Robert A. Johnson, PhD, is the Executive Director for the Institute for New Economic Thinking, backed by George Soros. He serves on the UN Commission of Experts on International Monetary Reform under the Chairmanship of Joseph Stiglitz. He is also the Director of Economic Policy for the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (FERI) in New York.

Johnson was previously a managing director at Soros Fund Management where he managed a global currency, bond, and equity portfolio specializing in emerging markets. Prior to that time, Johnson was a managing director of Bankers Trust Company, managing a global currency fund. He also served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee under the leadership of Chairman William Proxmire (D. Wisconsin) and before that, he was Senior Economist of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee under the leadership of Chairman Pete Domenici (R. New Mexico).

He received a PhD and an MA in Economics from Princeton University, and a B.S. in both Electrical Engineering and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).