Sebastian Mallaby

Distinguished Scholar, Exponential Center

Sebastian Mallaby, the Exponential Center’s inaugural Distinguished Scholar, is currently writing a book on venture capital that will combine rich historical narrative with an authoritative assessment of the industry’s impact on prosperity, growth, and its distribution across regions and countries. Mallaby is the Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations and an experienced journalist and public speaker. He is also a contributing columnist for the Washington Post, where he previously served as a staff columnist and editorial board member. He is the author of The Man Who Knew: The Life & Times of Alan Greenspan, winner of the 2016 Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award and the 2017 George S. Eccles Prize in Economic Writing. His writing has also appeared in the Atlantic and the Financial Times.

Mallaby’s interests cover a wide variety of domestic and international issues, including central banks, financial markets, the implications of the rise of newly emerging powers, and the intersection of economics and international relations. His previous book, More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite, was the recipient of the 2011 Loeb Prize and a New York Times bestseller. His earlier works are The World’s Banker, a portrait of the World Bank under James Wolfensohn that was named as an “Editor’s Choice” by the New York Times; and After Apartheid, which was named by the New York Times as a “Notable Book.”

Before joining the Washington Post in 1999, Mallaby spent thirteen years with the Economist in London, Africa, Japan, and Washington, DC. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist. Mallaby holds a first class degree in modern history from Oxford University.


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