Dr Gerard Lyons
Author. Economist. Forecaster. Speaker.
“One of the most influential analysts of the global economy.” - The Times
Gerard is a leading international economist and expert on the global economy. Due to his extensive global experience, Gerard is at the forefront of economic and financial developments and issues across the globe.
He is the Chief Economic Strategist at Netwealth.
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Gerard Lyons is one of the UK's leading economists, possessing expertise across a wealth of areas. He is at the cutting edge of the big global economic and financial issues of the day. With excellent connections, he is in the know and up to speed with the latest political as well as financial and global trends and talking points.
His reputation as a dynamic public speaker and writer, explaining complicated concepts in exciting and relatable terms has made him a popular guest on radio, television and as a speaker at conferences and on panels across the globe.
During the 2020-21 Covid-19 pandemic, Gerard was at the forefront of the economic policy debate. Along with Professor Paul Ormerod of UCL, he co-authored the influential 'traffic light approach' to unlock the economy that the media reported was discussed by the Cabinet. He testified to the Treasury Select Committee about the pandemic, authored discussion papers that influenced policy and thinking, and appeared on TV and radio in the UK and globally. In mid-August 2020, he appeared on the front cover of the Spectator magazine, with his article, 'Can London Survive'. Gerard spoke across the media space on the need to help the arts. He appeared at the FT Weekend Festival in spring 2021. And in the fourth quarter of 2020 he gave key note addresses at the Beijing Forum 2020 on Green Finance and at the Annual meeting in Beijing of The China International Finance Society.
Gerard has a long track record of speaking at high profile events. At the height of the previous crisis before the pandemic - the global financial crisis - he was frequently sought out for his views. In January 2010, he represented the financial sector at one of the major sessions of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos: “The World Debate” that was televised live across the globe.
In 2014 Gerry delivered the annual Peston Lecture: In Honour of Lord Peston, “Globalisation and the UK economy”, the lecture was delivered in the following years by Robert Peston and by the Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney. In November 2018, Dr Lyons was a specially invited guest speaker at the inaugural Import-Expo in Shanghai. He gave the case for India in the India versus China debate in Washington at the Institute for International Finance annual conference.
He has testified to committees of the US Senate and Congress and to Committees in both Houses of the UK Parliament and spoken in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing at the EU-China Summit, as well as at the IMF. His paper on 'Banking the Unbanked'was presented to the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Conference.
He has moderated conferences at Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and at global fora such as the IIF.
His experience and knowledge of the global outlook is innovative and extensive. Over three decades Gerard has visited 84 countries on business, in senior roles with leading international banks Chase Manhattan, Swiss Bank, DKB International and at Standard Chartered, where he was Head of Global Research and Chief Economist running a global team of 184 people.
He then spent from December 2012 to May 2016 in a high profile public sector, non-political role as chief economic advisor to Boris Johnson, when he was Mayor of London.
Gerard has occupied senior non-research roles in the financial sector, being the Executive Directer of Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank Intenational, on the Global Markets management team at Standard Chartered, and then on the Bank's Risk Managment Committee before joining the Bank's Executive Forum.
Gerry currently has a portfolio of roles including Board Member of the Bank of China (UK) and as a shareholder and chief economic strategist with the FinTech challenger wealth manager, Netwealth. He is on the advisory board of one of the world’s leading environmental groups, the Grantham Institute at the LSE and Imperial College and on the advisory board of Warwick Business School and OMFIF, a global policymakers’ forum.
Crucially, his analysis and forecasts are usually right. He has topped forecasting polls. In 2010 and 2011, Lyons' team at Standard Chartered was ranked as the top forecasting team globally by Bloomberg. He established his reputation in his mid-20s predicting the Lawson Boom would become a bust; then correctly predicting the problems in Japan so much so he was awarded a regular column in the Nikkei Weekly; against the trend he correctly predicting sterling’s exit from the ERM and the boom that was to follow; and the month before the financial crisis he was one of only two UK economists predicting a deep, imminent recession.
He has read the world economy well in recent years and while he highlights near-term challenges he believes the fourth industrial revolution, along with inspiration and perspiration, the strength of the US and rise of China and India points to strong global growth over coming decades. He is very positive about the outlook for the UK, expecting it to become the largest economy in Europe.
Gerard is an established writer and author, He has been publishedby Faber&Faber, Biteback and Amazon. He regularly writes columns in all the major papers, including The Financial Times, Times, Guardian and Telegraph.
In 2014, Gerard's first book, ‘The Consolations of Economics: How will we all benefit from the New World Order’, Faber&Faber, explained the outlook based on four drivers of economic trends such as demographics and environmental issues; hard power; soft power; and new institutions. It was serialised in the Sunday Telegraph and Daily Telegraph and translated into a number of languages, including Korean, Portuguese, German and Chinese.
