Dr. Michael Spence

Senior Advisor

REGION United States


Dr. Michael Spence is a Senior Advisor at General Atlantic and Chairman of the GA Global Growth Institute. His areas of focus include economic growth and policy in emerging markets, the influence of leadership on economic growth, and digitally enabled growth patterns.

Michael is a Nobel Laureate and serves as a co-chair with Joseph Stiglitz on the Commission on Global Economic Transformation; is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; a Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Asia Global Institute in Hong Kong; and is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is the author of The Next Convergence: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World.

From 2006 to 2010, Michael was the Chairman of The Commission on Growth and Development, an independent international body that analyzed opportunities for global economic growth, with a special focus on emerging economies. Michael is a Rhodes Scholar, and was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001 for his contributions to the analysis of markets with informational gaps and asymmetries, and the dynamics of information flow. Previously, Michael taught at Harvard University, where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Stanford University, serving as Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Princeton University, B.A.
Oxford University, B.A. / M.A., Mathematics
Harvard University, Ph.D., Economics

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