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Earlier this week, I taught a “Master Class” at the CFA Institute’s Annual Conference in Frankfurt, Germany. Approximately 400 people attended my session, which was organized as two 60-minute talks about “Demographics, Incomes and Global …

Gluten-free. It’s among the hottest trends in food today. It competes with “non-GMO”, “local”, and “organic” for mindshare among today’s health-conscious, price-insensitive, and trend-following foodies, yuppies, and self-anointed amateur nutritionists. It’s become so fashionable to …

It was a typical day. I awoke, took a shower, brushed my teeth, had a quick breakfast (~3 scrambled eggs) and jumped in my car. 15 miles, a cup of coffee, and a handful of …

Coal is an abundant, cheap, secure and reliable source of energy. It currently generates approximately 40% of the world’s electricity (click HERE). But it’s also dirty and a major source of carbon emissions. For each …

The Egyptian government announced last month that it plans on literally leaving Cairo for a $45 billion new capital city that will be built within 7 years. In what is likely to be the most …

Earlier this month, Norway held its “Joint Viking” military exercises in Finnmark, the country’s northernmost province that shares a border with Russia. Involving 400 vehicles (6km if they were put end to end!), over 5000 …

Canada is in the midst of a unprecedented housing boom that seems likely to bust. I was recently in Canada and noticed a schizophrenic oscillation between housing exuberance and oil-price despair. What did it mean …

The robots are coming! From manufacturing to journalism, technological automation seems to be infiltrating virtually every component of modern economic life. Robots have enhanced productivity at dairy farms (see HERE), replaced African children as jockeys …

Next week marks the 13th anniversary of an “Open Skies” agreement between the United States and the United Arab Emirates (click HERE). Since it was signed in 2002, Etihad and Emirates, two UAE based carriers, …

Disease, war, corruption, and famine are the first images that come to mind when most people think of Africa. Beneath this veneer of negativity, however, lies a very different and positive story. Entrepreneurship is thriving, …

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Vikram Mansharamani

An active participant in the financial markets for the last 20 years, Vikram Mansharamani’s experience includes positions in management consulting, investment banking, and asset management



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Dr. Mansharamani is a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. In addition to conducting research on the topic of decision-making under uncertainty, he has also been leading a study group titled “Blowing Bubbles: How Investors, Regulators, & The Press Reinforce Exuberance” for members of the greater Harvard community.



Courses

Dr. Mansharamani is a Lecturer at Yale University in the Program on Ethics, Politics & Economics. He currently teaches “Adventures in Business Ethics” to both undergraduate and graduate students (co-taught with Charles Ellis in 2013) and was responsible for designing and teaching the “Financial Booms and Busts” seminar as part of the Yale College Seminar Program.



Advice

As a regular advisor to endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth funds, and family offices, Dr. Mansharamani combines his 20+ years of practical investing experience with his theoretical understanding of complex dynamics to help with matters of asset allocation, investment strategy, manager selection, and portfolio management.

“Easily one of the best I’ve seen, Vikram’s presentation was a clear standout among the dozens of conferences I’ve attended over my twenty years in the investment industry. I found his conversational style remarkably engaging and his perspectives the most innovative and fresh-thinking I’ve seen to date. His message was thought-provoking, informative, and I’d even say inspired; a rare combination indeed.”
 
– Christopher Cannon, CFA | Chief Investment Officer, FirsTrust, LLC