Rintaro Tamaki specialises in policies and finance. He is the president of Japan Centre for International Finance (JCIF). Previously, he was the deputy Secretary-General of the OECD in charge of the strategic direction on Environment, Green Growth, Taxation, Investment, Financial and Enterprise Affairs & Anti-Corruption, Competition, Corporate Governance. Before joining the OECD Mr. Tamaki was Vice-Minister of Finance for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan. He spent thirty-five years with Japanese Ministry of Finance and worked on various budget, taxation, international finance and development issues. He has also held academic positions at the University of Tokyo and Kobe University. He is a former Alternate Executive Director for Japan, World Bank. He is LLB from University of Tokyo.
Will Hutton is a political economist, author and columnist with a career that spans investment banking, BBC radio and TV, newspapers, consultancy, leading think tanks and heading up government commissions. He is currently Principal of Hertford College, University of Oxford, and Chair of the Big Innovation Centre, an initiative from the Work Foundation (formerly the Industrial Society), having been chief executive of the Work Foundation from 2000 to 2008. He co-founded the Big Innovation Centre in 2011, which has become one of Britain’s leading innovation think-tanks. He was formerly editor-in-chief for The Observer. He started his career in journalism as economics editor for the BBC’s Newsnight and later for The Guardian. He has made numerous TV documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. He has authored many books like ‘The State We’re In’ (1995), ‘The State to Come’, ‘The Writing on the Wall: China and the West in the 21st Century’, ‘Them and Us’ and ‘How Good We Can Be’. His latest book, written in conjunction with Lord Andrew Adonis, ‘Saving Britain: How We Can Prosper in a New European Future’ was released in June 2018. He headed up a government Review of the Creative Industries in 2007, and on Fair Pay in the Public Sector in 2010/11. He chaired the Independent Review on University fees between 2011 and 2014, and is currently co-leading the BBC’s review on pay transparency.
Policy and communications Fellow
James Crabtree is a Singapore-based author and journalist, and an Associate Professor of Practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. His best-selling 2018 book, “The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age” was short-listed for the FT / McKinsey book of the year. Prior to academia, James worked for the Financial Times, most recently as Mumbai bureau chief. He is now a columnist for Nikkei Asian Review, and a fellow at the Asia-Pacific programme at Chatham House.
James has written for a range of global publications, including the New York Times, the Economist, Wired, and Foreign Policy. Prior to journalism he was an advisor in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He has worked for various think tanks in London and Washington DC, and spent a number of years living in America, initially as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Michele Wucker is a global thought leader with nearly three decades of experience in media and non-profit management and content. She is the author of The Gray Rhino: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore. She also is the author of Lockout: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right, and Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola. She has been honoured as a 2009 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow. She is the founder and CEO of Gray Rhino & Company that helps leaders and organisations to identify and strategise responses to risks that are neglected despite – or sometimes because of – their size. Her previous positions include Vice President for Studies at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; President of the World Policy Institute, which she re-launched in 2007; and Latin America Bureau Chief at International Financing Review. Her writing has appeared in publications around the world including CNN.com, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. She has been interviewed by s variety of media, including National Public Radio, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and Fox News.
Trond Riiber Knudsen
Trond Riiber Knudsen is Founder and CEO of TRK Group AS, an Oslo-based investment and advisory firm focused on active ownership and advisory within disruptive technologies, digital service transformation and new African growth markets. Trond is member of the board of Opera Software, Laerdal Medical, and The North Alliance, as well as an Advisory Board member of SpareBank 1 Markets and Laerdal Million Lives Fund. Previously, he was a Senior Partner and member of the Leadership group in McKinsey & Company, with responsibility for McKinsey’s Marketing & Sales practice. In addition, Trond has led the development of McKinsey’s training and leadership programs, and led McKinsey’s committee for evaluation of external partner candidates.
He was in 100 most influential business people by Kapital Norway 2017 and 2019 & “Norway’s most active angel investor”(DN 2019). Trond holds a Siv.ing. Degree from the Norwegian Institute of Technology, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
Dr David Skilling
David Skilling is the founding Director of Landfall Strategy Group, an economic advisory firm that provides insights on global economic, political, and policy developments to governments, firms and financial institutions. He serves government clients in Australasia, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, with a specific focus on small advanced economies. He has served as Senior Advisor to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in New Zealand, providing insight on emerging global economic and political developments. Previously he was an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company in Singapore, and a Senior Fellow with the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey’s in-house economic think-tank. He was the founding Chief Executive of the New Zealand Institute, a privately-funded, non-partisan think-tank, which made significant contributions to policy debates on issues from savings to broadband and broader economic strategy. Before this, David was a Principal Advisor at the New Zealand Treasury, advising on various strategic economic policy issues. He helped to lead the Government’s work on Economic Transformation, writing a series of influential papers on New Zealand’s economic performance, prospects, and policy options. He also advised on other policy issues such as government balance sheet management, fiscal policy, and various public sector management reforms. David speaks regularly on small country issues at international conferences and institutions. He writes on global economic and political issues, in the Straits Times, the Wall Street Journal, Project Syndicate, The Times, Foreign Affairs, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and the Nikkei Asian Review. David has a Ph.D. in Public Policy, and a Master in Public Policy degree, from Harvard University. David was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008, and was the University of Auckland’s inaugural Young Alumnus of the Year in 2006.
