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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Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor of the Financial Times, moderates the discussion between Paul Volcker and George Soros. Bretton Woods closing remarks by Robert Johnson.

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Robert A. Johnson, Executive Director, Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET)

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Rob Johnson (Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking), Andrew Sheng (President of the Fung Global Institute), and Yu Yongding (INET Advisory Board member and Director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics at CASS) speak at a press conference on April 3 before INET's "Changing of the Guard?" conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in Hong Kong.

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Opening remarks at the Institute for New Economic Thinking's "Changing of the Guard?" conference in Hong Kong on April 4, 2013, by INET Executive Director Rob Johnson, Fung Global Institute Founding Chairman Victor K. Fung, CIGI President Rohinton Medhora, and INET Governing Board Chair Anatole Kaletsky.