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An internationally regarded financial authority and trend spotter, Dr. Pippa Malmgren takes on economics through a unique holistic lens, showing companies and individuals how they can extract valuable insights and economic implications by tapping into subtle signals strewn throughout our daily lives. A former U.S. presidential advisor, she is the founder of the global financial consulting firm, DRPM and the author of the best-selling phenomenon, Signals: The Breakdown of the Social Contract and the Rise of Geopolitics.

Throughout her career Dr. Malmgren has held numerous leadership and advisory positions at prominent institutions, including UBS, Bankers Trust, and the National Economic Council. She was one of the few experts who accurately predicted the 2007-2008 Real Estate Bubble, BREXIT, and Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Dr. Malmgren's style of emphasizing the human side of economics has made her a highly sought-out consultant; the DRPM Group advises Sovereign Wealth Funds, several global corporations, and investment banks, while her insights on the latest political and economic developments are frequently featured on the BBC, CNBC's Squawk Box, and Bloomberg TV.

In 2014, after being told by publishers that no one cared about economics, Dr. Malmgren crowdfunded Signals on Indiegogo. She reached 269% of her target in a single 15-day campaign and self-published her book on Amazon. It became the Number 1 Best-seller in New Releases within the first 48 hours of its publication, and later hit that top spot three more times. Due to its wild success, it was acquired and updated by Weidenfeld & Nicholson in 2016.

A firm believer that manufacturing is crucial to developed nations' economies, Dr. Malmgren is also the co-founder of H Robotics, a British-based company that designs and builds non-combat drones for commercial applications. Additionally, she serves as an advisor on the boards of the MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, Indiana University, the Ditchley Foundation, and Action for Children.

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Dr. Philippa Malmgren (@DrPippaM on Twitter and social media) helps companies, investors, policymakers and the public better understand the interplay between politics, policy, geopolitics and economics. She is a regular commentator and guest anchor on CNBC, BBC, Bloomberg and Sky News. She also appears on popular radio shows like The Jerry Doyle Show.

In 2015 her book Signals: the Breakdown of the Social Contract and the Rise of Geopolitics became a best-seller on Amazon in four categories after being crowdfunded on Indigogo (249% of the target in just 15 days). The updated version of Signals was published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson in June 2016. The Chinese paid a near record price for the translation rights. In April 2015 she also wrote Geopolitics for Investors which was commissioned by the CFA.

She founded DRPM Group, an economic advisory firm whose clients include investment banks, fund managers and hedge funds as well as Sovereign Wealth Funds, pension funds, global corporations and family offices. She has an especially strong view on the importance of manufacturing in modern economies and cofounded H-Robotics, which manufactures commercial drones. She won the 2015 Intelligence Squared Robotics debate that the BBC broadcast to 80m people. Harpers Bazaar filmed her for their Women at Work series in December 2015. She serves on several advisory boards and working groups: Real Vision TV, the British Ministry of Defence Working Group on Global Strategic Trends, the Greater London Authority Infrastructure Advisory Board, MIT Media Lab Food Project and Indiana University School of Public Policy and Environmental Affairs as well as the Indiana University Manufacturing Initiative. She is a Governor and member of the Council of Management of the Ditchley Foundation which encourages global dialogue on policy issues. She also briefs Britain’s top military leaders in the British Army Generalship Program.

She has attended the Federal Reserve’s Jackson Hole Meeting for more than ten years. She served as financial market advisor to the President in the White House and on the National Economic Council from 2001-2002. She was a member of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets and the Working Group on Corporate Governance through Enron and 911. Having a military history background, she was asked to work on terrorism risks to the economy after 911. She was the Deputy Head of Global Strategy at UBS and the Chief Currency Strategist for Bankers Trust. She headed the Global Investment Management business for Bankers Trust in Asia.

