Dr. Ben Tabatabaei

Chief Economist & Executive Director of the International Center for Economic Development

Dr. Ben Tabatabaei has an accomplished background in economic and financial forecasting, data analysis, public and foreign policy, strategic investments, international relations, economic development and more. He relocated from California to be part of Florida’s growth and contribute to free enterprise. His more than 20-year track record of extensive economic and policy expertise includes:

  • International Business Economist, who has advised US policy makers on economic development and foreign policy issues. He has also counseled private companies as well as foreign governments on strategic investments, public relations, and economic development.
  • Counterintelligence and Business Intelligence consultant on global threats against the US homeland.
              • Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy.
              • Graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a PhD in International Political Economy and Public Policy and also holds an MA in Economics and an MA in Political Economy and Public Policy.

In his role as Chief Economist of the Florida Chamber, Dr. Tabatabaei works with Florida’s leading job creators and policymakers on understanding and leveraging economic and demographic trends in Florida, opportunities for international trade and logistics, and providing exclusive executive economic briefings for our Board of Governors members. He also leads the charge of the Florida Chamber’s International Center for Economic Development focused on advocating for free enterprise on a global stage, expanding trade with Florida’s key and emerging trading partners, increasing foreign direct investment, boosting exports, and growing manufacturing and infrastructure to continue positioning Florida as a global economic powerhouse.


Email: btabatabaei@flchamber.com
Phone: 850-521-1249

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