Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz
Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia (2000-16)
Dr. Zeti served as Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia from May 2000 until April 2016. In this capacity, she successfully managed the repair and resolution of the financial system during the Asian financial crisis and the consequent strong recovery of the economy.
In the Asian region, Dr. Zeti was actively involved in strengthening cooperation and regional financial integration. She was a founding member of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Asian Consultative Council, and was also the first co-chair of the Financial Stability Board Regional Consultative Group for Asia. She is currently the Co-chair Board of Governors of Asia School of Business, established in collaboration with MIT Sloan.
Dr. Zeti received her PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Prof. Lord Meghnad Desai
Emeritus Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science
Lord (Meghnad) Desai, Chairman of the Advisory Board, is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, which he joined in 1965, and established the Centre for the Study of Global Governance in 1992. Desai has been a member of the House of Lords select committee on EU Financial Affairs since July 2016.
Desai holds a BA and MA in Economics from Bombay Mumbai University and obtained his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2008, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan Award, the third-highest civilian award in the Republic of India.
Desai has authored or edited 20 books, has written over 200 articles for academic journals, and contributes to newspapers across the UK and India. His research interests include economics, international political economy, economic history, South-Asian studies and globalisation.
Lord Norman Lamont
UK Chancellor of the Exchequer (1990-93)
Lord (Norman) Lamont, a working Peer, is a Director of and a Consultant to, a number of companies in the financial sector.
As a Cabinet Minister, under both Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and a Member of Parliament for 25 years, he was at the centre of British politics for many years.
He was the British Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister) from 1990-1993 and introduced three Budgets. He inherited the policy of membership of the ERM, which made it a difficult and controversial time to be Chancellor. This culminated in Britain’s exit from the ERM in September 1992. Many economists have attributed much of the economic stability and low inflation enjoyed by Gordon Brown in his first years to the policies introduced by Lamont. He was made a Life Peer in July 1998.
Before entering Parliament, Lamont worked for N M Rothschild & Sons, the investment bank, and became Director of Rothschild Asset Management.
Lamont obtained a BA in Economics from Cambridge University.
President and Chief Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (2007-17)
Dennis Lockhart was president and chief executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta for 10 years until February 2017. In addition, Lockhart served on the Federal Reserve’s chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee.
Lockhart serves as a director of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Commerce Club and is past chair of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, the Midtown Alliance, and the Carter Center’s Board of Councillors. Between 1971-88, Lockhart held various positions with Citicorp/Citibank (now Citigroup).
David Marsh is Chairman and Co-Founder of OMFIF. He is Senior Adviser to asset management company Soditic. Previously, he worked for City merchant bank Robert Fleming, corporate finance boutique Hawkpoint and German management consultancy Droege. Marsh took over the OMFIF chairmanship from John Plender on 1 January 2018 having been Managing Director since 2014.
Marsh is a Board Member of Henderson Eurotrust, the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany, and visiting Professor at Sheffield University and King’s College London. He is former co-founder, chairman and deputy chairman of the German-British Forum. He was made Commander of the British Empire in 2000 and was awarded the German Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) in 2003.
He started his career at Reuters in 1973 having graduated with a BA in chemistry from Queen’s College Oxford. Between 1978 and 1995 he worked for the Financial Times in France and Germany, latterly as European Editor in London. Marsh has written five books: ‘Europe’s Deadlock: How the Crisis Could Be Solved – And Why It Won’t Happen’ (2013); ‘The Euro – The Politics of the New Global Currency’ (2009 – re-released in 2011 as ‘The Battle for the New Global Currency’); ‘Germany and Europe – The Crisis of Unity’ (1994); ‘The Bundesbank – The Bank that Rules Europe’ (1992); and ‘Germany – Rich, Bothered and Divided’ (1989).
He is a frequent media commentator in Europe and the US.
President, Japan Center for International Finance (JCIF)
Rintaro Tamaki took up his new duty as President, Japan Center for International Finance (JCIF) on October 1, 2017.
Before joining the JCIF, Tamaki was Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD from August 2011 to July 2017. His portfolio included the strategic direction of OECD policy on Environment, Green Growth, Taxation, Financial and Enterprise Affairs & Anti-Corruption, Competition, Corporate Governance, along with representing the OECD at the Financial Stability Board (FSB) meetings. During his tenure at the OECD, he also acted as Chief Economist from February to October 2014 and responsible on development policy from 2011 to 2015.
Before joining the OECD, Tamaki was Vice-Minister of Finance for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan.
During his prominent 35-year career at the Japanese Ministry of Finance, Tamaki worked on various budget, taxation, international finance and development issues. He was also part of the OECD Secretariat twice from 1978 – 1980 and from 1983 – 1986. From 1994 – 1997, Tamaki was posted to the World Bank as Alternate Executive Director for Japan and from 2002 -2005 as Finance Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC.
Tamaki graduated in 1976, with an L.L.B. from the University of Tokyo. He has held academic positions at the University of Tokyo and Kobe University. He has published books and articles on international institutions, the international monetary system, development, debt and taxation.