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Jeremy Rifkin Speaker

Jeremy Rifkin

Futurist, Best-selling Author and Speaker on Economic Changes & Trends, Renewable Energy Transition & Green Economy

 About

Jeremy Rifkin is an American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political and geopolitical advisor and activist. Rifkin is the author of 20 best-selling books about the impact of scientific and technological changes and trends on the economy, the workforce, society and the environment. The books have been translated into more than 35 languages. His most recent books include the international best-sellers, The Zero Marginal Cost Society (2014), The Third Industrial Revolution (2011), The Empathic Civilization (2010), The European Dream (2004), The Hydrogen Economy (2002), The Age of Access (2000), The Biotech Century (1998), and The End of Work (1995). His latest book was released in the U.S. on 10-September-2019: The Green New Deal: Why the Fossil Fuel Civilization will Collapse by 2028, and the Bold Economic Plan to Save Life on Earth  (St. Martin's Press). The German, French, Italian and Spanish translations are expected in October - followed by Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other translations into the new year.

Jeremy Rifkin has been an advisor to the leadership of the European Union since 2000. He has advised three presidents of the European Commission: Romano Prodi, Jose Manuel Barroso and the current President, Jean-Claude Juncker - as well as the European Parliament, and numerous EU heads of state, including Germany's Angela Merkel, on the ushering in of a smart green Third Industrial Revolution economy.

Mr. Rifkin’s New York Times bestselling book, The Third Industrial Revolution, provided the blueprint for the economic transition to a post-carbon ecological society across the EU. According to The European Energy Review, "perhaps no other author or thinker has had more influence on the EU's ambitious climate and energy policy than the famous American 'visionary' Jeremy Rifkin." In the words of Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, Jeremy Rifkin "is the economic and ecological worldwide ambassador of the energy transition… Rifkin presents a grand scenario for the future: a visionary approach unlike anyone has dared to put forward in the last fifty years that will boost our thinking and help with our orientation.”

Mr. Rifkin is also advising the leadership of the Peoples Republic of China on the build out and scale up of the Internet Plus Third Industrial Revolution infrastructure - to usher in a sustainable low-carbon economy. The Huffington Post reported from Beijing on October 29th 2015 that "Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has not only read Jeremy Rifkin's book, The Third Industrial Revolution, and taken it to heart - he and his colleagues have also made it the core of the country's thirteenth Five-Year Plan..." The Huffington Post goes on to say that "this blueprint for China's future signals the most momentous shift in direction since the death of Mao and the advent of Deng Xiaoping's reform and opening up in 1978."

Mr. Rifkin is President of the TIR Consulting Group, LLC - comprising many of the leading renewable energy companies, electricity transmission companies, engineering companies, construction companies, architectural firms, ICT and electronics companies, transport and logistics companies, advanced manufacturing companies, and economic modelers.

Mr. Rifkin is ranked 123 in the WorldPost/HuffingtonPost 2015 global survey of "The World's Most Influential Voices." Mr. Rifkin is also listed among the top 10 most influential economic thinkers in the survey. The survey was prepared at Massachusetts Institute of Technology - and used collective intelligence to correlate the rankings.

Since 1995, Rifkin has lectured at the Wharton School’s Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania - where he instructs CEOs and senior management on transitioning their business operations into sustainable economies.

Jeffrey Alan Rosensweig Speaker

Jeffrey Alan Rosensweig

Economist and speaker on international business and finance.

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Jeffrey Rosensweig is the Director of the Global Perspectives Program at Goizueta Business School of Emory University. Previously, he served for six years as an Associate Dean. An
international business
and
finance
professor, he focuses on global investing and business in the global
economy
. He also specializes in financial, macroeconomic, and
business
forecasting. A frequent keynote speaker on topics related to global economic and financial trends and forecasts, he is selected annually as the global-investing keynoter at the Security Industry Association's Annual Institute. In 2000, Dr. Rosensweig was elected to the Council on Foreign Relations.

