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Dr. Willem has over 40 years of experience in the financial industry as the Global Chief Economist at Citigroup, Professor of International Economics at Yale University, and consultant to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the International Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the European Commission. He is a world-class expert in monetary policy, bank insolvency, central bank interventions in financial markets, crypto-assets, and DeFi.

Willem Buiter is an independent economic advisor, speaker, commentator and expert witness. He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations and a member of the Advisory Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB).


He was the 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 Counselor to the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development from 2000 to 2005 and an original member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England from 1997 to 2000.


Willem was an advisor (part-time) to Goldman Sachs from 2005 to 2009. He was a member of the Supervisory Board of Robeco Groep N.V., Rotterdam, Netherlands, and has been a consultant to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the International Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the European Commission, as well as to many central banks and finance ministries. He is a regular speaker and has given talks to a wide range of financial and non-financial corporates all over the world and to central banks, finance ministries and international organizations.

He began his career as an academic at Princeton University and has held Professorships at Yale University, the London School of Economics, Cambridge University and the University of Bristol. He earned his Ph.D. at Yale University as a student of James Tobin. He was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000 for "services to economics." He is the author of 78 refereed articles in professional journals and seven books.

Willem has been a regular contributor to the Financial Times and was the author of its blog Maverecon. He also contributes to Project Syndicate and VoxEU. He has written scores of technical refereed journal articles and contributions to volumes and has published seven books. He has been on the editorial boards of several journals and supervised numerous Ph.D. students.

Prizes, Awards, and Honours 

2019    Honorary Fellow, National Institute of Economic and Social Research - NIESR2013    Foreign member, Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (Royal Society of Sciences of Holland)2012    Honorary Doctorate from the University of Amsterdam (Universiteit van Amsterdam) "For his important contributions to macroeconomic research, monetary and macroeconomic policy and the public debate on these issues"2004    Fellow of the European Economic Association2000    Awarded the Mr N.G. Piersonpenning (the N.G. Pierson medal), jointly with Johannes Witteveen, for contributions to economics2000    Awarded CBE for "services to economics"1998    Fellow of the British Academy1995    Winner of the "Dr. Hendrik Muller Prijs", a prize for the behavioral and social sciences awarded by the "Dr. Hendrik Muller's Vaderlands Fonds" on the recommendation of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences1993    Winner of the 1993 Second Annual Award of the Sanwa monograph on international financial markets (with Giancarlo Corsetti and Paolo A. Pesenti)1989    Correspondent van de Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (Correspondent Member, Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences)



Monetary Policy

Bank Insolvency

Central Banks’ Interventions in Financial Markets

Public debt and sovereign default

Crypto assets and DeFi

Islamic Finance

Credit Default Swap



Yale University

Ph.D. in Economics with Distinction

M.Phil. in Economics

M.A. in Economics

Cambridge University, England

B.A. in Economics with First-Class Honours


Maverecon LLC

Founder and Sole Member 


Columbia University, New York

School of International and Public Affairs

Adjunct Professor and Visiting Professor 




Special Economic Advisor


Global Chief Economist 


London School of Economics

Professor of Political Economy


Professor of European Political Economy


European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London UK

Chief Economist and Special Counsellor to the President 


Bank of England, London, UK

Member, Monetary Policy Committee


University of Cambridge, UK

Professor of International Macroeconomics


Trinity College, Cambridge, UK



Yale University

Juan T. Trippe Professor of International Economics


Professor of Economics


London School of Economics

Cassel Professor of Economics with Special 

Reference to Money and Banking


University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Professor of Economics


International Monetary Fund, USA

Consultant, Financial Studies Division,

Research Department


Princeton University

Assistant Professor of Economics and 

International Affairs, Economics Department 

and Woodrow Wilson School


Economist Expert Witness

Monetary Policy,

Bank Insolvency,

Central Banks’ Interventions in Financial Markets,

Public debt and sovereign default,

Crypto assets and DeFi,

Islamic Finance,

Credit Default Swap, SEDA consulting, SEDA financial group, Financial services testifying expert, Financial Industry Experts, Testifying Experts Support, financial expert witness, Dispute Resolution

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