Beatrice Weder di Mauro

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BornAugust 3, 1965
NationalitySwiss, Italian
Alma materUniversity of Basel, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Member ofAtlantik-Brücke, European Council on Foreign Relations, French Covid debt commission, WEF/Young Global Leaders/2005, WHO/Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development

Dr Beatrice Weder di Mauro is a Swiss academic and businesswoman who is currently professor of economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Distinguished Fellow-in-residence at the Emerging Markets Institute of INSEAD Singapore,[1] and a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Since 2018, she also serves as President of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).[2]

From June 2004 to 2012, she was a member of the German Council of Economic Experts.[3] She was the first woman and the first non-German in the council whose responsibility is to advise the German government on economic issues.[4] She has advised both the former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and the current Chancellor Angela Merkel.[5] She also serves on the board of several major corporations, including UBS, Bombardier Inc. and Robert Bosch GmbH.[1] Her research interests are in international macroeconomics, in particular financial crisis, global capital flows, financial regulation, sovereign debt, development and growth. She has published widely in leading academic journals and writes regular op-eds and contributions to the public policy debate.[6][7]

Life and education

Weder di Mauro spent her childhood with her family in Guatemala before returning to Switzerland at the age of sixteen. From 1971 to 1980, she studied in a German school in Guatemala and in 1984 she obtained the high school diploma in Basel.[8] The different standards of living of Switzerland and Guatemala sparked her interest in economics.[9] She later enrolled at the University of Basel, where she studied economics and received a Doctorate in Economics in 1993 and Habilitation in economics in 1999.[10][11]

Professional history

Weder di Mauro joined the International Monetary Fund as an economist in 1994 and the World Bank in Washington DC to work on the team of the World Development Report in 1996.[10] From 1997 to 1998 she was Research Fellow-in-residence at United Nations University in Tokyo and from 1998 to 2001 associate professor of economics at the University of Basel.[10] In 2001 she became Professor of Economics, Economic Policy and International Macroeconomics at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany.[10] She has also been in a visiting position at Harvard University, the National Bureau of Economic Research and the United Nations University in Tokyo.[12]

From 2002 to 2004, she was a member of the Swiss Federal Commission on Economy in Bern,[10] and from August 2004 to 2012, she served on Germany's Council of Economic Experts.[10] Weder di Mauro has been a fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) since 2003 and a senior fellow of the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research (ABFER) in Singapore since 2016.[1][10]

Weder di Mauro was consultant for various international organizations, including the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank, the IMF, the United Nations University, the European Central Bank the OECD Development Centre and the European Commission. In 2016 she participated in the Bilderberg conference in Dresden, Germany. She was a resident scholar and a member of the European Regional Advisory Group of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. (2010 to 2012)[10] She chaired the Global Agenda Council on Sovereign Debt the World Economic Forum.[10] and was a member if the Expert Group on Debt Redemption Fund and Eurobills of the European Commission from 2013 to 2014.

In 2020, Weder di Mauro was appointed by the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe to serve as a member of the Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development, chaired by Mario Monti.[13]

Weder di Mauro's ongoing work involves a multitude of topics such as international competitiveness and offshoring, global financial architecture, and financial institution reform.[12] Primarily, she tends to focus on these topics in the region of the "euro zone".[12]

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Events Participated in

Bilderberg/20169 June 201612 June 2016Germany
The 2016 Bilderberg meeting took place in Dresden, Germany.
WEF/Annual Meeting/201126 January 201130 January 2011Switzerland2229 guests in Davos, with the theme: "Shared Norms for the New Reality".
WEF/Annual Meeting/201225 January 201229 January 2012Switzerland2113 guests in Davos
WEF/Annual Meeting/201323 January 201327 January 2013Switzerland2500 mostly unelected leaders met to discuss "leading through adversity"
WEF/Annual Meeting/201422 January 201425 January 2014World Economic Forum
2604 guests in Davos considered "Reshaping The World"
WEF/Annual Meeting/201922 January 201925 January 2019Switzerland
WEF/Annual Meeting/202021 January 202024 January 2020World Economic Forum
This mega-summit of the world's ruling class and their political and media appendages happens every year, but 2020 was special, as the continuous corporate media coverage of COVID-19 started more or less from one day to the next on 20/21 January 2020, coinciding with the start of the meeting.
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