Chair of Advisory Board
Visiting Professor at Columbia University
Willem Buiter is an independent economic consultant and speaker. He is currently a Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations. He was Global Chief Economist at Citigroup from 2010 to 2018 and a Special Economic Advisor at Citigroup from 2018 to 2019. Previously, he was Chief Economist and Special Counsellor to the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and an original member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England. He was the Juan T. Trippe Professor of International Economics at Yale University and has also held professorships at the London School of Economics and Cambridge University. He is the author of 78 refereed articles in professional journals and seven books.
Marc-Olivier Strauss Kahn
Chair Scientific Council, Citeco
Marc-Olivier Strauss-Kahn is a French central banker and international economist. He started his career at the French central bank, Banque de France (BDF), in 1978. He has twice been the Chief Economist of the French central bank. In 2017, Governor of Banque de France Francois Villeroy de Galhau named him Director General, Governor’s Special Advisor. Strauss-Kahn was named Chevalier (Knight) of The Legion of Honor in 2008, and elevated to Officer in 2017. Strauss-Kahn has published many economic articles on money demand, productivity, price inertia, regional integration, and sovereign debt.
Rain Newton Smith
Chief Economist, CBI
Rain leads the team which provides economic analysis and our prestigious surveys. She is also the chief economist at CBI. She was most recently head of Emerging Markets at Oxford Economics where she managed a large team of economists and was the lead expert on China.
Rain provided macroeconomic forecasts and analysis on China’s role in the global economy and the development of Asia, helping a range of companies and international financial institutions to expand into new markets and grow their business.
Prior to that, Rain worked in monetary policy and international forecast to the MPC at the Bank of England where she led a team with responsibility for developing a risk assessment framework for the UK financial system.
While at the Bank, she also went on secondment to the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. where she was adviser to the UK executive director. In 2010, Rain was selected as one of Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35.
Rain was honoured by the World Economic Forum in 2012 as a Young Global Leader.
Philippe Le Houérou
Philippe Le Houérou is Chief Executive Officer of International Finance Corporation (IFC). He designed and implemented a new strategy aimed at “creating new markets and creating opportunities” in developing countries. He also over saw its restructuring to generate bankable projects. Prior to this he was Vice President for Policy & Partnerships at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He previously held several leadership positions at the World Bank. As the World Bank’s Regional Vice President for South Asia, he designed a new regional strategy, restructured the Bank’s regional portfolio, and more than doubled new lending. He was Regional Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, where he led the Bank’s effort to mitigate the global economic crisis’ impact on the region. Mr. Le Houérou holds an MBA from Columbia University and a Ph.D in Economics from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.
Chairman, Gavekal Dragonomics
Anatole Kaletsky is an economist, journalist and economic consultant. He has been a full-time journalist for such influential publications as The Times, The Financial Times, the Economist and The Times of London. He has received multiple awards and distinctions, including Commentator of the Year, Economic Journalist of the Year and European journalist of the Year. He was elected by Britain’s economics profession to a five-year term on the governing council of the Royal Economic Society. He is a founding partner and CEO of GaveKal Capital, economic advisory and asset management company, which provides economic analysis and asset allocation advice to 500 financial institutions around the world and manages US $ 500m of client funds. Kaletsky is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, and a Kennedy Scholar at the University of Harvard where he obtained his Master’s degree in Economics.
Professor Stockholm University
Ms. Ekholm is a professor in Economics at Stockholm University. She acquired her bachelors at Uppsala University and subsequently continued with a Ph.D. in Economics from Lund University. Her research has primarily focused on the effects of globalization. Previously she served as State Secretary for the Swedish Ministry of Finance. She has also been on the board of the Swedish Central Bank, where she was one of five deputy governors.
Prof Charles Goodhart
Director of the Financial Regulation Research Programme, London School of Economics
Charles Goodhart (CBE and FBA) is a member of the Financial Markets Group at the London School of Economics, having previously been its Deputy Director. He was the Norman Sosnow Professor of Banking and Finance at LSE. He also worked at the Bank of England for seventeen years as a monetary adviser, becoming a Chief Adviser in 1980. He was one of the outside independent members of the Bank of England’s new Monetary Policy Committee until May 2000. Earlier in his career, he had taught at Cambridge and at the LSE. Besides numerous articles, he has written a couple of books on monetary history; a graduate monetary textbook, Money, Information and Uncertainty; two collections of papers on monetary policy, Monetary Theory and Practice (1984) and The Central Bank and The Financial System (1995). He is also an author of a number of books and articles on Financial Stability, on which subject he was Adviser to the Governor of the Bank of England, and numerous other studies relating to financial markets and to monetary policy and history. In his spare time, he is a sheep farmer (loss-making).
