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Willem Buiter, PhD
Managing Director

EXPERTISE

  • Monetary Policy

  • Bank Insolvency 

  • Central Banks’ Interventions in Financial Markets

  • Public debt and sovereign default

  • Crypto assets and DeFi

  • Islamic Finance

  • Credit Default Swap

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 - NIESR
2013    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 Association
2000    Awarded the Mr N.G. Piersonpenning (the N.G. Pierson medal), jointly with Johannes Witteveen, for contributions to economics
2000    Awarded CBE for "services to economics"
1998    Fellow of the British Academy
1995    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 Sciences
1993    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)

 

EDUCATION

 

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

 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Maverecon LLC

Founder and Sole Member 
2020-Current

Columbia University, New York 

School of International and Public Affairs 
Adjunct Professor and Visiting Professor 
2020-2022
2015-2019

Citigroup

Special Economic Advisor
2018-2019

Global Chief Economist 
2010-2018

London School of Economics 

Professor of Political Economy
2009-2011

 

Professor of European Political Economy
2005-2009

 

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London UK

Chief Economist and Special Counsellor to the President 
2000-2005 

 

Bank of England, London, UK

Member, Monetary Policy Committee
1997–2000

University of Cambridge, UK 

Professor of International Macroeconomics
1994-2000

 

Trinity College, Cambridge, UK

Fellow
1994-2000

 

Yale University

Juan T. Trippe Professor of International Economics
1990-1994

 

Professor of Economics
1985-1990

 

London School of Economics

Cassel Professor of Economics with Special
Reference to Money and Banking

1982-1985

 

University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Professor of Economics
1980-1982

International Monetary Fund, USA

Consultant, Financial Studies Division, 
Research Department
1979

Princeton University

Assistant Professor of Economics and 
International Affairs, Economics Department 
and Woodrow Wilson School
1975-1979

 

 

Other

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), New York.
Member Advisory Scientific Committee of the European System Risk Board (ESRB).

FINRA General Securities Representative (Series 7)
FINRA Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination (Series 63)
FINRA General Securities Principal (Series 24).