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)
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
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
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,
Assistant Professor of Economics and
International Affairs, Economics Department
and Woodrow Wilson School
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).