Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian has worked on economic and financial issues in both the public and private sectors. He now pursues a diverse portfolio of activities involving writing, advisory, public speaking, thought leadership and philanthropy.
After attending school in Egypt, France and the United States, Mohamed completed his undergraduate studies in economics at Cambridge University and 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 since a summer job when very young, 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 (emerging markets) 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 in December 1997 to PIMCO as CEO and co-chief investment officer, shaping the firm’s investment and business strategies, 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 managerial awards.
Seeking a better work-life balance, Mohamed stepped down in March 2014 from PIMCO to pursue a more flexible approach. Among his professional activities, he is now the chief economic adviser to Allianz, the corporate parent of PIMCO, and writes regularly, including as a columnist for Bloomberg 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” – received several awards and accolades, including from The Economist, The 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.”