Advisers Network

OMFIF Advisory Council

CHAIR

Meghnad Desai
Meghnad Desai is a non-affiliated member of the UK House of Lords and professor emeritus of the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a former chairman of the Labour party (which he left in 2020). He chairs Mauritius Investment Corporation and Margin (Art & Media) and is non-executive Director of Elara Capital. He chairs Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics, Mumbai, and Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust.

DEPUTY CHAIRS

Marsha Vande Berg
Marsha Vande Berg is co-chair of the Stanford Distinguished Careers International Advisory Council, a director, RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy, and independent director, Quantum Advisors. A former chief executive of Pacific Pension Institute, she is a director of Japan Society Northern California and Asia Foundation President’s Leadership Council, and advisor, India Center Initiative, UC San Diego Global School of Public Policy & Strategy.

Hani Kablawi
Hani Kablawi is Chairman of International at Bank of New York Mellon. He is a member of BNY Mellon’s executive committee and serves on its European and UK Bank boards. He oversees the regional management teams across EMEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America, having held leadership roles in New York, London and the UAE. He previously worked for HSBC in New York.

Philip Middleton
Philip Middleton is deputy chairman at OMFIF. He became a non-executive Director at OMFIF in 2018, having been deputy chair of the OMFIF Advisory Board for the previous four years. He is a commissioner at the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. He was a senior partner and head of central banking at EY and previously held senior positions at KPMG.

Frank Scheidig
Frank Scheidig is global head of senior executive banking at DZ BANK and a member of the German government’s committee for sustainable development. He chairs the Rhein-Main regional committee of the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany. He previously held senior positions at Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Bank, Bayerische Vereinsbank and Bayerische Landesbank.

OTHER MEMBERS

Ben Shenglin
Ben Shenglin is co-director of International Monetary Institute at Renmin University, Beijing. He is a professor and founding dean of Academy of Internet Finance and International Business School at Zhejiang University. He is a former chief executive at JP Morgan Chase Bank (China) and worked previously at ABN AMRO and HSBC. He is counsellor to Zhejiang Provincial Government and vice chairman of Economic Commission of Zhejiang.

Michael Cole-Fontayn
Michael Cole-Fontayn is independent chairman of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe. His career with Bank of New York Mellon included his role as executive vice president, executive committee member and chairman, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He was previously AFME chairman as the BNY Mellon Board member. He chairs the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and FICC Markets Standards Board.

Otaviano Canuto
Otaviano Canuto is senior fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, a non-resident senior fellow at Brookings Institution, adjunct assistant professor at SIPA – Columbia University, and principal of the Center for Macroeconomics and Development. He is a former executive director at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and a former InterAmerican Development Bank vice-president.

Aslihan Gedik
Aslihan Gedik is founder and chairman of Wild@Life, a German-incorporated NGO dedicated to biodiversity, wildlife and natural resources, and global head of buy-side and sustainable finance, european primary placement facility (eppff). She is former deputy general manager / division head, treasury and financial institutions, Oyak Anker Bank, Frankfurt, and former head of treasury, Yapi Kredi Bank Nederland.

Prakash Kannan
Prakash Kannan is managing director, chief economist and head of total portfolio management at GIC.  Within GIC, he is a member of the investment management committee and the currency risk management group. He is chair of the investment committee of the Economic Society of Singapore and previously served on the advisory board of the Centre for Asset Management Research & Investments at the National University of Singapore Business School. Prior to GIC, he worked at the International Monetary Fund and Bank Negara Malaysia.

John Kornblum
John Kornblum is senior counselor to Noerr and secretary of the Berlin American Academy’s board of trustees. As US ambassador to Germany, he reopened the embassy in Berlin in 1999. He is a former chairman of Lazard Freres in Germany, deputy US ambassador to NATO, US representative at the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe, assistant secretary for European and Canadian Affairs and special envoy to the Balkans.

Norman Lamont
Norman Lamont is a Conservative member of the UK House of Lords and a former chancellor of the exchequer, chief secretary to the Treasury and minister of state in the Ministry of Defence and Department of Trade and Industry. He is a member of the House of Lords EU Committee and the EU Goods Sub-Committee. He chairs the Chelverton UK Dividend Trust and is on the Meinhardt Group global advisory board.

Rudi Lang
Rudi Lang is head of global financial institutions and a member of the group executive board at Mazars, responsible for business development across its global network. A German certified chartered accountant, he has acted in prudential capital assessment reviews and asset quality reviews for international banks and as an adviser for international regulators.