In 2017 he co-authored ‘Clean Brexit: how to make a success of leaving the European Union’, Biteback. The Economist described it as one of the best books on Brexit.
He is currently developing a book with his daughter, comedian Elf Lyons.
PRAISE FOR THE CONSOLATIONS OF ECONOMICS, (FABER & FABER, 2014)
'A jargon-free analysis of what might lie ahead, backed up by the common sense that comes from a combination of astute observation and practical experience.' - Irwin Stelzer, Sunday Times
'A most readable account of decades of economic policies and events, and his subtitle, How We Will All Benefit from the New World Order, is a welcome counterblast against the prevailing orthodoxy.' - William Keegan, The Observer
'Gerard Lyons's solid and convincingly optimistic perspective is a welcome counterpoint to the narrow concerns about both the overall decline of the West and the growing inequalities within the developed world.' - Hamish McRae, The Independent
PRAISE FOR CLEAN BREXIT: WHY LEAVING THE EU STILL MAKES SENSE - CO-WRITTEN BY LIAM HALLIGAN AND GERARD LYONS, (BITEBACK, 2017)
'Excellent. This analysis from Halligan and Lyons is thorough and lucid, the conclusion compelling.' - Lord Lawson, former Chancellor of the Exchequer
'The best, well-argued case for Brexit. A persuasive read' - Philip Aldrick, Economics Editor, The Times
'Recommended reading. Halligan and Lyons are two economists I respect and whose writings I follow closely.' -Lord David Owen, former Foreign Secretary
'Project Hope is the way to take the country forward. Liam Halligan and Gerard Lyons have provided an excellent book to help us face the challenges and considerable opportunities ahead.' - Dame Helena Morrissey, financier and founder of the 30% Club
'The book is well written and well structured [...]if the Remain camp had set out their arguments as cogently and persuasively as Halligan and Lyons have, they might have won.' - MoneyWeek
'In this fraught environment, there is ample need for a book that sets out constructively and dispassionately the economic case for why Britain s EU departure may turn out to be a success. Clean Brexit Why leaving the EU still makes sense, goes a long way to meeting this requirement.' - The Bulletin (OMFIF Magazine)
Gerard's long standing reputation as a dynamic and innovative public speaker - explaining complicated concepts in exciting and relatable terms - has made him a popular guest on radio, television and conference panels throughout the world.
TV appearances have included all the major domestic news bulletins, plus Newsnight, Panorama, BBC’s Hard Talk, China’s main news and CCTV, Japan’s NHK, India’s NDTV, CNBC’s Squawk Box, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg and Sky.
Radio appearances have included BBC’s Any Questions, The Today Programme including its main 8.10 am slot on a number of occasions, The Moral Maze, Start the Week, LBC and the BBC World Service, among others.
His expert topics include:
Tech, AI & future of Work
China, India and Asia
TV appearances have included:
BBC’s Hard Talk
CNBC's Squawk Box
Radio appearances have included:
BBC Radio 4's Today Programme
The Moral Maze
Start the Week
BBC World Service
Chief Economic Strategist at Netwealth
- An award winning wealth manager. Member of the Senior Management Team.
Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange,
- One of the UK's leading think-tanks.
Independent non-executive director at the Bank of China (UK)
- Board member, Chair of the Renumeration & Nominations Committee & member of the Risk Committee.
Non-executive director of BGC European GP Ltd and BGC Brokers GP Ltd
-BGC Partners is a leading global brokerage and financial technology company.
Advisory Board of The Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics & Imperial College
- One of the leading environmental groups in the world.
Advisory Board of Warwick Business School
- The WBS is recognised as a leading UK and international business school.
Member of the Advisory Council of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum
International Member of the Bretton Woods Committee
To illustrate Gerard's impressive network, previously in recent years, he has also been a member of the Advisory Board of Vivid Economics (from 2015) - the environmental consultancy that was acquired by McKinsey in 2021 - and also on the Advisory Board of Parker Fitzgerald (from 2014-2019) - a financial sector consultancy with a strong focus on regulation was acquired by Accenture in 2019.
He was a Committee Member of the Hong Kong Association (from 2007) and a member of Queen Mary, University of London, School of Economics and Finance Advisory Board, (from 2015 - 2019). During 2018 Gerard worked on a project on AI, Technology and the Future of Work at the Centre for Social Justice think tank, with financial support from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Due to the extensive experience of Gerard Lyons, below is a limited selection of Gerard's work.
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January 2013 - May 2016
Chief Economic Advisor to the Mayor of London
September 1999 - November 2012
Group Head of Global Research, Chief Economist and Advisor to the Board, Standard Chartered Bank.
April 1989 - August 1999
Chief Economist and Executive Director, DKB International
October 1986 - February 1989
Chief UK Economist, Swiss Bank Corporation
October 1985 - September 1986
Economist, Europe Area Office, Chase Manhattan Bank.
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