On Tuesday, January 25, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center will host Simon Clark for a moderated discussion. Simon Clark is co-author of The Key Man: The True Story of How the Global Elite Was Duped by a Capitalist Fairy Tale. This event will be held virtually at 1 PM EST and will be moderated by Atlantic Council nonresident senior fellow Safiya Ghori-Ahmad.

Described by award-winning journalist Owen Walker as “a rip-roaring account of one of the biggest frauds in corporate history,” the book tells the story of billionaire Arif Naqvi, a man once admired by the likes of Bill Gates and Barack Obama, and his demise following charges of fraud and racketeering. Furthermore, the book offers insight into efforts targeted towards cleaning up global capital flows amid the era of trillion dollar private equity firms and offshore tax havens that skew reality in the finance industry. 

The book has been positively reviewed in The Economist, Financial Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Reuters, New York Post and elsewhere, and it has already been listed for two major literary prizes.


Simon Clark
Journalist and author

Moderated by

Safiya Ghori-Ahmad
Nonresident Senior Fellow, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council

The South Asia Center (SAC) is the hub for the Atlantic Council’s analysis of the political, social, geographical, and cultural diversity of the region. ​

At the intersection of South Asia and its geopolitics, SAC cultivates dialogue to shape policy and forge ties between the region and the global community.