Daniel Altman is an American-born economist and writer. He is the founder of the Emerging Design Centers initiative. He is also the founder and president of North Yard Economics, a not-for-profit consulting firm that provides economic analysis to governments and non-governmental organizations in developing countries. He writes commentary on economics (and occasionally on soccer) in English and Spanish. Altman teaches economics as an adjunct professor at the New York University Stern School of Business and serves as Chief Economist of Big Think.
Mr. Altman was formerly Director of Thought Leadership at Dalberg Global Development Advisors. He also worked for many years as an economic journalist, most recently as the global economics columnist of the International Herald Tribune. Previously, he had been one of the youngest-ever members of the editorial board of The New York Times, under then-editor Howell Raines. He was also on the staff of The Economist. Outside of journalism, he served as an economic advisor to the British government in 2003 and 2004.
His fourth book, Outrageous Fortunes: The Twelve Surprising Trends That Will Reshape the Global Economy was published in January 2011 by Times Books. His previous books are Power in Numbers: UNITAID, Innovative Financing, and the Quest for Massive Good, co-authored with Philippe Douste-Blazy and published in 2010 by PublicAffairs; Neoconomy: George Bush's Revolutionary Gamble with America's Future, also published by PublicAffairs, in 2004; and Connected: 24 Hours in the Global Economy, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2007. Both Outrageous Fortunes and Connected have been translated into many languages, including Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.