Dr Mohamed A El-Erian
Chief Economic Advisor, Allianz; Chair, Global Development Council
Mohamed A El-Erian is Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz, the corporate parent of PIMCO where he formerly served as Chief Executive and Co-Chief Investment Officer. He chairs President Obama’s Global Development Council, is a Columnist for Bloomberg View and a Contributing Editor at the Financial Times. He first joined PIMCO in 1999 as a Senior Member of the Portfolio Management and Investment Strategy Group and re-joined in 2007 after serving for two years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Harvard Management Company. Before PIMCO, Dr El-Erian was a Managing Director at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup and before that, he spent 15 years at the International Monetary Fund.
Dr El-Erian’s 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). He was named to Foreign Policy’s list of ‘Top 100 Global Thinkers’ for four years in a row. His new book, published in January 2016, ‘The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability and Avoiding the Next Collapse’ is a New York Times bestseller.
Dr El-Erian 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 and the New York Fed’ Investor Advisory Committee on Financial Markets. He is currently a Board Member of the NBER, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, New America, and Cambridge in America. He is also Chair of Microsoft’s Investment Advisory Board. He holds a master’s degree and doctorate in economics from Oxford University and is an Honorary Fellow of Queens’ College, Cambridge University.