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Vikram Mansharamani

Global Trend Watcher, Generalist & Bestselling Author

Vikram Mansharamani first gained widespread attention with his book Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst. Since then he’s gone on to show business leaders and investors how to look at the world differently in order to manage risk and navigate uncertainty. He helps 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 their 10 Top Voices in Money & Finance for 2015.

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Presentations

Winning in A Complex World – The Generalist Advantage
Every day, we are confronted with radical uncertainty. To cut through the noise of our complex, interconnected world, we have increasingly come to rely on hyper-specialized experts. The result is that we live in a world that prizes expertise and specialization above all else. The trend toward specialization has helped us to solve important problems, but what if the pendulum has swung too far? Vikram thinks it has – and it’s impacted our ability to manage risk, navigate disruption and uncover hidden opportunities.

Don’t Let the Future Surprise You – Spotting Bubbles Before They Burst
Vikram 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 look broadly 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.

The Forthcoming Consumption Boom – Why Everything Is About to Change
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.

The End of Cheap Food – A Forecast
Food is emerging as one of the future’s most volatile assets. Political, economic, climatic and societal change all factor into the equation. Vikram 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.

Global Dis-Integration: Threat or Opportunity
Political upheavals are signaling a widespread rejection of globalization. And it’s not just happening in the North Atlantic.  Nationalist figures 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?  Global trend-spotter Vikram Mansharamani takes audiences on a tour of global economic and political chaos, outlining the deeper forces—demographic, cultural, and technological – driving the unrest. In doing so, he gives audiences the tools to identify both risks and opportunities in a world of dis-integrating business. And, challenging the pessimism that this story might prompt, Mansharamani concludes by describing a long-run reason for hope: the rise of the global middle class.

Awards

2015
LinkedIn Top Voices: Money & Finance

  • Vikram is a wonderful speaker. He engaged the audience from his opening comments and kept them entertained and informed until the end. He handled all the questions with colorful concise answers and encouraged everyone to participate. The audience clearly enjoyed the presentation and gave him great reviews in the survey. I would certainly recommend him to any group that needs insight into Bubbles and the Global Economy.


    - CFA Virginia
  • 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.

    - Director, Member Services & Communications, FCC
  • He is able to distill broad themes into relatable bites through illustrative and effective storytelling and use of visual images. He invites the audience to engage directly with him and they do! He is adept at and seems to enjoy responding to questions and challenges to his point of view. Dr. Mansharamani was among the best speakers we've had.

    - Federal Deposit Corporaton
  • What a hit you were at our meetings! So many people commented on how much they enjoyed your presentation and how much they gained from it!.

    - Manager of Advisor Training, Lincoln Financial Advisors
  • 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.

    - Associate Director for Leadership Programs and Europe, Office of International Affairs, Yale University
  • Your superbly-delivered keynote presentation directly impacted the overall success of our national conference and was much appreciated by those in attendance. Initial feedback received by delegates rated your session “very good” to “excellent” with respect to session content, presentation style and applicability. You were definitely a “hit” with our group!

    - Director, Credit Union Central of Canada

Summary Profile

Vikram 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. When encountering information that seems irrelevant most people think, “So what?!” Instead, generalists think, “Isn’t that interesting,” and look to connect disparate dots. When they do, the conclusions they draw and decisions they make may be very different from the more narrow-focused “experts.” Vikram shows audiences practical ways 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). He was a Lecturer in the Program on Ethics, Politics, & Economics at Yale University where he taught three popular classes: “Investment Management”, “Financial Booms and Busts” and “Adventures in Business Ethics.” 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.

Vikram is currently regular contributor to Worth magazine and PBS NewsHour. He has also contributed to Bloomberg, MarketWatch, CNBC, ForbesFortuneThe New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Atlantic, Yale Global, The South China Morning PostThe Korea TimesThe 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.  And while corporations from virtually every industry have sought his insights, he continues to have a very strong following in the investment community.  He regularly speaks with those focused on allocating large pools of capital. Audiences of sovereign wealth funds, family offices, endowments, foundations, and registered investment advisors have found tremendous value in his unconventional thinking.

Vikram’s consulting work builds on these speaking and advisory roles and focuses on thematic analysis and risk management. He is a paid advisor to several leading endowments and currently serves on the board of the Africa Opportunity Fund (LSE: AOF).  He is also a strategic advisor to Peter Kiewit & Sons, a leading construction company based in Omaha, and regularly helps the National Bank of Abu Dhabi.

He previously served on the boards of the Association of Yale Alumni, the U.S.-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.