Mohamed A. El-Erian
El-Erian speaking at the World Economic Forum Summit on the Global Agenda 2008
|Born||Mohamed A. El-Erian
August 19, 1958
|Residence||Newport Beach, California|
|Alma mater||Queen's College, Cambridge
St. Anthony's College, Oxford
|Occupation||CEO of PIMCO|
Mohamed A. El-Erian (Egyptian Arabic: [mæˈħæmmæd elʕeɾˈjæːn]; born August 19, 1958) is the CEO and co-CIO of PIMCO, a global investment management firm and one of the world’s largest bond investors with approximately US$1.9 trillion of assets under management as of September 1, 2012.
On December 21, 2012, President Obama announced the appointment of El-Erian as the Chair of the president's Global Development Council.
As CEO, El-Erian is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the firm and leading its operations globally. As co-CIO with PIMCO cofounder Bill Gross, El-Erian oversees investment policies and strategies for all of the company’s portfolio management activities. He is also a lead portfolio manager focusing on global asset allocation strategies, including PIMCO Global Advantage and PIMCO Global Multi-Asset, the latter of which is the firm’s flagship asset allocation strategy.
He re-joined PIMCO at the end of 2007 after serving for two years as president and CEO of Harvard Management Company, the entity that manages Harvard’s endowment and related accounts. El-Erian served as a member of the faculty of Harvard Business School. He is currently a member of the Harvard Global Advisory Council.
He first joined PIMCO in 1999 and was a senior member of PIMCO's portfolio management and investment strategy group. Before coming to PIMCO, El-Erian was a managing director at Citigroup in London and before that he spent 15 years at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C.
He is a regular contributor to public debates, including through his writings, radio and television appearances and newspaper interviews.
Background and education
El-Erian was born in New York but spent his childhood in Egypt. The family moved back to New York in 1968 when his father took a position at the United Nations. He also accompanied his father on his other diplomatic postings abroad, including as Ambassador to France (1971–73) only returning to Egypt for short visits. After attending schools in Cairo, New York, Paris, and England, El-Erian settled in the United States in 1983 taking a position at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C.
El-Erian has published widely on international economic and finance topics. He is a member of the Financial Times "A-List" of writers and has a monthy column in Foreign Policy. He is also a regular op-ed contributor to Project Syndicate. His columns have appeared in The Atlantic, Bloomberg, The Economist, Financial Times, Fortune, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Financial Express, and other outlets. His book, When Markets Collide, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, won the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award in 2008, and was named a book of the year by The Economist and one of the best business books of all time by The Independent. He was named to Foreign Policy's list of Top 100 Global Thinkers for 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, and in April 2013 Foreign Policy named him as one of the 500 most powerful people on the planet. El-Erian was inducted into the Fixed Income Analysts Society Hall of Fame on April 14, 2011. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, El-Erian was included in Investment Advisor’s annual IA 25 list honoring the most influential people in and around the advisor community.  In December 2012, Marketwatch named him one of “30 leaders who will set the agenda in 2013” – the publication’s annual list of the people who will shape economic currents in the coming year.  In September 2013, El-Erian was recognized as the Capital Markets Personality of the Year by Africa investor, an international investment and communications group that publishes a leading magazine for Africa’s investment decision makers.  Worth Magazine, a publication focused on high net worth individuals, named El-Erian to its Power 100 list – “the 100 Most Powerful People in Finance” – in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In November 2013, he delivered the luncheon speech at the IMF’s Annual Research Conference that also featured Ben Bernanke, Olivier Blanchard, Stanley Fischer, Ken Rogoff and Larry Summers. He also is a contributor to LinkedIn’s Influencer series.
El-Erian has served on several boards and committees, including the U.S. Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee, the International Center for Research on Women, the IMF's Committee of Eminent Persons, and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is currently a board member of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the NBER, and Cambridge in America. Since 2007, he has served as chair of the Microsoft Investment Advisory Committee.
He holds a master's degree and doctorate in economics from Oxford University and received his undergraduate degree from Queens' College, Cambridge. In June 2011, El-Erian received an honorary doctorate degree from the American University in Cairo.
In September 2012, El-Erian was given the Creative Leadership Award by the Louise Blouin Foundation.
