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Economist, Broadcaster & Bestselling Author

“The idea here now is to rip economics away from self-indulgence and to look at it in a different way,” said David McWilliams of the discipline he has influenced deeply.

An economist, broadcaster and bestselling author, McWilliams is one of the most influential economists in the world. Consistently accurate in his forecasts, he was the only economist in Ireland who accurately forecast a strong UK Brexit vote, the Trump victory, and the 2008 global crash.

David brings economics to life and makes it relevant and understandable to the widest audiences. He is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum, is a regular contributor to Google’s famed Zeitgeist conference and has been named Ireland’s most influential Twitter user. With the objective to make economics easily digestible and fun, McWilliams draws on his unique sense of humour when he travels the globe speaking on trends in growth, currencies, financial markets and geo-politics.

He has devoted his entire professional life to the objective of making economics as widely available and easily understandable on as many platforms and to as many people as possible –and is having a laugh doing it.

McWilliams is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum, is a regular contributor to Google’s famed Zeitgeist conference, and is the third most widely followed economist in the world with 238,000 Twitter followers. He is an Adjunct Professor of Global Economics at Trinity College Dublin, writes a weekly economics column for The Irish Times, and is a regular international contributor to The Financial Times.

A bestselling author of four books, David has presented award-winning documentaries, and brought a sell-out, one-man economics stand-up show to the stage at Ireland’s renowned national theatre, The Abbey. As a speaker, he has presented for companies on four continents such as Google, Erickson, Sony, Altgeris, Citywire, Casenove, and the National Bank of Abu Dhabi.

McWilliams worked as economist in the Irish Central Bank and later in the financial markets with UBS and Banque Nationale de Paris. He studied economics at Trinity College Dublin and the College of Europe in Bruges.


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