Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez is a founding partner at Aurora Macro Strategies—a boutique macroeconomic and geopolitical research, intelligence, and advisory firm servicing a select group of financial, commercial and government clients. Having joined the Kellogg Faculty in 2014, his teaching and research focus includes political risk, geopolitics, corruption, country branding, family enterprise in emerging markets, as well as institutional and constitutional development in Latin America.
From 2014-2023 Daniel served as Director for the Latin American region at Greenmantle, a Macroeconomic and Geopolitical Research service advising many of the world’s premier hedge funds. Prior to that, he works as division chief for entrepreneurial development at the Sucre Municipal Government in Caracas from 2009-2010, following other local stints in the Venezuelan public and NGO sector. Other past work experience likewise includes Goldman Sachs, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Daniel frequently appears as an analyst in international media, where he is a frequent guest on CNN, France24, NTN24, Al Jazeera, and NPR. He was a regular political columnist for the Venezuelan broadsheet El Nacional (2012-2018) as well as a frequent contributor to Foreign Policy Magazine, the Financial Times, The Atlantic and the New York Times. He has also written for Forbes, the New Republic, the New Yorker, Harpers, the Washington Post, the Economist, Boston Review and the Los Angeles Review of Books (among others). His academic publications include articles in the UCLA Law Review and the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs among others.
He has taught courses at Harvard University, and guest lectured at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, New York University Stern School of Business, the United States Airforce Academy, and IESA Business School in Caracas.
Concurrent to his current private sector and academic roles, Daniel has been invited to brief various international governments and U.S. government agencies on his views including the U.S. State Department and the Intelligence Services. He has also served as an expert witness or consultant on legal cases involving political corruption and persecution, providing testimony before U.S. Federal, State, and Immigration courts.
Daniel holds a B.A. cum laude from Carleton College, a J.D. from the University of Chicago, and an M.P.P. from Harvard University with a concentration in International Trade and Finance. Having grown up between South Central Connecticut and Eastern Caracas, he now lives in Newton, Massachusetts, with his wife Marianella and their twin daughters Claudia and Michelle
Global Initiatives in Management (GIM) is an international experiential learning course designed to provide students with an introduction to the unique business opportunities, management practices and market dynamics of a specific region or global industry. The course combines in-class lectures, reading discussions and case studies during the winter quarter with ten days of international field research over spring break. Immersed in the culture and language of their host countries, students will have the opportunity to meet with local business and government leaders, conduct interviews and collect data for their group research projects, and experience some of the unique social and cultural facets of the region. Final presentations and written research reports are due in spring quarter after completion of the overseas portion of the class. Each class section is taught by a faculty member with deep knowledge of the region or industry and supported by an advisor from the Kellogg staff who assists students in planning the field experience. Students are financially responsible for their travel costs, and financial aid is available to those who qualify.