Mohamed A. El-Erian has worked on economic and financial issues in both the public and private sectors. He now pursues a portfolio of activities focused on writing, advising, through leadership and philanthropy.
After completing his undergraduate studies in economics at Cambridge University, Mohamed moved to Oxford where he obtained masters and doctorate degrees in economics. For 15 years, he worked as an international civil servant, rising to the position of Deputy Director at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC.
About to turn 40 and having never worked in the private sector, Mohamed moved to Salomon Smith Barney/Citibank where he was a managing director and head of the emerging markets research team. He was then recruited by PIMCO in 1999 to lead the EM portfolio management team before spending 2 years as President and CEO of Harvard Management Company, the entity charged with managing the university’s endowment. He returned at the end of 1997 to PIMCO to serve as CEO and co-chief investment officer, serving investment clients around the world and helping to more than double the firm’s assets under management to $2 trillion while wining several investment and management awards.
Seeking a better work-life balance, Mohamed stepped down in March 2014 to pursue a more flexible approach. He is the chief economic advisor to Allianz, the corporate parent of PIMCO, and writes regularly, including as a columnist for Bloomberg View and a contributing editor at the Financial Times. His two New York Times’ best sellers – the 2008 “When Markets Collide” and the 2016 “The Only Game in Town” – won several awards, including from the Economist, Financial Times, and The Independent. For 4 years in a row, he was named by Foreign Policy as one of the world’s top 100 thought leaders. In 2016, Linked-In named him its top influencer.
In addition to serving on the boards of several non-profit think tanks and academic institutions, including the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (co-chair) and the NBER (Executive Committee), Mohamed was chair of President Obama’s Global Development Council (2012-2017). Since 2006, he has been chairing Microsoft’s Investment Advisory Committee. He is co-head of the capital campaign for the university and colleges of Cambridge, and is an honorary fellow of Queens’ College.