Dr. Barry Asmus speaker

Dr. Barry Asmus

Speaker on economic trends and award winning author of Crossroads: The Great American Experiment.

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Dr. Barry Asmus is a Senior Economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis and  has been named by USA Today as one of the five most requested speaking in the United States. Over the last twenty-five years, Dr. Asmus has spoken to thousands of companies and associations throughout the United States. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee regarding our income tax system and was a featured speaker in a privatizing Social Security conference for Western European leaders. On recent trips to Romania, Albania, China and Peru, Dr. Asmus has encouraged government leaders to pass free-market, low tax, protected property rights and free trade policies.

Dr. Asmus is the author of nine books. His book, Crossroads: The Great American Experiment was nominated for a H.L. Mencken Award. As a Professor of Economics, he was twice voted University Professor of the Year and was honored with the Freedom Foundation Award at Valley Forge for Private Enterprise Education. He co-anchored a syndicated radio called Perspectives on the Economy. Dr. Asmus is an effective advocate of free market economics and is a recognized thinker who delivers his ideas in an enthusiastic and energy filled presentation.

Rodger Baker speaker

Rodger Baker

Stratfor's Vice President of Strategic Analysis, Speaker on Geopolitics and International Affairs

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Rodger Baker leads Stratfor's analysis of Asia Pacific and South Asia and guides the company's forecasting process. A Stratfor analyst since 1997, he has played a pivotal role in developing and refining the company's analytical process, internal training programs and geopolitical framework.

Mr. Baker develops custom reports for clients and frequently delivers executive briefings to investors, businesses and universities across the globe, from the National Defense University in Beijing to financial institutions in New York. He is regularly invited to participate in dialogues and panel discussions in China, Japan, Thailand, Mongolia and South Korea.

Mr. Baker often appears as an expert in major media including The Economist, The New York Times, CNBC, CBS's The Early Show, The Chosun Ilbo, China Daily, Reuters, The Associated Press, Investors Business Daily and The Globe and Mail. Stratfor was one of the first organizations to identify the growing problems with the Chinese economy, with Mr. Baker spearheading the company's assessment. 

Before joining Stratfor, Mr. Baker studied and worked in South Korea and graduated with honors from Southampton College, Long Island University. He also has a master's degree in military history from Norwich University, the oldest private military university in the United States.

Thomas Barnett speaker

Thomas Barnett

Chief Analyst of Wikistrat, Speaks on Geopolitics and Globalization

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Thomas P.M. Barnett has worked in US national security circles since the end of the Cold War, starting first with the Department of Navy's premier think tank, the Center for Naval Analyses. From there he moved to serve as a senior researcher and professor at the Naval War College in Newport RI , where he became a top assistant to Vice Admiral Arthur Cebrowksi - the father of network-centric warfare. After 9/11, Barnett served in Cebrowski's Office of Force Transformation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Assistant for Strategic Futures. He developed a famous PowerPoint brief on the subject of globalization and international security, which later morphed into a New York Times-bestselling book, The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century (2004).

Since leaving government service in 2005, Dr. Barnett has amassed a number of duties in the private sector including acting as Chief Analyst for the online strategic community and massively multi-player online consultancy Wikistrat Ltd and running his own consultancy, Barnett Consulting LLP. An award-winning professor, Dr. Barnett has written for Esquire, Wired, National Review, and the Washington Post, and has been interviewed by Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, The Economist, Time, BBC World Service, CBS, CNBC, PBS, CSpan, CNN, Fox News and numerous foreign media. He also writes his own blog (Thomas P.M. Barnett's Globlogization) and a weekly column for World Politics Review (The New Rules).

Barnett completed his Pentagon's New Map trilogy with the volumes, Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating (2005), and Great Powers: America and the World After Bush (2009). Dr. Barnett holds a PhD in political science from Harvard University . He is based in Indianapolis, Indiana, and travels the world giving speeches and conducting his strategy work with both private- and- public sector enterprises.

Robert J. Barro speaker

Robert J. Barro

Harvard University economics professor, speaker on the future of finance and economics.

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Robert J. Barro is the Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard University, a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a uniquely qualified keynote speaker on trends and the future of finance and economics.

He has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and a B.S. in physics from Caltech. Barro is co-editor of Harvard's Quarterly Journal of Economics and was recently President of the Western Economic Association and Vice President of the American Economic Association.

He was a viewpoint columnist for Business Week from 1998 to 2006 and a contributing editor of The Wall Street Journal from 1991 to 1998.

He has written extensively on macroeconomics and economic growth. Noteworthy research includes empirical determinants of economic growth, economic effects of public debt and budget deficits, and the formation of monetary policy. His recent books include Macroeconomics: A Modern Approach, Economic Growth (2nd edition, written with Xavier Sala-i-Martin), Nothing Is Sacred: Economic Ideas for the New Millennium, Determinants of Economic Growth, and Getting It Right: Markets and Choices in a Free Society.

His current research focuses on two very different topics: the interplay between religion and political economy and the impact of rare disasters on asset markets.

Bernard Baumohl speaker

Bernard Baumohl

Chief Global Economist of the Economic Outlook Group, speaker on international economy.

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Bernard Baumohl is Chief Global Economist at The Economic Outlook Group. He is known for being ahead of the curve in assessing the direction of the U.S. and world economy. Mr. Baumohl began his career as an analyst with the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank specializing on international affairs. He later served as an economist at European American Bank with responsibilities to monitor the global economy and develop forecasts. Mr. Baumohl is a dynamic and entertaining speaker.

Apart from his role as chief global economist, Mr. Baumohl also teaches at the New York Institute of Finance. He has been a frequent guest on television and radio, including CNN, CNBC, and served as a commentator on Public Television's Nightly Business Report. He is cited often in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Business Week, Barron's, and U.S. News & World Report. He has also made hundreds of speeches around the country and lectured at New York University, Duke University, and the New York Institute of Finance.

