Michael Moran is a CEO and senior advisor working with clients in technology, sustainability, real estate, media and nonprofit sectors to help organizations manage change, solve problems, forecast and embrace future trends. Currently CEO and Chief Research Officer, Transformative and Chief Risk & Sustainability Officer, Microshare, Inc. Michael also serves as Managing Partner of the sustainable real estate investment group Preferred Climate Resilient Properties, lectures in political risk at the Joseph Korbel School of International Affairs at the University of Denver, as senior advisor to Lynx Global Intelligence, and is a member of the communications advisory board at Human Rights Watch.

Michael’s most recent focus has been the transformation of the Build World through IoT and other technologies to bring safety, wellness and transparency to previously inert assets like office buildings, schools, railway stations, military barracks and hospitals. His work helping to bring contact tracing to commercial real estate was featured in a front page story in the Financial Times on April 27, 2020, and he is regularly quoted and consulted by Fortune 500 firms and government agencies on questions regarding the safety and sustainability of large facilities, their tenants, workers and customers, in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.  

Michael’s career includes senior positions at some of the world’s leading policy, financial services and news gathering institutions. Before launching Transformative, he was Executive Editor of the Council on Foreign Relations (2005-2009), chief geo-strategist at Roubini Global Economics and a Partner and Chief Macro US Analyst at Control Risks. His journalism career included coverage of wars, revolutions and elections around the world for the BBC, MSNBC, the Associated Press and Radio Free Europe. He is author of three books, including 2011’s prescient The Reckoning: Debt, Democracy and he Future of American Power. He is also winner of many awards, including three Emmy awards for documentary filmmaking. His most recently documentary: Russia-US Relations - Quest for Stability, is nominated for a 2019 Emmy and for an Overseas Press Club award. Michael is a regular contributor to Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs magazines and can be seen delivering his insights on global trends and political developments regularly on CNN, CNBC and other global outlets. He has spoken around the world at universities, government, corporate and sectoral venues, including talks for Microsoft, Google, the Urban Land Institute (Vancouver), the Central Intelligence Agency, ASIS (Jakarta), the Frontline Club (London) and the US-China Chamber of Commerce (Shanghai and Beijing).   

Speech topics

Russia and Cyber Meddling

Michael Moran is currently finishing a year-long documentary project for Carnegie that looks at the dangers that the cyber hacking and information warfare of the 2016 relationship have reawakened in the US-Russian relationship. The basic question is this: After the ultimate reset in 1991, when the Soviet Union collapse and Russia rejoined the capitalist world, how did we get here again?

Over the past year, Michael has interviewed everyone fro Madeleine Albright to Mikhail Gorbachev to Kissinger to Daniel Yergin. The documentary: Diffusion: The Quest for Stability in US Russian Relations, will launch May 1. As executive producer of the project, Michael is one of its leading editorial voices and can thoroughly dissect the topics:

• Strike Back or Parley? How We Should Deal with Foreign Cyber Warfare

• Putin’s Next Act

• The Race No-one Wants: The Return of Nuclear Weapons

IoT and the Future of Data

As a senior advisor to Microshare.io, a leading data governance and IoT player, Michael has published a white paper on GDPR, the upcoming data privacy regulation that goes into effect in the EU in May. This is just one of many hot topics in the news since Facebook and Google recently ran afoul of their shareholders recently. Since the advent of the internet, we have made a deal with the devil: We get free content, and in exchange we show some of our data. But we didn’t know just how far the big digital companies would go. Specific topics include:

• You Are What You Tweet (Or All Humans Are 90 Percent Data)

• Losing Facebook: How the World’s Greatest Social Media Network Let Data Defeat It

• C Suite Dilemma: IoT Beckons with Vast New Revenue Streams - But Corporate Counsels Are Terrified

The Future: It’s Better Than You Think!

We Americans are living in the midst of Generation Innovation but we act like terminal patients. With all the negative news and the media focus on Washington’s eternal food fight, the United States has an amazing ability to innovate, adapt, attract talent and self-correct. The US budget deficit shrinks in defiance of doomsayers, increasing tax revenues and leaving the US economy a lone ray of light on the global scene right now. The economic growth of the past few years may not feel fast enough to you, but as Americans continue to produce new, disruptive innovations - smart phones, drones, 3D printing, REITS, fracking – they have invalidated negative predictions about energy, manufacturing and growth while adding billions to our GDP. But the real growth story is about people: Demographic projections suggest the US is the only major advanced economy whose population will grow at over 25 percent over the next quarter century, providing yet another homegrown solution to the scaremongers favorite bogeyman: the collapse of Social Security. This talk provides a note of optimism among the noise.


The Reckoning: Debt, Democracy, and the Future of American Power

A leading forecaster of economic and political trends takes a sharp look at the decline of American influence in the world, and how it can prepare for the new reality.

The Fastest Billion: The Story Behind Africa's Economic Revolution

From the vantage point of many in the West, Africa remains a continent of woe a place stalked by ethnic conflict, corrupt dictatorships, religious strife, war and famine.

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