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Robert J. Shapiro

Former Undersecretary of Commerce

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BIO

Former U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce Robert Shapiro has been an advisor to, among many others, Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Albert Gore and Senator Hillary Clinton, as well as senior executives of Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies and prominent non-profit organizations.  He is the founder of Sonecon, LLC, a leading economic advisory firm.
Dr. Shapiro is also Senior Fellow of the Progressive Policy Institute, director of the Globalization Initiative of the New Democrat Network, and a board member of the Ax:son-Johnson Foundation in Sweden. From 1997 to 2001, Dr. Shapiro was U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs. In that position, he directed economic policy for the Commerce Department and oversaw the Nation’s major statistical agencies, including the Census Bureau while it planned and carried out the 2000 decennial census. Prior to that appointment, he was co-founder and Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and the Progressive Foundation. He also was principal economic advisor in Governor Bill Clinton’s 1991-1992 presidential campaign and senior economic advisor to Vice President Albert Gore and Senator John Kerry in their presidential campaigns. Dr. Shapiro also served as Legislative Director and Economic Counsel for Senator Daniel P. Moynihan, Associate Editor of U.S. News & World Report, and economic columnist for Slate. He has been a Fellow of Harvard University, the Brookings Institution, and the National Bureau of Economic Research.Dr. Shapiro holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an A.B. from the University of Chicago.

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BOOKS

Trade Paperback
Futurecast
How Superpowers, Populations, and Globalization Will Change Your World by the Year 2020
St. Martin's Griffin

What will life be like in America, Europe, Japan, and China in the year 2020? As the world grows increasingly interconnected and inter-related by...

SPEECHES

The Economy, 2010: Shapiro looks down the road, at the forces at work in the global economy, and how continued international economic trends will affect the future of societies and the balance of power in the world.

Futurecast: The author of Futurecast: How Superpowers, Populations, and Globalization will Change the Way you Live and Work, talks about his groundbreaking book, and how companies and individuals can make their way in a global economy.

Next to History: A talk about the leadership lessons Shapiro has learned from working with the world's great leaders, from President Clinton to Prime Minister Tony Blair.


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REVIEWS

Praise for Futurecast "Entertaining and educational. Shapiro deftly pulls together facts and figures to back up his statements. An illuminating, satisfying read."
—Kirkus

"Rob Shapiro's prescient and insightful book probes the confluence of challenges that society will face in the coming years. He argues that our world has become increasingly interdependent, and we must foster global cooperation to achieve a sustainable existence with equal opportunity for all. Futurecast is a vital resource for anyone seeking to understand the world our children will inherit."
-- President Bill Clinton

“[Shapiro’s book] is a storm warning at a time when food shortages, higher energy prices and a credit crunch are forcing our heads out of the sand: if readers turn to Futurecast, they will find an argument that gives us a measure of what we should expect from our political leaders - and from ourselves - if we are to continue our civilization on the high plateau we have managed to reach.”
--The Financial Times

"Alarming but challenging. A dense yet well-written overview of the heavy factors that will remake the world. A thorough and gifted analysis."
--Management Today

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