Vikram Mansharamani

Speaker


Vikram Mansharamani

Yale Lecturer | Global Equity Investor | Bestselling Author of Boombustology

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. 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.

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.


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. Shifting political, economic, climatic and societal change all factor into the equation. Vikram Mansharamani shows that the era of cheap food is over and describes the geo-political and geo-economic ramifications—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.