Smart Globalization - In the Age of China and India
Keynote Speaker Bio
Ronald A. Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship
Sloan School of Management, MIT
Simon Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship
at MIT's Sloan School of Management, a position he has held since 2004. He
is also a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International
Economics in Washington, D.C., and co-founder of a website on the global
economic and financial crisis,
http://BaselineScenario.com. He is co-director of the NBER project on
Africa and President of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies
(term of office 2008-09).
From March 2007 through the end of August 2008, Professor Johnson was the
International Monetary Fund's Economic Counsellor (chief economist) and
Director of its Research Department. At the IMF, Professor Johnson led the
global economic outlook team, helped formulate innovative responses to
worldwide financial turmoil, and was among the earliest to propose new forms
of engagement for sovereign wealth funds. He was also the first IMF chief
economist to have a blog.
In 2000-2001 Professor Johnson was a member of the US Securities and
Exchange Commissions Advisory Committee on Market Information. His
assessment of the need for continuing strong market regulation is published
as part of the final report from that committee.
Mr. Johnson is an expert on financial and economic crises. As an
academic, in policy roles, and with the private sector, over the past 20
years he has worked on crisis prevention, amelioration, and recovery around
the world, in both relatively rich and relatively poor countries. His work
focuses on how policymakers can limit the impact of negative shocks and
manage the risks faced by their countries.
Mr. Johnson has worked with most of the leading research organizations
focused on global economic stability. He remains a Research Associate at the
NBER, a CEPR Research Fellow, a BREAD affiliate, a member of the Advisory
Group at the Center for Global Development (CGD) in Washington D.C., a
member of the International Advisory Board of CASE in Warsaw, and a
non-resident Research Fellow at the Asian Institute for Corporate Governance
of Korea University. In 2006-07, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Peterson
Institute for International Economics in Washington D.C.
His previous experience includes two years as an Assistant Director in
the IMF's Research Department, co-founding the Africa Project at the NBER,
co-chairing a taskforce on Latin American reforms at CGD, helping to run a
research center in Moscow, and belonging to the Global Advisory Board of
Endeavor, an organization that promotes entrepreneurship in emerging
Professor Johnson has regularly used his research findings, often in
association with the Brattle Group, to provide advice on global strategy. In
the past, he has worked closely with clients in the investment banking, oil,
telecoms and consumer goods sectors on worldwide issues. He has also worked
with the World Bank, the IMF and other international organizations in
various advisory capacities.
Recent papers have appeared or are forthcoming in the American
Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the
Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Financial Economics,
and the Journal of Finance. He is on the editorial
board of the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of
Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Comparative Economics,
and Cliometrica (a new Journal of Historical Economics and
His PhD is in economics from MIT, while his MA is from the University of
Manchester and his BA is from the University of Oxford.