Magazine article Management Today

The Best Thinkers since 1966: Business Big Brains - Nouriel Roubini

Magazine article Management Today

The Best Thinkers since 1966: Business Big Brains - Nouriel Roubini

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Remember Dr Doom?

AKA Prof Nouriel Roubini of the Stern School of Business in New York - he picked up his dingy moniker as a result of being one of the tiny number of mainstream economists to have seen the Great Crash of 2008 coming. And to have done so while the party was still in full swing, in 2006.

Of course, no one paid any attention at the time. But when his dire prognostications came true all that changed, and he was catapulted from off-grid economic eccentric to global financial mastermind - morphing from Cassandra to Sage almost overnight.

He was a specialist in emerging markets, but star player in the global premier league he was not. What rare gift allowed him to see what was invisible to so many other, more prestigious, colleagues?

Roubini himself - born in Turkey to Iranian-Jewish parents, raised in Italy, educated at Harvard - puts it down to being a 'Global Nomad', more flexible and pragmatic than theorists enslaved by dogma. …

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