Professor Rosensweig is often quoted in the national business press, including Forbes, Fortune and Businessweek. He has appeared nationally on ABC World News Tonight and Good Morning America, the NBC Today Show, NBC National Nightly News, Nightline, and Bloomberg TV. He is a frequent economic commentator for CNN, has published numerous papers in academic and business journals and has written three books, including the critically-acclaimed Winning the Global Game: A Strategy for Linking People and Profits.

Active in executive education, Dr. Rosensweig was recently selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the 12 favorite professors in all Executive MBA Programs worldwide. Dr. Rosensweig received his M.A. and B.A. in economics (summa cum laude) from Yale University and a Ph.D. in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Further, he received a master's degree in philosophy, politics, and economics as a result of two years of study at Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar. The British Government has selected him to serve on the Marshall Scholarship Selection Committee for 15 years, and during the past three years has appointed him Chairman for the Southeast.

Before Emory, Dr. Rosensweig served as senior global economist in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Other previous experience includes serving as an economic consultant to the Government of Jamaica and teaching international finance at Yale's School of Management. Elected by the faculty in 1996, Professor Rosensweig served for 12 years as Chairman of Emory University's Center for Ethics. He has also been the Pack Leader for a multicultural group of over 100 Cub Scouts.

Marci Rossell Speaker

Marci Rossell

CNBC Chief Economist and keynote speaker on finance.

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Marci Rossell electrifies audiences nationwide, speaking on the nexus of economics, politics, culture and the media. Her animated style was honed when she served as the popular, lively Chief Economist for CNBC in the months immediately following September 11th. She takes complex economic issues, often dull in the button-down business press, and makes them relevant to people's lives, families and careers.

Prior to her career in broadcast journalism, Marci served as Corporate Economist and Investment Spokesperson for OppenheimerFunds, one of the nation's largest mutual fund companies. Before moving to Wall Street, she was an expert witness for Deloitte and Touche in court cases involving economic issues. Marci began her career as an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. She currently serves as a senior economic advisor to Delphin Investments, an investment firm based in Stamford, CT.

Marci earned a PhD in Economics from Southern Methodist University. She brings a world of experience-from Main Street to Wall Street-when discussing the U.S. economy, international events and movements in capital markets.

Jeff Rubin Speaker

Jeff Rubin

Economist, keynote speaker on oil and energy, author of Why Your World is About To Get a Whole Lot Smaller.

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Keynote speaker Jeff Rubin is an award winning
international
author and
economist
. After almost twenty years as Chief Economist and Managing Director of CIBC World Markets, Jeff Rubin resigned at the end of March 2009 to publish his international bestseller, Why Your World Is About To Get A Whole Lot Smaller: Oil and the End of Globalization. Simultaneously published by Random House in the US and Canada and by Virgin Books in the United Kingdom, his path-breaking book has now been
published in over 15 countries and in seven different languages.

NEWSWEEK wrote, "Rubin's argument is powerful", while the Financial Times of London called the book, "One of the year's best." A number-one, non-fiction bestseller in Canada, the book recently won the country's National Business Book Award, and was also a runner-up for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award.

In The End of Growth, Rubin argues that the end of cheap oil means the end of growth. What it will be like to live in a world where growth is over? 

In  his new book, The Carbon Bubble, Rubin argues that Canada's economic reliance on its oil reserves is misplaced. He argues that there is a lifeline to a better future. The very climate change that will leave much of the country's carbon unburnable could at the same time make some of Canada's other resource assets more valuable: its water and land. In tomorrow's economy, Canada won't be an energy superpower, but it has the makings of one of the world's great breadbaskets. And in the global climate that the world's carbon emissions are inexorably creating, food will soon be a lot more valuable than oil.

Over the course of his career in financial markets, Mr. Rubin's calls on interest rates and foreign exchange markets won him a number-one ranking in economics in the Brendan Wood International survey of institutional investors in Canada on no less than ten separate occasions.

Jacob L. Shapiro Speaker

Jacob L. Shapiro

Distinguished Geopolitical Analyst and Speaker on International Affairs

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Complex global issues require new approaches and alternative ways of thinking. That’s why Jacob L. Shapiro founded Perch Perspectives, a political and business consulting firm that offers our clients a different, more comprehensive perspective of the forces that shape the world and impact business decisions.

As founder and chief strategist, Jacob work with companies in the energy, technology, agriculture, and aerospace industries to solve key business issues and provide insight that decision-makers can build into business and political strategies.

With more than a decade of experience as a political analyst and writer, Jacob believes in the power of new ideas, and that, with the right information, humans have the agency to influence their own outcomes.

Perch Perspectives is a human-centric political and business consulting firm operating under the premise that every person has agency when armed with the right information and perspective. It advises business executives, corporations, policymakers, governments, and NGOs on past, present and future international affairs, with additional expertise in global aerospace, agriculture and energy markets. Perch Perspectives and its team of researchers, writers, and advisers bring a distinctly human perspective to their best-in-class writing and analysis. They provide clients with a more holistic understanding of the historical, cultural, geographic, political, and economic forces that define the nature of power, shape the world, and impact business decisions.

Dr. Allen Sinai Speaker

Dr. Allen Sinai

World-Renowned Economist, Advisor, and Financial Strategist

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Dr. Allen Sinai is the Chief Global Economist / Strategist and President of Decision Economics, Inc. (DE), a U.S. and Global economic and financial markets information and advisory firm located in New York, London, and Boston. Dr. Sinai is responsible for the forecasts and analyses of the U.S. and global economies and financial markets, business and investment implications, and the translating of this information for use in bottom-line decisions by senior level decisionmakers in financial institutions, corporations, and government. Over many decades, he has advised policymakers in Washington, Japan and globally, the U.S. Congress, and both Republican and Democratic Administrations on the economy, policy, and strategy.

Known for his forecast accuracy and identification of Big Wave trends in the U.S. and the world, Dr. Sinai brings a unique blending of academics and research, experience working and participating in financial markets and financial institutions, involvement in Washington and other Centers in policy, and business and investment experience to his work. He is known for his unique ability to translate the often arcane world of economics, policy, and financial markets to his audiences in clear, intuitive, and actionable terms.

Dr. Sinai has taught at a number of universities, including Brandeis, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, New York University, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois-Chicago and published numerous articles in the scientific and lay literature. His research has emphasized financial and real business cycles and the integration of the financial side of the economy into the analysis and forecasting of real economic activity. He is a pioneer in the use of quantitative structural macroeconometric models in a National Economic and Financial Systems approach to forecasting and analyses of the economy and financial markets.

From 1983-96, Dr. Sinai was at Lehman Brothers, Inc., as a Managing Director, Chief Global Economist, and the Director of Lehman Brothers Global Economics. He was also Executive Vice President and Chief Economist of The Boston Company, an investment and private banking subsidiary of Lehman Brothers. Previously, from 1971-83, Dr. Sinai was Chief Financial Economist, Co-Director of the Financial Institutions Group (FIG), and a Senior Vice President at the Lexington, Massachusetts based pioneering firm Data Resources, Inc. Dr. Sinai obtained his B.A. Degree in Economics at the University of Michigan and holds an M.A. and Ph. D. Degrees in Economics from Northwestern University.

Over the years, Dr. Sinai is frequently has appeared in hundreds of U.S. and international television and radio programs and in the news media. He has given scores of lectures and seminars in academic, business, financial and other settings in the U.S. and internationally. In 1992, Dr. Sinai was selected as one of the ten Smartest People in Boston by Boston Magazine. Time Magazine has said of him, Anyone who thinks economics is a dismal science has never been treated to the vivid commentaries of Allen Sinai.

Allen Sinai and his wife, Lee, a writer, live in Lexington and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The Sinais have two children, Todd, a professor at The Wharton School and Lauren, who works for a private equity firm, Prospect Partners, in Evanston, Illinois. The Sinais have five grandchildren.

Willis Sparks Speaker

Willis Sparks

Director of Global Macro, Eurasia Group and Speaker on Geopolitics & Risk Management

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Willis Sparks is a thought leader on risks, opportunities, and trends created by current geopolitical conflicts and political developments in major emerging market countries, as well as on US politics and foreign policy. He works directly with Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer on a variety of macro political risk projects.

