A global market analyst, writer and lecturer, Robert has been an Executive Committee Member of the UK-based Economic Research Council since 1991. Founded in 1943 in London, the ERC investigates economic and political change and studies their impact on global business. In conducting his research in London, Robert worked closely with PaineWebber’s investment banking division in the UK developing insights into the future of banking and the impact of the late 20th century asset revolution.
Over the course of his twenty-eight year career, Mr McGarvey has held a variety of senior management positions. Robert began his career in the Oil Industry in Calgary, Canada and went on to become the Managing Director of Merlin Consulting, a London UK based geological and oil market research firm. Since returning from the United Kingdom in 1995 Mr. McGarvey has been the President of Negawatt International, a Canadian electronics group and, for 10 years, Head of Strategy for Beckett Advisors, a management consulting and research group based in Los Angeles, California.
Robert is a graduate of the London School of Economics, where he did his post-graduate work in economic history and international relations. Mr. McGarvey has bachelor’s degrees in Physics, Chemistry minor and a degree in Petroleum Geology from the University of Alberta.
Robert’s areas of expertise are in global trends, the asset revolution, and banking reform; he has presented on these topics at G7 banking conferences in London, Prague and Scottsdale, AR.
“The challenges today are unprecedented, presenting management with a real-time crisis. This crisis, as the Chinese like to say, is a combination of both danger and opportunity. Understanding these challenges and gaining a larger perspective on the underlying forces of change are essential management instrumentation; tools that help you navigate effectively in this increasingly uncertain economic environment.”