Mr. Baumohl was also TIME magazine's senior economics reporter for two decades. An award-winning journalist, he covered the news from New York, Washington, London, and Jerusalem.

Mr. Baumohl is author of The Secrets of Economic Indicators: Hidden Clues to Future Economic Trends and Investment Opportunities. This best-selling book is winner of the Readers Preference Editor's Choice Award for Finance and has been translated into several languages, including Russian and Chinese.

He is  a recipient of the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism,  a member of the National Association for Business Economics and the American Economic Association and holds an M.A. from Columbia University.

Alan Blinder speaker

Alan Blinder

A sought-after financial commentator, member of the Princeton University faculty, author of 17 economic books.

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Alan S. Blinder is the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He is also Vice Chairman of the Promontory Interfinancial Network, and a regular columnist for The Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Blinder served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from June 1994 until January 1996. In this position, he represented the Fed at various international meetings, and was a member of the Board's committees on Bank Supervision and Regulation, Consumer and Community Affairs, and Derivative Instruments. He also chaired the Board in the Chairman's absence. He speaks frequently to financial and other audiences.

Before becoming a member of the Board, Dr. Blinder served as a Member of President Clinton's original Council of Economic Advisers from January 1993 until June 1994. There he was in charge of the Administration's macroeconomic forecasting and also worked intensively on budget, international trade, and health care issues. During the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns, he was an economic adviser to Al Gore and John Kerry, and he continues to advise numerous Democratic politicians. He also served briefly as Deputy Assistant Director of the Congressional Budget Office when that agency started in 1975, and testifies frequently before Congress on a wide variety of public policy issues.

Dr. Blinder earned his A.B. at Princeton University in 1967, M.Sc. at London School of Economics in 1968, and Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971- all in economics. Dr. Blinder has taught at Princeton since 1971, and chaired the Department of Economics from 1988 to 1990. He was the Founder and either Director or Co-Director of Princeton's Center for Economic Policy Studies from 1989 to 2011.

Author or co-author of 20 books, including the textbook Economics: Principles and Policy (with William J. Baumol), now in its 12th edition, from which well over two and a half million college students have learned introductory economics, Dr. Blinder has also written scores of scholarly articles on such topics as fiscal policy, monetary policy, and the distribution of income. He also appears frequently on PBS, CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, and elsewhere.

Dr. Blinder was previously President of the Eastern Economic Association and Vice President of the American Economic Association. He is a member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Economic Club of New York, the Bretton Woods Committee, and the Bellagio Group, and a former governor of the American Stock Exchange. Dr. Blinder also serves on academic advisory panels for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Hamilton Project.

He has been elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association, and a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Ian Bremmer speaker

Ian Bremmer

President of Eurasia Group, a political risk consulting firm; senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and columnist for the Financial Times.

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Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. He is a prolific thought leader and author, regularly expressing his views on political issues in public speeches, television appearances, and top publications. Dubbed the rising guru in the field of political risk by The Economist, he teaches classes on the discipline as Global Research Professor at New York University. His latest book focuses on the future of America's role in the world and will hit shelves in May 2015.

In 1998, Bremmer established Eurasia Group with just $25,000. Today, the company has offices in New York, Washington and London, as well as a network of experts and resources in 90 countries. Eurasia Group provides analysis and expertise on how political developments and national security dynamics move markets and shape investments across the globe. As the firm's president and most active public voice, Bremmer advises leading executives, money managers, diplomats and heads of state. 

Bremmer is credited with bringing the craft of political risk to financial markets - he created Wall Street's first global political risk index (GPRI) - and for establishing political risk as an academic discipline. His definition of emerging markets - those countries where politics matter at least as much as economics for market outcomes - has become an industry standard. G-Zero, his term for a global power vacuum in which no country is willing and able to set the international agenda, is widely accepted by policymakers and thought leaders. Said Larry Summers, "Global political economy has no sharper or more prescient analyst than Ian Bremmer."

Bremmer actively discusses the intersection between politics and markets in speeches and the media. He has published nine books including the national bestsellers Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World and The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? He is a regular columnist for Reuters and the Financial Times A-List, and has written hundreds of articles for many leading publications. He appears regularly on CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg, CNN, the BBC, and other networks.

Bremmer earned a PhD in political science from Stanford University in 1994 and was the youngest-ever national fellow at the Hoover Institution. In 2007, Bremmer was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, where he is the founding chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Geopolitical Risk. He is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute and serves on the President's Council of the Near East Foundation, the Leadership Council for Concordia and the Board of Trustees of Intelligence Squared.

Bremmer grew up in Boston and currently lives in New York and Washington.

Dr. Harry Broadman speaker

Dr. Harry Broadman

Renowned Economist and Speaker on Global Economic Outlook

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Drawing from his thirty-five year career in international banking and finance; private equity investing; and senior-level policy-making in the White House and on Capitol Hill, Dr. Harry G. Broadman shares his insights on the fundamental drivers of prospective global market opportunities and investment risks. He is the CEO and Managing Partner of Proa Global Partners LLC, a global business strategy and investment advisory firm that develops and helps execute innovative approaches to capitalize on ‘first mover’ opportunities in emerging markets while mitigating commercial, corruption, and reputational risks. 

Concurrently, Dr. Broadman joined the Faculty of Johns Hopkins University, where he is Director of the Council on Global Enterprise and Emerging Markets—a new practitioner-centered, independent, non-partisan forum for senior executives from around the world to candidly discuss how to best structure business alliances—at the graduate School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC. He is also a Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins’ Foreign Policy Institute.

He is also a monthly columnist on global business for Forbes, Newsweek (Japan), and Gulf News

Dr. Broadman has published several books and authored numerous professional articles published in a wide array of peer-reviewed economics, foreign policy and law journals. His two most recent books are: Africa’s Silk Road: China and India’s New Economic Frontier and From Disintegration to Reintegration: Russia and the Former Soviet Union in the World Economy

He is a life-time Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Member of the Bretton Woods Committee. He has structured investment transactions, negotiated trade agreements and advised government leaders in geographical diverse settings across the globe, including not only all of the advanced countries, but also, with few exceptions, in most emerging markets: Africa; China; India; Russia and the CIS; Eastern and Central Europe; the Balkans; Brazil and much of Latin America; almost all of East Asia, including Myanmar; and parts of the Middle East.

