Marvin Zonis is a leading expert on the global economy and political risk. Professor emeritus at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Zonis' insights into the intersection of politics, economics and emerging technologies make him a valuable and always timely keynote speaker for a vast range of businesses and organizations.
His writing has been featured in The Financial Times, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Chief Executive Magazine, La Vanguardia, The Boston Globe, and the Japanese journal Nikkei Weekly. His books include The Kimchi Matters: Global Business and Local Politics in a Crisis Driven World, The Eastern European Opportunity, Majestic Failure: The Fall of the Shah, Khomeini and the Islamic Republic of Iran, and The Political Elite of Iran. He has been a frequent commentator for a range of media outlets, including NPR, the BBC, and ABC News, where he served as a special consultant for the Middle East.
Zonis' special skill is presenting, in vivid detail illustrated by real world examples, the developments and trends impacting the contemporary social, political and economic landscape.
At the University of Chicago, he continues to teach courses on International Political Economy, Leadership, and Business Strategy in the Era of E-Commerce, and consults with corporations and professional asset management firms throughout the world, helping them to identify, assess, and manage their political risks in the changing global environment.
Zonis is a member of the Board of Directors of CNA Financial, the global insurance and financial services firm, serves on the Board of the Institute for Psychoanalysis and is a Fellow of DiamondCluster International, a global technology consulting firm. He is also a member of the U.S. Comptroller General's Board of Advisers.
Zonis has written extensively on the intersection of digital technologies and globalization, emerging markets, Middle Eastern politics, the oil industry, Russia, and U.S. foreign policy. He is also a leading authority on Middle Eastern politics, and has spent the last 50 years studying the volatile mix of Islam, terrorism, and the Middle East. He is the former director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. He has lived in Iran, hitchhiked through Afghanistan in the sixties, and has traveled extensively throughout other parts of the region, as well.