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
In this stimulating and entertaining talk, Dr. Vikram Mansharamani applies a unique combination of practitioner experience and academic perspective to help audiences navigate the seemingly unending crosscurrents of global economic, financial and geopolitical uncertainty. He explains how we got to the current world of protectionism, nationalism, populism, and currency conflicts and explores how the combination of political, social, technological, demographic, and economic pressures will impact future trends. After presenting several scenarios, he considers the risks and opportunities emerging from a recession or an escalation of global tensions. While audiences often find themselves agreeing with Dr. Mansharamani each step of the way, they’re frequently surprised by what turn out to be unconventional conclusions.
In a fast-paced world driven by complex and changing factors, connecting the dots is often more important than developing them. As a result of the overwhelming flood of information that pours at us daily, we run headlong into the arms of experts and technologies. We’ve stopped thinking for ourselves and now habitually – perhaps unconsciously – outsource our thinking about important decisions. Rather than turn to specialists, Dr. Mansharamani guides us to think bigger and look across the silos of expertise, leaving listeners empowered and energized to think for themselves. This memorable talk is filled with stories from a variety of industries and settings about how we got to where we are and how we can reclaim control.
Our dynamic global economy seems to be producing boom and bust cycles more frequently than in the past. There’s always something that seems ahead of itself, having reached unsustainable levels. In direct contrast to the prevailing academic thinking, Dr. Vikram Mansharamani believes it’s possible to identify financial (and other) bubbles before they burst. Drawing on entertaining examples from art markets, architecture, and popular culture (as well as economics and politics), he powerfully demonstrates that you need not be an expert to anticipate the future. Audiences leave this talk feeling empowered to think independently and connect the obvious dots to generate not-so-obvious conclusions.
"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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