Simon Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., a co-founder of BaselineScenario.com (a widely cited website on the global economy), and a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Economic Advisers. Simon is a weekly contributor to NYT.com’s Economix, has a monthly column with Project Syndicate: A World of Ideas, and has recently published opinion pieces in The Atlantic, The New Republic, BusinessWeek, Bloomberg, and The Financial Times, among others. Earlier this year, he joined The Huffington Post as contributing business editor. Simon is co-author, with James Kwak, of 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and The Next Financial Meltdown. From March 2007 to August 2008, he was the International Monetary Fund’s Economic Counselor (chief economist) and Director of Research. He is a co-director of the NBER Africa Project, and works with non-profits and think tanks around the world. Simon earned his Ph.D. in economics at MIT.