Ted C. Fishman is a veteran journalist, book author and former derivatives trader who is a leading expert on global demographic change and the world’s workforce, the People’s Republic of China and its development as a world power and on regional economic development amid a globalized economy. His current research, for an upcoming volume from...read the rest
Ted C. Fishman is a veteran journalist, book author and former derivatives trader who is a leading expert on global demographic change and the world’s workforce, the People’s Republic of China and its development as a world power and on regional economic development amid a globalized economy. His current research, for an upcoming volume from W.W. Norton explores how concrete and other materials have fashioned modern life, the world economy and the future of the planet. Fishman has served as consultant to governments and leaders, and has been a speechwriter for CEOs and for the head of state of one of the world’s largest countries. He has given more than 400 keynote addresses to audiences worldwide.
In his writing, Fishman is noted for taking seemingly complex topics – particularly how global economic trends influence people’s everyday experiences – and making them understandable and meaningful for a general audience. In his international bestseller, China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World, Fishman describes the effects of China’s recent emergence as a world power on the lives and businesses of people across the globe. In addition to the success of China, Inc. in America, the book has been translated into twenty-five languages.
Fishman’s book, Shock of Gray, The Aging of the World’s Population and How it Pits Young Against Old, Child Against Parent, Worker Against Boss, Company Against Rival, and Nation Against Nation has been wildly serialized in the U.S. and abroad. A revised edition was released in China in 2019 where it became a top-ten bestseller. Shock of Gray discusses how the aging of the world’s population drives globalization and changes nearly every important relationship we have, as family members, workers and bosses and as citizens of our communities, nations and the world. Fishman reported much of the book in the State of Florida, which he argues is at the vanguard of a seismic demographic and social shift.
Fishman has been a fellow at the think tank for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Longevity and a fellow at the University of Chicago’s Neubauer Collegium. He has also been faculty director and lecturer with programs for global executives through Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. A former floor trader and member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, he ran his own trading firm until 1992.
Fishman has been featured on ABC, CNN, Fox, the BBC, CNBC, PBS, NPR, Public Radio International, and Sky News (UK), among many others. Fishman’s essays and reports appear in many of the world’s most prominent journals, including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Money, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Harper’s, and The Sunday Times (London). He was an Op-Ed columnist for USA Today and a member of the paper’s Board of Contributors for 25 years.
Mr. Fishman has lived and worked in Japan and Indonesia. He is a graduate of Princeton University and currently lives in Chicago.read less
Ted Fishman in Media
I can’t tell you how delighted we were...with your wonderful speeches and the question and answer sessions you fielded in both locations. Your knowledge, your insight, and your ability to handle often difficult questions from the floor was clearly apparent. I think that your greatest strength is your ability to tell the remarkable story... in…
- Douglas Goold, (Former)President & CEO Canadian Institute of International Affairs (now the Canadian Global Affairs Institute)
Ted has a remarkably engaging presence, and the breadth of his knowledge in the current economic, cultural, and political context was a key to our program’s success. His willingness to fully engage with our group – participating in all sessions and activities – contributed to participants’ ability to make sense of what they were learning…
- Clark Callahan, (Former) Executive Director Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth
We look for a speaker to make us think about what we do in a new way. We are pleased that Ted Fishman did just that. At the National Parkinson Foundation we believe it's part of our mission to bring outside perspectives, to enlighten as we engage our audience. Ted Fishman's Shock of Gray fills…
- Joyce A. Oberdorf President and Chief Executive Officer National Parkinson Foundation
Ted Fishman spoke at our annual meeting, to which our most important business partners and customers make their predictable mid-winter trek. It is a venue at which State and regional bankers, socially conscious investors, legislators and board/advisor groups gather to hear new ideas, especially on emerging economic development, workforce and policy matters. Fishman charmed the…
- Ron Phillips, President and CEO, Coastal Enterprises, Inc.