Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson

Formal First Name

Robert Johnson serves as President of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and a Senior Fellow and Director of the Global Finance Project for the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in New York. Rob has been an international investor and consultant to investment funds and philanthropic institutions on issues of portfolio strategy. He served on the United Nations Commission of Experts on International Monetary Reform under the Chairmanship of Joseph Stiglitz, and has also taught as an adjunct professor at the Union Theological Seminary and at SIPA at Columbia University. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Soros Fund Management where he managed a global currency, bond, and equity portfolio specializing in emerging markets. At Soros Fund, his focus was on emerging Asia with a particular focus on the development of China. Rob began his private-sector career at Bankers Trust Company as a macro strategist and portfolio manager focused on the financial strategies of intra-European currency trading.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Along with the co-founders, Rob envisioned INET as a globally engaged network that could lead the evolution of economic thought.

  • At Soros, he was part of the famous team of speculators that broke the Bank of England in 1992, forcing the British pound out of the ERM.

  • Earlier, he served as Chief Economist of the Senate Banking Committee and Senior economist of the Senate Budget Committee

  • He has been a participant in many forums in China and is a frequent attendee of the China Development Forum in Beijing.