El-Erian’s career started at the International Monetary Fund, where he worked for 15 years and served as Deputy Director. He also served as Managing Director at Citigroup in London and PIMCO, a global investment management firm and one of the world’s largest bond investors, serving as CEO. He is currently Chief Economic Adviser at Allianz, the world’s largest insurance company. In 2012, President Obama appointed him Chair of the Global Development Council. El-Erian contributes to major economic publications such as Financial Times, Bloomberg View, Business Insider, CNN, and Foreign Policy. In April 2013, Foreign Policy named him one of the 500 most powerful people on the planet.