Simon Johnson, PhD ’89
Ronald A Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship, MIT Sloan

Simon Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he is head of the Global Economics and Management Group. In 2007-08, he was the chief economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and he currently co-chairs the CFA Institute Systematic Risk Council. In February 2021, Professor Johnson joined the board of Fannie Mae.

Professor Johnson’s most recent book, Power and Progress: Our 1000-Year Struggle Over Technology and Prosperity, explores the history and economics of major technological transformations up to and including the latest developments in Artificial Intelligence. His 2009 book, 13 Bankers: the Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown was an immediate bestseller and has become one of the most highly regarded books on the financial crisis. He holds a BA in economics and politics from University of Oxford, an MA in economics from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in economics from MIT.