Michael Shari
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Thought Leadership

Oxford Research (Denmark), November 2013 – April 2014
Consultant, New York 						        
-Writing corporate content for a benchmarking study of clean technology clusters in the North America and Western Europe for publication on the website of the International Cleantech Network in Copenhagen, Denmark, based on interviews with heads of a dozen cluster organizations.

Urban Land Institute, April-November 2013
Consultant, New York
-- Researching and writing “Emerging Trends in Real Estate,” an annual report based on interviews with hundreds of thought leaders in commercial real estate. Focusing on capital markets, this widely cited publication synthesizes the research and views of ULI and PricewaterhouseCoopers, its partner in this annual project. 

UNICEF, February 2006-March 2010
Consultant, New York
-- Researched and wrote “Child Alert: Horn of Africa,” a position paper on the impact of drought on pastoralist children for a conference on climate change in Nairobi and for Web publication. Wrote Web pages for a new UNICEF Website on children's education, health and safety in Eastern and Southern Africa. Traveled to Kenya.

Standard & Poor's, September 2004-August 2005
Senior News and Features Editor, New York
-- Wrote thought leadership articles and white papers for institutional investors on creditworthiness of insurance companies. Worked with ratings analysts in insurance department. Articles published online by RatingsDirect.com and InvestinginBonds.com, and in print by CreditWeek and BusinessWeek China. Articles featured in Wall Street Journal.


Barron’s, February 2011-Current
Contributing Editor, New York
-- Covering hedge funds, mutual funds, ETFs and emerging markets. Wrote seven cover stories (on American Funds, AllianceBernstein and other money managers) as well as installments of the Fund of Information column and the International Trader column (on assignment in China and Japan). Wrote profiles of hedge fund managers and mutual fund managers.

Freelance, August 2009-Current
Journalist, New York
-- Writing news features on hedge funds, mutual funds, emerging markets, banking and politics for the print editions of the Financial Times (London news desk and fund management section), Institutional Investor Magazine, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, Global Finance Magazine, Risk Professional (published by the Global Association of Risk Professionals) and the New York Post. Wrote an online column for AOL DailyFinance in 2010.

Institutional Investor Magazine, May 2006-July 2009
Senior Writer, New York
-- Covered U.S. institutional and retail money managers. Wrote long-form feature articles as well as short profiles and news stories. Wrote six cover stories (on Legg Mason, Janus Capital, State Street, Invesco, AllianceBernstein and Putnam). Traveled coast-to-coast and to Geneva, Switzerland.

Bloomberg, August 2005-February 2006
Reporter, New York
-- Covered U.S. and Bermuda insurance companies. Articles published online by Bloomberg and in print by the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times.

BusinessWeek, January 2004-August 2004
International News Editor, New York
-- Edited stories filed by staff correspondents and stringers around the world, managed stringers on the ground, developed story ideas with senior editors, and wrote articles on business and politics in Asia.

BusinessWeek, May 1997-December 2003
Bureau Manager, Singapore,
-- Covered Southeast Asia. Interviewed prime ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, and two presidents of Indonesia. Wrote cover stories exposing corruption and human rights abuses. Wrote monthly column on politics for BusinessWeek.com. Won 11 external journalism awards. Traveled constantly.

BusinessWeek, April 1994-April 1997
Contributing Correspondent, Jakarta
-- Covered Indonesia. Co-wrote cover story on Suharto family business. Traveled to Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold mine in Papua. 

Time Magazine, April 1994-April 1997
Stringer, Jakarta
-- Covered Indonesia. Co-wrote two cover stories on Suharto, reported a cover story on Bre-X mining scandal. Traveled to East Timor, Sumatra and Kalimantan.

Freelance, April-December 1993
Journalist, Tokyo and Jakarta
-- Wrote news features about politics, finance and economics in Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Articles appeared in the Miami Herald, the Journal of Commerce, the Christian Science Monitor, the Wall Street Journal, Knight Ridder Financial News, Maclean's Magazine, Asahi Evening News, and Asia Inc. Magazine. Reported for CBC-TV on Suharto.

Nikkei Weekly, July 1991-March 1993
Reporter/Copy Editor, Tokyo	
-- Covered foreign investment and human rights in Japan, politics in Southeast Asia. Edited Asia section.


-- University of Kansas, Ford Fellowship, Lawrence, Kansas
-- Bennington College, Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Languages, Bennington, Vermont; majored in non-fiction prose writing with author Joe McGinnis as thesis tutor.

Professional Development

-- Standard & Poor’s University, New York, 2004-2005; 11-month training by professors from New York Institute of Finance, Cornell University and Booke Seminars in credit risk, capital markets, insurance accounting, communications, resolving management issues.


-- Native English, workable French, fluent Thai, workable Bahasa Indonesia, and basic Japanese.