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Megan Greene

Global Macro Economist, Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School & Contributing Writer for the Financial Times


Renowned for her stunning early prediction of the eurozone crisis in 2006 and her work on inequality and rules in macroeconomics that no longer work, Harvard Senior Fellow Megan Greene informs and entertains audiences with her no-nonsense and witty delivery of complex concepts in plain English. With a global focus drawn from a career split between the UK and US, she examines the intersection of macroeconomics, financial markets and politics for diverse audiences. Megan is not your typical two-handed economist—she has strong opinions and challenges conventional thinking but is well-informed and fair. She has a breadth of experience working in financial services, academia and policy and tailors her insights and forecasts specifically for her audiences. As one client wrote after a keynote for high-level executives in financial services, “her real gift is to translate esoteric, complex research and data into understandable and clear information. She knows all the main players in policy and has unparalleled access to them.” Read More >

Megan currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School, where she is working on a book examining the gaps between theory and reality in economics today and how they prevent us from addressing the biggest economic, financial, political and social issue of our time: inequality. She is also the first Dame DeAnne Julius Senior Fellow in International Economics at Chatham House. 

Ms Greene is a frequent keynote speaker for financial services clients, trade associations and policymakers and appears regularly on TV and radio outlets such as Bloomberg, CNBC, NPR and BBC. She writes a biweekly column in the Financial Times on global macroeconomics.

She also serves on the board of directors of the National Association for Business Economists (NABE), the Parliamentary Budget Office in Ireland, Rebuilding Macroeconomics and Econofact. In addition, Megan is as an Affiliate of the Rhodes Center Brown University and a Non-Resident Fellow at Trinity College Dublin and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She regularly advises governments and central banks in the US, UK, eurozone and Japan.

Megan was previously Global Chief Economist at John Hancock/Manulife Asset Management, founder and Chief Economist at Maverick Intelligence, head of European Economics at Roubini Global Economics and the euro crisis expert at the Economist Intelligence Unit. She holds a B.A. from Princeton and an MSc from Oxford. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

CNBC: on Global Growth

Delphi Economic Forum: on Greece's Economy

Bloomberg: Megan Greene’s Path to Becoming an ‘Accidental Economist’

Speech Topics

Is Recession Nigh? Cyclical & Structural Risks & Opportunities

When economists find consensus on when a recession will hit, you can be reasonably sure it won’t fall then. Economic forecasting is a tricky business; they say the key to success it to forecast often. Megan Greene is unafraid to have out of consensus views and has a fantastic forecasting track record. She examines high frequency economic data, structural trends, global flows, political factors and policy developments to determine the state of the global recovery and to highlight risks and opportunities for businesses and markets.

Revamping Economics to Address Inequality

Wealth and income inequality is one of the greatest economic, social and political challenges of our time. Increasing gaps between the haves and have-nots have eroded the social contract in a number of developed countries and caused many to question whether capitalism is really working for them. New disruptors such as technology and globalization have changed the drivers of wealth, wages and growth, but economists are still clinging on to old frameworks to understand these factors. The territory and the map are far apart—it’s no wonder economists have been getting lost. Megan Greene explains why the maps are outdated and updates them to provide some ideas on how policymakers and businesses can address inequality and to highlight what the world will look like if they don’t.