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Vikram Mansharamani

Vikram Mansharamani

Global Equity Investor| Best-selling Author of Boombustology | Yale Lecturer

Bio

Boom-bust cycles. They’re occurring more frequently than ever. The most notorious ones impact financial markets, but they also impact nations, healthcare, food, energy, education, technology and many other areas as well. Speaker Vikram Mansharamani, the bestselling author of Boombustology, is expert at helping audiences recognize and manage the risk of “bubble trouble.” He steps back from complex market dynamics and uses a multiple-lens framework to look at disparate data to provide actionable insights and indispensable information.

  • Learn to anticipate the future and navigate radical uncertainty.
  • Spot opportunities others miss: see the world through multiple lenses & look outside your expertise — then connect the dots.
  • How will global political, market, technological, societal, and economic forces impact your industry and business?
  • LinkedIn’s #1 Voice on Economy & Finance, 2015 and 2016
  • Contributor, Worth magazine and PBS NewsHour.

Vikram has been an active participant in the financial markets for the last 20 years. His experience includes positions in management consulting, investment banking, and asset management. Analysis has been the focus of his professional endeavors and 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.

He is a former director of the US-Pakistan Business Council, Interelate Incoporated, and ManagedOps Incorporated, and served as Managing Director of SDK Capital (and its predecessors). Currently, he is a lecturer at Yale University and teaches two popular classes: “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.

A bestselling writer, he is the author of Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst and is a regular commentator in the financial media, having 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.

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.

Topics
  • Managing Risk;
  • Global Economy;
  • Financial Markets;
  • Boom-Bust Dynamics;
  • Investing;
  • China;
  • Food;
  • Housing;
  • Energy;
  • Healthcare;
  • Commodities

Zoom Out! - The Generalist Advantage
A New Way to Navigate Uncertainty & Risk

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. This trend has helped us to solve important problems, but not without a cost. The result is that we live in a world that overvalues expertise and specialization. Has the pendulum swung too far? Vikram Mansharamani thinks it has – and it’s impacted our ability to manage risk, navigate disruption and uncover hidden opportunities.

In this speech, Mansharamani offers scores of compelling real-life examples showing how expertise, while useful, leads to tunnel vision. Psychological studies have demonstrated that overreliance on the heavily-focused vision of experts can lead us to miss the most important signals—the ones we’re least primed to see. We can be blinded by focus. Instead, Vikram advocates cultivating a broader view – a generalist’s mindset. When most people encounter seemingly irrelevant information, they think “So what?!” Generalists think “isn’t that interesting!” Compiling these moments and connecting the dots often results in very different conclusions from the “experts.” Vikram’s real-life examples of this reveal an effective approach to anticipate the future.

Mansharamani explains why we need to supplement the overwhelming dependence on specialists with a self-reliant generalist mindset.  Generalist ‘foxes,’ more than specialist ‘hedgehogs,’ as Isaiah Berlin classified them, are psychologically open to ideas that are radically different from what they’ve encountered before. In fact, in our increasingly interconnected, dematerialized economy, the future may belong to the generalist. Those who connect dots rather than generate them will be better suited to navigate the uncertainty. Indeed, research has shown that generalists may be better at predicting the future than experts—likely because they are not bound to a single lens or framework, and they have a profound awareness not primarily of what they know, but of what they don’t know. With colorful examples from economics, aviation, sports, dieting, and detective fiction, Vikram shows audiences how intellectual humility, flexibility and breadth of perspective beat depth of knowledge. To succeed in the 21st century, he notes, we need to keep experts on tap, just not on top.

Building on insights from the research he conducted at the Harvard Kennedy School and from his current book project, Vikram shows the importance of thinking like a generalist, from the boardroom to the household to the operating table.  Entertaining and empowering, Vikram Mansharamani helps people be mindful about the appropriate times to zoom in and zoom out—and thus to become better prepared to manage risk and achieve a greater self-reliance. Audiences will leave knowing how to embrace the power of foxy thinking.

The Generalist Advantage

Expertise and specialization can hamper the ability to navigate the uncertainty of a complex world.  Instead, Vikram advocates cultivating a broader view – a generalist’s mindset.   Most people who encounter seemingly irrelevant information think “So what?!” Generalists think “isn’t that interesting!” and looks to connect the dots – often arriving at very different conclusions from the “experts.”  Vikram’s real life examples reveal an effective approach to anticipate the future.

The Global Consumption Boom – Why Everything Is About To Change

As the middle-class balloons in emerging nations, a global consumption boom will have an unprecedented impact on food, fuel, precious metals and other commodities. The likely impact on the global standard of living will drive geopolitical and economic uncertainty. Vikram Mansharamani untangles the dynamics and helps audiences think differently about the nature of global prosperity and how it will shape their business.

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 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.

The Global Economy – An Unconventional Look

Europe falling apart? China collapsing? Treasury bubble popping? Japan’s economy imploding? Energy dynamics creating geopolitical unrest? Vikram Mansharamani applies his multi-lens approach to help people manage the cross-currents of rapidly-changing global economic, financial and political developments. His customized content incorporates information that’s fresh and relevant.

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, look broadly through multiple lenses—to art markets, architecture, popular culture, economics, politics and more. Vikram empowers audiences—assuring them that they don’t need to be an expert to effectively anticipate the future.


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Testimonials

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.

–Credit Union Central of Canada

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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.

–Credit Union Central of Canada

One of the most important topics in global economics today was presented with enthusiasm and humor, supported by well-researched analysis. This attention-grabbing presentation is a must for anyone who's looking ahead to the Next Big Boom (or Bust).

–Investment Manager, External Equities Department, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

Vikram is a wonderful speaker. He engaged the audience from his opening comments and kept them entertained and informed until the end. The Q and A session was equally beneficial. 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.

–Program Chair, CFA Virginia, Richmond, VA

Rare is the speaker that offers a perspective culled from a variety of disciplines. Seeking such a person, we booked Vikram to speak to our group, which is comprised of CFA charter holders with a wealth of experience in financial markets. He was someone we thought would inspire outside-the-box thinking, and he delivered in spades. Vikram offered a broad, macro-level presentation that exposed our audience to potential opportunities and threats facing the world. He’s an incredibly knowledgeable, dynamic speaker whose presentation just might change your worldview – he certainly changed a few among our group.

–CFA, President, Sagacious, Programming Chair, CFA Society of Iowa

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