C. Fred Bergsten

Co-Founder at Center for Global Development

C. Fred Bergsten

C. Fred Bergsten

Co-Founder at Center for Global Development

Career Highlights

United States Department of Treasury
Center for Global Development

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Co-Founder at Center for Global Development

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Co-Founder at Center for Global Development

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President Emeritus at Harvard University

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Vice President at Center for Global Development

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President at Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics

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Vice Chairman at International Center for Research on Women

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Editor at The Economists' Voice

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President & Chief Executive Officer at MasterCard, Inc.

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Senior Advisor at Lazard Ltd.

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President at Center for Global Development

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In The News
The New York Times
January 20, 2020
Through the Years
Tampa Bay Times
January 16, 2020
Budget deal could bring big benefits
Tampa Bay Times
January 15, 2020
Fears block flow of aid to Soviets
Tampa Bay Times
January 15, 2020
U.S. passes plate around the world
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BA, magna cum laude



The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (also referred to as The Fletcher School) at Tufts University is the oldest school in the United States dedicated solely to graduate studies in international affairs. Fletcher is regarded as one of the world's foremost schools of international relations. Every Fall, the school enrolls approximately 265 full-time students (excluding Ph.D. candidates not enrolled in courses.) The Fletcher School was founded in 1933 with the bequest of Austin Barclay Fletcher, who left over $3 million to Tufts University upon his death in 1923. A third of these funds were dedicated to a school of law and diplomacy. Fletcher did not have in mind a school "of the usual kind, which prepares men for admission to the bar and for the active practice of law." Instead, Fletcher envisioned "a school to prepare men for the diplomatic service and to teach such matters as come within the scope of foreign relations [which] embraces within it as a fundamental and thorough knowledge of the principles of international law upon which diplomacy is founded, although the profession of a diplomat carries with it also a knowledge of many things of a geographic and economic nature which affect relations between nations."

Career History
2001 - Current

enter for Global Development works to reduce global poverty and inequality through research. The company was founded by Edward Scott Jr., Fred C. Bergsten, and Nancy Birdsall in November 2001 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Senior Fellow

The Peterson Institute for International Economics is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution devoted to the study of international economic policy. Since 1981 the Institute has provided timely and objective analysis of, and concrete solutions to, a wide range of international economic problems. It is one of the very few think tanks that are widely regarded as "nonpartisan" by the press and "neutral" by the US Congress. Its research staff has been cited by the quality media more than that of any other such institution. It was voted "best think tank in the world" in 2008 by the first global survey of over 5,000 such institutions and again in 2011 by the British magazine Prospect, whose selections are called "the Oscars of the think tank world" by the BBC. The Institute, attempts to anticipate emerging issues and to be ready with practical ideas, presented in user-friendly formats, to inform and shape public debate. Its audience includes government officials and legislators, business and labor leaders, management and staff at international organizations, university-based scholars and their students, other research institutions and nongovernmental organizations, the media, and the public at large. It addresses these groups globally from its base in Washington, DC. The Institute’s staff of about 50 includes 20 senior researchers, all distinguished for their combination of research productivity and policy experience. The Institute’s agenda emphasizes global macroeconomic policy, international finance and exchange rates, trade and investment, energy and the environment, and area studies of key economic regions. Institute staff and research cover all key regions—especially Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as the United States itself and with special reference to China, India, Korea, and Russia. Current priority is attached to the global financial and economic crisis and especially its European component; debt and recovery; the growing role of China in the world economy; the economic dimensions of the Arab Spring; globalization and its political controversies; global imbalances and exchange rates; national and international financial regulations; export competitiveness; reform of the international economic and financial architecture; sovereign wealth funds; and trade negotiations at the multilateral, regional, and bilateral levels. Institute studies have helped provide the intellectual foundation for many of the major international policy initiatives of the past three decades: reforms of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), including those initiated by the G-20 in 2009–10; adoption of international banking standards and broader financial regulatory reforms; the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and Trans-Pacific Partnership; the restoration and then extension of trade promotion authority in the United States; the development of the World Trade Organization; the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other US free trade agreements (including with Korea notably); initiation and implementation of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue between the United States and China; a series of United States–Japan negotiations; reform of sanctions policy; liberalization of US export controls and export credits, and specific trade issues such as permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) for China in 2000 and Russia in 2012, import protection for steel, and Buy American legislation in 2009. Other influential analyses have addressed economic reform in Europe, Japan, the former communist countries, and Latin America (including what became known as the Washington Consensus), the social impact of globalization and policy responses to it, outsourcing, corruption, foreign direct investment both into and out of the United States, global warming and international environmental policy, measures of currency manipulation and of equilibrium exchange rates, and the sources and growth of services trade.

