Pippa Malmgren Profile

  • Dr. Malmgren is the best-selling author of Signals: The Breakdown of the Social Contract and the Rise of Geopolitics, which explains economics in plain English.

  • A former Presidential advisor, Dr. Malmgren shows audiences the human side of economics by demonstrating how everyday details ranging from hemlines to cereal boxes tie into the larger financial picture.

  • EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards "Top Rated Panel Speaker”

  • Dr. Malmgren is 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.

  • The co-founder of H Robotics, Dr. Malmgren is a successful entrepreneur who shares her techniques for forecasting trends, finding opportunities, and fully capitalizing on them.
  • 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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      Pippa Malmgren is a former Presidential advisor and a prominent public speaker who co-founded H Robotics, a British firm that makes HiSight, a robust modular, SUAV drone system for commercial firms that need aerial intelligence, situational fluency, safety and deep data analytics. HiSight is used across a wide range of industries including mining, oil and gas, insurance, construction and public safety. Dr. Malmgren also founded the DRPM Group, which advises institutional investors worldwide on investment trends and is a platform for her public speaking. She is the author of Geopolitics for Investors (2015), Signals: How Everyday Signs Help Us Navigate the World’s Turbulent Economy a crowd-funded best-seller (2016) and The Leadership LAB: Understanding Leadership in the 21st Century (2018) a bestseller which was named Business Book of the Year and Best Book on Leadership in 2019, an FT Business Book of the Month. Tom Keene from Bloomberg says her book on Leadership is “a blockbuster” and “built to be downloaded on Kindle”.

      In late 2018, she was named one of the Fifty Top Inspiring Women in the UK and one of the Top 100 in Tech by @WATC_WeAreTech. She serves as a judge on The Queen’s Enterprise Business Awards in 2018 and 2019 and as a judge for the EG Property Awards. She and Walter Isaacson together won the 2015 Intelligence Squared Debate on Robotics. Forbes has called @DrPippaM a “Must Follow” on Twitter since 2015. In 2018 she was listed as one of the Most Influential Economists in the World, Most Influential in Geopolitics. Top 100 Women in Blockchain, 5th Most Powerful Women in Finance and the 3rd most important Influencer on Robotics on Twitter (2017).

      She is a Non-Executive Board Member of the Department of International Trade in the UK. She is a member of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and the Drone/UAV Committee of The British Standards Institute. She also serves as a Senior Associate Fellow of RUSI and on the British Ministry of Defence Working Group on Global Strategic Trends. She Chairs the Lewis PR Advisory Board (LAB) and is a member of the Greater London Authority Infrastructure Advisory Board. She is on the advisory boards for  Real Vision TV, the British Science Association’s 2018/9 Huxley Summit and Indiana University’s School of Public Policy and Environmental Affairs as well as the Indiana University Manufacturing Initiative.  She participates in the Pentagon’s scenario sessions.

      She served President George W. Bush in the White House and on The National Economic Council where she handled financial market issues and terrorism risks to the economy after 911.  Prior to that, she was the Chief Currency Strategist for Bankers Trust and then the Deputy Head of Global Strategy at UBS. She ran Bankers Trust’s Asset Management business in Asia. She was named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 2000 and 2001.

      Pippa is a regular guest anchor on CNBC and a regular commentator on the BBC including on The Today Program, Newsnight, Hard Talk and also on Monocle Radio. She has a BA from Mount Vernon College and an M.Sc. and PhD from LSE. She completed the Harvard Program on National Security. She lectures at Sandhurst, INSEAD, Duke Fuqua Global Executive MBA and has lectured at U Texas Austin and Tsinghua University. She gave the graduation address at the London School of Economics in 2013 and again in 2016.

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

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    Books by Pippa Malmgren:

    The Leadership Lab: Understanding Leadership in the 21st Century

    How can today’s business leaders keep up with seismic geopolitical and economic shifts that include Brexit, inflation and the unseating of traditional political powers, and what do these mean for their own leadership narratives? In The Leadership Lab, bestselling author Chris Lewis and superstar megatrends analyst Dr Pippa Malmgren help you lead your team through this change successfully. Covering everything from how to build a new type of leadership trust when other spheres of public power have been overturned, to robots overtaking companies and worldwide indebtedness affecting business, this book explains not only why the old rules no longer apply, but also how to blaze a trail in this new world order and be the best leader you can be.

    The Leadership Lab includes exclusive interviews with top executives grappling with the new world order and discusses what key global trends keep them awake at night and how they respond to them. It is a must-read for aspiring leaders and C-level executives seeking to develop a real intuition when it comes to dealing with the global currents disrupting business and how to build an empathetic, credible, stable and strong leadership path.

    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.

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