the author of Safe As Houses? A Historical Analysis of Property Prices (LPP 2011).
'I have just read a fascinating new book called `Architect of Prosperity' by Neil Monnery. It's about the role of Sir John Cowperthwaite, Financial Secretary of Hong Kong from 1961 to 1971 in setting the colony on the road to prosperity. It is an astonishing story... Its success derived from brilliant economic policymaking that involved reliance on market forces and minimising the role of the state... You might think that, given the economic record, Britain's economic establishment, including the serried ranks of mandarins and their political masters, might feel that they have a good deal to learn. They have. They should read Monnery's book.'Roger Bootle, The Daily Telegraph; `There are figures in history who deserve to be far better known and Sir John Cowperthwaite is one of those. Neil Monnery's account of the way he shaped Hong Kong into a dynamic and successful economy now far more prosperous than its colonial ruler, Britain, is all the more fascinating in the light of the current debate about what drives economic development. Policy makers today can learn a lot from the focus and the willingness to ignore the conventional wisdom of the time demonstrated by Cowperthwaite and his colleagues.' Diane Coyle, professor of economics at the University of Manchester and author of The Economics of Enough (2011) and GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History (2014); `Not before time we now have a fascinating book on one of those who helped create Hong Kong's thriving economy. Cowperthwaite was a believer in free market economics well before this idea became popular again. Hong Kong should be grateful to him.';Lord Patten of Barnes, last governor of Hong Kong and author of East and West (1999) and First Confession: A Sort of Memoir (2017)