Professor Lex Hoogduin
Professor Lex Hoogduin is chairman of the board of LCH.Clearnet Group. He had been a member of the LCH.Clearnet Group board starting in September 2012 and previously chaired its Limited, SA and LLC Risk Committees. He is also a part-time professor of Monetary Economics and Financial Institutions at the University of Amsterdam. He was previously executive director at De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), where his responsibilities included economic policy and research, financial stability, financial markets, clearing and settlement systems. Between 2005 and 2008 he was the chief economist of Robeco and Managing Director of the IRIS research institute. Prior to this he spent time at DNB, where he worked as division director of scientific research from 2001 until 2005. From 1997-2001 he worked in Frankfurt as advisor to Wim Duisenberg, the first president of the ECB. He was also connected to the University of Groningen during that period. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from State University of Groningen, and received his PhD degree in Economics.
George Magnus is an independent economist and commentator, an associate at the China Centre, Oxford University and an adviser to some asset management companies. From 2012-2016, Mr. Magnus was an externally contracted senior economic adviser to UBS Investment Bank, where he had previously been employed in this capacity between 2006-2012, and prior to this, as Chief Economist from 1995-2006. During this time, he served for a few years as the Chair of the Investment Committee of the Trustee Board of UBS (UK) pension and life assurance fund.
Before joining UBS, Mr Magnus had been the Chief Economist at S.G. Warburg (1987-1995), Chief International Economist at Chase Securities (1985-1987) and Head of Economics for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Bank of America (1977-1985). Mr Magnus received an MSc. Econ from the School of Oriental and African Studies, did postgraduate research at the University of Illinois and taught economics at the University of Westminster and at Illinois.
Over many years, Mr. Magnus has researched and written about the global economy. He received plaudits for having predicted a “Minsky Moment” in 2007 as the world’s financial crisis was starting to erupt. In the long shadows of that crisis, and through the Euro crisis, a decade of expansion that has felt disappointing, the eruption of western populism and the evolution of a more authoritarian and assertive China, he has posed trenchant questions and offered thoughtful insights.
He is married, has four children and lives in north London.
Dr. Rob Johnson
Rob Johnson is an international investor and consultant to investment funds on issues of portfolio strategy. He serves as President of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and a Senior Fellow and Director of the Global Finance Project for the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in New York. He recently served on the United Nations Commission of Experts on International Monetary Reform under the Chairmanship of Joseph Stiglitz. Previously, Johnson was a Managing Director at Soros Fund Management where he managed a global currency, bond and equity portfolio specializing in emerging markets. Prior to working at Soros Fund Management, he was a Managing Director of Bankers Trust Company managing a global currency fund. He served as Chief Economist of the US Senate Banking Committee under the leadership of Chairman William Proxmire (D. Wisconsin). Before this, he was Senior Economist of the US Senate Budget Committee under the leadership of Chairman Pete Domenici (R. New Mexico).He was an Executive Producer of the Oscar winning documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side, directed by Alex Gibney, and is the former President of the National Scholastic Chess Foundation. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of both the Economic Policy Institute and the Campaign for America’s Future. Johnson received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Princeton University and a B.S. in both Electrical Engineering and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Otaviano Canuto, based in Washington, D.C, is a senior fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings Institution, and principal of the Center for Macroeconomics and Development. He is a former vice-president and a former executive director at the World Bank, a former executive director at the International Monetary Fund and a former vice-president at the Inter-American Development Bank. He is also a former deputy minister for international affairs at Brazil’s Ministry of Finance and a former professor of economics at University of São Paulo and University of Campinas, Brazil.
Prof. Dr. Helmut Reisen
Helmut Reisen is an emeritus Professor at the Economics Faculty of Basel University (Switzerland) and works on development finance, multilateralism and international monetary economics. He studied economics from Saar University and earned his PHD from Cologne University. Before joining the OECD, he worked for Commerzbank AG, the Kiel Institute of World Economics (IfW Kiel), the German Confederation of Industries (BDI) and the German Ministry of Economics (BMWi). Dr. Prof Helmut Reisen served as the Head of Research of the OECD Development Centre for a long time. He now runs Berlin-based ShiftingWealth Consult, to advise foundations, development banks and ministries on development finance and emerging markets. Since leaving the OECD, he has also been running a blog on development, macro and finance issues.