Prior to joining Eurasia Group in 2005, Willis worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he wrote on transnational terrorism and US national security. He regularly gives speeches on market-moving trends in international politics for investor and corporate audiences in the US and abroad. Willis holds master's degrees in international affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where he specialized in international security policy and the former Soviet Union, and from the Study of Political Science (Sciences Po) in Paris. He holds two bachelor's degrees from Brown University and is a graduate of the Juilliard School. In addition, Willis once worked as a stuntman at New York's Metropolitan Opera.

STRATFOR Global Intelligence Speaker

STRATFOR Global Intelligence

Leading Geopolitical Intelligence Platform & Publisher

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As the world’s leading geopolitical intelligence platform, Stratfor brings global events into valuable perspective, empowering businesses, governments and individuals to more confidently navigate their way through an increasingly complex international environment. Founded on the principle that transformative world events are not random, but are in fact predictable, Stratfor analyses and forecasts reveal the underlying significance and future implications of emerging developments.

Stratfor develops comprehensive, independent and unbiased analyses by examining global events through the lens of geopolitics and our proprietary methodology. That allows us to interpret the significance of today’s global events, cut through the noise, inform decision-making and develop a more accurate view of the future.

In 1996, a small group of political scientists and entrepreneurs decided to move their project, The Center for Geopolitical Studies at Louisiana State University, into the private sector. They traded Baton Rouge for Austin, Texas, an emerging center for innovation, and formed Stratfor around the idea that geopolitical analysis and accurate forecasting of global trends would be valuable to individuals and organizations seeking clarity and informed insight in today’s increasingly complicated international environment.

Haiyan Wang Speaker

Haiyan Wang

Managing Partner of the China India Institute and author of Getting China and India Right

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Haiyan Wang is Managing Partner of the China India Institute, a research consultancy with a focus on creating winning global
strategies that leverage the transformational rise of China and India. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Strategy at INSEAD.

Ms. Wang serves as a regular columnist for BusinessWeek, a Contributing Editor for the Chief Executive magazine, and a regular blogger for Harvard Business Review. She is the co-author of two highly acclaimed books: Getting China and India Right (which received the 2009 Axiom Book Awards' Silver Prize as one of the world's two best books on globalization/international business) and The Quest for Global Dominance.

Her opinion pieces have appeared in top international media such as The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Chief Executive, The Economic Times, China Daily, The Times of India, as well as other outlets. She has also been frequently interviewed by CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, India Today, Shanghai Daily, INSEAD Knowledge, and other prominent business media. A highly sought-after speaker at major industry and corporate conferences, Ms. Wang has also spoken at TEDx, Economist, and other high profile conferences.

A native of China, Ms. Wang has spent the last twenty years consulting for and managing multinational business operations in China and the United States in several different industry sectors. Haiyan serves regularly as a keynote speaker at major conferences and corporate forums in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Sam Wilkin Speaker

Sam Wilkin

Leading Geopolitical Analyst and Author

 About

Sam Wilkin author and geopolitical analyst is director of political risk analytics at Willis Towers Watson, a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that operates in more than 140 countries and markets. He is responsible for developing and implementing political risk analysis and management tools and solutions for Willis Towers Watson clients globally.

Sam’s most recent book, History Repeating: Why Populists Rise and Governments Fall, published in April 2018, explains today’s tumultuous politics by showing that it has all happened before. It tells the stories of Argentina’s century of populism and decline, of the great American populist Huey Long, and of the divisive, populist billionaire who governed Thailand, among others - and in the process offers insight into what is happening now and what might happen next.

Sam is also the author, co-author or editor of three additional books and of numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes. He previously served as head of business research at Oxford Economics, associate director of the consultancy practice at Oxford Analytica, 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. In 2017 and 2018 he was a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University.

