Mohamed A. El-Erian is President-Elect of Queens’ College Cambridge. He currently serves as Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz, the corporate parent of PIMCO where he formerly served as chief executive and co-chief investment officer (2007-2014). A Professor of Practice at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and Senior Global Fellow at the Lauder Institute, he is a columnist for Bloomberg View and a contributing editor at the Financial Times. He previously chaired President Obama’s Global Development Council (2012-2017).
Dr El-Erian first joined PIMCO in 1999 and was a senior member of PIMCO’s portfolio management and investment strategy group, as well as a founding member of its investment committee. He rejoined the company at the end of 2007 after serving for two years as president and CEO of Harvard Management Company. Prior to this, Dr El-Erian was a managing director at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in London, and previously spent 15 years at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC where he was Deputy Director.
Dr El-Erian has published widely on international economic and finance topics. His 2008 book, When Markets Collide, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller and won the Financial Times Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year. His 2016 book, The Only Game in Town, was a New York Times bestseller. He was named on Foreign Policy’s list of “Top 100 Global Thinkers” four years in a row. LinkedIn named him among its Top “Influencers” for 2016 and 2017.
Having served on the boards of the US Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee, the International Center for Research on Women, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the IMF’s Committee of Eminent Persons and the New York Fed’s Investor Advisory Committee on Financial Markets, Dr El-Erian is currently a trustee of several nonprofit boards, including the NBER where he sits on the Executive Committee, and is a Board member of Barclays and Under Armour. He is a Senior Advisor for Gramercy, co-chairs the capital campaign for the University and Colleges of Cambridge and has been chair of Microsoft’s Investment Advisory Board since 2007. Dr El-Erian holds a Master’s degree and doctorate in economics from Oxford University and received his undergraduate degree from Cambridge University.