Dr. Zachary Karabell is President of River Twice Research, an independent economic research and consulting company, and of River Twice Capital Advisors, a money management firm. His work involves analyzing economic and political trends.
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 $15 billion in mutual funds and institutional accounts. He was also President of Fred Alger & Company, a broker-dealer; Portfolio Manager of the 5-star 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 Alger Green fund. At Alger, he oversaw the creation, launch and marketing of several funds, led corporate strategy for strategic acquisitions, and represented the firm at public forums and in the media.
Educated at Columbia, Oxford and Harvard, where he received his Ph.D., Karabell has taught at several leading universities, including Harvard and Dartmouth, and has written widely on economics, investing, history and international relations. He is the author of eleven 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 (Simon & Schuster, 2009); and most recently, Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in the 21st Century, co-authored with Aron Cramer, published in October 2010.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and sits on the board of the New America Foundation, the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, and the World Policy Institute, and in 2003, the World Economic forum designated him a “Global Leader for Tomorrow.” He is a CNBC Contributor and Contributing Editor for Newsweek/The Daily Beast. He has written cover stories for Time and contributes frequently to publications such as Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The financial Times, and Foreign Affairs.