Dr. Mark Mobius

Dr. Mark Mobius has spent more than 40 years working in the emerging markets. He has been a key figure in developing international policy for emerging markets. In 1999, Dr. Mobius was selected to serve on the World Bank’s Global Corporate Governance Forum as a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group and as co-chairman of its Investor Responsibility Task Force.

Today, Dr. Mobius is a member of the Economic Advisory Board of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Since 2010, he is also a member of the supervisory board of OMV Petrom in Romania and has also served as a director on the Board of Lukoil, the Russian oil company.

Former executive chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group, Dr. Mobius was with Franklin Templeton for more than 30 years, where he headed the emerging markets team until 2016. In 1987, he became manager of the Templeton Emerging Markets Fund, listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

During his time with Franklin Templeton, his Emerging Markets Group expanded assets under management from US$100 million to more than US$40,000 million and launched a number of emerging market and frontier funds focusing on Asia, Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe.

In addition to open-end and closed end mutual funds, Dr. Mobius launched a successful series of emerging market private equity funds. Prior to joining Templeton, Dr. Mobius was Chief Executive of International Investment Trust in Taiwan, the first international investment company in that country managing the NYSE listed Taiwan ROC Fund.

A prolific writer, Dr. Mobius is the author of numerous books translated into several languages, including: The Little Book of Emerging Markets (2012); Mark Mobius - An Illustrated Biography (2007); Passport to Profits (1999/2012); Mobius on Emerging Markets (1996); The Investor's Guide to Emerging Markets (1994); and Trading with China (1973).

A recognised global emerging markets expert, appearing frequently in the media including global networks Bloomberg, CNBC, MSNBC, and CNN, Dr. Mobius has received numerous industry awards, including: Life Time Achievement Award in Asset Management (2017) Global Investor Magazine; 50 Most Influential People (2011) Bloomberg Markets Magazine; and Top 100 Most Powerful and Influential People (2006) Asiamoney.

He received his Ph.D. in Economics and Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1964. Before that he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Master of Science in Mass Communications from Boston University. Dr. Mobius also studied at the University of Wisconsin, University of New Mexico, and Kyoto University in Japan.