Marvin Zonis

Marvin Zonis

Keynote Speaker: Political Economist & Consultant

Marvin Zonis Biography

The first University of Chicago professor to teach a course on the effects of digital technologies on global business, Marvin Zonis is Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Business, where he teaches courses on international political economy, leadership, and e-commerce. He also consults to corporations and professional asset management firms throughout the world, helping them to identify, assess, and manage their political risks in the changing global environment; and is co-founder and chairman of DSD, a software development company based in Moscow and Chicago.

What unites all of these activities is Zonis' unique understanding of how politics, economics, and emergent technologies intersect, and how these intersections determine certain regions’ prospects for economic growth and business success.

In light of these global challenges, a true understanding of business leadership is more essential than ever. Putting his knowledge and business acumen to that specific use, Dr. Marvin Zonis shares the ins and outs of globalization, digital technologies, emerging markets, Middle Eastern politics, the oil industry, Russia, and US foreign policy with audiences throughout the country. His writings on these subjects have been published in The Financial Times, The New York Times, and The International Herald Tribune, among many others, and he has appeared on numerous network television news programs, including Nightline and CNN's Larry King Live.

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Who is the agent for Marvin Zonis?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Marvin Zonis for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Marvin Zonis for your next private or corporate function.

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All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Marvin Zonis or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Marvin Zonis or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Marvin Zonis is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Business, Social Issues and Futurism. The estimated speaking fee range to book Marvin Zonis for live events is $30,000 - $50,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Marvin Zonis generally travels from Illinois, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Joseph Stiglitz, Anil Gupta and Daniel Altman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Marvin Zonis for an upcoming event.

Marvin Zonis Speaking Topics

  • Forget the BRICs: It's the BICIs (Brazil, India, China & Indonesia)

    Despite President Medvedev's recent efforts to transform Russia, it will remain a laggard in the global economy. The vast mineral income flowing to its government makes market-oriented reform difficult. When it comes to economic growth, the winners are the BICIs—the rising powers of Brazil, India, China, and Indonesia.

    In this keynote, Dr. Marvin Zonis assesses the BICIs' prospects for continued growth as these four countries become major economic and political powers.

  • Crisis of Globalization & Succeeding in an Unstable World

    Whether in business or government, leaders are in the midst of hard times. Yet for many leaders, these hard times provide an opportunity to strengthen their leadership positions.

    In this keynote, Dr. Marvin Zonis explains how leaders who seize the opportunities within a crisis can re-fashion their strategic vision for the future of their organizations, remobilize resources, and enlist the powerful emotions generated in a crisis to strengthen their ties with their followers.

  • The Triumph of the Markets: Global Politics & Economics

    The gap between rich and poor countries is not widening. In fact, for the majority of the world's population, that gap is decreasing. Some 60 developing countries have adopted many of the features market economies thrive on and are growing their economies faster than the 30 richest countries. These rapid developers include India and China, who hold 40 percent of the world's population between them. However, there are another 60 countries in the world that have not adopted market economy features and thus have not joined the trend towards globalization and are getting poorer. The income gap between those failing states and the rest of the world is widening rapidly. Unless wealthy nations take concerted and vigorous action to generate economic development in those countries, the future of global stability will be at stake.

    In this keynote, Dr. Marvin Zonis identifies and discusses these changes' implications for businesses around the world.

  • Geo-Politics & Global Business in the New Decade

    As technology undergoes exponential growth, powerful demographic trends dramatically age the world's populations, and fears of climate change drive public policy and private investments, the 21st century will witness the most rapid changes in the history of the world.

    Companies that wish to succeed in this century must anticipate and prepare for these changes. In this fascinating keynote, Dr. Marvin Zonis identifies these forces and explains their effects on the global economy.

  • Getting Globalization Right: Rules for Successful Global Investing

    Despite 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and ongoing terrorist threats, globalization is alive and well and slowly rebounding to pre-crisis levels. However, businesses looking to expand their global reach need to carefully determine where they ought to commit their business—a decision largely based on a country's prospect for political stability and economic growth.

    In this enlightening keynote, Dr. Marvin Zonis shares a set of 15 principles for "getting globalization right" to help businesses more effectively assess a country's prospects. These principles include estimates of corruption, leadership succession, and external threats.

How to book Marvin Zonis?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Marvin Zonis for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Marvin Zonis, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Marvin Zonis or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Marvin Zonis?

Booking fees for Marvin Zonis, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Marvin Zonis, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Marvin Zonis?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Marvin Zonis for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Marvin Zonis for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Marvin Zonis or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Marvin Zonis or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Marvin Zonis is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Business, Social Issues and Futurism. The estimated speaking fee range to book Marvin Zonis for live events is $30,000 - $50,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Marvin Zonis generally travels from Illinois, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Joseph Stiglitz, Anil Gupta and Daniel Altman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Marvin Zonis for an upcoming event.

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