Vítor Manuel Ribeiro Constâncio
Vítor Manuel Ribeiro Constâncio is a Portuguese economist who has served as Vice President of the European Central Bank from June 2010 until May 2018. He was Secretary of State for the Budget and Planning in 1974 -76 and Finance Minister in 1977-78 in the Portuguese Government. At the central bank of Portugal, he was Director of the Economics Department, Deputy Governor and then from 2000 to 2010, Governor of the Banco de Portugal and consequently, member of the European Central Bank Governing Council. He was Assistant Professor at the Lisbon School of Economics and Management (ISEG), University of Lisbon, from 1968 to 1973 and later, coordinator Professor of the Master´s degree on Monetary Policy from 1989 to June 2010. He is now President of the School Board at ISEG and Professor at the Master’s Degree in Banking and Financial Regulation at the School of Economics, University of Navarra, Madrid, and member of the respective Advisory Board. Constâncio graduated in economics from the University of Lisbon, and obtained a master at the University of Bristol.
Peter Praet was executive board member and chief economist of the European Central Bank. He was an Economist at the International Monetary Fund from 1978 to 1980, Professor of Economics at the Université libre de Bruxelles from 1980 to 1987, Chief Economist of Générale de Banque and Fortis Bank from 1988 to 1999 and Chef de cabinet for the Belgian Minister of Finance from 1999 to 2000. Before joining the ECB, he was Executive Director of the Nationale Bank van België/Banque Nationale de Belgique from 2000 to 2011. Here, he was responsible for International Cooperation, Financial Stability and Oversight of Financial Infrastructures and Payments Systems. Between 2002 and 2011 he was also a member of the Management Committee of the Belgian Banking, Financial and Insurance Commission, where he was responsible for prudential policy for banking and insurance. Mr Praet has served on several high-level international bodies, including the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems, the Committee on the Global Financial System and the European Banking Authority. He was First Alternate of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements from 2000 to 2011. Mr Praet is a PhD. in economics from the Université libre de Bruxelles in 1980.
Vicky Pryce is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). She was previously Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Joint Head of the UK Government Economic Service. Before that she was Partner at the accounting and consulting firm KPMG after senior economic positions in banking and the oil sector. She holds a number of academic posts and is a Fellow and Council member of the UK Academy for Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Society of Professional Economists and a Companion of the British Academy of Management. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the central banking think-tank OMFIF, sits on the Economic Advisory Group of the British Chambers of Commerce and is a Patron of the charities Pro-Bono Economics and Working Chance. `She is also co-founder of GoodCorporation, a company set up to advise on corporate social responsibility. Her books include: “Greekonomics: The Euro crisis and Why Politicians Don’t Get It”; “Prisonomics” and “It’s the Economy, Stupid- Economics for Voters”, with Ross and Urwin; “. Her latest book, “Women vs Capitalism”, was published by Hurst in November 2019. She, is a Freeman and Liveryman of the City of London, was the first female Master of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants and now sits on the City’s Members Diversity Working Party.”
Dr José Antonio Ocampo
José Antonio Ocampo is director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration in the School of International and Public Affairs, Member of the Committee on Global Thought and co-President of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. He is also the Chair of the Committee for Development Policy, an expert committee of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
n 2012–2013 he chaired the panel created by the IMF Board to review the activities of the IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office; in 2008–2010, he served as co-director of the UNDP/OAS Project on “Agenda for a Citizens’ Democracy in Latin America”; and in 2009 a Member of the Commission of Experts of the UN General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System.
Prior to his appointment, Ocampo served in a number of positions in the United Nations and the Government of Colombia, most notably as United Nations Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs; Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Chairman of the Board of Banco del República (Central Bank of Colombia); Director of the National Planning Department (Minister of Planning); Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Executive Director of FEDESARROLLO.
Ocampo has published extensively on macroeconomic theory and policy, international financial issues, economic and social development, international trade, and Colombian and Latin American economic history.
Ocampo received his BA in economics and sociology from the University of Notre Dame in 1972 and his PhD in economics from Yale University in 1976. He served as Professor of Economics at Universidad de los Andes and of Economic History at the National University of Colombia, and Visiting Fellow at Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Yale. He has received a number of personal honors and distinctions, including the 2012 Jaume Vicens Vives Prize of the Spanish Association of Economic History for the best book on Spanish or Latin American economic history, the 2008 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and the 1988 “Alejandro Angel Escobar” National Science Award of Colombia.
