Lecturer, Harvard John Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Science Author, Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst
Dr. Vikram Mansharamani is a global trend-watcher who shows audiences how to anticipate the future, manage risk, and spot opportunities. He first gained widespread attention with the release of his book Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst. Since then he’s gone on to show corporate leaders and investors how to look at the world differently in order to navigate today’s 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 for Money, Global Economics, and Finance for both 2015 and 2016. Worth magazine listed him on their “Power 100” list for 2017 – one of the 100 most powerful people in global finance. Read More >
A Video Profile: Preview of Speech Topics
Bubble Dynamic in China
Social Dynamics: Global Demographics
China's Broken Contract
Generalist Advantage: Generalists vs. Specialists
Global Consumption Book: Why it Matters
End of Cheap Food: Global Demand for Protein & Grain
Predicting Bubbles: Summing up Navigating Uncertainty
Global Economy: Learning to See the World Differently
Blinded by expertise and single-minded focus? It happens. But in a fast-paced world driven by complex and diverse factors, connecting the dots is often more important than developing the dots. “The future doesn’t have to surprise you,” so says Vikram Mansharamani, global trend-watcher, Harvard Lecturer, author, and investor. Mansharamani shows audiences how to look differently at their industry and business with the goal of helping them spot risk and capture opportunities others miss. The overwhelming flood of political, economic, technological, social, and market forces that bombard us every day is distracting. It prevents us from paying attention to what really matters. Our usual response to the noise is to focus narrowly or turn to specialists for help. But is that the right path? Have we been blinded by focus? Has the mantra of expertise and specialization misled us? Vikram thinks the pendulum has swung too far. He offers scores of compelling real-life examples that show how a narrow lens can lead us to miss the most important signals – the ones we’re least primed to see. The advice he offers is counter-intuitive. He advocates opening up to get a broader view; to zoom out. He calls the logic the generalist’s approach. Breadth, Vikram argues, is as important as depth. Generalists win by paying attention to more than their area of expertise. Vikram’s generalist framework for looking at the world differently is at the center of what he delivers in his speeches and can be focused on just about any subject.
As the middle-class in emerging nations explodes into the billions, a global consumption boom is likely to have an unprecedented impact on a wide range of commodities – food, fuel, precious metals – that will impact the global standard of living. The result will be geopolitical and economic uncertainty. Vikram Mansharamani untangles these dynamics through easy-to-understand, entertaining, and engaging analysis that evaluates the effect of a billion new consumers on an unlikely collection of industries — from education and entertainment to defense, finance and healthcare. Mansharamani’s insights help audiences look differently at the nature of global prosperity and how it may shape their business and their future.
Europe falling apart? China collapsing? Treasury bubble popping? Japan economic implosion? Social networking bubble? Alternative energy dynamics creating geopolitical unrest? Vikram Mansharamani applies a unique combination of practitioner experience and academic perspective to help audiences navigate the seemingly unending cross-currents of global economic, financial and political developments. While audiences often find themselves agreeing with Mansharamani each step of the way, they’re frequently surprised by what turn out to be unconventional conclusions.
In a globally dynamic environment, boom and bust cycles are more frequent than in the past. It seems there’s always something that has reached unsustainable levels. The trick, of course, is recognizing it and taking action before the bubble bursts. In direct contrast to the views espoused by most academics, Vikram Mansharamani makes a persuasive case that it is possible to identify financial (and other) bubbles before they burst. He draws on entertaining and engaging examples from art markets, architecture, and popular culture – as well as economics and politics – and powerfully demonstrates that you do not need to be an expert to effectively anticipate the future. Audiences walk away empowered to think independently and to connect obvious dots to generate not-so-obvious conclusions.
Food is emerging as one of the future’s most volatile assets. Shifting political, economic, climatic and societal change all factor into the equation. Vikram Mansharamani applies his multi-lens bubble-spotting approach to the key drivers of food prices in a global marketplace. He suggests that the era of cheap food is over and describes the geo-political and geo-economic ramifications of such developments – from Wall St. to Pudong. Audiences will leave with an understanding of the dynamics of land grabs, water scarcity, and the implications of food (in)security for national defense.
"He hit it out of the park! Enthusiastic responses from everyone. Could not be happier."
"I wish we would have allotted more time for discussion as our team was greatly intrigued by your thesis. Our team is thoughtful and intelligent, and your perspective struck a chord in the way we intended. The dialogue during our team dinner tonight was phenomenal, and your discussion with us today was the critical catalyst."
"Everyone really loved his presentation. The audience was very engaged and had a lot of questions. Definitely very positive feedback."
"Thanks again for being such an impressive and gracious speaker. All of the feedback we’ve received on your presentation has been overwhelmingly positive - you’ve put us in a tough position to make next year’s conference even better!"
"Great presentation. Everyone kept saying how you were able to take complex issues and explain them in terms that everyone could understand. That is high praise from a group of farmers and ranchers."
"Vikram, I would like to share with the news that we are still receiving the best reviews from many attendees in regards of your conference, among them, one of the most prominent economists of Colombia. Your presentation was certainly a success and we will surely want to see you in Colombia on upcoming opportunities."
"You were a great addition to our program - wonderful content and presentation. I really enjoyed your talk."
"Vikram was fantastic. He’s such a nice man. Really personable and genuine. Our conference attendees loved his presentation – and I mean loved! I suspect that he will be the highest rated speaker at this event."
"Vikram gives a dynamic presentation that pulls disparate trends together to make compelling and thought-provoking arguments about future outcomes and investment opportunities."
"Vikram is a dynamic, engaging and insightful speaker who has the ability to connect seemingly irrelevant dots to paint a mosaic of the future and to help listeners navigate the inevitable uncertainty."
"Vikram uses economic data and social science to challenge business leaders to think beyond their tenure and outside their comfort zone on what might be possible and likely in today's highly disruptive world."
"Great session by Vikram in my opinion, and informal feedback has been quite positive. He didn’t stint on the prep time (in fact he asked for more), and it showed in how well prepared he was for the Invesco audience."
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