In 2000 The World Economic Forum in Davos named Dr. Malmgren a Global Leader for Tomorrow. She is a popular speaker at conferences across a wide range of industries on behalf of The Financial Times, The Economist, Institutional Investor, The Millken Conference and diverse global firms. She has written for Wired Magazine, The International Economy, Economia, and Monocle. She writes a column for Rev Grand Prix Journal about F1 technologies and the real economy. Newsweek has asked to publish excerpts of her book. She has a B.A. from Mount Vernon College and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. She completed the Harvard Program on National Security, briefed The Office of Net Assessment at the Pentagon and participated in the Pentagon’s Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC). In July 2016, she was the keynote speaker for the London School of Economics graduation ceremony. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Chatham House, The Institute for International Strategic Security and the Royal Geographical Society.


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Dr. Pippa Malmgren, Economics Keynote Speaker: 5x15 Presentation


Economic keynote speaker, Dr. Pippa Malmgren turns her subject of expertise upside down, dispelling a common misconception that economics is just a series of numbers and calculations stemming from external forces. Highlighting the successful BREXIT movement, she illustrates that GDP, interests, and secession movements are products of the choices we make on a daily basis, as she demonstrates how we can spot subtle signals in our everyday environment that offer more reliable economic forecasts than the world's most prestigious financial experts. She unpacks how we can extract meaningful insights from details like the fluctuation of our country's currency to the width of the aperture of our toothpaste tube.

Dr. Malmgren encourages us to not get caught up in the headlines and talking points of financial experts, but rather observe and analyze what we actually see happening around us, because too often people freeze their plans due to doom-and-gloom predictions, ironically bringing about the economic woes that were initially forecasted. "If you decide that it's going to be better and you're going to be part of building it, then that's the future we're going to have. And if you decide that you're fearful and you're not going to build it, then that's the future we're going to have," Dr. Malmgren observes. "Instead of looking to Washington or London or Brussels for the answer, the answer is in your own assessment of what are you capable of in the circumstances that present themselves."

Dr. Pippa Malmgren, Economics Keynote Speaker: Markets, Policy, and Innovation - Navigating Risk


Dr. Pippa Malmgren, Economics Keynote Speaker: Interview, Predicting Economic Outlooks



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Dr. Pippa Malmgren helps companies and the general public rewrite the way they see the economy and its relationship to our daily lives. Illustrating how individuals, social trends, and politics come together to shape financial conditions, the unconventional economist shows audiences that GDP is more than a number - it's an act generated by us.

In her fascinating programs, Dr. Malmgren translates the inner workings of the economy into plain English as she unpacks the numerous signals and patterns that can guide us to opportunities in any financial climate. From the rising rate of public transportation fees to how much cereal is (or isn't) in the brand new box that we've just opened, Dr. Malmgren reveals the powerful implications that lie in the subtle details around us, and how we can use them to take smarter calculated risks and actions, even (and especially) when the media and experts cry that the sky is falling.

What You Need to Know about What's Really Happening in the World Economy
Do you think deflation is the only risk? Watch how inflation is already making a comeback and why relations are breaking down between the US and China, Russia and even Europe. China's One Belt One Road and The New Cold War are Critical for Businesses to Understand.

Politics, Policy and Geopolitics: The Risks and Opportunities
Economic instability is always a source of political upheaval from emerging markets to the American Presidential Race. What to look for.

Economics is Everything and Economic Signals are Everywhere
See the economic signals that are bubbling up in your world. Don't wait for the data to confirm things. By then it's too late to profit.

How to Take Calculated Risks
GDP is not a number. It's an act of bravery. Every time we reach for something beyond our grasp and stretch our skills we Build GDP and Profitability.

Tomorrow's Economy is Already Being Built Today: Be Part of It
Dr Pippa M shows you where innovation is occurring - right in front of you.



