Chief Economic Advisor, Allianz; Former Chairman, President Obamas Global Development Council
Mohamed A. El-Erian is chief economic advisor for Allianz and the former chairman of President Obama's Global Development Council. He joined PIMCO in 1999 to lead the emerging markets portfolio management team before spending two years as President and CEO of Harvard Management Company, which manages the university's endowment. Mohamed returned to PIMCO, whose corporate parent is Allianz, as CEO and co-chief investment officer, helping to more than double the firm's assets under management to $2 trillion. He stepped down in 2014. Mohamed is a columnist for Bloomberg View and a contributing editor at the Financial Times. His two New York Times' bestsellers--2008's "When Markets Collide" and "The Only Game in Town" in 2016--have received wide acclaim. In addition to serving on the boards of think tanks and academic institutions, including the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the NBER, Mohamed was chair of President Obama's Global Development Council (2012-2017). Since 2006, he has chaired Microsoft's Investment Advisory Committee.