Our Firm

HISTORY


Observatory Group was founded in 2007 by John Chamberlin, Jane Hartley, Mary Rosenbaum and Jin Saito, who had all previously worked together at the G7 Group, a macroeconomic research firm. Alan Blinder and Anita Volz Wien, who were partners at the G7 Group, joined Observatory Group as Vice Chairmen. Xinxin Li became a partner in 2013.

In 2014, Jane Hartley became the United States Ambassador to France. John Chamberlin became CEO. Anita Volz Wien was elevated to Chairman. Mary Rosenbaum, Jin Saito and Xinxin Li run the firm's research and consultancy from the
Washington, DC office.

Observatory Group initially covered the G3 (US, Eurozone, Japan) plus China. In early 2015, the firm added India to its
graphic coverage.


Observatory Group congratulates Jane Hartley, one of Observatory Group's co-founders and CEO, on her appointment in the fall of 2014 to become the United States Ambassador to France.

ADVISORY TEAM

ADVISORY BOARD


Jane D. Hartley

Jane Hartley, former United States Ambassador to France and Monaco. Jane is also a former official in the administration of President Jimmy Carter, as well as a founding partner and former CEO of Observatory Group.

Bowman Cutter

Bowman Cutter, Chairman of MicroVest, Chairman of the Board of Resources for the Future, Chairman of CARE, Formerly managing director of Warburg Pincus, National Economic Council member, Clinton Administration

Arminio Fraga

Arminio Fraga, founder of Gavea Investimentos and former President of the Central Bank of Brazil

Laura Tyson

Laura Tyson, former chair of the President's Council of Economic Advisors and former Dean of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Alan Blinder

Dr. Alan Blinder is Vice Chairman, Observatory Group; Princeton University Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors, US Federal Reserve System.

Surjit Bhalla
       

Surjit S. Bhalla is Chairman of Oxus Investments, a New Delhi-based economic research and emerging-markets advisory firm, contributing editor to the Indian Express, part-time member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Economic Advisory Council. Since 1999, he has been on the governing board of India’s largest think tank, NCAER.

PEOPLE

José Luis Alzola

Senior Europe Analyst, Bilbao Spain
José began his career with the Bank of Spain as an economist in the research department. He then served as Deputy Head of Foreign Operations, with responsibilities over foreign exchange reserve management and its coordination with other European central banks. In 1993, José joined Salomon Brothers as the economist for Southern Europe, later serving as Managing Director at Citigroup through 2008, where his responsibilities included the analysis of the economic, monetary and policy trends in the euro area. In 2012-13, José participated in an ad-hoc working group established by the Bank of Spain to draft a proposal for a macro-prudential authority in Spain. José holds a B. A. in Business from the Universidad Comercial de Deusto in Bilbao (Spain), an M.A. in Economics from The University of Chicago, and a degree in Investment Management from the London Business School.

John Chamberlin

CEO, New York
John co-founded Observatory Group in 2007. In addition to managing the business, John runs the firm’s series of meetings with policy makers and subject matter experts. Prior to co-founding Observatory Group, John was managing director for the G7 Group, a macro-economic consultancy, from 2001-2007. In the 90s, John helped launch a tech startup in Connecticut, worked in film production as a location scout, location manager and production manager on several independent films in New York, as an English teacher in France, a decorative painter in Virginia and California, tour guide in France, New Zealand and Australia, and deck hand in Washington and Alaska. John holds an M.B.A. in finance from NYU and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.

Edward Kean

Senior Economic Policy Analyst, Washington Office
Mr. Kean tracks Federal Reserve policy for The Observatory Group. Previously, he was a senior Fed analyst with the G7 Group.   He also tracks developments in Washington, D.C. regarding US fiscal, trade and financial regulatory policies.  Mr. Kean had over 20 years of journalistic experience covering the Fed and served as Chief Washington Financial Correspondent for Bridge News.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Kean has developed extensive relationships with Fed policymakers in both Washington and in the regional Fed banks.  He is a past President of the National Economists Club in Washington, D.C.  In addition, he made regular appearances on PBS’s “Nightly Business Report” to discuss global economic issues.  Mr. Kean studied history and economics at American University in Washington and at the University of Maryland, respectively.