In late 2015 Dr. Broadman stepped down as Senior Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he founded and led PwC’s Management Consulting Emerging Markets Business Strategy Practice, which realized US$7 million in global annual fees and encompassed more than 25 professionals around the world. He also served as PwC’s Chief Economist.

Previously, Dr. Broadman was a business partner of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as Managing Director of the Albright Group (now Albright Stonebridge) and Albright Capital Management; Chief of Staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers; US Assistant Trade Representative; on the faculty of Harvard University; and a senior official at the World Bank Group, where he negotiated and executed some of the Bank Group’s largest loan operations, including those in China and East Asia; Russia and the CIS; the Balkans; and sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Broadman received an A.B. in economics and history, magna cum laude, from Brown University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an A.M. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.

Todd Buchholz speaker

Todd Buchholz

Economic expert and trend forecaster. Former White House Economic Advisor.

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Economist and Keynote Speaker Todd Buchholz lights up economics with a wickedly sparkling wit, says the Associated Press. The former White House senior economic advisor, Tiger hedge fund managing director and best-selling author has jousted with such personalities as James Carville and Ben Stein. His lively and informative speaking engagements have earned him a place in Successful Meetings Magazine's 21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century, and his best-selling books on economics and financial markets have been widely translated and are taught in universities worldwide.

As a keynote speaker and commentator, Todd Buchholz brings his experience as a former White House director of economic policy, a managing director of the $15 billion Tiger hedge fund, and a Harvard economics teacher to the cutting edge of economics, fiscal politics, finance, and business strategy. Buchholz is a frequent commentator on ABC News, PBS, and CBS. He recently hosted his own special on CNBC. Buchholz has debated such luminaries in the field of economics as Lester Thurow and Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz. He is CEO and co-founder of educational software company Sproglit, LLC and was a fellow at Cambridge University in 2009.

Before joining Tiger in 1996, Buchholz was President of the G7 Group, Inc, an international consulting firm whose clientele included many of the top securities firms, investment banks and money managers in New York, London, and Tokyo, including Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. His commentaries were closely read by officials at the Federal Reserve, Bundesbank and Bank of England. From 1989 to 1992 he served at the White House as a Director for Economic Policy. Buchholz won the Allyn Young Teaching Prize at Harvard and holds advanced degrees in economics and law from Cambridge and Harvard. He also holds several engineering and design patents and is a co-producer of the Broadway smash Jersey Boys.

Buchholz has authored numerous critically acclaimed and best-selling books, many of which he has developed into successful lectures and speaking events. His books have been translated into a dozen languages and are used in universities worldwide, including at Harvard, Duke, and Princeton. Author Buchholz is praised for his examination of economics, business and entrepreneurship in the context of global society.

Market Shock: 9 Economic and Social Upheavals that Will Shake Our Financial Future, was released to rave reviews and dubbed outstanding by the Wall Street Journal. Buchholz has also published the best-selling New Ideas from Dead Economists, New Ideas from Dead CEOs, From Here to Economy, and Lasting Lessons from the Corner Office, which garnered high praise from The New York Times and Financial Times. Named by Publishers Weekly as a top ten book for 2011, his book Rush: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race has been praised by the Financial Times, Toronto Globe & Mail, Los Angeles Times and the BBC, among many others. Buchholz has penned articles for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, and Reader's Digest.

Buchholz is widely sought keynote speaker for his depth of experience, sharp wit and honest, entertaining delivery. He puts global politics and financial markets into perspective and offers a positive understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing today's markets.

An experienced speaker and media personality, Buchholz gave a lecture at the White House entitled Clarity, Honesty and Modesty in Economics, and has delivered keynote speeches before such influential corporate and financial institutions as Microsoft, IBM, Goldman Sachs and the United States Chamber of Commerce. He has served as a consulting advisor to the White House, Microsoft, Allstate, Goldman Sachs, IBM, SAP and Toyota, and he is routinely asked to provide perspective in newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Jeff Bush speaker

Jeff Bush

Financial & Political Speaker, Principal of The Washington Update

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A dynamic and insightful speaker, Jeff Bush is known for his unique ability to translate difficult and confusing tax and fiscal information coming out of Washington into winning growth strategies for business owners, executives, and high net worth investors. Jeff is a colleague of Andy Friedman and an integral part of The Washington Update, the non-partisan experts on all things Washington D.C.

Jeff does more than 200 presentations yearly in the US and abroad to a client base that includes a who’s who list of fortune 500 firms from Wall Street to Main Street and everywhere in between. Jeff has been featured in Investment News and has been an analyst on POTUS Sirius/XM radio. While best known as a keynote speaker, Jeff has shared the stage with many notables including former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford, Jr., Consuelo Mack, host of Wealth Track, Morgan Stanley, Chief Investment Officer, Jeffrey Applegate, Ron Insana, reporter for Market Score Board and former CNBC Senior Analyst.

Jeff is a 28-year veteran of the financial industry. During a 10-year career at Merrill Lynch he was responsible for providing, through 7500 financial advisers, creative investment strategies and effective risk mitigation approaches to private and corporate clients across the US. By the end of his career on Wall Street, he was managing a $50+ billion business. Before that, Jeff was the youngest managing partner in the 150-year history of The New England Financial, an investment and tax risk consulting firm. He began his career at Principal Financial Group, where he handled complex underwriting issues before moving into the areas of research and development.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management with emphasis in accounting and philosophy from William Jewell College. Jeff’s dedication, forward thinking, and strategic abilities have resulted in performance records, industry awards, and leadership accolades. 

