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As a uniquely insightful commentator and writer on global trends and geopolitics, Afshin Molavi dissects our era’s biggest stories from the U.S-China Cold War to “the rise of the rest” in the emerging world to the key global trends changing how we produce, consume, connect, work and live.
Peppering his talks with anecdotes from his travels, a deep reading of history, and broad industry knowledge of commodities and supply chains, Molavi argues that globalization remains a potent force shaping our world in everything from vaccines (he dubbed it “Globalization in a Needle”) to your morning coffee, which he calls “Globalization in a Mug.” Taking a deep dive into systemic global issues, Molavi points to what he calls “disruption-proof trends” in demographics, urbanization, and connectivity as a better guide to the future than the daily headlines.
He is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, co-founder of the emerge85 Lab, and founder of the Emerging World newsletter. His articles and op-eds frequently appear in publications like The New York Times, The Economist, Businessweek, and Institutional Investor. He is also a former journalist whose credits include Reuters, The Washington Post, and the Financial Times, and formerly a senior global advisor at Oxford Analytica, and was selected by the World Economic Forum in Davos as a Young Global Leader.
From Amsterdam to Abu Dhabi, from Boston to Beijing, Molavi has delivered impactful keynotes for a wide range of audiences from global asset management firms and leading investment banks to travel and tourism boards and trade associations.
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Afshin has been a regular speaker at our Global Commodities conference. He is consistently among our highest rated speakers. He brings both academic rigor and journalistic flair into his presentations and panel discussions, and always delivers compelling content for our global audience. We look forward to having him back soon.
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