Marc Frankel

Marc Frankel is the founder of Global Knowledge Brokers (GKB), a geopolitical and emerging markets strategy consultancy based in Washington, DC. Mr. Frankel has also held roles in asset management, political risk, and as a special advisor to the Government of Liberia. In 2006, Mr. Frankel was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. Mr. Frankel holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a Bachelor’s degree in Russian Studies with high honors from Colgate University.

Silicon Glacier: How Iceland’s Banking Crisis Fueled its Startup Boom

In the fall of 2008, the collapse of the Icelandic banking system sent thousands of promising young Icelanders into unemployment. Today, Iceland's Generation Y is turning to entrepreneurship to dig out from under the country's financial crisis. On the morning of October 6, 2008, Georg Ludviksson walked across a parking lot towards a gleaming, modern red office building for his first day... Continue Reading

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How Mexico’s Drug War is Boosting US Border Economies

Marc Frankel points out how Mexican drug war turned the US side of the border into a flourishing region. One could be forgiven for assuming that the violence on Mexico’s northern border has had a devastating effect on the US border towns and cities.  After all, many of those towns lie just feet from the cartels that dominate northern Mexico, separated from the horrific violence by a... Continue Reading

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