Prior - 2009

JER Partners (JER) seeks to identify opportunities whereby their investors can capitalize on North American and European market mispricings. They diversify investments across countries, regions, asset types, investment styles and tenants. The firm pursues the real value in strategically and opportunistically selected real estate investments across North America and Europe.JER focuses on six North American strategies: (1) retenanting/repositioning (2) renovation (3) portfolio acquisitions/aggregations (4) development opportunities with strategic operating partners (5) public to private arbitrage and (6) other opportunities that result from the dislocation of capital, such as senior housing.JER seeks assets where there is the possibility of substantial tenant rollover in order to attract new tenants that will pay market rents that are significantly higher than the departing tenant. They seek to acquire assets from motivated sellers who are not in a financial position, or who elect not, to invest the necessary capital to keep an asset competitive in the local market. The firm looks to purchase large portfolios of multiple assets from corporations, financial institutions and governments. JER believes that the strategy of focusing on multiple asset investments helps avoid risks faced by many who exclusively make large investments in single assets. They strive to build focused portfolios of similar assets in conjunction with local operating partners. JER pursues select development opportunities with industry-leading, local operating partners in the US who complement JER's skill set and possess specific product, geographic or deal sourcing expertise. JER believes that the ongoing privatization trend presents an opportunity to acquire portfolios and high quality, institutional grade properties at a discount to market value.The firm focuses their European investment efforts on a number of core markets. These include the EU member states, Norway and Switzerland. JER focuses on target markets where the property fundamentals are strong, where they have good relationships with strong operating partners and where they face limited competition from other bidders.In Europe, JER follows a number of investment themes including (1) portfolio creation in selected markets and sectors (2) portfolio acquisition and break-up (3) active targeting of regional locations and peripheral markets (4) corporate and government divestitures and property held by private equity buy-out candidates (5) public-to-private transactions and other involvement in M&A transactions in the real estate sector (6) niche sectors and (7) opportunistic development.JER seeks to assemble European portfolios of similar assets in conjunction with specialized operators to take advantage of investors' willingness to pay more for a portfolio than the aggregate value of its individual assets. Their portfolios offer diversification benefits and multiple exit routes where assets can be sold individually in smaller sub-portfolios or as a portfolio either directly or through the public equity markets. JER believes that regions and centers outside of Western European capital cities offer attractively-priced opportunities. They seek to identify markets which they believe will become institutional markets in the future. They look for opportunities to execute innovative and profitable externalizations or sale and leaseback transactions with a target investment size of 50-100 million, often with limited competition. JER sees potential opportunities to acquire quoted European real estate companies which are not eligible for REIT status and as a consequence might trade at attractive discounts to net asset value in the future. JER looks for sectors that are temporarily out of favor or which are believed to become more institutionally acceptable in the future such as hotels, residential, pubs, nursing homes, senior and student housing, educational premises and car dealerships. JER believes there are development opportunities in the EU accession countries and they seek to secure pre-leases, fixed contracts and specialized local development partners.

Boards & Committees
1998 - 2009

Transatlantic Holdings, Inc. provides property and casualty reinsurance services. The company through its subsidiaries offers reinsurance capacity for a full range of property and casualty products, directly and through brokers, to insurance and reinsurance companies, in both the domestic and international markets on both a treaty and facultative basis. The firm was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in New York, NY.


The Brasilinvest Group provides real estate, financial, technology, infrastructure and energy services. It supports sustainable development and socially responsible iniatives through different not-for-profit organizations. technological development, green economy, human rights, legal integration, clean energies, growth economies, international trade & investment, education and poverty alleviation. The company was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

1998 - ?

Transatlantic Reinsurance Co. provides property and casualty reinsurance services. Its business line includes marine & aerospace and specialty casualty reinsurance. The company was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Chairman, Board of Directors
1991 - 1995
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enter for Global Development works to reduce global poverty and inequality through research. The company was founded by Edward Scott Jr., Fred C. Bergsten, and Nancy Birdsall in November 2001 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.


Council on Foreign Relations, Inc. provides and disseminates ideas on foreign policies to individuals, corporate members, journalists and policy makers. It operates a forum for government officials, students and other interested parties to study and discuss world issues and impact on American foreign policies. The company publishes Foreign Affairs, a magazine that comes out six times a year, along with books and studies by its own scholars. Council on Foreign Relations was founded in 1921 and is headquartered in New York City, NY.

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enter for Global Development works to reduce global poverty and inequality through research. The company was founded by Edward Scott Jr., Fred C. Bergsten, and Nancy Birdsall in November 2001 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Political Donations

Former Senator from New Jersey


Former President of United States


Distinguished University Fellow at Niagara University

Awards & Honors
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Légion d'honneur of France
Central Methodist University
Washington, DC, United States
38th Annual Ex-Im Bank Conference

The Export-Import Bank of the United States concluded its 38th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C on Friday with a keynote address from Vice President Joe Biden. The Vice President, who was introduced by small business owner Jenny Fulton, spoke at length about how exports are critical to maintaining a robust economy and sustaining U.S. job creation and growth.

Davos, Switzerland
2008 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008 convened in Davos at a time of great anxiety in the world. The turmoil in the financial markets and the continuing conflict in the Middle East were naturally of immediate concern. Mounting awareness of the epochal challenge of climate change and the looming threat of global terrorism, two issues that were addressed in the opening plenary session, heightened our shared sense of urgency. The Annual Meeting theme - The Power of Collaborative Innovation - was a fitting focus for two reasons. First, it highlighted that a multistakeholder approach is critical for any authentic and viable solutions to global problems. And second, it served to underline the need for new and imaginative ways to mitigate global risks and the importance of achieving tangible results or value.

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