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Vikram Mansharamani Global Trend-Watcher, Harvard University Lecturer, & Investor Author, Boombustology: Spotting Bubbles Before They Burst

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Vikram Mansharamani first gained widespread attention in 2011 with his book Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst. Since then he’s gone on to show others how to use his multi-lens approach to manage risk, navigate uncertainty and peer into the future on crucial areas like China, food, the global economy, Africa, housing, investing, financial cycles, energy and much more.

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. As we encounter information that seems irrelevant, most people think “So What?!” – but Generalists think “isn’t that interesting” and try to connect the 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 how 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). Currently he is a Lecturer in the Program on Ethics, Politics, & Economics at Yale University and teaches three popular classes: “Investment Management”, “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. 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.

A regular commentator in the financial media, Vikram has 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. 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. As a Tiger21 Scholar, he regularly advises the organization’s members on matters of asset allocation and investment strategy. He regularly addresses those focused on allocating large pools of capital. He has spoken to audiences of sovereign wealth funds, family offices, endowments, foundations, and registered investment advisors and – of course – a variety of major corporate and association groups.

Vikram’s consulting work builds on these speaking and advisory roles and focuses on thematic investment analysis and risk management. He is a paid advisor to several leading endowments and currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Investment Committee of LVW Advisors, a Rochester-based investment advisor serving non-profit institutional clients. Vikram is also a Senior Advisor to the Crumpton Group, LLC, a strategic advisory firm founded by Ambassador Hank Crumpton.

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.


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