Vice Chair, Global Challenges Foundation
Mats Andersson, specialises in environmental finance and asset management. He is the Vice Chairman of the Global Challenges Foundation. He was appointed Royal commissioner by the Swedish government to “map how the market for green bonds can be promoted. He worked at Warburg, Deutsche Bank, and Skandia Liv. He was the CEO for one of Sweden’s major pension funds Fjärde AP-fonden (AP4) and worked to redirect investments in the energy sector towards fossil free companies within the government directive Fossilfritt Sverige (Fossil Free Sweden). He also actively collaborated with the United Nations to raise awareness of the risks climate change brings, from a finance and investment perspective. Andersson was a driving force behind the project Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition (PDC). Andersson was awarded the Chief Investment Officer’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. In 2015 he was ranked fifth on the Financial News “100 Most Influential List” in the pension fund category, and fourth on the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institutes “Public Investor 100” list.
Magnus Billing is the CEO of Alecta Pensionsforsakring. Alecta provides collectively agreed occupational pensions. It is owned by approximately two million private customers and 33,000 corporate clients and manages approximately USD 90 billion assets. In 2016 Mr. Billing was, appointed to the European Commissions’ “high-level expert group” on sustainable finance. Prior to joining Alecta he was the CEO of Nasdaq Nordics, and Head of Fixed Income Nordic and Baltic Markets. He has served as director of Federation of European Securities Exchanges, Swedish House of Finance and as an alternate director of the Swedish Corporate Governance Code Board of Directors. He holds a degree in Law from Stockholm University.
Dr William R. White
Chairman, Economic and Development Review Committee, OECD
William R. White is the chairman of the Economic and Development Review Committee at the OECD in Paris. In his capacity as chairman, William White also contributes to meetings of WP1 and the Economic Policy Committee of the OECD. He was a member of the Issuing Committee, advising the German chancellor on G-20 issues. He has continued to publish articles on topics related to monetary and financial stability, as well as the process of international cooperation in these areas. Mr White was presented in September with the 2016 “Adam Smith Prize”, the highest award of the National Association of Business Economists (US). In May of 2015 he was honoured with the “Hans-Moller-Medal” from VAC, the alumni club of political economists at Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich. Prior to that, he received the annual “Prize of the Monetary Workshop in Monetary, Financial and Macro-Prudential Policy “in Frankfurt. Mr White was Economic Adviser and Head of the Monetary and Economic Department (MED) and a member of the Executive Committee at Bank of International Settlement. Mr White began his professional career at the Bank of England. He was the Chief of the Research Department. He has been Adviser to the Governor and Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada.
He has also worked as Special Adviser to the Canadian Minister of Finance and as a member of Statistics Canada’s Advisory Panel on the National Income Accounts. He has been an active participant in many international committees, including the EPC and WP3 at the OECD, the G-10 Deputies, and the Bellagio Group which brings together senior government officials, central bankers and academics. He holds a PhD from the University of Manchester. He speaks regularly to a wide range of audiences on topics related to monetary and financial stability.
Saker is CEO of the international business of Federated Hermes. He is also a member of the Federated Hermes Executive team. Prior to this, he was Global Head of Equities at Fortis Investments and the Managing Director at Trust Company of the West. He is founder of the 300 Club and was an inaugural member of the CFA Institute’s Future of Finance Advisory Council. He is a member of the IIRC Council, the FCA-PRA Climate Financial Risk Forum, the United Nations Environmental Programme Financial Initiative Steering Committee, the Banking Standards Board, the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, and the advisory Board of the National Youth Orchestra. In 2018, Saker was named CEO of the Year at the Financial News Asset Management Europe Awards. He has a BA and PhD in Medieval History from King’s College, University of London. Saker was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s 2019 New Year’s Honours list for services to Responsible Business and Finance.
Erkki Antero Liikanen
Chair of Trustees, IFRS Foundation
Erkki Antero Liikanen is a Finnish social democratic politician and a former Governor of the Bank of Finland. Liikanen was appointed as the Minister of Finance in1987. He left Parliament in 1990 to become the first Finnish Ambassador to EU. In 1994 he became the first Finnish Member of the EC. He was Commissioner for Budget, Personnel and administration, which included responsibilities for translation and information technology. He was a Member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (2004–2018) and Governor of the IMF for Finland (2004–2018). In February 2012, Liikanen chaired a group of experts to assess the need for structural reforms to the EU banking sector. Their works is known as the Likanen Report. Liikanen was also the chairman of Finnish Red Cross.