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  • March 3-6, 2024 | Long Beach Convention Center

Dr. Nariman Behravesh

IHS Markit

Former Chief Economist

Dr. Nariman Behravesh was chief economist of IHS Markit from 2008 until his retirement in December 2020. In that role, he directed the entire economic forecasting process at IHS Markit and was responsible for developing the economic outlook and risk analysis for the United States, Europe, Japan, China, and other emerging markets. He remains actively involved in evaluating global economic prospects and risks.

He and his team were awarded the 2017 Lawrence R. Klein Blue Chip Forecast Accuracy Award. They were also ranked as top forecasters by Consensus Economics, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today on numerous occasions.

Dr. Behravesh is the author of "Spin-Free Economics: A No-Nonsense, Nonpartisan Guide to Today's Global Economic Debates" (McGraw-Hill) and "Economics U$A" (Norton). Behravesh has been quoted extensively in the media on such topics as the outlook for the US and global economies, exchange rates, the budget deficit, the trade deficit, globalization, country risk, and sovereign debt crises.

He has been a featured speaker at many of the top global conferences for many years, including IHS Markit CERAWeek, the Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference, the World Petrochemicals Conference, and the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Dr. Behravesh holds Ph.d. and M.A. degrees in economics from the University of Pennsylvania (where Nobel Laureate Lawrence R. Klein was his dissertation advisor), and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has lived in Europe and the Middle East and is fluent in several languages. He travels extensively to Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Sessions With Dr. Nariman Behravesh

Monday, 27 February

  • 09:30am - 10:00am (PST) / 27/feb/2023 05:30 pm - 27/feb/2023 06:00 pm

    The Global Economic and Trade Outlook: How Container Shipping Demand Is Shaping Up

    As of mid-October, concerns about the North American and global economy were mounting as multiple central banks aggressively raised interest rates to combat inflation while the war in Ukraine and China’s zero-Covid policy contributed further to a negative economic outlook. “Gradualism has given way to super-sized interest rate increases and a clearer resolve to restrain actual and expected inflation, despite adverse economic consequences,” S&P Global wrote on Sept. 20. Although US containerized imports from Asia were just starting to turn negative — as of August 2022, volumes had been up every month year over year versus 2021 and were up 6 percent year-to-date from 2021 and 27 percent versus 2019. But senior industry executives who have spoken to The Journal of Commerce were clearly worried about the outlook for the next 12 to 18 months. On the global front, S&P Global Market Intelligence is forecasting global real GDP growth to slow from 5.8 percent in 2021 to 2.8 percent in 2022 and 2.0 percent in 2023. As he has done each year at TPM since 2015, award-winning economist Dr. Nariman Behravash will present his plain-spoken but highly informed view of the economic outlook and what it means for international logistics and supply chains.