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Marvin Zonis        

Political Economist & Consultant

The first University of Chicago professor to teach a course on the effects of digital technologies on global business, Marvin Zonis is Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Business, where he teaches courses on international political economy, leadership, and e-commerce. He also consults to corporations and professional asset management firms throughout the world, helping them to identify, assess, and manage their political risks in the changing global environment; and is co-founder and chairman of DSD, a software development company based in Moscow and Chicago.

What unites all of these activities is Zonis' unique understanding of how politics, economics, and emergent technologies intersect, and how these intersections determine certain regions’ prospects for economic growth and business success.

In light of these global challenges, a true understanding of business leadership is more essential than ever. Putting his knowledge and business acumen to that specific use, Dr. Marvin Zonis shares the ins and outs of globalization, digital technologies, emerging markets, Middle Eastern politics, the oil industry, Russia, and US foreign policy with audiences throughout the country. His writings on these subjects have been published in The Financial Times, The New York Times, and The International Herald Tribune, among many others, and he has appeared on numerous network television news programs, including Nightline and CNN's Larry King Live.

Speech Topics

Forget the BRICs: It's the BICIs (Brazil, India, China & Indonesia)

Despite President Medvedev's recent efforts to transform Russia, it will remain a laggard in the global economy. The vast mineral income flowing to its government makes market-oriented reform difficult. When it comes to economic growth, the winners are the BICIs—the rising powers of Brazil, India, China, and Indonesia.

In this keynote, Dr. Marvin Zonis assesses the BICIs' prospects for continued growth as these four countries become major economic and political powers.

Crisis of Globalization & Succeeding in an Unstable World

Whether in business or government, leaders are in the midst of hard times. Yet for many leaders, these hard times provide an opportunity to strengthen their leadership positions.

In this keynote, Dr. Marvin Zonis explains how leaders who seize the opportunities within a crisis can re-fashion their strategic vision for the future of their organizations, remobilize resources, and enlist the powerful emotions generated in a crisis to strengthen their ties with their followers.

The Triumph of the Markets: Global Politics & Economics

The gap between rich and poor countries is not widening. In fact, for the majority of the world's population, that gap is decreasing. Some 60 developing countries have adopted many of the features market economies thrive on and are growing their economies faster than the 30 richest countries. These rapid developers include India and China, who hold 40 percent of the world's population between them. However, there are another 60 countries in the world that have not adopted market economy features and thus have not joined the trend towards globalization and are getting poorer. The income gap between those failing states and the rest of the world is widening rapidly. Unless wealthy nations take concerted and vigorous action to generate economic development in those countries, the future of global stability will be at stake.

In this keynote, Dr. Marvin Zonis identifies and discusses these changes' implications for businesses around the world.

Geo-Politics & Global Business in the New Decade

As technology undergoes exponential growth, powerful demographic trends dramatically age the world's populations, and fears of climate change drive public policy and private investments, the 21st century will witness the most rapid changes in the history of the world.

Companies that wish to succeed in this century must anticipate and prepare for these changes. In this fascinating keynote, Dr. Marvin Zonis identifies these forces and explains their effects on the global economy.

Getting Globalization Right: Rules for Successful Global Investing

Despite 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and ongoing terrorist threats, globalization is alive and well and slowly rebounding to pre-crisis levels. However, businesses looking to expand their global reach need to carefully determine where they ought to commit their business—a decision largely based on a country's prospect for political stability and economic growth.

In this enlightening keynote, Dr. Marvin Zonis shares a set of 15 principles for "getting globalization right" to help businesses more effectively assess a country's prospects. These principles include estimates of corruption, leadership succession, and external threats.

Who will be the Winners and Losers in the Global Economic Boom?

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E-commerce in the New Global Order

World Economic Growth and the Future of the Emerging Markets

The Globalization of Crime and its Effects on International Business

Global Challenges Facing the Bush Administration

Economic Drivers of the Global Marketplace in the Age of Political Risk

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