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Michael Moran

Michael Moran

Executive Producer

Michael Moran is an author, journalist, documentarian and political analyst whose work on international affairs and geo-economics have won awards, influenced policy and angered despots for decades. In his most recent documentary work, he shared Executive Producer credits with MediaStorm founder Brian Storm on a 2019 multimedia look at US-Russia relations funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Quest for Stability in US-Russia Relations. A lecturer on international affairs at the Korbel School of International Affairs in Denver, Moran is also CEO and Chief Research Officer of Transformative, a content strategy and risk advisory, working with nonprofit, media and corporate clients to help them match strategy to goals. Before launching Transformative in 2016, Moran was Chief US/Macro Analyst and Director of Marketing/Americas at Control Risks, the world’s leading political and security consultancy. Moran previously served as head of thought leadership at the investment bank Renaissance Capital, and as chief geo-strategist and digital editor for Roubini Global Economics, where he helped launch the company’s product offering. In 2005, Moran conceived and launched the documentary series “Crisis Guides” for the Council on Foreign Relations, where he ran digital content. The series was produced with MediaStorm from 2006-2013, garnering three Emmy awards, an Overseas Press Club award and several other honors. Moran is also author of both fiction and non-fiction books, including The Reckoning: Debt, Democracy and the Future of American Power, critically acclaimed and translated into four languages. Ian Bremmer, CEO of Eurasia Group, said of The Reckoning: “Moran is a sharp thinker and fine storyteller, and The Reckoning is a terrifically engaging read. Moran’s work as a journalist dates to his university years in the 1980s, when he was the night and weekend copy boy at The New York Times Washington bureau. In the years that followed, he covered wars, revolutions, crime and sundry human events for the Associated Press, BBC World Service, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and other outlets before joining the launch team of MSNBC.com in 1996. Moran’s writing regularly appears in prominent newspapers and broadcast outlets including Foreign Affairs, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, CNBC, Foreign Policy, Forbes and Slate. He has lectured at dozens of universities, government agencies and think tanks around the world. He is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and, since 2011, a member of the Communications Advisory Board of Human Rights Watch.