Marsha Vande Berg

Expertise: Insights about macro drivers and markets; Asia Pacific as growth center; transpacific linkages and governance

Dr. Vande Berg is a C-suite executive with international public and private sector experience. Her specific expertise is analyzing and communicating complex ideas to advance strategic vision and its implementation in public/private sector settings. She writes, does public speaking and consults on topics related to macro political economy drivers, changing dynamics in Asia Pacific growth markets and governance.

She is a fellow with the Harvard Program on International Financial Systems and serves on advisory boards of RAND CAPP and OMFIF. She is a Distinguished Career Fellow, Stanford University, 2016.

She is an independent director of Quantum Advisors, a portfolio manager which oversees Quantum Mutual Fund, registered and regulated in India, the United States and Canada. Headquarters is Mumbai, India. She travels to India for directors’ meetings and is also often in other Asian economic centers. 

A dedicated member of non-profit boards, she serves on the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy Advisory Board and Membership Committee. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the CFR National Program Committee. She holds membership in the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the 1990 Institute, a US/China-focused organization, the Bretton Woods Committee and the International Women’s Forum, Northern California. She is a trustee of the Legacy Foundation, Northern California.

She speaks on topics relating to the global political economy, Asia Pacific, capital markets and investments. She participates in the annual International Finance Forum (IFF) in Beijing and is a contributor to Econvue, an online platform focusing on economic and marketplace issues. She has appeared on Bloomberg’s Market Watch.

She is the former chief executive officer of the Pacific Pension Institute, a membership organization of senior-level institutional investors in North America, Asia and Europe. As the institute’s CEO, she oversaw dramatic growth in the organization, its Asia Pacific footprint and programmatic, membership and fiscal profiles.

During her nearly ten-year tenure, she grew the company’s fiscal base, more than doubling revenues, overseeing investment of a reserve fund and securing the institute’s first institutional grant; deepened the membership profile to enhance the organization’s institutional investor global network; and enhanced the number and quality of programs while growing the staff from a base of 1 ½.  She worked with an international board of directors whose oversight extended to corporate management and strategy without fundraising responsibilities.

Prior to her engagement in the Asia Pacific, she was active in Europe, with an emphasis on Germany and the European Union. She continues many of these interests today. She was a public policy fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, where her focus was the Transatlantic Relationship and China’s rise. She is proficient in German and a student of Mandarin.

Her Ph.D. is from Vanderbilt University. She holds a Master’s Degree from Duke University. Her undergraduate work was at the University of Iowa, the University of Wuerzburg, Germany and Virginia Polytechnic University. She holds a certificate from the Stanford University Directors’ College.

Understanding markets takes insight, perspective and good sense.

Expert Information


Insights about macro drivers and markets; Asia Pacific as growth center; transpacific linkages and governance


San Francisco


Current Experience

Fellow, Harvard Program for International Financial Systems

Past Experience

  • Advisor, RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy
  • Advisor, OMFIF


  • Vanderbilt University, Ph.D.
  • Duke University, MA
  • Stanford University, Directors College Public Company Boards