Dr Pippa Malmgren

Dr Pippa Malmgren

WEF ‘Global Leader for Tomorrow’


Since serving as UBS’s Deputy Head of Global Strategy Pippa has founded an advisory firm, co-founded an AI drone company, and written the book Signals: How Everyday Signs Help Us Navigate the World’s Turbulent Economy. Previously she has also taught in Beijing, and served on Bush’s National Economic Council. She now advises the UK Department of International Trade and the MoD. Arguing that we learn more about the economy from what’s around us than from maths, Pippa describes herself as an unusually optimistic economist.


Before launching her London-based asset management firm, Dr Philippa Malmgren was Deputy Head of Global Strategy at UBS. Her chief role is to help fund managers better understand how politics, policy and geopolitics will impact on the financial markets.

Pippa is the founder of the DRPM Group which advises global investors and key trends, and co-founder of AI drone company H Robotics. She also served as a market advisor in the White House and sat on George W Bush’s National Economic Council - and before that taught at a Beijing university.

In presentations Pippa offers a global overview. Against prevailing opinion, she believes the BRIC economies are less interesting than the commodity-producing BRACSS: Brazil, Russia, Australia, Canada, South Africa and Saudi Arabia. She shows how commodity price rises spell inflation in emerging markets almost immediately, because half their income is spent on food and energy. (China is experiencing demands for 50% pay increases from unskilled workers.)

Pippa looks beyond the economic towards social and political events from civil conflict and inequality to natural resources, technology, urbanisation and foreign policy. The author of Signals: How Everyday Signs Can Help Us Navigate the World's Turbulent Economy looks at the commonplace signs of economic trends and what they really mean. She also considers how leaders can best deal with the changes ahead.

Whilst chairing and advising companies on both sides of the Atlantic, Pippa is also a Non Executive Board Member of the Department of International Trade in the UK, and serves on the Ministry of Defence’s Working Group on Global Strategic Trends. She has been hailed as a ‘Global Leader for Tomorrow’ by the World Economic Forum and reguarly features in lists of most influential economic figures in the world. She’s a frequent guest on the Today programme and Newsnight, and regularly presents CNBC’s Squawk Box. She also has a column in Investment Week and has written for both International Fund Investment and Institutional Investor magazines.

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Agent Recommendation

In uncertain times Pippa provides real nuggets of wisdom about the global economy. It's fascinating to listen to someone who talks with such fluency about the factors that are having an impact on just about everything we buy and sell. You walk away feeling much better informed and a little bit smug about the inside knowledge you've gleaned. JLA Agent Jeremy Lee

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