Robert Johnson

Institute for New Economic Thinking

Robert Johnson serves as President of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and a Senior Fellow and Director of the Global Finance Project for the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in New York.

Johnson is an international investor and consultant to investment funds on issues of portfolio strategy. He recently served on the United Nations Commission of Experts on International Monetary Reform under the Chairmanship of Joseph Stiglitz.

Previously, Johnson was a Managing Director at Soros Fund Management where he managed a global currency, bond and equity portfolio specializing in emerging markets. Prior to working at Soros Fund Management, he was a Managing Director of Bankers Trust Company managing a global currency fund.

Johnson served as Chief Economist of the US Senate Banking Committee under the leadership of Chairman William Proxmire (D. Wisconsin). Before this, he was Senior Economist of the US Senate Budget Committee under the leadership of Chairman Pete Domenici (R. New Mexico).

Johnson was an Executive Producer of the Oscar winning documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side, directed by Alex Gibney, and is the former President of the National Scholastic Chess Foundation. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of both the Economic Policy Institute and the Campaign for America’s Future.

Johnson received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Princeton University and a B.S. in both Electrical Engineering and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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The Inaugural Conference @ King's, Institute for New Economic Thinking, Session 8: Political Economy: What Can Government Do? What Will Government Do?

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In this video, INET's founding sponsor George Soros and executive director Rob Johnson explain INET and its mission to a Reuters reporter

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In this documentary-style video, INET Executive Director Rob Johnson meets and interacts with students and professors at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Economics. This is one stop on INET's Campus Tour, which is going to graduate schools all over the country.

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The opening remarks of INET's Annual Conference: Crisis and Renewal: International Political Economy at the Crossroads in Bretton Woods on April 8, 2011.

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Robert Johnson meeting Gordon Brown at the Bretton Woods Conference on April 9, 2011.