About the Speaker
Afshin Molavi is a fellow at the Johns Hopkins Foreign Policy Institute, where he writes broadly on emerging markets, particularly on themes related to 'The New Silk Road,' South-South trade, global hub cities, new emerging market multinationals, global aviation, the geopolitics of energy, and the intersection of Middle East states and the global economy. Molavi recently published an FPI white paper entitled 'The Pivotal Partnership,' outlining UAE-Africa ties as an emerging new geo-commercial and geo-economic corridor.
Molavi is also a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan think tank, and a former director of the World Economic Roundtable, an ambitious effort to re-map the global economy in the wake of the Great Recession.
A former journalist, his dispatches from the Middle East and essays have been published in The New York Times, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Businessweek, The Journal of Commerce, National Geographic, and dozens of academic and specialty publications.
He is a regular speaker at investment conferences, universities, think tanks, and the media, and is currently a senior advisor for Oxford Analytica, the global analysis and advisory firm. He has also served as an analyst at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector development arm of the World Bank.