Willem H. Buiter

Professor, London School of Economics
Global Chief Economist, Citigroup

Internationally recognized authority on global finance and economic policy.

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Willem Buiter offers audiences extraordinary depth of experience and insight into a broad range of macroeconomic issues.

Willem Buiter is Global Chief Economist at Citigroup Inc. He is a senior adviser on global economic issues, as well as head of the investment research team in the creation of world-class economic analysis.

Prevously, Professor Buiter held the Chair in European Political Economy in the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science.

He also has held a number of other academic appointments and prestigious positions, including Chief Economist and Special Advisor to the President of the EBRD, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and membership on the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee.

Willem is one of Foreign Policy's 2012 and 2009 Top 100 Global Thinkers. He has won numerous awards and received the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for his ‘services to economics.’

In addition to his position at the London School of Economics, Mr. Buiter was Professor of Economics at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

He has written six books on international macroeconomics and countless articles in the professional journals and in non-technical publications for a wider public.

Professor Buiter spent many years in the United States at Princeton and Yale Universities and holds dual US-UK citizenship.

Willem has a wonderful wit and an engaging style on the platform. While holding this senior position at Citigroup, Willem will not be available for many external talks. He can occasionally accept one and his fee will be donated to a charity of his choice.

Areas of Expertise

  • The current financial crisis — its causes, its likely course and its cures.
  • Macroeconomics: overviews of the global economy, national economies and economic sectors around the world.
  • America through European eyes — and Europe interpreted for Americans.
  • The economic prospects of emerging markets, especially India, Turkey, South America, Eastern Europe, West Asia and China.
  • Globalization — its technological and political economy determinants.
  • Political economy and economic reform.
  • Public finance & economic policy in all its dimensions — monetary, regulatory, fiscal, social security, and trade.


  • Global Chief Economist, Citigroup, Inc.
  • Professor of European Political Economy, European Institute, London School of Economics & Political Science
  • Former Professor of Economics, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Invited contributing member, FT Economics Forum
  • Advisor to international organizations, national governments and central banks, and private financial institutions

Past appointments

  • Former Chief Economist and Special Counsellor to the President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Member, Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of England
  • Professor of International Macroeconomics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge, UK
  • Juan T. Trippe Professor of International Economics, Yale University
  • Professor of Economics, Yale University
  • Cassel Professor of Economics with Special Reference to Money and Banking, London School of Economics & Political Science
  • Professor of Economics, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
  • Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Economics Department and Woordrow Wilson School, Princeton University
  • Member, Academic Advisory Board, ABP


Willem tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest his range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.

Global Finance and Economic Policy


An organiser of conferences for cross-border investment and capital markets:
Dear Prof. Buiter — I just got back to the office after the event last week and wanted to write to say thank you for your contribution on the closing panel. I really enjoyed your session, and I hope you did too and found it worthwhile. Several people told me they thought the panel was a highlight of the two days. That is a testament to the quality of the speakers so I really appreciated you taking the time to attend. Many thanks.

A mortgage lending company:
Dear Professor Buiter — We all very much enjoyed meeting you last Friday and hearing your presentation, which despite the gravity of the subject managed to be amusing as well. Thanks again for your involvement in our launch event which was deemed a great success.