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Anirban Basu


basu-arnaban27Known for explaining complex economic policies with humor, insight and passion, Anirban Basu 17 years ago formed Sage Policy Group, an economic con-sulting company.

He also serves as chairman of the Maryland Economic Development Commission, teaches global strategy at Johns Hopkins University, and serves the chief economist function for a number of organizations around the country. He is a ubiquitous presence at seminars, roundtables, TV shows and any place where the state’s economy – or some aspect of it – is the topic at hand.

How does he describe what his company offers clients? Economic consulting, he says, is the application of economic concepts like supply, demand, equilibrium price and game theory to the strategic decisions that face decision-makers on a daily basis. It’s part transparent analytics, part effective messaging.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

Never do anything when you’re angry.

What’s been your biggest success?

Making payroll every two weeks for 17 years.

Who have been the biggest mentors in your career?

Michael A. Conte, former director, RESDI, Towson University; Richard Story, former head of economic development, Howard County.

What are your hopes for the state or your community this year?

Unity in action as we strive to broaden prosperity in the post-pandemic world.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.