Bob Woodward Speaker

Bob Woodward

Legendary Pulitzer Prize-Winning Investigative Journalist, Author and Associate Editor, The Washington Post

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Bob Woodward established through his work that “Everyone has their own version of the truth; but there are facts.” That said, and with this insight in-hand - he gained international attention with Carl Bernstein when they uncovered the Watergate scandal in 1973. Since then, Watergate’s theme of secret government has driven Woodward’s tough but fair and non-partisan reporting. He pulls back the curtain on the inner workings of Washington; revealing in meticulous detail what’s really going on in the halls power. Have the lessons of Watergate been forgotten? Is the media doing its job? Woodward offers an historical perspective as only he can - and has written about the last nine U.S. presidents and chronicled how the power of the presidency has evolved. He is author of 19 best-selling books - of which 13 were #1 - more than any contemporary non-fiction writer. His latest best-seller, Fear: Trump in the White House, is the deepest dive ever made into the first months of any America president.

Former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wished he’d recruited Woodward into the CIA, “He has an extraordinary ability to get otherwise responsible adults to spill [their] guts to him…his ability to get people to talk about stuff they shouldn’t be talking about is just extraordinary and may be unique.” Therein lays the genius talent of Bob Woodward.

No one else in political investigative journalism has the clout, respect, and reputation of Woodward. He has a way of getting insiders to open up in ways that reveal an intimate yet sweeping portrayal of Washington and the political infighting, how we fight wars, the price of politics, how presidents lead, the homeland security efforts, and so much more. His work is meticulous and draws on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of recorded interviews with most of the key players, including the president. This is why Fear: Trump in the White House sold more than 1.1 million copies in its first week in September 2018 - breaking the 94-year first-week sales record of its publisher Simon & Schuster - and nearly 2 million copies in hardback, e-book and audio in the first four months.

As a speaker, Woodward pulls the curtain back on Washington and its leaders to captivate audiences with stories that are sometimes surprising, at times shocking, and always fascinating. He blends stories that are both up-to-the-minute and from the past (to provide historical context). Woodward speaks as he writes - crisp and concise - and helps people get behind the spin to understand what’s really going on in the halls of power in an age of 24-hour news, social media, and snarky politics.

Professionally, Bob Woodward is currently Associate Editor for The Washington Post where he’s worked since 1971. Woodward has won nearly every American journalism award (including two Pulitzers) - the Post won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for his work with Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal and as the main reporter for the Post’s articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002.

Bob Schieffer of CBS News said "Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time." Lloyd Green wrote in a review for The Guardian that Fear “depicts a White House awash in dysfunction, where the Lord of the Flies is the closest thing to an owner’s manual.” The Weekly Standard called Woodward “the best pure reporter of his generation, perhaps ever.” In 2003, Al Hunt of The Wall Street Journal called Woodward “the most celebrated journalist of our age.” In listing the all-time 100 best non-fiction books, Time magazine has called All the President’s Men, by Bernstein and Woodward, “Perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history.”

Woodward has co-authored or authored 13 #1 national best-selling non-fiction books. They are: All the President’s Men (1974) and The Final Days (1976), both Watergate books, co-authored with Bernstein. The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court (1979) co-authored with Scott Armstrong, Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi (1984), Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-87 (1987), The Commanders (1991), The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House (1994), Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate (1999), Bush at War (2002), Plan of Attack (2004), State of Denial: Bush at War Part III (2006), and Obama’s Wars (2010), and Fear: Trump in the White House (2018). Woodward’s other national best-selling books: The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat (2005), The Choice (1996), Maestro: Greenspan’s Fed and the American Boom (2000), The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008 (2008), The Price of Politics (2012), and The Last of the President’s Men (2015). Newsweek magazine has excerpted six of Woodward’s books in headline-making cover stories; “60 Minutes” has done pieces on seven of his books; three of his books have been made into feature films.

In November 2017, the online learning portal MasterClass released “Bob Woodward Teaches Investigative Journalism.” In it Woodward reveals the lessons he’s learned during his career, teaching students what truth means, how to uncover it, and how to build a story with it.

Woodward was born March 26, 1943 in Illinois. He graduated from Yale University in 1965 and served five years as a communications officer in the U.S. Navy before beginning his journalism career at the Montgomery County Sentinel (Maryland), where he was a reporter for one year before joining the Post.