El-Erian is a widely recognized thought leader and, along with Bill Gross, is credited with developing the post-global financial crisis concept of the "New Normal". He has published numerous articles and commentaries on topics related to the New Normal, the sovereign debt crisis in Europe, the transformative changes occurring in the Middle East and other matters related to the global economy.
He has spoken at many universities, public institutions and other outlets, including the University of California, Irvine, the New York Public Library, the University of Southern California, Cambridge and Oxford, the Newport Beach Public Library, and the 92nd Street Y as well as CFA, and FT and Economist conferences. In 2010, he delivered the Per Jacobsson Foundation Lecture in Washington, D.C., and in 2012 was chosen to present the Homer Jones Memorial Lecture at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In October 2012, he delivered the keynote Bagehot at The Economist’s Buttonwood Gathering in New York. He loves sports and has been known to appear on TV wearing the jersey of his favorite football team, the New York Jets.
- "Experts - Mohamed A. El-Erian". PIMCO. Retrieved 2012-06-15.
- "Our Firm". PIMCO. 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2012-06-15.
- "Times Of India". 2012-12-22. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
- Jennifer Ablan (11 September 2007). "El-Erian Quits Harvard, Rejoins Pimco as Co-head". Reuters. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
- "The Road from Tahrir Square to Democracy", Mohamed El-Erian, Financial Times, February 14, 2011
- "The A-List | Must-read views on today's top news stories". Blogs.ft.com. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- "Mohamed A. El-Erian". Project Syndicate. Retrieved 2012-06-15.
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- "Books of the year: Pick of the pile". The Economist. December 4, 2008. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- "The best business books of all time". The Independent. 13 December 2008. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- "Foreign Policy's First Annual List of the 100 Top Global Thinkers". Foreign Policy. December 2009. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- "Foreign Policy's Second Annual List of the 100 Top Global Thinkers". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- "The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2012-06-15.
- "The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers". Foreign Policy. 26 November 2012. Archived from the original on 28 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
- "The FP Power Map". Foreign Policy. April 29, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-29.
- "Mohamed El-Erian Speech". Fixed Income Analysts Society. April 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- "Who Are the 'Most Influential' People in the Investment Advisory Business? The 10th Annual IA 25 Reveals Honorees for 2012". MarketWatch. Retrieved 2012-06-15.
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- "30 leaders who will set agenda in 2013". MarketWatch. 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
- "Ai Weekly Commentary". Africa Investor. 2013-09-23. Retrieved 2013-09-26.
- "Worth Power 100 – The 100 Most Powerful People in Finance". Worth. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
- "Worth Announces 3rd Annual Worth Power 100: The 100 Most Powerful People in Finance". Worth. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
- "The Power 100 | The 100 Most Powerful People in Finance". Worth. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
- "Investing in the New Normal". Kiplinger.com. October 19, 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- El-Erian, Mohamed (February 3, 2011). "Spain is not Greece and need not be Ireland". Financial Times. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- El-Erian, Mohamed (January 17, 2011). "Europe is running fast to stand still". Financial Times. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- El-Erian, Mohamed (February 9, 2011). "Resetting Egypt’s economy | The Great Debate". Blogs.reuters.com. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- El-Erian, Mohamed (January 31, 2011). "Egypt's Improbable Path Traces Four Points: Mohamed A. El-Erian". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- El-Erian, Mohamed (February 22, 2011). "Prepare for a shock from the Middle East". Financial Times. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- El-Erian, Mohamed A. (January 25, 2011). "Davos Moguls Adjust to Fast, Slow, Reverse: Mohamed A. El-Erian". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- Mohamed A. El-Erian. "Viewpoints - Evolution, Impact and Limitations of Unusual Central Bank Policy Activism". PIMCO. Retrieved 2012-06-15.
- "Homer Jones - St. Louis Fed". St. Louis Fed. Retrieved 2012-06-15.
- "Social". Web.mit.edu. 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- (2008) When Markets Collide: Investment Strategies for the Age of Global Economic Change, McGraw-Hill Professional. ISBN 978-0-07-159281-9.
- Profile at PIMCO
- Column archive at Project Syndicate
- Mohamed A. El-Erian at the Internet Movie Database
- Works by or about Mohamed A. El-Erian in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Mohamed A. El-Erian collected news and commentary at The Wall Street Journal
- Interview of CNBC with El-Erian
- "Making the grade: Face to Face with Harvard's Mohamed El-Erian,", Douglas Appell, Pensions & Investments, September 3, 2007