William White


William R. White is a Senior Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute in Toronto, Canada. Previously, he was the chairman of the OECD’s Economic and Development Review Committee which carries on regular evaluations of the policies of both member countries and aspiring members of the OECD. From 2009 until 2012, White was a member of the Issing Committee, advising the German chancellor on G-20 issues.

Dr White began his professional career at the Bank of England, where he was an economist from 1969 to 1972. Subsequently he spent 22 years with the Bank of Canada. In 1994, he joined the Bank for International Settlements as Manager in the Monetary and Economic Department, and was appointed to the position of Economic Adviser and Head of the Monetary and Economic Department (MED) in 1995. In that role, he oversaw the preparation of the prestigious BIS Annual Report and had overall responsibility for the department’s output of research, data and information services, as well as the organisation of meetings for central bank governors and staff around the world.

White has in recent years published many articles on topics related to monetary and financial stability as well as the process of international cooperation in these areas. He speaks regularly to a wide range of audiences. In 2016, he was presented with the “Adam Smith Prize”, the highest  award of the National Association of Business Economists (US).

Born in Kenora, Ontario, White received his BA from the University of Windsor in Windsor, Canada. In 1969 he received his PhD from the University of Manchester, UK, where he was supported by a Commonwealth Scholarship.