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Zachary Karabell

Head of Global Strategy, Envestnet

Zachary Karabell is head of global strategy at Envestnet, a publicly traded financial services firm. He is also president of River Twice Capital Advisors, a money management firm that overseas the Ascent Portfolios for Envestnet. Previously, he was executive vice president, chief economist, and head of marketing at Fred Alger Management, a New York-based investment firm that manages approximately $20 billion. He was also president of Fred Alger & Company, a broker-dealer; portfolio manager of the China-U.S. Growth Fund (CHUSX); and executive vice president of Alger’s Spectra Funds, a no-load family of mutual funds that managed the Spectra Green Fund. Educated at Columbia, Oxford, and Harvard, where he received his Ph.D., Zachary has taught at several leading universities, including Harvard and Dartmouth, and has written widely on economics, investing, history and international relations. His most recent book, “The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World,”was published by Simon & Schuster in February 2014. He is the author of 11 previous books, including “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 in 2000); “Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why The Worlds Prosperity Depends On It;” and “Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in the 21st Century,” co-authored with Aron Cramer. He sits on the board of the New America Foundation and the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, and in 2003, the World Economic Forum designated him a “Global Leader for Tomorrow.” He is a senior advisor for BSR, a membership organization that works with global corporations on issues of sustainability. As a commentator, Zachary writes “The Edgy Optimist” column for Slate. He is a CNBC contributor, a regular commentator on MSNBC, contributing editor for The Daily Beast, and writes for such publications as The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, the Financial Times, and Foreign Affairs.