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"excellent...inundated with enthusiastic feedback”
- The Economist

"invaluable"
- Urban Land Institute

"Showstopper status: charisma, intelligence and chutzpah” “ability to captivate a room is uncanny."
- GAIM

"clear and powerful” “relevant and inspiring"
- GDF Suez University




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"excellent...inundated with enthusiastic feedback”
- The Economist

"invaluable"
- Urban Land Institute

"Showstopper status: charisma, intelligence and chutzpah” “ability to captivate a room is uncanny."
- GAIM

"clear and powerful” “relevant and inspiring"
- GDF Suez University


Signals: The Breakdown of the Social Contract and the Rise of Geopolitics
Economic signals are everywhere, from fashion magazine covers to grocery stores to military events. Malmgren empowers the public by revealing the story of the world economy in plain English. Central banks are trying hard to create inflation but say there is little chance it will happen, yet many feel their cost of living is already rising, especially in emerging markets. Who can fail to notice the rising cost of a steak, of chocolates, of apartments, of education, of healthcare or that prices are simply more volatile than in the past? The public should be more welcomed into the most important questions of the day: Is deflation or inflation the greater risk? Does inflation “fix” deflation? Both forces are now locked in an epic struggle. The conflicting pressures are now stressing and breaking the vital social contracts that exist between citizens and their states, setting in motion many seemingly unrelated outcomes: social unrest, the movement of manufacturing from emerging markets back to the US and the West, and even the near misses between the spy planes, fighter jets and naval vessels of the US, NATO, Japan, Russia and China. The one thing that can fix all this is innovation; acts of calculated risk taking that people undertake. Are governments hostile or hospitable to these already impressive efforts to build tomorrow’s economy today? Prediction, Malmgren says, is impossible, but, by being alert to the many signals around us, anyone can be better prepared to navigate through the troubles to the treasures of the world economy.
What You Need to Know about What's Really Happening in the World Economy
Do you think deflation is the only risk? Watch how inflation is already making a comeback and why relations are breaking down between the US and China, Russia and even Europe. China's One Belt One Road and The New Cold War are Critical for Businesses to Understand.

Politics, Policy and Geopolitics: The Risks and Opportunities
Economic instability is always a source of political upheaval from emerging markets to the American Presidential Race. What to look for.

Economics is Everything and Economic Signals are Everywhere
See the economic signals that are bubbling up in your world. Don't wait for the data to confirm things. By then it's too late to profit.

How to Take Calculated Risks
GDP is not a number. It's an act of bravery. Every time we reach for something beyond our grasp and stretch our skills we Build GDP and Profitability.

Tomorrow's Economy is Already Being Built Today: Be Part of It
Dr Pippa M shows you where innovation is occurring - right in front of you.


Dr. Pippa Malmgren, Economics Keynote Speaker: 5x15 Presentation


Economic keynote speaker, Dr. Pippa Malmgren turns her subject of expertise upside down, dispelling a common misconception that economics is just a series of numbers and calculations stemming from external forces. Highlighting the successful BREXIT movement, she illustrates that GDP, interests, and secession movements are products of the choices we make on a daily basis, as she demonstrates how we can spot subtle signals in our everyday environment that offer more reliable economic forecasts than the world's most prestigious financial experts. She unpacks how we can extract meaningful insights from details like the fluctuation of our country's currency to the width of the aperture of our toothpaste tube.

Dr. Malmgren encourages us to not get caught up in the headlines and talking points of financial experts, but rather observe and analyze what we actually see happening around us, because too often people freeze their plans due to doom-and-gloom predictions, ironically bringing about the economic woes that were initially forecasted. "If you decide that it's going to be better and you're going to be part of building it, then that's the future we're going to have. And if you decide that you're fearful and you're not going to build it, then that's the future we're going to have," Dr. Malmgren observes. "Instead of looking to Washington or London or Brussels for the answer, the answer is in your own assessment of what are you capable of in the circumstances that present themselves."

Dr. Pippa Malmgren, Economics Keynote Speaker: Markets, Policy, and Innovation - Navigating Risk


Dr. Pippa Malmgren, Economics Keynote Speaker: Interview, Predicting Economic Outlooks