Klaas Knot

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Born14 April 1967
Bedum, Netherlands
Alma materUniversity of Groningen
Member ofDutch Round Table, Trilateral Commission
BIS, 4 Bilderbergs, Central banker,Trilateral Commission

Employment.png De Nederlandsche Bank/President

In office
1 July 2011 - Present
Preceded byNout Wellink

Klaas Henderikus Willem Knot is a Dutch economist and and President of the Dutch central bank De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).[1] In this capacity he also is member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, and of the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund.

Klaas Knot has given various speeches since 2011 which are on the BIS website, though he is not employed by them.[2] He is a member of the European Group of the Trilateral Commission[3]. He has attended 4 Bilderberg meetings, in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Early life and education

Knot was born in the town of Bedum near Groningen. After completing his secondary education (vwo) at the Andreas College in Drachten, he studied economics at the University of Groningen. In 1995 he was awarded a doctorate from the same institution, with his doctoral thesis concerning the differences in budget deficits and interest rates on government bonds between Members States of the European Union.[4][5]


After obtaining his doctorate Knot began working as a Senior Economist at De Nederlandsche Bank in the Department of Monetary and Economic Policy. In 1998 he left this post to become an economist in the European Department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. A year later, he returned to De Nederlandsche Bank, as the Head of Banking and Supervisory Strategies Department. After working in this capacity for three years, in December 2002 he left De Nederlandsche Bank again to become the Director of the Dutch Pensions and Insurance Authority, charged with supervision of all Dutch pension funds and insurance companies. In 2004 the Pensions and Insurance Authority was merged with De Nederlandsche Bank, and Knot was appointed as Director of the Supervisory Policy Division at De Nederlandsche Bank. In 2009 he left De Nederlandsche Bank once more to become Director of Financial Markets, and Deputy Treasurer General of the Dutch Ministry of Finance.[6] Knot has been the Vice Chairman of the Financial Stability Board since 2018 and replaced Chairman Randal Quarles in 2021.[7]

Knot also holds a position as Professor in Monetary Stability at the University of Amsterdam[8] and honorary professor at the University of Groningen.[9]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/20136 June 20139 June 2013Watford
The 2013 Bilderberg group meeting.
Bilderberg/201511 June 201514 June 2015Austria
The 63rd meeting, 128 Bilderbergers met in Austria
Bilderberg/20171 June 20174 June 2017US
The 65th Bilderberg Meeting
Bilderberg/20187 June 201810 June 2018Italy
Hotel Torino Lingotto Congress
The 66th Bilderberg Meeting, in Turin, Italy, known for months in advance after an unprecedented leak by the Serbian government.
WEF/Annual Meeting/201323 January 201327 January 2013World Economic Forum
2500 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/201521 January 201524 January 2015SwitzerlandAttended by a lot of people. This page lists only the 261 "Public Figures".
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.
WEF/Annual Meeting/202316 January 202320 January 2023World Economic Forum
The theme of the meeting was "Cooperation in a Fragmented World"
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