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Vikram Mansharamani

Speaker

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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.

Keynote Speeches

The Generalist Advantage: Zoom Out to Anticipate the Future

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.

The End Of Cheap Food – A Global Forecast

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.

Global Prosperity – Why Everything Is About To Change

As the middle-class booms in emerging nations, 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 ballooning middle-class 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.

The Global Economy – An Unconventional Look

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.

Spotting Bubbles Before They Burs

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.

Audience reviews:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Speaker Biography

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.