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Stanley Fischer

Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve (2014-2017); Governor of the Bank of Israel (2005-2013); Former Vice Chairman, Citigroup; Former First Deputy Managing Director of the IMF; Former Chief Economist at The World Bank

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Few people in history can claim such a distinguished, diverse and truly impactful career as Stanley Fischer.  An iconic Israeli-American economist, Fischer has led, advised, and even taught the world’s most influential political and business leaders.  It is a career that has spanned the most prominent of institutions including the Federal Reserve, Bank of Israel, IMF and World Bank.  Fischer’s wisdom, selfless service and thoughtful judgment have earned him the highest praise and the most genuine respect.

Stanley Fischer has the expertise and decades of leadership to guide the world’s decision-makers. In his typical engaging and thought-provoking style, Fischer examines the current U.S. and global economic landscape and the key challenges facing the world today. He assesses the immediate and long-term consequences of the current global economic climate and interprets what it means for businesses and governments worldwide.  With the constant flux of new information and technology, audiences will benefit from Dr. Fischer’s deep insights and perspective – both of historical trends and current developments.

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Stanley Fischer became a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on May 28, 2014, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors on June 16, 2014. He resigned from the Vice Chairmanship and the Board of Governors for personal reasons on October 16 2017.

Dr. Fischer headed the internal supervision of the key policy divisions of the Board staff, and also the Financial Stability Committee; he served with the incoming Chair of the Federal Reserve Board on the administrative budget committee of the Fed; and he chaired the important Communications Subcommittee of the FOMC.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Dr. Fischer was governor of the Bank of Israel, from 2005 through 2013. He was generally credited with having played a key role in minimizing the effects of the Great Financial Crisis on the Israeli economy, and became known as the “responsible adult” of the economic policy team of the Israeli economy. The Bank of Israel reduced the interest rate rapidly after the failure of Lehmann Brothers, and was the first of the advanced country central banks to raise the interest rate as the economy began to recover from its short (two quarter) period of negative growth in 2009. Israel did not suffer from a financial crisis during the Great Financial Crisis.

During his period in office, Dr. Fischer led a successful effort to pass a new Bank of Israel Law, which modernized the governance structure of the Bank of Israel, in particular by shifting from a one-person decision-maker model for monetary policy to that of a six-member Monetary Policy Committee, which he chaired. In addition, the new law created a seven-member Management Committee, headed by a leading businessman, with only two Bank of Israel employees (the Governor and the Deputy Governor) as members, and four other members from the general public.

From February 2002 to April 2005, Dr. Fischer was vice chairman of Citigroup. The lessons he learned during his period of service in the private financial sector were extremely helpful in the maintenance of financial stability in Israel and subsequently in his Fed role as chair of the Financial Stability Committee of the Federal Reserve Board. In addition, he accompanied Citigroup staff on their calls on financial sector and other clients, thereby increasing his practical knowledge of the issues that affect bank lending and its effects on the economy.

Dr. Fischer served as the first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund from September 1994 through August 2001. As the number two official in the IMF, he played a critical part in the management of the IMF’s assistance to member countries -- among them Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil, Jordan, and many others -- during the financial crises of the late 1990s. From January 1988 to August 1990, he was the chief economist of the World Bank, during a period in which the main issue facing the Bank was the Latin American debt crisis.

From 1977 to 1999, Dr. Fischer was professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). From 1973 to 1977, Dr. Fischer was an associate professor of economics at MIT. During that period he was the thesis adviser of several students who later became important central bankers and other economic policy makers of both large and small economies. Among them were Ben Bernanke, Christina Romer, Olivier Blanchard, and Greg Mankiw, the Governors of the Reserve Banks of Australia, Chile, Brazil and other emerging market economies, and the heads of policy divisions at the Federal Reserve Board.

Before joining the MIT faculty, Dr. Fischer was a postdoctoral fellow and assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago – this period was an excellent complement to his Ph.D. education at MIT.

Dr. Fischer has published many articles in professional journals, and is the author and editor of several books. He was born in Lusaka, Zambia, in October 1943. He received his B.Sc. (1965) and M.Sc. (1966) in economics from the London School of Economics and his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969.

Dr. Fischer is married with three adult children.

Half a century ago, the world looked to the industrialized countries for development models. Today, developing countries – even as they remain home to billions of underprivileged people – are looking to one another for ideas. The dynamics in the international economy have shifted radically. The changes in the last few decades have been immense, including the U.S.’s fall as the world’s hegemonic power.


What does all this mean for the future?


With an illustrious economic career under his belt, Stanley Fischer has both the expertise and decades of leadership to answer this question. In this engaging and informative discussion, he examines the current U.S. and global economic landscape and the key challenges facing the world today. He assesses the immediate and long-term consequences of the current global economic climate and interprets what it means for businesses and governments worldwide.


Fischer, who is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading and most experienced economic policy minds, offers audiences deep insights and perspectives on what the world’s leaders need to focus on to tackle these challenges – with new development partners providing fresh ideas and resources, and new information and technology to help solve old problems.


A global paradigm shift is occurring. The Third World is an outdated concept. Developing countries are now diverse and growing – economically and in influence. However, as the markets churn, so do the challenges for developing regions. There has also been a significant experience and knowledge transfer from middle-income countries to developing regions to support and bolster innovation and productivity growth.


Thus, while opportunities abound in emerging markets, it remains challenging to clearly navigate the potential risk and volatility within today’s – and tomorrow’s – tumultuous global economy.  As former Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve, and with significant leadership posts at The Bank of Israel, IMF and World Bank, Stanley Fischer helps audiences understand both the challenges and opportunities of the global economy. As former Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve and Chief Economist at the World Bank, Stanley Fischer understand the forecast and future of the emerging global economy.


Fischer draws on his remarkable experience and lauded knowledge to offer sharp insight and intellect on the current prospects and perils of emerging markets and developing countries and doing business abroad. Stanley Fischer has his finger on the pulse of what is really happening within each region and how it impacts organizations, institutions, and individuals around the world.


With his unique perspective, as both former Governor of the Bank of Israel and a dual citizen of both Israel and the United States, Stanley Fischer speaks with authority on prospects for Israeli stability and prosperity.  Under his tenure, the Bank of Israel was ranked first among central banks worldwide and his leadership was internationally lauded for his skillful handling of the Israeli economy in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.


Fischer shares that Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, has made great sacrifices in the name of democracy and those sacrifices have set the stage for a strong Israel ripe with innovation. Throughout history the Jewish people have proven resilient and powerful – they are bold in business and in life. The Israeli mindset that anything can be achieved with hard work and a courageous outlook has translated into a strong business climate that has paved the way for a thriving economy.  The Jewish faith continues to thrive and the Jewish people display their strong character both domestically and abroad.


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