John Ferguson

Head of globalisation, trade and finance

Economist Impact

John is the head of Economist Impact’s globalisation, trade and finance practice. He is responsible for leading and developing the practice across different geographies and sectors, including both public and private organisations. As the global economy is being transformed by multiple forces including geopolitics, technological progress and climate change, the practice works with clients to navigate these structural shifts. A frequent public speaker, his delivery style helps to provide context to many global issues in an insightful and accessible way, supported by his 15 years in policy and economic analysis. Most recently, as Director of Macroeconomics, he was responsible for guiding The EIU’s global economic analysis across 200 countries. Prior to this, he was Director of Country Analysis and Global Forecasting. John holds a Master’s degree in International Economics from Sussex University where he specialised in macroeconomics and trade, and an Honours degree in Psychology from the Australian National University. Areas of expertise: globalisation, trade and finance; macroeconomics; geopolitics and international relations; The economics of climate change; developing economies; foreign direct investment and supply chains

Recent contributions

Economic Development
Economic Development

Resisting fragmentation, restoring trust

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Economic Development
Economic Development

Talent scarcity, technology and jobs: insights from Davos on the future of work

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Economic Development
Economic Development

Attracting FDI for sustainability: a sector-specific challenge for policymakers

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Strategy & Leadership
Strategy & Leadership

Closing the gap: Pathways to a post-pandemic recovery in labour markets

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Infrastructure & Cities
Infrastructure & Cities

How geopolitical factors are shaping foreign investment and what this could mean for sustainable development

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Economic Development
Economic Development

Growth amid uncertainty – how companies are seeking growth in today’s global economy

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Economic Development
Economic Development

Services trade is fundamental to new-globalisation

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Economic Development
Economic Development

Preparing for the main event: what will be discussed at Davos

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Economic Development
Economic Development

UNCTAD: 2021’s other critical conference

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