Leyla Boulton is the FT liaison for FLIC, commissioning FT journalism and events to support FLIC’s mission. This part-time role complements her day job as development editor for FT Live and a senior editor at the Financial Times. Previously, Leyla served as FLIC’s acting director and was an executive editor in charge of FT special reports on topics ranging from finance to diversity and inclusion. She joined the FT in 1990 as a correspondent in Moscow, where she covered the collapse of the Soviet Union and the birth of market economies in newly-independent Soviet republics.
She studied Russian at Cambridge university, before gaining an MA in international journalism at London’s City university. In 1992 she was part of the team that won a UK press award for the Financial Times’s investigation into Robert Maxwell. A US-UK national of Turkish origin, Leyla was highly commended in the Asian Women of Achievement awards UK 2019 for championing diversity and digital transformation.