Zachary Karabell

Zachary Karabell is Head of Global Strategy at Envestnet, a financial services firm, President of River Twice Research, and author of The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers that Rule Our World, as well as eleven other books. At River Twice Research, Karabell analyzes economic and political trends. He is also a senior advisor for Business for Social Responsibility. Previously, he was executive vice president, head of marketing, and chief economist at Fred Alger Management, a New York-based investment firm, and president of Fred Alger and Company, as well as portfolio manager of the China-U.S. Growth Fund. He was also executive vice president of Alger’s Spectra Funds, which launched the $30 million Spectra Green Fund based on the idea that profit and sustainability are linked. Educated at Columbia, Oxford, and Harvard, where he received his Ph.D., his books include Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why the World’s Prosperity Depends on It, The Last Campaign: How Harry Truman Won the 1948 Election, which won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award, and Peace Be Upon You: The Story of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Coexistence, which examined the forgotten legacy of peace among the three faiths. He hosts a podcast, ‘What Could Go Right’, and is working on his next book to be published by Penguin Press in 2018. He 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 joined the PEN America Board in 2016.