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Vikram  Mansharamani

Vikram Mansharamani

Author of Boombustology, Yale Lecturer & Harvard Senior Fellow

Biography

Vikram Mansharamani first gained widespread attention in 2011 with his book Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst. Since then he’s gone on to show others how to use his multi-lens approach to manage risk, navigate uncertainty and peer into the future on crucial areas like China, food, the global economy, Africa, housing, investing, financial cycles, energy and much more. Read More >

Mansharamani believes that the future doesn’t have to surprise us – and won’t – if we adopt a generalist’s mindset. His speeches show audiences how to develop a broader view of the world by embracing a generalist mindset. As we encounter information that seems irrelevant, most people think “So What?!” – but Generalists think “isn’t that interesting” and try to connect the dots. When they do, the conclusions they draw and decisions they make may be very different from the more narrow-focused “experts.” Mansharamani shows audiences how to use this approach to spot opportunities and reduce risk.

Vikram Mansharamani is a global equity investor with more than 20 years’ experience investing in public and private markets. He served as Managing Director of SDK Capital (and its predecessors). Currently, he is a Lecturer at Yale University and teaches three popular classes: “Investment Management,” “Financial Booms and Busts” and “Adventures in Business Ethics.” He is also a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. His current research interests include bubbles in both financial and non-financial markets, the unsustainable dynamics of food and fuel, and the relative value of experts vs. generalists in navigating complex uncertainties and risk.

Mansharamani’s consulting work focuses on thematic investment analysis and risk management. He is a paid advisor to several leading endowments and currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Investment Committee of LVW Advisors, a Rochester-based investment advisor serving non-profit institutional clients. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Crumpton Group, LLC, a strategic advisory firm founded by Ambassador Hank Crumpton.

A regular commentator in the financial media, Mansharamani has contributed to Bloomberg, MarketWatch, CNBC, Forbes, Fortune, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Yale Global, The South China Morning Post, The Korea Times, The Khaleej Times, and The Daily Beast, among others.  Vikram contributed the summary chapter for the book A Force for Good (2015) synthesizing lessons drawn from the collection of essays written by the world's most prominent thinkers on the role of finance and capitalism in today's increasingly interconnected and unequal world.

Vikram Mansharamani is a frequently sought-after speaker by a wide range of organizations. As a Tiger21 Scholar earning a Ph.D. and MS from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, an MS in Political Science from MIT, and a BA from Yale University, he regularly advises the organization’s members on matters of asset allocation and investment strategy. He regularly addresses those focused on allocating large pools of capital. He has spoken to audiences of sovereign wealth funds, family offices, endowments, foundations, and registered investment advisors and – of course – a variety of major corporate and association groups.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Africa Opportunity Fund, a London-listed closed-end investment vehicle and as chairman of the Torit Montessori School in Boston.  He previously served on the boards of the Association of Yale Alumni, the US-Pakistan Business Council, Interelate, and ManagedOps. He earned a Ph.D and MS from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, an MS in Political Science from MIT, and a BA from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

A Video Profile: Preview of Speech Topics

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

Speech Topics

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.

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?

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.

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.

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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