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Reconciling Competing Forces in the Global Economy: What’s Driving Uncertainty?

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In reviewing developments and prospects for the global economy, Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian will highlight the unusual divergence that deepened in 2019 between increasingly messy geo-economics and continuously constructive markets … and what this means going forward for policymakers, households and companies.

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Mohamed A. El-Erian has worked on economic and financial issues in both the public and private sectors. Currently, he is the Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz, the corporate parent of PIMCO where he formerly served as chief executive and co-chief investment officer (2007-14), Professor of Practice at the Wharton School, senior advisor at Gramercy, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a contributing editor at the Financial Times, and a member of several non-profit boards. He is President-Elect of Queens’ College Cambridge, a post he is scheduled to take up in October 2020. From December 2012 to January 2017, he chaired President Obama’s Global Development Council.

Having served for 15 years as an international civil servant at the IMF in Washington DC, Dr. El-Erian first joined PIMCO in 1999 and was a senior member of PIMCO ’s portfolio management and investment strategy group. He rejoined the company at the end of 2007 after serving for two years as president and CEO of Harvard Management Company, the entity that manages Harvard’s endowment.

He has published widely on international economic and finance topics. His 2008 book, “When Markets Collide,” was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, won the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year and was named a book of the year by The Economist and one of the best business books of all time by the Independent (UK). His 2016 book, “The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability and Avoiding the Next Collapse,” was also a New York Times bestseller, was listed this year by one of the “25 of the Most Inspiring Books Everyone Should Read.”

Among the many recognitions, Dr. El-Erian was named to Foreign Policy’s list of “Top 100 Global Thinkers” for four years in a row and, in 2017, to Investment News’ list of 20 market “icons and innovators.” In both 2016 and 2017, Linked-In named him as one of its top three “voices” among its “influencers.” Since 2014, he has been on the jury for the annual for the Financial Times/McKenzie Book of the Year award. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

Mohamed has served on several boards and committees, including the U.S. Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee, the International Center for Research on Women, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the IMF ’s Committee of Eminent Persons, New America, and the New York Fed’ Investor Advisory Committee on Financial Markets. He is currently a board member of several non-profits, including the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER – Executive Committee) and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Vice-Chair). Since 2007, he has been Chair of Microsoft’s Investment Advisory Board. He chairs Allianz International Advisory Board and co-chairs the campaign for Cambridge University,

Mohamed’s awards and recognition for his financial industry and philanthropic activities include being named to the Fixed Income Hall of Fame and receiving the Ukleja Center’s Nell and John Wooden Ethics in Leadership award, the Creative Leadership Award by the Louise Blouin Foundation, the Egyptian Cancer Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his support of cancer treatment and cures, Investment News’ “Icons and Innovators” Award, and the Middle East Institute’s Visionary Award.

He has participated in a range of economic and financial conferences, including at the BIS , the Bank of England, the G-20, the IMF , the World Bank and several private sector events. Among his many speeches, he delivered the Per Jacobsson Foundation Lecture in Washington D.C, the Homer Jones Memorial Lecture at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the Bagehot speech at the Economist Gathering in New York, the luncheon speech at the IMF ’s Annual Research Conference, and keynote speeches at several CFA society and financial industry events. He appears regularly on television, particularly Bloomberg, CNBC , Fox Business and CNN . His recent article may be found on

He holds a master’s degree and doctorate in economics from Oxford University and received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Cambridge University.

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