Afshin Molavi – Keynote Speaker

Expert on global geo-political risk and geo-economics, particularly the Middle East and Asia

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Specialist Subjects

  • Geopolitical Risk
  • Rise of Non-Western Countries
  • Urbanisation
  • Foreign Policy


  • English


One of the most original thinkers on globalisation, geopolitical risk and the “rise of the rest,” Afshin Molavi argues that the rise of the non-Western world is dramatically reshaping everything: how we all produce, consume, connect, and live.

Afshin Molavi is a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute and Co-Director of the emerge85 Lab, a joint initiative between FPI and the UAE-based Delma Institute on geo-economic multiplicity that explores the impact of the emergence or re-emergence of ‘non-Western’ global economic players by taking a holistic approach to geo-economic trends and their impact.

At the Foreign Policy Institute, Molavi 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.

Afshin Molavi was 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.

Afshin Molavi 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.

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