Roger Auboin

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Person.png Roger Auboin  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(central banker)
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Born15 May 1891
Died16 October 1974 (Age 83)
Managing director of the Bank for International Settlements between 1938 and 1958.

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In office
January 1938 - September 1958
Preceded byPierre Quesnay
Succeeded byGuillaume Guindey

Camille Henri Roger Auboin was an economist and senior French civil servant, and managing director of the Bank for International Settlements between 1938 and 1958.

Early life

Roger Auboin was born on May 15, 1891 in Paris. He studied law and philosophy at the University of the Sorbonne[1], and at Sciences Po.


He began his public career in 1920 at the French State Council (Conseil d'Etat). He was chief of staff of the office of French Prime Minister Paul Painlevé (1925). From 1929 to 1932, he was the resident technical adviser of the Bank of France mission with the National Bank of Romania in Bucharest, advising on the implementation of a monetary and financial stabilisation programme. He became a member of the General Council of the Bank of France in 1937.[2]

Auboin was a columnist for L'Europe nouvelle, the journal of Louise Weiss , where Robert Marjolin also writes.

Bank for International Settlements

Roger Auboin was then appointed in 1938 as Director of the Bank for International Settlements, a position he held until 1958[3] replacing Pierre Quesnay, and became one of the participants in the Walter Lippmann colloquium.

As Director of the BIS, Aubouin made a serious misinterpretation on March 15, 1939, by authorizing the transfer of Czechoslovakian gold deposited in London to the Reichsbank, while Czechoslovakia was invaded by the armies of Nazi Germany. The evidence is in the archives of the BIS and partly in those of the Bank of France. In August 1944, in retaliation, London and Washington decided to abolish the BIS, which was defended by John Maynard Keynes. Ultimately, the BIS regained its sovereignty in 1948.[4][5]

At his death, he was vice-president of the Société d'économie politique[6]