Mark Zandi Speaker

Mark Zandi

Chief Economist of Moody’s Analytics and Speaker on International Finance

 About

Dr. Mark Zandi is a speaker on international finance and economics. He is the chief economist of Moody's Analytics, where he directs research and consulting. Moody's Analytics, a subsidiary of Moody's Corporation - is a leading provider of economic research, data and analytical tools.

Mark's research interests include macroeconomics, financial markets and public policy. His recent research has focused on the determinants of mortgage foreclosure and personal bankruptcy, analyzed the economic impact of various tax and government spending policies - and assessed the appropriate policy response to bubbles in asset markets. Mark also conducts regular briefings on the economy. He is often quoted in national and global publications and interviewed by major news media outlets. He is the author of Financial Shock, an exposé of the financial crisis, and Paying the Price, which provides a roadmap for meeting the nation's daunting fiscal challenges.

A trusted adviser to policymakers and an influential source of economic analysis for businesses, journalists and the public, Mark has frequently testified before Congress on topics including the economic outlook, the merits of fiscal stimulus, financial regulatory reform - and foreclosure mitigation.

Dr. Zandi received his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, where he did his research with Gerard Adams and Nobel laureate Lawrence Klein, and received his B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Peter Zeihan Speaker

Peter Zeihan

Geopolitical Strategist; Global Energy, Demographic, and Security Expert

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Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist, which is a fancy way of saying he helps people understand how the world works. Peter combines an expert understanding of demography, economics, energy, politics, technology - and security to help clients best prepare for an uncertain future.

Over the course of his career, Peter has worked for the US State Department in Australia, the DC think tank community - and helped develop the analytical models for Stratfor, one of the world’s premier private intelligence companies. Peter founded his own firm - Zeihan on Geopolitics - in 2012 in order to provide a select group of clients with direct, custom analytical products. Today those clients represent a vast array of sectors including energy majors, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities and the U.S. military.

Peter is a critically acclaimed author whose books - The Accidental Superpower and The Absent Superpower - have been recommended by Mitt Romney, Fareed Zakaria and Ian Bremmer. Peter is also a highly sought after public speaker. With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines - his irreverent approach transforms topics that are normally dense and heavy into accessible, relevant takeaways for audiences of all types.

Marvin Zonis Speaker

Marvin Zonis

Political Economist, Best-Selling Author, and Former Middle East Correspondent for ABC News.

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Marvin Zonis taught courses at Chicago Booth on the International Political Economy, Political Risk, and Business Leadership. He was the first professor at the Business School to teach a course on the effects of digital technologies on global business. In June, 2013, he was honored with the Norman Maclean Award for outstanding contributions to teaching and to the student experience of life on campus.

He also consults to corporations and professional asset management firms throughout the world, helping them to identify, assess, and manage their political risks in the changing global environment. He is a member of the Board of Advisers for the Comptroller General of the United States at the GAO, the Board of Directors of CNA Financial, a Fellow of PWC Advisory Services, and also a member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation Etats Unis.

Zonis has written extensively on globalization, digital technologies, emerging markets, Middle Eastern politics, the oil industry, Russia, and U.S. foreign policy. He is a leading authority on the Middle East and has spent the last 50 years studying Islam and the Middle East. He is the former director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago and former president of the American Institute of Iranian Studies. He has lived in Iran, hitchhiked in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 1963, studied Islam in Iraq beginning in 1964, and has traveled extensively throughout other parts of the region, as well.

His writings have been published in numerous journals. His books include Risk Rules: How Local Politics Threaten the Global Economy (May 2011); The Kimchi Matters: Global Business and Local Politics in a Crisis Driven World; The Eastern European Opportunity; Majestic Failure: The Fall of the Shah; Khomeini and the Islamic Republic of Iran; and The Political Elite of Iran.

He was educated at Yale University, the Harvard Business School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a Ph.D. in Political Science, and the Institute for Psychoanalysis, Chicago, where he received psychoanalytic training.