David Chilton speaker

David Chilton

Speaker and Author on Entrepreneurship and Finance, Author of Best-selling book The Wealthy Barber

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Whether it’s helping millions of Canadians achieve personal financial success or investing in low-fat cookbooks, David Chilton has always had a knack for recognizing great ventures, a skill he leveraged as a “dragon” on CBC television’s #1 hit show, Dragons’ Den. Called “charming, unpretentious, and funny,” by The Chicago Sun-Times, David puts his business expertise and life experience to work in his informative and inspiring talks.

David began his career by self-publishing his book The Wealthy Barber in 1989. It was written in 26 months, and was specifically targeted toward those with little investment experience, in order to help them develop positive personal-finance habits. The book has become one of the most popular Canadian books of all time, selling over two million copies since its release.

His second book, also self-published, is The Wealthy Barber Returns, and is yet another runaway Canadian bestseller. David is also the publisher of the bestselling cookbooks Looneyspoons, Crazy Plates, and Eat, Shrink & Be Merry! (working with authors Janet and Greta Podleski).

David is an economics graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he won the award for the highest mark in the country on the Canadian Securities Course. He is a frequent guest on national television and radio shows.

Geoff Colvin speaker

Geoff Colvin

Senior Editor of Fortune magazine and bestselling author, speaks on leadership, business and economic trends.

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Geoff Colvin is an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on today's most significant trends in business. As FORTUNE's Senior Editor-at-Large, he has become one of America's sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, globalization, wealth creation, the infotech revolution, and related issues. As anchor of Wall Street Week with FORTUNE on PBS, he spoke each week to the largest audience reached by any business television program in America.

Colvin's groundbreaking bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else received the Harold A. Longman Award for Best Business Book of the Year and has been published in a dozen languages. Charlie Rose says it is spectacular and fascinating. Daniel H. Pink calls it profoundly important. Donald Trump calls it enlightening and inspiring. Colvin's book The Upside of the Downturn: Ten Management Strategies to Prevail in the Recession and Thrive in the Aftermath was named the best management book of the year by Strategy + Business magazine.

Directorship magazine has named Colvin one of the 100 most influential figures in corporate governance.

As a speaker, Colvin has engaged hundreds of audiences on six continents. He is also a skilled on-stage interviewer whose subjects have included Jack Welch, Henry Kissinger, Richard Branson, the Prince of Wales, Bill Gates, Alan Greenspan, Steve Case, Ted Turner, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and many others. He is the regular lead moderator of the Fortune Global Forum, and he serves as moderator for the International Business Leaders Forum in London.

Colvin is one of America's preeminent business broadcasters. He is heard daily on the CBS Radio Network, where he has made over 10,000 broadcasts and reaches seven million listeners each week. He has appeared on Today, The O'Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, Squawk Box, CBS This Morning, ABC's World News, CNN, PBS's Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs.

A native of Vermillion, South Dakota, Colvin is an honors graduate of Harvard with a degree in economics and has an M.B.A. from New York University.

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Don Connelly

Authority on Sales techniques for investors and financial services professionals.

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Don Connelly is perhaps the nation's most successful speaker, motivator and mentor to Advisors in the financial services industry. His career on Wall Street spans more than 40 years and includes positions as stock broker, financial planner, branch manager, wholesaler, national sales manager and for nearly 19 years he was company spokesperson, Senior V. P. and Senior Marketing Officer for an internationally renowned money management firm. As founder and CEO of Don Connelly 24/7, an extraordinary learning center and mentoring program for financial advisors, Don's timely and provocative sales ideas are available to thousands of financial professionals, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Don has lectured to tens of thousands of investors and financial services professionals in large cities, small towns, boardrooms, and universities. Audiences at England's Cambridge University, Harvard, Wharton School of Business, Chapman College and Pepperdine have all benefited from his presentations. He has shared his wisdom with Investment professionals abroad in New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Canada, England, Ireland and South Korea. In the past few years has given several presentations to the prestigious Million Dollar Roundtable as both a main platform and workshop speaker.

Offering practical guidance to financial services professionals, Don inspires audiences to strive for greater accomplishments. He is known as a guru on managing client relationships, selling and becoming a successful financial advisor.

He educates, entertains and motivates audiences with an extraordinary flare and fast paced combination of wit, intellect, anecdotes and simplistic doctrine. Don's mission for financial professionals is to simplify the process: The more successful we become, the further we get away from the basics that made us successful in the first place. In the final analysis, it all comes down to remembering the basics and keeping the focus on your clients' needs. Don Connelly

Mr. Connelly holds a B.A. in languages from Bucknell University.

Anderson Cooper speaker

Anderson Cooper

Host of Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN.

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Anderson Cooper anchors Anderson Cooper 360, an unconventional, wide-ranging news program airing on CNN/U.S. weekdays. Cooper, who joined CNN in December 2001, served as CNN's weekend anchor before moving to the 7 p.m. hour in March 2003 following the war in Iraq.

Since joining CNN, Cooper has anchored major breaking news stories, including Hurricane Katrina and the war in Iraq, as news of the military conflict was unfolding live during the day in Baghdad. Cooper also anchored much of CNN's live coverage of the D.C.-area sniper story and the coverage of the Space Shuttle Columbia explosion.

Because of Cooper's background as a war correspondent for Channel One News, he was sent to Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to report on the U.S. military conflict and to Qatar where he reported on the testing of CENTCOM's new mobile headquarters. Most recently, as a weekday anchor, Cooper was the only Western journalist to interview Liberian president Moses Blah on the day he took office.

Before joining CNN, Cooper was an ABC News correspondent and host of the network's reality program, The Mole. Cooper anchored ABC's live, interactive, overnight news and interview program, World News Now as well as providing reports for World News Tonight, 20/20 and 20/20 Downtown. Previously, he was a New York-based correspondent for ABC News, reporting primarily for World News Saturday/Sunday.

Cooper graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He also studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi. Cooper is based in New York City.

Dr. Daniel Crosby speaker

Dr. Daniel Crosby

President of IncBlot Organizational Psychology, Speaks on Leadership, Organizational Development, and Behavioral Finance

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Dr. Daniel Crosby, a behavioral finance expert and sought after thought leader on market psychology, is the founder of Nocturne Capital. Dr. Crosby created the sentiment and valuation measures that serve as the overlay for Nocturne's tactical strategy. His ideas have appeared in the Huffington Post, Think Advisor, and Risk Management, as well as columns for WealthManagement.com and Investment News. 

Daniel was named one of Investment News "40 Under 40" and a “financial blogger you should be reading” by AARP. Daniel's second book, "Personal Benchmark", co-authored with Charles Widger of Brinker Capital, was a New York Times bestseller that outlines a highly personalized approach to investing that aligns intention with action while fostering an investment experience that is both enjoyable and rational. 

Dr. Crosby’s latest book “The Laws of Wealth” was a Gold Medalist in the Axiom Business Book Awards. In this book, Dr. Crosby offers an accessible and applied take on a discipline that has long tended toward theory at the expense of the practical. Readers are treated to real, actionable guidance as the promise of behavioral finance is realised and practical applications for everyday investors are delivered.

Don Drummond speaker

Don Drummond

Speaker and expert on economics and policy.

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Don Drummond was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, where he graduated from the University of Victoria. He subsequently received his M.A. in Economics from Queen's University. He is a keynote speaker on the economy and finance and is currently an Adjunct Professor with the School of Policy Studies and the Matthews Fellow in Global Policy at Queen's University.

Mr. Drummond joined the federal Department of Finance upon completing his studies at Queen's. During almost 23 years at Finance, Mr. Drummond held a series of progressively more senior positions in the areas of economic analysis and forecasting, fiscal policy and tax policy. His last three positions were respectively, Assistant Deputy Minister of Fiscal Policy & Economic Analysis, Assistant Deputy Minister of Tax Policy & Legislation and most recently, Associate Deputy Minister. In this latter position Mr. Drummond was responsible for economic analysis, fiscal policy, tax policy, social policy and federal-provincial relations. In particular, Mr. Drummond coordinated the planning of the annual federal budgets.

Mr. Drummond joined the TD Bank in June 2000 as Senior Vice President and Chief Economist. Mr. Drummond left his post at TD in 2010. He continues to advise and speak on the global economy. In June of 2010 he became the new Matthews Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University.

Mr. Drummond travels widely, speaking to various groups about the economy and its prospects and he is frequently quoted by the media on economic and policy issues.

Tony Dwyer speaker

Tony Dwyer

Canaccord Macroeconomist and Chief Market Strategist

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Tony Dwyer is a widely known financial market strategist and macroeconomic expert.  He best known for the practical application of macroeconomic and tactical market indicators designed to assist institutional investors in making intermediate-term market and sector investment decisions.  He is frequently seen and quoted on the various Financial News television and radio networks such as CNBC, FOX Business, and Bloomberg.  He takes complicated jargon down to an understandable and practical level – accentuated with humor.  His experience and application ranges from the corporate board room to the individual investor.

Tony is a graduate of Le Moyne College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and currently sits on the LeMoyne College Endowment Fund Investment Committee.  He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons, enjoys being a private pilot, scuba diving, sky diving, and all outdoor sports.

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Dr. Elliot Eisenberg

Economic Speaker & Commentator

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Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is a nationally acclaimed economist and public speaker specializing in making economics fun, relevant and educational. Dr. Eisenberg earned a B.A. in economics with first class honors from McGill University in Montreal, as well as a Master and Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University. Eisenberg is the Chief Economist for GraphsandLaughs, LLC, an economic consultancy that serves a variety of clients across the United States. He writes a syndicated column and authors a daily 70 word commentary on the economy.

Dr. Eisenberg has spoken to hundreds of business groups and associations, often as keynote speaker on topics including: economic forecasts, economic impact of industries such as homebuilding and tourism, consequences of government regulation, strategic business development and other current economic issues. Dr. Eisenberg has been invited to testify before lawmakers and is often asked to comment on proposed legislation. His research and opinions have been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Bureau of National Affairs, Forbes, Fortune, and many other publications. He is a regularly featured guest on cable news programs, talk and public radio. 

Dr. Eisenberg was formerly a Senior Economist with the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C. He is the creator of the multifamily stock index (the first nationally recognized index to track the total return of public firms principally involved in the ownership and management of apartments), the author of more than eighty-five articles, serves on the Expert Advisory Board of Mortgage Market Guide and is a regular consultant to several large real estate professional associations, hedge funds and investment advisory groups. 

Martin Feldstein speaker

Martin Feldstein

Professor of Economics at Harvard University and President Emeritus of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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Martin Feldstein is the George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University and President Emeritus of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He served as President and CEO of the NBER from 1977-82 and 1984-2008. He continues as a Research Associate of the NBER. The NBER is a private, non-profit research organization that has specialized for more than 80 years in producing nonpartisan studies of the American economy. He is a Trustee of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Trilateral Commission, the Group of 30, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Council of Academic Advisors of the American Enterprise Institute.

From 1982 through 1984, Martin Feldstein was Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and President Reagan's chief economic adviser. He served as President of the American Economic Association in 2004. In 2006, President Bush appointed him to be a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. In 2009, President Obama appointed him to be a member of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

Dr. Feldstein is a member of the American Philosophical Society, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Econometric Society and a Fellow of the National Association of Business Economics.

Dr. Feldstein has received honorary doctorates from several universities and is an Honorary Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. In 1977, he received the John Bates Clark Medal of the American Economic Association, a prize awarded every two years to the economist under the age of 40 who is judged to have made the greatest contribution to economic science. He is the author of more than 300 research articles in economics.

Dr. Feldstein has been a director of several public corporations. He is also an economic adviser to several businesses and government organizations in the United States and abroad. He is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and other publications.

Martin Feldstein is a graduate of Harvard College and Oxford University.

