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Zachary Karabell

Authority on Future Trends, Geopolitics and the Changing Global Economic System; Author of "The Leading Indicators"
  • Delivers in-depth insights on specific policy issues as they relate to both the American and global economy
  • Offers an optimistic, big-picture analysis of current domestic and global trends using key data points and hard-hitting insights
  • Non-partisan expert who challenges common assumptions, from global economics to the future of American innovation
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InnovationChinaEconomic OutlookFinance Policy & RegulationFuture TrendsInternational BusinessMiddle EastSustainability & EnvironmentPolitical LeadersAuthors

In a world full of noise, Zachary Karabell brings a unique perspective as both a doer and thinker who has the pulse on the major trends shaping our world today. The author of more than a dozen books on business, economic trends, and history, and a prolific commentator in both print and on television, he has helped manage, advise, and invest in companies globally. With a career ranging from China to the Middle East to the United States, he has watched the world evolve over the past twenty years and speaks to the forces that will shape our world, and your business, now and in the years to come. Named one of the World Economic Forum’s “Global Leaders for Tomorrow,” his prolific, award-winning writing career, illustrious background on Wall Street, and PhD from Harvard give him a unique, multifaceted perspective of what’s going on in the world, from politics and the economy to international relations. His expertise is regularly sought-after by top national media, and he is a contributor for POLITICO, CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC. He is exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau.

Zachary Karabell is edgy, upbeat, at times humorous, and always provocative as he offers audiences hard-hitting insights on the current global environment. With a bright personality and a quick wit, he presents a positive view of what’s to come and shows that optimism is a vital ingredient in capitalizing on current opportunities. In spite of multiple domestic and global challenges, Karabell sees a world that continues to be buffeted and moved by technology, demography and a rapidly growing global middle class. These changes are accelerating, not halting and not reversing, and they provide incredible opportunities for those willing to understand them and design strategies to meet them, and massive risks to those who are not. From the interconnectedness of the world’s financial markets all the way down to how government policy affects American business, he addresses the trends that will most affect our businesses and lives in the years to come and challenges common assumptions in the discussion of global trends.

Karabell was the executive vice president and chief economist at Fred Alger Management and president of Fred Alger and Company. A recognized authority on the emergence of China in the global economy, he served as the portfolio manager of the China-US growth fund, which won a five-star designation from Morningstar. He was executive vice president of Alger’s Spectra Funds, which launched the Spectra Green Fund based on the idea that profit and sustainability are linked, and is the former vice chairman of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

He is the author of 13 books including, The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World. How we feel about the future is often determined by the numbers we read about in the news, and Karabell tackles the limitations of metrics like GDP and inflation and taps into the power of data to answer the important questions about our economy.

His previous books include,  The Last Campaign, which won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award for “Best Non-fiction Book of the Year”. Karabell is also a contributing editor for POLITICO and Wired magazine. He previously wrote “The Edgy Optimist” column for Reuters and The Atlantic. He has contributed to the Daily Beast, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, TIME magazine, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and Foreign Affairs.

Karabell sits on the board of New America and PEN America, is a senior advisor for Business for Social Responsibility, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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