Vikram Mansharamani

Vikram Mansharamani

Harvard Lecturer | Global Equity Investor | Bestselling Author of Boombustology

Dr. Vikram Mansharamani is a global trend-watcher who shows people how to anticipate the future, manage risk, and spot opportunities. He gained widespread attention with the release of his first book, Boombustology, which provided a framework for spotting bubbles before they burst.  Since then, he has been a frequent commentator on issues driving disruption in the global business environment. In his engrossing talks, Dr. Mansharamani steps back from complex market dynamics and uses a multiple-lens framework to look at disparate data to provide actionable insights and indispensable information.

Dr. Mansharamani 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. In 2020 he released his second book, Think For Yourself, which argues for the importance of a return to common sense and autonomy in the face of a flood of data, expert opinions, and AI-controlled helpers.

Currently a lecturer at Harvard University, Dr. Mansharamani teaches students to use multiple perspectives in making tough decisions. Previously, he was a lecturer at Yale University. In addition to teaching, he also advises several Fortune 500 CEOs to help them navigate the radical uncertainty in today’s business and regulatory environment, and he also regularly advises sovereign wealth funds, endowments, foundations, and family offices on how to manage their allocations in the face of overwhelming uncertainty.

Dr. Mansharamani is also a frequent contributor to top publications such as Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes, The New York Times, and many others. So valuable are his insights, that LinkedIn named Dr. Mansharamani #1 on their “10 Top Voices in Money and Finance” list in both 2015 and 2016, and Worth Magazine profiled him as one of the 100 most powerful people in global finance.

He has a PhD and two masters degrees from MIT and a bachelors degree from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.


Navigating Uncertainty: An Unconventional Approach

In this stimulating and entertaining talk, Dr. Vikram Mansharamani applies a unique combination of practitioner experience and academic perspective to help audiences navigate the seemingly unending crosscurrents of global economic, financial and geopolitical uncertainty. He explains how we got to the current world of protectionism, nationalism, populism, and currency conflicts and explores how the combination of political, social, technological, demographic, and economic pressures will impact future trends. After presenting several scenarios, he considers the risks and opportunities emerging from a recession or an escalation of global tensions. While audiences often find themselves agreeing with Dr. Mansharamani each step of the way, they’re frequently surprised by what turn out to be unconventional conclusions.

Think for Yourself

In a fast-paced world driven by complex and changing factors, connecting the dots is often more important than developing them. As a result of the overwhelming flood of information that pours at us daily, we run headlong into the arms of experts and technologies. We’ve stopped thinking for ourselves and now habitually – perhaps unconsciously – outsource our thinking about important decisions. Rather than turn to specialists, Dr. Mansharamani guides us to think bigger and look across the silos of expertise, leaving listeners empowered and energized to think for themselves. This memorable talk is filled with stories from a variety of industries and settings about how we got to where we are and how we can reclaim control.

Boom or Bust: Spotting Bubbles Before They Burst

Our dynamic global economy seems to be producing boom and bust cycles more frequently than in the past. There’s always something that seems ahead of itself, having reached unsustainable levels. In direct contrast to the prevailing academic thinking, Dr. Vikram Mansharamani believes it’s possible to identify financial (and other) bubbles before they burst. Drawing on entertaining examples from art markets, architecture, and popular culture (as well as economics and politics), he powerfully demonstrates that you need not be an expert to anticipate the future. Audiences leave this talk feeling empowered to think independently and connect the obvious dots to generate not-so-obvious conclusions.