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Vikram Mansharamani

Global Trend-Watcher and Lecturer, Harvard and Yale Universities
Author, Boombustology: Spotting Bubbles Before They Burst 

  • Learn to anticipate the future and navigate radical uncertainty.
  • Spot opportunities others miss: see the world through multiple lenses & look outside your expertise — then connect the dots.
  • How will global political, market, technological, societal, and economic forces impact your industry and business?
  • LinkedIn’s #1 Voice on Economy & Finance, 2015 and 2016
  • Contributor, Worth magazine and PBS NewsHour.
Speech Descriptions

ZOOM OUT! – THE GENERALIST ADVANTAGE
Every day, we are confronted with radical global uncertainty — new policies and regulations, the impact of populism and protectionism on global business, fluctuating commodity prices, shifting political influence, interest rate and currency risk, and a myriad of other trends. To cut through the noise and confusion, we have increasingly come to rely on hyper-specialized experts.
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GLOBALIZATION: RETURNING WITH A VENGEANCE?
Political upheavals are signaling a widespread rejection of globalization. And it’s not just happening in the North Atlantic.  Nationalist movements are popping up the world over. Meanwhile, global trade growth has been slowing. What’s driving these seismic shifts, and how should we navigate the great uncertainty they generate?
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Consumption Boom Ahead
Every day, the media trumpets warnings of a global economic slowdown. The price of oil and other commodities have crashed, damaging emerging and developed economies alike that depend on them to be high. In a world of persistently low interest rates and easy money, people have struggled to find good investments. The IMF has downgraded its global growth forecasts. And as populism and nationalism rise, globalization and free trade are in retreat.
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The End of Cheap Food
Food is emerging as one of the future’s most volatile assets. Political, economic, climatic and societal change all factor into the equation. Vikram Mansharamani shows why the era of cheap food may soon be over and describes the geo-political and geo-economic ramifications of this possibility – from Wall Street to Pudong. The implications of land grabs, fertilizer availability, climate change, water scarcity, and price-related food (in)security will have profound impact on our world.
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Avoid Surprises – Spot Bubbles Before They Burst
Vikram Mansharamani contends the ability to identify financial (and other) bubbles before they burst is easier if you step outside your expertise. Narrow focus can lead to tunnel vision. Instead, it’s best to zoom out and look through multiple lenses – to art markets, architecture, popular culture, economics, politics and more. In this speech Vikram empowers audiences with practical tools and assures them that they don’t need to be an expert to effectively anticipate the future.
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Vikram Mansharamani's Story
Vikram Mansharamani first gained widespread attention with his book Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst. Since then he’s gone on to show business leaders and investors how to look at the world differently in order to manage risk and navigate radical uncertainty. His strategies help them peer into the future on crucial areas like China, food, the global economy, Africa, housing, investing, financial cycles, energy, and much more. So valuable are his insights that LinkedIn named Vikram #1 on their 10 Top Voices in Money & Finance for 2015 and 2016.

Vikram believes that the future doesn’t have to surprise us – and won’t – if we regularly step away from our expertise and look at the world through multiple lenses. He calls this the generalist’s mindset. When encountering information that seems irrelevant most people think, “So what?!” Generalists think instead, “Isn’t that interesting,” and look to connect disparate dots. When they do, the conclusions they draw and decisions they make may be very different from the more narrow-focused “experts.” Vikram shows audiences practical ways to use this approach to spot opportunities and reduce risk.
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Keywords: Agriculture, Author, Food, Global Economy, Investing, International Affairs & Business, Economic Outlook, Emerging Markets, Financial Bubbles, Business Climate, Ethics, Europe, Finance, Future, Global Business, Business Strategy, Trendspotting, China, Africa, Managing Risk, Market Uncertainty and Middle East.