One of the nation’s most prominent industrial economists, Mustafa Mohatarem was Chief Economist of General Motors Corporation from 1995 to 2018.
A native of Karachi, Pakistan, he completed the B.A. in both economics and mathematics in 1976. He then earned an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, where he was an Earhart Fellow.
At GM, Dr. Mohatarem serves on the Coordination Committee of the corporation’s Public Policy Center and the Corporate Risk Management Committee. He advises GM’s senior executives on global economic developments and their implications for GM’s business. In addition, he leads the corporation’s Trade Team and coordinates the corporation’s response to policy developments in the trade arena. In that capacity, he represents the corporation in numerous international forums, including the U.S.-Japan Business Council, APEC Auto Dialogue, and the Council of the Americas. He is also an advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce and to the United States Trade Representative.
In recent years, Dr. Mohatarem has served as GM’s spokesperson on economic and trade developments. He testifies on behalf of the corporation before Congressional committees and is a sought-after speaker in economic and trade forums. He is quoted frequently in the business and popular press. Dr. Mohatarem has also contributed to two books: Constituent Interests and U.S. Trade Policies and Building a Partnership (The Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement).