Zachary Karabell: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Zachary Karabell

Economic Analyst, Political Historian & Award-Winning Author

Designated a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum, Zachary Karabell is bringing a profound and refreshingly optimistic outlook to a world economy in crisis. As the President of River Twice Research, where he analyzes economic and political trends, Karabell challenges common assumptions ranging from global economics to environmental sustainability. With a prolific, award winning writing career, an illustrious background on Wall Street and a Ph.D. from Harvard, Karabell brings a unique perspective to the discussion of globalization, the domestic and world economy, the greening of business and the shape of things to come.

Karabell developed his keen economic insight as the Executive Vice President, Head of Marketing and Chief Economist at Fred Alger Management, a New York based investment firm. Quickly becoming President of Fred Alger and Company, he was the Portfolio Manager of the China‐US Growth Fund, which won both a Lipper Award for top performance and a 5-star designation from Morningstar.

From his work on the fund Karabell began to identify the profound implications of converging economies between China and the United States, a phenomenon he and others have called “Chimerica.” Considered the leading expert on the complicated relationship between China and the United States, Karabell’s new and anticipated book on the subject will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2009.

As the Executive Vice President of Alger’s Spectra Funds, a no‐load family of mutual funds that launched the $30 million Spectra Green Fund, Karabell helped develop the idea that profit and sustainability are linked. At River Twice Research, he has continued to analyze what it means to adopt innovative green practices – and how businesses can maintain growth in a world where growth is in short supply.

In addition to his role as President of River Twice Research, he is also a Senior Advisor for Business for Social Responsibility, which advises Global 1000 corporations on how to integrate sustainability into their business
practices. “Sustainability is the only way to growth,” says Karabell. “We have no choice but to move forward, and green growth is our gateway to innovation.”

The author of numerous books, including A Visionary Nation: Four Centuries of American Dreams and What Lies Ahead, The Last Campaign: How Harry Truman Won the 1948 Election, which won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award for best non‐fiction book of the year and Peace Be Upon You: The Story of Muslim, Christian and Jewish Coexistence (Knopf, 2007), a book which examined the forgotten legacy of peace among the three faiths that The New York Times called “enlightened and enlightening.”

Karabell sits on the board of the World Policy Institute and the New America Foundation, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a regular contributor on CNBC and Fast Money, and is also a frequent commentator on NBC Nightly News, CNN, Fox News and The History Channel. Karabell regularly writes for such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and Newsweek.

At the podium, Karabell goes beyond data points to explore the complex and multifaceted shifts in our world economy. Known for his humorous anecdotes, uplifting perspective and hyperactive wit, he transforms complex issues with simplicity and a signature intellectual charm.

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