Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson

Formal First Name
1/16/1963 - present

Simon Johnson is a recognized expert on financial and economic crises. With more than 20 years of experience in policy roles and with the private sector, he has worked on crisis prevention, amelioration, and recovery in both relatively rich and relatively poor countries around the world. His work focuses on how policymakers can limit the impact of negative shocks and manage the risks faced by their countries. Johnson also works with non-profits and think tanks around the world.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • At the International Monetary Fund, Professor Johnson led the global economic outlook team, helped formulate innovative responses to worldwide financial turmoil, and was among the earliest to propose new forms of engagement for sovereign wealth funds.
  • He was the first IMF Chief Economist to have a blog.
  • His assessment of the need for continuing strong market regulation is published as part of the final report from the US Securities and Exchange Commissions Advisory Committee on market Information.
  • He co-founded and currently leads the popular Global Entrepreneurship Lab course. MBA students in GLAB have worked on more than 500 projects with start-up companies around the world.