Nouriel Roubini is an American economist and was born in March 29, 1958 in Istanbul, Turkey, to Iranian Jewish parents. When he was an infant, his family lived briefly in Iran and Israel. From 1962 to 1983 he resided in Italy, especially in Milan, where he attended the local Jewish school and then the Bocconi University, earning a B.A. in economics. He received his Ph.D. in international economics from Harvard University in 1988. He is a U.S. citizen and speaks English, Persian, Italian, Hebrew, and conversational French.
He anticipated the collapse of the United States housing market and the worldwide recession which started in 2008 and ended in 2009. He teaches at New York University’s Stern School of Business and is the chairman of Roubini Global Economics, an economic consultancy firm. As Roubini’s descriptions of the current economic crisis have proven to be accurate, he is today a major figure in the U.S. and international debate about the economy, and spends much of his time shuttling between meetings with central bank governors and finance ministers in Europe and Asia. In 2011 and 2012, he was named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers.