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Niall Ferguson

Greenmantle, LLC

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A leading historian and political commentator, Niall Ferguson, PhD, believes the key to explaining world history, the present, and the future lies in understanding the power of social networks and how they challenge hierarchical structures like government and religion. The latest of his 14 books, The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from Freemasons to Facebook makes the case for social networks as drivers of power and change in human history and predicts which hierarchies will withstand the latest wave of network disruption. His other books, including multiple best sellers, have covered such varied topics as the financial history of the world, the role of the House of Rothschild as the world’s banker, institutional decay, and the geopolitics of Germany, China, Britain, and the United States. He has won numerous awards for his books and several have been made into television documentaries. His weekly opinion columns appear in the Boston Globe and Sunday Times of London.

Dr. Ferguson is currently the Milbank Senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies at Harvard. He also serves as the managing director of Greenmantle, a macroeconomic and geopolitical advisory firm he founded that provides custom research and advice for select clients in the financial, energy, technology, and industrial sectors. He is a visiting professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing and a distinguished scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. Dr. Ferguson previously served as a professor at the London School of Economics, Harvard University, and New York University Stern School of Business.

He holds a degree in history, a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University, and was a research fellow and a lecturer at Cambridge University.

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