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David McWilliams

David McWilliams

Educated at Trinity College Dublin and the College of Europe Bruges, Belgium

Economics & Finance

  • Topics: Economics, Leadership
  • Languages: English
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  • Economics and its role in ordinary people’s lives
  • Trends in the global economy

David is a leading economist and broadcaster in Ireland with an engaging approach that reaches out to ordinary people. He was the first economist to predict the 1990s "Celtic Tiger" boom in Ireland and also one of the first to predict that the boom was no more than a credit bubble leading to a major economic crash.

As an economist at the Irish Central Bank in the early 1990s, he was part of the team that helped draft the Irish Submission to the Maastricht Treaty. He also advised the Irish authorities during the 1992-93 exchange rate crises. David followed this with 10 years at UBS and BNP before turning to writing and broadcasting.

David’s first book “The Pope’s Children” was the bestselling Irish non-fiction book in 2006. It was the first in a trilogy and the related TV series “In search of the Pope’s Children” written and presented by David won an IFTA in 2007. There followed “The Generation Game”, in 2007 predicting the 2008/09 crash and the fact that one generation would be left suffering negative equity for years. The final book in the trilogy “Follow the Money” was published in 2009. David’s most recent book “The Good Room” reflects on the cumulative effect of everyday lives on economics.

David has interviewed some of the most influential and thought provoking characters of our age. From Henry Kissinger on America's place in the world to Mikhail Gorbachev on love and loss, Rudi Guilianni on crime and to Hillary Clinton on the "great right wing conspiracy".

David regularly speaks to national and international corporate audiences highlighting the most important economic issues for organisations and accurately forecasting events and their repercussions.


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