Vikram Mansharamani

The Power of Foxy Thinking, Yale Lecturer, Author: Boombustology

Vikram Mansharamani is an experienced 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 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.

Dr. Mansharamani is the author of Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst. He 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. 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.

Vikram Mansharamani is a frequently sought-after speaker by a wide range of organizations. Heregularly 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. As a Tiger21 Scholar, he regularly advises the organization’s members on matters of asset allocation and investment strategy. He also speaks to more general groups – showing them how to anticipate the future by taking a generalist approach: paying attention to areas outside their expertise and connecting the dots to make better decisions.

His 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. Dr. Mansharamani is also a Senior Advisor to the Crumpton Group, LLC, a strategic advisory firm founded by Ambassador Hank Crumpton.

He currently serves as chairman of the Torit Montessori School in Boston and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Association of Yale Alumni. He earned a PhD 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.

Dr. Mansharamani is an aspiring triathlete, a Las Vegas regular, and a formerly competitive squash player. He currently lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

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Vikram Mansharamani

Vikram Mansharamani is an experienced 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 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.

Dr. Mansharamani is the author of Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst. He 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. 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.

Vikram Mansharamani is a frequently sought-after speaker by a wide range of organizations. Heregularly 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. As a Tiger21 Scholar, he regularly advises the organization’s members on matters of asset allocation and investment strategy. He also speaks to more general groups – showing them how to anticipate the future by taking a generalist approach: paying attention to areas outside their expertise and connecting the dots to make better decisions.

His 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. Dr. Mansharamani is also a Senior Advisor to the Crumpton Group, LLC, a strategic advisory firm founded by Ambassador Hank Crumpton.

He currently serves as chairman of the Torit Montessori School in Boston and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Association of Yale Alumni. He earned a PhD 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.

Dr. Mansharamani is an aspiring triathlete, a Las Vegas regular, and a formerly competitive squash player. He currently lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

To book Midram Mansharamani call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

Vikram Mansharamani speaks on a broad range of topics that help people plan for the future. He applies the analytical power of a multi-disciplinary approach (microeconomics, marcoeconomics, psychology, politics and biology) to topics not generally thought to be in the investment domain - though potentially with significant investment implications. Dr. Mansharamani tailors each presentation to meet the specific need. Sample speech titles include:

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
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.

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.Entertaining and empowering, with examples drawn from finance, politics, agriculture, medicine, and education, Mansharamani helps people manage risk and anticipate the future with intriguing specifics to convince the audience of his generalist approach.

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.

CFA Virginia, Richmond, VA

“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.”

ICBI, London, UNITED KINGDOM

“Vikram is a lively and engaging speaker. Right from the first moment Vikram steps on stage he captivates the audience and involves them in the session- no one is looking at Blackberries or leaving the room – they are all fascinated with what he has to say. Vikram is a very versatile speaker- he can give thoughtful and entertaining solo presentations communicating a clear and relevant business message but in addition he is a real asset to panel discussions- he encourages debate and creates a compelling dialogue. You can trust Vikram to add value, insight and personality to any conference.”

Programming Chair, CFA Society of Iowa Des Moines, IA

“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.”

Expert on Bubble Scenarios and Author, Boombustology

“Dr. Mansharamani is a talented speaker who connects with his audience. He is able to distill broad themes into relatable bites through illustrative and effective storytelling and use of visual images. He invites the audience to engage directly with him and they do! He is adept at and seems to enjoy responding to questions and challenges to his point of view. Dr. Mansharamani was among the best speakers we’ve had in our Author Series – evidence: the long line of people who sought to meet him and ask more questions following his presentation.”

15 Predictions for ’15-’20
Friday, January 16, 2015

2014 was an action-packed year: Russia invaded Crimea, US energy production surged, the South China Sea disputes escalated, Hong Kong students protested, Malaysia literally lost an aircraft with hundreds of passengers, Scotland denied the UK independence (an admittedly Scottish interpretation), Spain had a succession movement, California effectively ran out of water, West Africa fought Ebola, Thailand had (another) military coup, Pakistan faced massive political unrest, Ukrainian rebels shot down a Malaysian jet, China’s economy slowed while its stock market rose, India elected Modi and started reforming, commodity markets suffered, Israel/Gaza tensions rose, ISIS emerged as a serious threat, oil prices plunged, Iranian nuclear ambitions continued, Europe started crumbling, America reconnected with Cuba, North Korea started a cyber-war, etc.

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