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Megan  Greene

Megan Greene

Global Chief Economist at Kroll, Financial Times Columnist & Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School


Renowned for her stunning early economic predictions, global economist Megan Greene examines the intersection of macroeconomics, financial markets and politics—providing illuminating insights and forecasts for your industry, business and the future of our highly interconnected world economy. Simplifying complex economic concepts into plain English, Greene combines her extensive background in policy and academia with C-Suite leadership experience in financial services and investment management. With wit and clarity, her audience-tailored talks challenge conventional (and consensus) thinking, boil down the data, take on old economic models, and win rave reviews from expert to general audiences. Read More >

Greene currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business at Harvard Kennedy School, where she is teaching and working on a book examining the new drivers of inequality and what policymakers and business should do to address them. She is the Global Chief Economist at Kroll, first Dame DeAnne Julius Senior Fellow in International Economics at Chatham House and a Senior Advisor to the OECD. She also writes a regular column in The Financial Times on global macroeconomics and regularly appears on CNBC, Bloomberg, NPR and BBC. Additionally, Greene is a member of the Regenerative Crisis Response Committee, a group of all-star economists looking at innovative ways to use fiscal and monetary policy to retool the economy for sustainability.

For more than five years, Greene was Global Chief Economist at John Hancock/Manulife Asset Management, responsible for forecasting global macroeconomic trends and analyzing potential opportunities and impacts on the firm’s worldwide investments. Previously, she was Founder and Chief Economist at London-based Maverick Intelligence, Head of European Economics at Roubini Global Economics and the euro crisis expert at the Economist (magazine) Intelligence Unit. A regular advisor to governments and central banks in the US, UK, Eurozone and Japan, Greene currently serves in a number of other organizations. These include the Board of Directors of the National Association for Business Economists (NABE) and The Parliamentary Budget Office in Ireland. Greene is an affiliate of the Rhodes Center Brown University, a Non-Resident Fellow at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a B.A. from Princeton and an MSc from Oxford. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Economist Megan Greene's Path to Becoming an 'Accidental Economist'

CNBC: on Global Growth

Delphi Economic Forum: on Greece's Economy

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.