Robert Johnson serves as Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Global Finance Project for the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in New York. An international investor and consultant to investment funds on issues of portfolio strategy, he recently served on the United Nations Commission of Experts on International Monetary Reform under the Chairmanship of Joseph Stiglitz.
Previously Johnson was a Managing Director at Soros Fund Management, where he oversaw a global currency, bond, and equity portfolio specializing in emerging markets. Before that he was a Managing Director of Bankers Trust Company, in charge of a global currency fund.
Johnson served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee under the leadership of Chairman William Proxmire (D. Wisconsin) and earlier was Senior Economist of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee under the leadership of Chairman Pete Domenici (R. New Mexico).
He was Executive Producer of the Oscar-winning documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side, directed by Alex Gibney. The former President of the National Scholastic Chess Foundation, he currently sits on the Board of Directors of both the Economic Policy Institute and the Campaign for America’s Future.
Johnson received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Princeton University and a B.S. in both Electrical Engineering and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.