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Hon. Dr. Robert Shapiro Ph.D., M.Sc

Former US Undersecretary of Commerce, Chair of NDN's Globalization Initiative

Dr. Robert J. Shapiro has been an advisor to, among many others, Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Albert Gore and Senator Hillary Clinton, as well as senior executives of Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies and prominent non-profit organizations. He is the founder and chairman of Sonecon, LLC, a leading economic advisory firm. From 1997 to 2001, he was U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs and in 2008, he advised the campaign and transition of Barack Obama.

"Robert Shapiro brings clarity to the most complex international and domestic issues"

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In detail

Dr. Shapiro holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Harvard, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and an A.B. from the University of Chicago. He served as Legislative Director and Economic Counsel for Senator Daniel P. Moynihan and has been a Fellow of Harvard University, the Brookings Institution and the National Bureau of Economic Research. As Under Secretary he directed economic policy for the Commerce Department and oversaw the Nation's major statistical agencies, including the Census Bureau while it planned and carried out the 2000 decennial census. Prior to that appointment, he was co-founder and Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and the Progressive Foundation.

What he offers you

Dr. Shapiro has an extensive background examining the American and global economies. He shares his insights into the leadership lessons learnt from working with the world's great leaders, from President Clinton to Prime Minister Tony Blair and how companies and individuals can make their way in a global economy.

How he presents

Robert J. Shapiro is an engaging, captivating and highly informative speaker at prestigious events worldwide. He helps audiences break through ideological barriers to recognize simple and lasting truths.


He presents in English.

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Speaking topics

  • The Future Economy
  • Futurecast
  • Next to History
  • Global Affairs
  • Leadership
  • Politics & Pundits
  • Business
  • Economics & Finance

Books and publications

  • 2008
    Futurecast: How Superpowers, Populations, and Globalization Will Change the Way You Live and Work

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