Willem H. Buiter, PhD, CBE, FBA

Willem Buiter is an independent economic consultant and speaker. He is a Visiting Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations and a member of the Advisory Scientific Committee of the European System Risk Board (ESRB). He was Global Chief Economist at Citigroup from 2010 to 2018 and a Special Economic Advisor at Citigroup from 2018 to 2019. Previously, he was an advisor to Goldman Sachs International from 2005 to 2009, Chief Economist and Special Counsellor 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. He began his career as an academic at Princeton University and has held Professorships at Yale University, the London School of Economics, Cambridge University, the University of Bristol and the University of Amsterdam. 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."

Willem 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.

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 six books, with a new one forthcoming. He has been on the editorial boards of several journals and supervised numerous Ph.D. students.

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Nationality: United States and United Kingdom


  • Dutch (native speaker)
  • English (fluent)
  • French (fluent)
  • German (fluent)
  • Spanich (rusty)


  • Commander of the British Empire (CBE)
  • Fellow of the British Academy (FBA)
  • Honorary Doctorate from the University of Amsterdam
  • Foreign member, Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (Royal Society of Sciences of Holland)
  • Honorary Fellow, U.K. National Institute of Economic and Social Research
  • Awarded the Mr N.G. Piersonpenning (N.G. Pierson medal), jointly with J. Witteveen
  • Winner of the "Dr. Hendrik Muller Prijs" on the recommendation of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences
  • Annual Award of the Sanwa monograph on international financial markets (with G. Corsetti and P. A. Pesenti)
  • Correspondent van de Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (Correspondent Member, Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences)
  • Fellow of the European Economic Association