Karen Harris is the managing director of our Macro Trends Group (MTG) and a partner in our New York office.
Macro Trends Group is the capability group for developing our firm's insights about global macroeconomics, macro social trends, and geopolitics as they impact the results of our clients. The group’s proprietary research includes work on trends driving global growth in GDP and capital markets, as well as specific geographic analyses (including China, the United States, and the Eurozone), which it uses to help clients understand the potential impact of the volatile global environment on their businesses.
Addressing the need for satisfying, respected, remunerative work will be a critical task over the next decade as automation replaces work in not just manufacturing but in services, with attention required for the producer side – the work force – and not just the consumer side, or the distribution of spending power.
Karen frequently works with institutional investors to embed macro strategy into their investment strategies and due diligence efforts.
Karen holds an M.B.A., with distinction, from Harvard Business School and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She holds bachelor's degrees in economics and international relations, with honors, from Stanford University.
Karen is regularly featured in major media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Economic Times of India, Caijing China, and CEO Forum Australia, Bloomberg and FOX Television.
She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on US-China Relations, and the Economics Club of New York.
Karen is also a Global Futures Council member for the World Economic Forum, as well as a member of the Community of Chief Economists. She is on the external advisory board of Harvard University’s Master in Design Engineering program and an International Council member for the Belfer School at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
She also serves on the Board of Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit that partners with local communities in developing countries to build schools. The organization focuses on early education, high-potential females, and cultivating young leadership at home and abroad.
- “Quitting or Refitting? Solving the Great Resignation ,” Article, July 2022
- “Smart Responses to Inflation and Volatility for Manufacturing Leaders,” Webinar, June 2022
- “Smart Responses to Inflation and Volatility,” Webinar, May 2022
- “Crisis in Ukraine: Respond and Reposition,” Brief, April 2022
- “The Russia-Ukraine War: Assessing Scenarios and Responses,” Webinar, March 2022
In the News
- “Fed at a Tricky Position, Bain & Co.'s Harris Says,” Bloomberg TV, February 2022
- “What falling bilateral tech FDI means for companies,” US-China Business Council, October 2021, Technology
- “Capex booms as companies prepare for a post-pandemic world,” Bloomberg, September 2021
- “Bain & Co.'s Harris on Global Economic Recovery,” Bloomberg Markets and Finance, April 2021, Financial Services
- “Karen Harris on the Global Economy (Radio),” Bloomberg Radio, January 2021