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Niall Ferguson

Global economic historian; named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

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Niall Ferguson is one of the world's leading historians of the global economy, and author of a number of internationally-acclaimed works. He is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Controversial, expansive, and eloquent, Ferguson is one of the most talented historians of his generation. The ambitious themes he explores in his work have urgent relevance to the present as well as the past: the costs and benefits of economic globalization; the interface between finance and politics; the lessons to be learned from the British experience of empire; and most recently, the strengths and limitation of American global power.

His first book, Paper and Iron: Hamburg Business and German Politics in the Era of Inflation 1897-1927 (1995), was short-listed for the History Today Book of the Year award, while the collection of essays he edited, Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals (1997), was a UK bestseller and subsequently published in the United States, Germany, Spain and elsewhere.

In 1998 he published to international critical acclaim The Pity of War: Explaining World War One and The World's Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild . The latter won the Wadsworth Prize for Business History and was also short-listed for the Jewish Quarterly/Wingate Literary Award and the American National Jewish Book Award. In 2001 he published The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000 , following a year as Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England.

He is a regular contributor to television and radio on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2003 he wrote and presented a six-part history of the British Empire for Channel 4, the UK terrestrial broadcaster. The accompanying book, Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power , was a bestseller in both Britain and the United States. The sequel, Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire, was published in 2004. Two years later he published The War of the World: Twentieth Century Conflict and the Descent of the West, which was also a PBS series. His most recent book is the best-selling Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World (2008), and it aired on PBS. His most recent books are High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg (2010) and Civilization: The West and the Rest, also a major TV documentary series.

A weekly columnist for Newsweek and a contributing editor for Bloomberg TV, Niall Ferguson divides his time between the United States and the United Kingdom. He is currently working on a life of Henry Kissinger. The film based on his interviews with Kissinger won the 2011 New York Film Festival prize for Best Documentary.

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Richard Florida

Author of the international bestseller The Rise of the Creative Class. Speaker on economic trends, technological and cultural innovation.

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Richard Florida is one of the world's leading public intellectuals and sought after speakers on global trends, economics, prosperity, competitiveness and growth.Esquire Magazine recently named him one of their Best and Brightest. His ideas have been featured in major ad campaigns and such as BMW and Apple and are being used globally to change the way regions, nations, and companies compete. He is founder of the Creative Class Group, an advisory services firm, charting new trends in business, community, and the creative economy. Richard has been appointed to the Business Innovation Factory's Research Advisory Council and recently named European Ambassador for Creativity and Innovation.

Florida is senior editor for The Atlantic and a regular CNN contributor. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Economist, The Globe and Mail and The Harvard Business Review. He has been featured as an expert on MSNBC, BBC, NPR and CBS, to name just a few.

Richard Florida is author of the global best-seller The Rise of the Creative Class and Who�s Your City? a national and international best seller and amazon.com book of the month. His new book, The Great Reset explains how new ways of living and working will drive post-crash prosperity.

He is author of The Flight of the Creative Class and Cities and the Creative Class. His previous books, especially The Breakthrough Illusion and Beyond Mass Production, paved the way for his provocative looks at how creativity is revolutionizing the global economy.

He is Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and Professor of Business and Creativity at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Florida previously held a professorship at Carnegie Mellon University, a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT, and a visiting fellow of the Brookings Institution. Florida earned his Bachelor's degree from Rutgers College and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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Dr. George Friedman

Author of The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century and speaker on international affairs.

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George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster and bestselling author. As Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures, a new online publication dedicated to forecasting the course of global events, Friedman combines his passion for writing and publishing for his readers world wide who follow international affairs. 

Prior to founding Geopolitical Futures, Friedman guided the intellectual vision of Stratfor, the geopolitical intelligence publishing and consulting firm he founded in 1996. 

Friedman is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling books. His most recent book, Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe (2015), predicts the borderlands where centuries old tensions are re-emerging and will spark new conflicts. The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century (2009), predicts the geopolitical changes shaping the 21st century and was published in over 20 languages. The prescience of Friedman’s geopolitical predictions keep this book alive as they continue to unfold in many countries. Friedman’s The Next Decade: Where We've Been and Where We're Going (2011), was also a bestseller. His other books on warfare and intelligence have included America's Secret War, The Future of War and The Intelligence Edge.

A very popular keynote speaker on the future of international geopolitics, Friedman is in high demand at numerous conferences and industry-specific events. He has briefed for many major military and government organizations and is frequently invited to speak internationally.

Friedman appears regularly as an expert on international affairs and intelligence on major television and radio networks and is frequently quoted in leading American and international news publications.

Friedman received his bachelor’s degree from the City College of the City University of New York and holds a Ph.D. in government from Cornell University.  He lives in Austin, Texas.

STRATFOR Global Intelligence speaker

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Stratfor provides global awareness and guidance to individuals, governments and businesses around the world. They use a unique, intel-based approach to analyze world affairs.

Dr. George Friedman founded Stratfor in 1996 to bring readers and clients an incisive new approach to examining the world. Upon launching its online intelligence product three years later, the company leaped into public prominence with its groundbreaking coverage of the Kosovo War.

In the spring of 1999, as the crisis unfolded, analysts 6,000 miles away in Austin, Texas, diligently processed incoming information from the Balkans. Sleeping in shifts on the office floor for six weeks straight, Stratfor's team produced unparalleled analysis using its unique methodology.

The process of receiving and analyzing intelligence was not new for Stratfor, but it was during the Kosovo War that the company began posting its reports on the Web rather than through a newsletter emailed to friends of the firm. This online exposure allowed the company to reach a much broader audience -- including many people in the Balkans, who responded with additional insights that Stratfor in turn analyzed to determine what was happening, why it was happening and what would happen next.

Word got out, and Stratfor's landmark coverage of Kosovo outpaced -- and helped shape -- the mainstream media's reporting on this distant, opaque conflict. By the time the war ended, Stratfor's readership and clientele had risen into the thousands, solely by word of mouth.

