Economist and Professor, Trinity College Dublin
David McWilliams is an economist, author, journalist, documentary-maker and broadcaster. He is also an adjunct professor of global economics at the Trinity School of Business at Trinity College Dublin. He has been ranked among the top 10 most influential economists in the world and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum at Davos.
McWilliams 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. He co-founded the world’s only economics and stand-up comedy festival, Kilkenomics, described by the Financial Times as “simply the best economics conference in the world.” He also founded Ireland’s leading literary and ideas event, the Dalkey Book Festival.
As well as writing a weekly economics column in the Irish Times, McWilliams is active on social media and was named Ireland’s “most influential Twitter user” in 2016. He strives to identify new ways to explain economics, including through a new venture with the Financial Times, “Punk FT,” which creates cartoons that help make economics more understandable for the general populace.
McWilliams has written four bestsellers, including “The Pope’s Children,” the best-selling nonfiction book ever published in Ireland. Previously, McWilliams worked extensively in the public and private sectors. He has served as an economist in the international relations department of the Irish Central Bank; as the chief European economist at UBS, Europe’s largest bank; and as the head of emerging markets research at Banque Nationale de Paris.