Zachary Karabell

CNBC Contributor

Zachary Karabell is Head of Global Strategy at Envestnet, a publicly traded wealth management firm. Previously, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Economist, and Head of Marketing at Fred Alger Management, a New York-based investment firm that manages approximately $20 billion.

Educated at Columbia, Oxford and Harvard, where he received his Ph.D., he has taught at several leading universities, including Harvard and Dartmouth, and has written widely on economics, investing, history and international relations. His new book, "The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World," will be published by Simon & Schuster in February 2014.

As a commentator, he writes "The Edgy Optimist" column for Reuters and The Atlantic. He is a CNBC contributor and a regular commentator on MSNBC, Contributing Editor for The Daily Beast and contributor to such publications as The Washington Post, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Financial Times and Foreign Affairs.