Stratfor's perspective challenged the dominant assumptions of the intelligence community and mainstream media. In the 1990s, most believed the Cold War had ushered in an era of peace and stability. In contrast, Friedman suggested that the Soviet Union's collapse had destroyed the global balance of power, setting into motion a series of clashes around the world. The Balkans embodied this reality.

Friedman knew that understanding geopolitics -- how geography, economics, politics and technology intersect and shape international relations -- was key to understanding the landscape left behind by the Cold War. He also recognized that geopolitical analysis fueled by intelligence would be enormously useful for companies and individuals seeking to comprehend this complex world.

The arrival of the digital age unleashed torrents of publicly available information from all corners of the globe, from news stories to government reports to social media. Friedman realized that an agile company like Stratfor could mine this open-source information for valuable insights and emerging patterns. Combined with intelligence gathered from the company's global network of human sources and analyzed within a geopolitical framework, these insights synced to form a larger picture.

Stratfor is not a collection of individual opinions or a platform for polemicists. Each report undergoes rigorous debate and is refined to a single Stratfor perspective. Stratfor-trained intelligence analysts start with a flood of information, filter out the propaganda, unearth the emerging paradigms, challenge the axioms, reject the assumptions, reconcile the conflicting truths and produce penetrating, clear-eyed analyses.

The company recruits a dynamic, multinational mix of analysts with backgrounds in liberal arts, sciences, journalism, statistics, economics, counterterrorism and security to adopt and build upon this new framework of thinking.

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Ian Goldin

Former VP of World Bank, Speaks on Future Trends, Globalization and Innovation

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Professor Ian Goldin is a leading global thinker and exceptional speaker. He is uniquely placed to bring together the frontiers of knowledge with the practical needs and strategic concerns of businesses, governments and individuals. After a career which included being CEO of a bank and vice president of the World Bank, he is now a professor at Oxford University and serves as a non-executive director and as an advisor to a number of leading firms. He is highly sought after as a consultant and advisor and his speaking engagements include TED, WEF (Davos) and many similarly high profile audiences.

Professor Goldin is the director of the Oxford University's Oxford Martin School which brings together over 300 leading researchers to provide solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time. The School covers the frontiers of physical, environmental and medical science change and as well as economics and finance, population, migration, ageing, food and natural resources and the associated global governance and risk management challenges. The School is the leading global center of scholarly research on analyzing future developments and identifying opportunities, as well as in uncovering complexity, cyber security, financial and other systemic risks. Goldin is the University Professor of Globalization and Professorial Fellow at the University's prestigious Balliol College.

Ian Goldin previously was at the World Bank, where he served as vice president with wide-ranging responsibilities. These included being a member of the Bank's Executive Committee and having responsibility for all major shareholder relations and relations with the UN and other global partners. From 1995 to 2001, Goldin was chief executive and managing director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Under his leadership, the Bank became highly profitable and the leading agent of infrastructure development in the fourteen countries of Southern Africa, and the primary source of finance to over 500 municipalities and the leading provider of project finance in Africa. During this period, Goldin was an economic advisor to President Mandela and accompanied him on many state visits. Previously, Goldin worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, as principal economist, and prior to that at the OECD Development Centre in Paris, where he directed the Programs on Trade and Environment.

Goldin holds a BSc and BA (Hons) degree from the University of Cape Town, a MSc from the London School of Economics, an AMP from INSEAD and an MA and Doctorate from the University of Oxford. He has received numerous awards and prizes, and has been knighted (Chevalier) by France and was nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. 

Professor Goldin is an acclaimed author and has published over fifty articles and eighteen books, four of the most well-known being Globalization for Development (Oxford University Press), which Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz has recommended as "essential reading", Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped our World and Will Define our Future (Princeton) which Ned Phelps, Nobel Laureate has said will "will change, if anything, the way governments and organisations view migration policy", Divided Nations: Why Global Governance is Failing and What Can Be Done (Oxford University Press), which Pascal Lamy, former Director General of the World Trade Organisation has described as a must read, and The Economics of Sustainable Development (Cambridge University Press). In 2014 he published Is the Planet Full? (Oxford University Press) and The Butterfly Defect: Why Globalization Creates Systemic Risk and What to Do (Princeton University Press) which Jean-Claude Trichet the former President of the European Central Bank has called "remarkable..and of utmost interest."

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Reva Goujon

Stratfor Vice President of Global Analysis and Speaker on Geopolitics

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Reva Goujon is a leading global strategic analyst who keeps her finger on the pulse of emerging trends across the world. Ms. Goujon leads Stratfor's team of analysts and plays an integral role in applying a forward-looking, strategic lens to Stratfor's coverage of global events.  She is also a prominent speaker, regularly addressing executives and investors at events across the world in a variety of industries, including energy, finance, commercial real estate and agriculture.

Ms. Goujon joined Stratfor in 2004 and has been featured in numerous newspapers and broadcasts, including Bloomberg, National Public Radio, CNN, The Associated Press, National Public Radio, Time Magazine, Al Jazeera English, Fox News, Haaretz, The New York Times, The Hindustan Times, Agencia Estado, Xinhua, Veja and Business Week.

Ms. Goujon has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Texas and a master's degree from the Security Studies Program of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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Ronald Granieri

Speaker on Geopolitics & Transatlantic Relations

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Dr. Ronald Granieri is Director of Research and Lecturer in History at the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and is also Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, where he is Director of the Center for the Study of America and the West, and host of FPRI’s monthly interview program Geopolitics with Granieri.

A graduate of Harvard University who received his PhD in History from the University of Chicago, Dr. Granieri is a specialist in the history and current state of European and German politics and diplomacy as well as transatlantic relations. He is the author of The Ambivalent Alliance: Konrad Adenauer, the CDU/CSU, and the West, 1949-1966 (Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2003) as well as numerous articles on European History, European-American Relations, the Cold War, and contemporary politics. He is the editor of FPRI’s web journal of politics and culture, The American Review of Books, Blogs, and Bull, where his recent essays have discussed, among other things, the potential impact of Brexit on the Atlantic Community, the historical implications of American Exceptionalism, and the political/historical legacy of Alexander Hamilton. 

