About Sam Wilkin - Leading Global Economist and Author:
Sam Wilkin is senior advisor to Oxford Economics, one of the world’s foremost global economic forecasting and research consultancies, and to Oxford Analytica, a geopolitical and strategic advisory firm.
Backed by the resources of Oxford Economics, which provides forecasts on 200 countries and 100 industrial sectors worldwide, and Oxford Analytica, which provides geopolitical insights to a roster of clients including more than twenty-five world governments, Sam delivers not stump speeches but interactive discussions responding to the interests and concerns of the attendees of your event, packed with insight and lightened by doses of wry humor.
Sam’s research and writing covers some of the hottest topics impacted business. His new book on income inequality, Wealth Secrets of the 1%, published in August 2015, was that month an editor’s choice selection of the New York Times Book Review. Interviews, book excerpts and op-eds related to the book have appeared in Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, the Telegraph, Times of London, MarketWatch, CityAM, Salon.com, BBC World Service, National Public Radio, and Money Magazine.
Sam is also the coauthor, with Marvin Zonis, Dan Lefkovitz, and Joseph Yackley of Risk Rules: How Local Politics Threatens the Global Economy (Agate, 2011), as well as two edited volumes on management of country and political risk in the financial sector. His writing has appeared everywhere from the Financial Times to Barron’s to Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, the journal of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Sam previously served as head of business research at Oxford Economics, as associate director of the consultancy practice at Oxford Analytica, as head of political risk consulting for Aon Trade Credit and as director of country analysis for Marvin Zonis & Associates. He received his M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago and B.A. in economics from Eckerd College, and was the 2004 alumni fellow for Eckerd College.
What Sam Wilkin Talks About:
The Global, US, or European Outlook
Sam is at his best delivering an interactive presentation and discussion that engages the attendees of your event. Sam prepares a set of slides, illustrated with lively charts and graphics, explaining and forecasting the hottest topics in economics and geopolitics, from the outlook for consumers, to the slowdown in China, to the standoff over Grexit. After a short overview of the general outlook, he then moves from topic to topic based on interests of your event’s attendees, taking questions after each segment. It’s an interactive approach he has used everywhere from corporate board meetings to events of 200 to 300 attendees.
Income Inequality and the Political Backlash
The so-called “robber barons” of the early 20th century US created new industries and vast fortunes. There era came to an end with an extraordinary political backlash that overwhelmed US businesses in a tide of regulation. Drawing on his book, Wealth Secrets of the 1%, Sam asks what this history can tell us about the present day, and the rising backlash against income inequality and increasingly powerful technology companies such as Google and Uber. Where will the backlash end, and what does it mean for today’s businesses?
Entrepreneurship in Difficult Places
Through the story of Dhirubhai Ambani, the Indian entrepreneur who was born in a rural fishing village and whose son became the richest man on earth, Sam explains how entrepreneurship in difficult places can be profoundly lucrative. Drawing on his book Wealth Secrets of the 1%, Sam tells the stories of individuals who have overcome tremendous odds, and the economic principles that enabled them to achieve extraordinary financial success.
I've heard Sam speak on a number of occasions. He is a real subject matter expert with great insight and always delivers his messages in an engaging and humorous way.
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