Afshin Molavi - Zebra Insights

Afshin Molavi



Job Title

Geopolitics Expert


London School of Economics, The Ash Center of Harvard Kennedy School


Washington, United States


English, Mandarin


He is an Iranian-American author and expert on global geo-political risk and geo-economics, particularly the Middle East and Asia. He is one of the known commentators on global geopolitical risk and the role of emerging markets in the 21st century. A highly original thinker, he combines detailed analysis of economics, politics and technology to create a rich picture of the key trends reshaping our world.

Speaking Topics

  • The 5 Disruption-Proof Trends Disrupting Our World
  • The New New Middle East: Geopolitical Fractures, Geoeconomic Futures, and the New Great Power Competition
  • The New Geopolitical Risk (and Opportunity) Map of the World
  • The Iran File: Politics, Economics, Security, and The Future of a Nuclear Deal

Expert Profile

Afshin Molavi is the founder and editor of Emerging World, a newsletter that explores geopolitical risk, emerging trends, and global geo-economics. He is a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where he leads the Emerging World Initiative. Molavi has written widely on the New Silk Road, globalization, US foreign policy, and the “rise of the rest.” He is the co-founder of emerge85 Lab, an initiative dedicated to exploring the transformational trends shaping the emerging world – home to 85% of the world’s population. He was named by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and his articles have been published widely, including the Financial Times, Bloomberg, the Economist, and more. A regular keynote speaker at major investment conferences and advisor to Fortune 100 companies, Molavi also sits on the Advisory Board of the Economics and Energy Initiative at the Middle East Institute. He has been based in Dubai, Riyadh, Jeddah, and Tehran and has traveled widely across Asia and suggested framing on the site