Dr. Granieri has also worked as a Contract Historian for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Historical Office, researching the tenure of Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger during the Reagan Administration for the Secretaries of Defense Historical Series.

An award-winning professor at the graduate and undergraduate level, he has taught at Penn, Syracuse, Temple, and Furman Universities, as well as the University of Tübingen in Germany. In his current position at the Lauder Institute, he regularly teaches courses on Modern European History and Contemporary International Affairs. At FPRI, he is a popular lecturer on current affairs and a sought-after moderator for panel discussions and round-tables.

His fellowships have included a Research Fellowship and a Federal Chancellor Scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, as well as membership in the American Council on Germany's Young Leader Program.

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Rudyard Griffiths

Bloomberg TV Anchor & Moderator of Munk Debates

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Rudyard Griffiths is the anchor of Bloomberg North on Bloomberg TV Canada, and the moderator of the semi-annual Munk Debates, the world’s preeminent public debating forum. Rudyard is a sought after commentator on global economics and geopolitics, and an expert at moderating Q&A format presentations, one-on-one interviews, and panels with business leaders and executives.

In 2015, Griffiths moderated the first ever Canadian federal election debate dedicated to foreign policy issues. Before joining Bloomberg TV Canada, he was a regular business commentator and co-host on CBC’s The Exchange, and prior to that, he co-hosted BNN’s top-rated business show Squeeze Play and National Affairs on CTV. He is the author of the 2009 Globe and Mail Book of the Year, Who We Are: A Citizen’s Manifesto and has edited over a dozen books on international affairs, politics and history.

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Amy Myers Jaffe

Leading expert on the geopolitics of oil, energy, security and risk, author of Oil, Dollars, Debt and Crises

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Amy Myers Jaffe is a leading expert on the geopolitics of oil and gas and energy security and is an influential thought leader on global energy policy and sustainability. She is Chair, World Economic Forum (Davos) Global Agenda Council on The Future of Oil and Gas, and is executive director for Energy and Sustainability at University of California, Davis.

A frequent keynote speaker at major energy industry and investment conferences and board of directors meetings, Jaffe is a widely quoted commentator on energy and the environment in international media who has provided testimony on Capital Hill, Jaffe appears regularly on a variety of television and print media, including CNN, The New Hour with Jim Lehrer, FOX, Al-Jazeera TV, MSNBC, National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times of London. Her writings have been featured by the New York Times, Dow Jones International, and Petroleum Intelligence Weekly. She has a regular blog at the Houston Chronicle and is a contributor on energy and climate change to the Wall Street Journal’s blog The Experts.

Jaffe is a member of the National Petroleum Council and serves as an advisory board member of GE Ecoimagination and as a technical committee member on shale gas for the Union of Concerned Scientists. A contributor to Foreign Policy magazine’s “21 Solutions to Save the World” and recipient of the Award for Excellence in Energy Writing by the International Association for Energy Economics, Jaffe was named to Esquire’s annual 100 Best and Brightest and Elle Magazine’s Women for the Environment.

Prior to joining UC Davis, Jaffe served as director of the Energy Forum and Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Jaffe’s research focuses on oil and natural gas geopolitics, strategic energy policy, alternative fuel (for the state of California and beyond), corporate investment strategies in the energy sector, sustainability and risk and energy economics.

Jaffe served as a member of the reconstruction and economy working group of the Baker/Hamilton Iraq Study Group, as project director for the Baker Institute/Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on U.S. Strategic Energy Policy, and as chair, working group on nuclear power in the Middle East for the U.S. Institute for Peace-Stinson Center strategic task force on Iran and as a principal advisor to USAID’s project on Options for Developing a Long Term Sustainable Iraqi Oil Industry.

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Leslie John

Harvard Business School Professor & Speaker on Consumer Behavior and Social Psychology

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Leslie John is an associate professor of business administration in the Negotiations, Organizations, and Markets unit at Harvard Business School. She teaches the Negotiations course in the MBA elective curriculum, as well as in various Executive Education courses. In the past, she has taught the core Marketing course in the MBA required curriculum.

Professor John’s research centers on how consumers’ behavior and lives are influenced by their interaction with firms and with public policy. Her work has been published in leading journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and has received widespread media attention from outlets including Time Magazine and The New York Times. 

Professor John holds a Ph.D. in behavioral decision research from Carnegie Mellon University, where she also earned an M.Sc. in psychology and behavioral decision research. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Waterloo. 

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Rich Karlgaard

Forbes Publisher, Entrepreneur, Author, and Speaker

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Entrepreneur-turned-publisher, columnist, author, television commentator, private investor and board director, Rich Karlgaard offers a unique vantage point on the trends driving the business and investment climates. His insights help audiences see the global marketplace with new eyes.

Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes magazine, where he also writes a biweekly column, Innovation Rules, known for its witty and honest assessment of technology trends and current business issues. He’s a regular panelist on cable news’ most popular business show, Forbes on FOX, and is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page. A successful entrepreneur and past winner of Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Award,” Karlgaard understands firsthand the difficulties of navigating in today’s business climate and the opportunities available to those who have the courage to reach out for them. His assessment of technology trends, U.S. and global economic forces, and current business and political issues gives audiences solid insights they can use to make better business and investment decisions.

With a remarkable ability to connect with audiences, Karlgaard shows his quick mind and even quicker sense of humor during lively, unscripted question and answer periods. Unfailingly gracious, Karlgaard puts forth his insights for others to consider in a way that helps them see the events that are changing their world—especially the impact of Washington politics—on business and innovation.

In his book, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success, Karlgaard shares a surprising third element in addition to perceptive strategy and superb execution that’s required to gain the competitive advantage. Karlgaard is also the co-author of Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations.

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