Xinxin Li

Managing Director, Senior China Analyst, Washington DC
Mr. Li covers macroeconomic and political developments in China, including monetary, political and regulatory issues. He rejoined Observatory Group after spending 2012-‘13 with CIC (China’s sovereign wealth fund), where he analyzed and supported CIC’s international outreach. Before his stint with CIC, Xinxin served as Observatory Group’s senior China analyst from 2007- ‘12. Previously, Mr. Li spent several years as a diplomat with China’s Foreign Service, and as an investment manager with China International Trust and Investment Co., Ltd (CITIC). Mr. Li holds an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, an M.A. in Finance from Peking University and a B.A. from Beijing Foreign Studies University. In early 2010, he conducted a three-month visiting scholar program at the People’s Bank of China’s (PBOC’s) Research Department in Beijing.

Mary Rosenbaum

Managing DirectorWashington office
Ms. Rosenbaum leads the analysis of US monetary and fiscal policies and runs the Washington office of Observatory Group.  Before co-founding Observatory Group, she ran the Washington office of the G7 Group.  Prior to joining G7 in 2004, she was with McKinsey & Company, where she served as a macroeconomic advisor to consulting teams in Europe, Latin America, and the US.  Before McKinsey, Mary was Vice President and Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, where she served as monetary policy advisor to the Bank’s president while also directing the Macropolicy Group responsible for domestic and international economic analysis and econometric forecasting.  She holds a B.A. in Economics from The George Washington University and an M.A. and M.Phil in Economics from Columbia University.

Ananth Narayan

Senior India Analyst
Ananth leverages a 24-year career in banking and global markets in covering India’s macroeconomy and financial markets. He is currently Associate Professor of Finance at the SP Jain Institute of Management Research in Mumbai.  Ananth served as Standard Chartered Bank’s Regional Head of Financial Markets for ASEAN and South Asia, managing foreign currency, interest rates, commodities, derivatives and debt capital markets businesses across 12 countries, after tenures in fixed income and currencies trading at Deutsche Bank and Citibank. Ananth has served as Vice-Chairman of both the Fixed Income Money Market and Dealers Association (FIMMDA) and Foreign Exchange Dealers Association of India (FEDAI) and was part of several RBI working groups and committees over the years. He is currently a member of SEBI’s mutual fund advisory committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and a post-graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow.

T. Jin Saito

Managing Director, Washington DC
Jin has tracked monetary, fiscal, foreign exchange and regulatory policy in Japan for over 20 years.  Before co-founding Observatory Group, she was Vice President at the G7 Group.  Jin holds a master’s degree in International Economics and Asian Studies from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Anita Volz Wien

Chairman
Anita Volz Wien was previously a partner and Vice Chairman of the G7 group. Earlier, Ms. Wien was Senior Vice President of Oxford Analytica, a political and economic consulting firm, which she joined after a 20-year career in brokerage, investment management and commercial banking. She held positions with European American Bank, Chase, Lehman Brothers (Paris and New York) and was a partner of Brokaw, Schaenen, Clancy and Co., which merged into Weiss Peck and Greer.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York and the Women’s Forum, Ms. Wien served on the Board of Advisers of “Foreign Affairs”. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Prep for Prep and the Ben Franklin House Foundation (London) and is a Trustee Emerita of Smith College.  She holds a B.A. in History from Smith College and an M.B.A. in Finance from the New York University Stern School of Business.  In 2013, Ms. Wien received the Stern Women in Business Distinguished Alumna award.  She is fluent in French and German.


Offices

  • New York

    Headquarters
    555 Madison Avenue, Suite 1303
    New York, NY 10022
    (212) 542-9296 (Tel)
    (212) 581-9295 (Fax)

  • Washington D.C.

    1920 L Street, NW
    Suite 310
    Washington, DC 20036
    (202) 293-2240 (Tel)
    (202) 293-3477 (Fax)

  • Bilbao Spain

    c/ Andrés Larrazábal 5, 4º B
    Las Arenas – Getxo
    48930 Bilbao (Vizcaya)
    Spain
    +34 946025820 (Tel)

  • Mumbai, India

    801, Golden Peak
    Dr. Ambedkar Road
    Khar West, Mumbai
    India 400052
    +919820349215 (Tel)

  • Tokyo

    1-33-12 Kameido
    Sun Vivace 202
    Koto-ku, Tokyo 136-0071
    +81-3-5626-4332 (Tel/Fax)

  • Beijing

    No 1 Door 1 Building 9,
    Area 3 Sanlihe, Xicheng District
    Beijing, 100045, China
    +86 1333 115 7888


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