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Another measure of IDEAglobals' importance within the industry has been the firm's ability to attract the high calibre expertise to its Board. The role of the IDEAglobal Advisory Board is twofold. First, the board provides long-term guidance on markets and economic trends to IDEAglobal's senior economists, strengthening the depth and credibility of forecasts. Second, and perhaps more importantly, through its experience, contacts, and participation in IDEAglobal's conferences, the board acts as a bridge between global policy makers and the financial markets.

Helmut Schlesinger

Professor Schlesinger joined IDEAglobal's advisory board in May 1995. He was formerly the president of the Deutsche Bundesbank and was chairman of the Central Bank Council from 1991 to 1993. Prior to that, Professor Schlesinger served in a variety of positions, including head of the research and statistics department, member of the board, and deputy president of the Deutsche Bundesbank. He also served as deputy chairman of the Central Bank Council, as well as a researcher at the IFO Institute for Economic Research. Professor Schlesinger received a doctorate in economics from the University of Munich. He was a board member at the Bank for International Settlements, a member of the supervisory board of Metro, vice chairman of Foundation Finance, and an economic advisor to the German finance ministry.

Ng Kok Song

Mr. Ng, managing director of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, joined the board in 1997. At the GIC, Mr. Ng is responsible for global asset allocation and global currency risk management, as well as for the operations of the equities department, bond department, foreign exchange unit, economics department, and client services. He previously held positions at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, including director of the international department and of the banking department.

Professor Lord Desai

Meghnad Jagdishchandra Desai was born on 10th July, 1940 in Baroda, India. He studied at the University of Bombay, and wrote his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. On 30 April 1991, he was created Lord Desai of St Clement Danes. Lord Desai has taught at the London School of Economics since 1965, he was made a Professor of Economics in 1983, and he established the Centre for the study of Global Governance in 1992. He joined the IDEAglobal Advisory Board in 2006.

Liaquat Ahamed

Mr Ahamed joined the Advisory Board in 2001. He was the Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Fisher Francis Trees and Watts Inc.

Lord Nicholas Stern
2007-2009 Vice Chairman IDEAglobal Group
2009-2013 Advisor IDEAglobal Group

Author of the seminal Review on the Economics of Climate Change and former Chief Economist at the World Bank, currently the IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics, heading a new India Observatory within the LSE's Asia Research Centre and also a Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He was Adviser to the UK Government on the Economics of Climate Change and Development, reporting to the Prime Minister from 2003-2007.



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