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Joel Kotkin
Joel Kotkin
Senior Consultant

An internationally recognized authority on global, economic, political, and social trends, Joel Kotkin is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including:

Joel is distinguished presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University in Orange, California, and an adjunct fellow with the Legatum Institute based in London, UK. A highly respected speaker and futurist, he consults for many leading economic development organizations, private companies, regions, and cities. He also serves as executive editor of

Additional Writing

Described by the New York Times as America’s “uber-geographer,” for over three decades Joel has been one of the nation's most prolific and widely published journalists. He currently writes the weekly New Geographer column for

He previously wrote the monthly "Grass Roots Business" column in The New York Times' Sunday Business section and served as West Coast Editor for Inc. Magazine for five years and continues to contribute to the publication. His work also appears in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Politico, Foreign Policy, The American, and The Daily Beast.

He has also worked extensively in television, including on documentaries for both German television and Los Angeles public television. He served as business trends analyst for KTTV/Fox Television in Los Angeles, where, in 1994, he won the Golden Mike Award for Best Business Reporting on the changing dynamics of the entertainment industry.

Joel’s Studies

Over the past decade, Joel has completed studies focusing on several major cities, including a worldwide Legatum study on London, Mumbai, and Mexico City, as well as other studies on New York, Los Angeles, Houston, and St. Louis, among others. In association with the Planning Center and the La Jolla Institute, in 2006 he completed a year-long study on the future of suburban development. He is currently working on a “new map of the world” for the Legatum Institute in London, UK.

Joel lectures widely in the United States and worldwide, and is sought-after as a speaker by major business and financial organizations. In 2010 he won the Gene Burd Award for best urban reporting. For the next two years, he will also serve as a guest lecturer at Singapore’s Civil Service College.

Joel attended the University of California, Berkeley. A native New Yorker, he has lived in California since 1971. Joel lives in the Valley Village area of Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

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