Prof Peter Bofinger
Dr Bofinger is currently Full Professor of Economics, Money and International Economic Relations (C4 chair) at the University of Würzburg, a position he has held since August 1992. Since March 2004, he has also been a Member of the German Government’s Council of Economic Advisors (Sachverständigenrat zur Begutachtung der gesamtwirtschaftlichen Entwicklung). He was appointed for a second five-year term on March 2009. He works on European Integration and Monetary Economics.
Dr Bofinger initially began his career in 1978 as an Economist, Sachverständigenrat zur Begutachtung der gesamtwirtschaftlichen Entwicklung (German Council of Economic Advisors), Wiesbaden, before moving on in 1981 to become a Lecturer (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), at the Department of Law and Economics, University of Saarbrücken. Between 1984 and 1990, he was an Economist with the Deutsche Bundesbank. From 1990 until 1992, he was a visiting Professor at the University of Kaierslautern, followed by University of Konstanz and finally the University of Würzburg.
Aside from these positions, Dr Bofinger has also been a Visiting Scholar in the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund and at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. From 2003 until 2004 he was First Vice President of the University of Würzburg. Dr. Bofinger has written many books on economics and monetary economics. He has worked as an advisor for European and International Institutions.
Stephen Kinsella is an Irish economist. He is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Limerick’s Kemmy Business School in Ireland and a columnist with Ireland’s Sunday Business Post. He has written a number of books about the Irish economy. He is interested in Irish public policy, macroeconomics, and has published in health economics and written on the teaching of economics. He writes a bi-weekly column for the Guardian, and blogs regularly at www.stephenkinsella.net. He has written or edited four books: Ireland in 2050: How we will be Living, in 2009, Understanding Ireland’s Economic Crisis: Prospects for Recovery, 2010 (with Tony Leddin), Quick Win Economics, 2011, and Computable Economics, 2011 (with K.Vela Velupillai and Stefano Zambelli). He has also written a number of journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews. Stephen studied for his BA at Trinity College, Dublin, was awarded his first PhD at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and studied for a second PhD at the New School for Social Research in New York.
Miguel Otero-Iglesias is Senior Analyst at Elcano Royal Institute and Professor in
International Political Economy at the School of Global and Public Affairs at IE University. In addition, he is Senior Research Fellow at the EU-Asia Institute at ESSCA School of Management in France. Over the past decade, he has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP) at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in China and the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Germany; a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Adjunct Lecturer at University of Oxford. He holds a PhD in International Political Economy from Oxford Brookes University and an MA in International Relations from the University of Manchester.
His main areas of expertise are: international and comparative political economy,
international and European monetary affairs, the international financial architecture, global economic governance and the power triangle between the US, the EU and China and theories of money. He is the author of The Euro, the Dollar and the Global Financial Crisis: Currency Challenges seen from Emerging Markets (New York, Routledge, 2015). He has published in the leading academic journals in his field such as Review of International Political Economy, The World Economy, Journal of Common Market Studies and New Political Economy and contributed as a columnist or expert for international media such as El País, Financial Times, Libération, China Daily, Foreign Affairs, Reuters, Bloomberg and The New York Times, and offered policy advice to the Spanish Government, the OECD and the European Commission. He is a co-founder and coordinator of the European Think Tank Network on China (ETNC).
Carlo Jaeger is an economist working on global systems, in particular on the role of financial markets in addressing – or exacerbating – the problem of climate change. He is professor at Potsdam University in Germany and at Beijing Normal University in China. He is chair of the Global Climate Forum and until March 2012 department head of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
Previously, Carlo was professor at the University of Darmstadt in Germany and head of the human ecology department at the Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology. He holds degrees in economics (PhD, Frankfurt), sociology (Diploma, Bern), and human ecology (Habilitation, ETH Zürich).
His research agenda aims at fundamental theoretical advances via studying practical problems – and the other way round. His most recent publication is Jaeger et al (eds) Reframing the Problem of Climate Change: From Zero Sum Game to Win-Win Solutions. Earthscan.
Stefan Gerlach is Chief Economist at EFG Bank in Zurich and a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Ireland. He is also a former Executive Director and Chief Economist of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and Secretary to the Committee on the Global Financial System at the BIS. He was appointed Deputy Governor (Central Banking) in September, 2011. Prior to joining the Bank, he served as Professor of Monetary Economics and Managing Director of the Institute for Monetary and Financial Stability at the University of Frankfurt, as CEPR Research Fellow and a Fellow of the CFS. He has served as Head of Secretariat to the Committee on the Global Financial System at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), as Executive Director (Research) at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and Director of the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research. Before joining the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, he was a staff economist at the BIS.