Brent McIntosh
Brent McIntosh is adjunct senior fellow for international economics and finance at the US Council on Foreign Relations.  In 2019-21 he was US Treasury under secretary for international affairs, leading G7 and G20 engagement and working with the Financial Stability Board, IMF and World Bank, after an earlier spell as Treasury’s general counsel. Previously he was a partner at law firm Sullivan & Cromwell. He worked in the White House in 2006-09 including as deputy staff secretary, having served as deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department.

Kingsley Moghalu
Kingsley Moghalu, president, Institute for Governance and Economic Transformation, Washington/Ajuba, is a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He was professor of international business & public policy at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, chairman of Nigeria’s Export-Import Bank and a board member of the country’s Securities and Exchange Commission. He previously worked for the United Nations.

Rakesh Mohan
Rakesh Mohan is president and distinguished fellow of the Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP), New Delhi, formerly Brookings India. He was senior fellow in the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University. He is a former executive director at the International Monetary Fund, deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India, secretary, economic affairs, and chief economic adviser of the Indian Ministry of Finance.

Célestin Monga
Célestin Monga is visiting professor of public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, fellow at Harvard’s Center for African Studies, professor at University of Paris 1Panthéon-Sorbonne and research professor at Peking University’s Institute of New Structural Economics. He was vice president and chief economist of the African Development Bank and managing director of United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

Nora Müller 
Nora Müller is head of the international affairs department and head of the Berlin office of the Hamburg-headquartered Körber Foundation.  Among other duties she leads the Körber Middle East dialogue. She is vice president of Forum de Paris sur la Paix. She previously worked on Middle East issues at the German Foreign Affairs Ministry and at the Goethe Institute. She is a member of the advisory board of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Ila Patnaik
Ila Patnaik is a professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi. She is a former principal economic adviser to the Government of India, non-resident senior associate at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She served on working groups of the Ministry of Finance including on taxation of financial products and on creating agencies, including the Public Debt Management Agency and Resolution Corporation.

Danny Quah
Danny Quah is dean and Li Ka Shing professor in economics at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He was assistant professor of economics at MIT, and professor of economics and international development and director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a former member of Malaysia’s National Economic Advisory Council.

Ludger Schuknecht
Ludger Schuknecht, vice president and corporate secretary at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (from 1 August), was previously visiting professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He is a former deputy secretary general at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and chief economist at the German Ministry of Finance.  He has worked at the European Central Bank, World Trade Organization and International Monetary Fund. He is the author of Public Spending and the Role of the State.

Anne Simpson
Anne Simpson is CalPERS’ managing investment director for board governance & sustainability. She chairs the steering committee and Asia advisory group for Climate Action 100+, a $54tn global investor alliance. A member of the California governor’s climate risk disclosure advisory group, she is senior advisor at the Institute for Business in Society at University of California, Berkeley, and co-author of The Financial Ecosystem: the role of finance in achieving sustainability.

Christopher Smart
Christopher Smart is chief global strategist and head of the Barings Investment Institute. He was senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. He was  special assistant to the president at the US National Economic Council and the National Security Council, and deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury. He started his investment career at Pioneer Investments.

Niels Thygesen
Niels Thygesen, professor emeritus of international economics at the University of Copenhagen, chairs the European Fiscal Board. He worked for the Danish government, Harvard’s Development Advisory Service and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Former adviser to Denmark’s Nationalbank and chair of the Danish Economic Council, he was a member of the Delors Committee on economic and monetary union.

Natacha Valla
Natacha Valla is dean of the Sciences Po School of Management and Innovation in Paris. Formerly deputy director-general of monetary policy at the European Central Bank, she headed the European Investment Bank’s political and strategy division and directed Goldman Sachs’ international economic research. She has been a board member at LVMH, Accor, Tikehau Capital and ASF/Cofiroute. She is the author (with Michel Aglietta) of Le Futur de la monnaie.

William White
William ‘Bill’ White is a senior fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute in Toronto. He is a former chairman of the OECD’s Economic and Development Review Committee. He was a member of the Issing Committee, advising the German chancellor, economic adviser and head of the monetary and economic department at the Bank for International Settlements, deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, and an economist at the Bank of England.

Andrew Wold
Andrew Wold is global head of official institutions client strategy, State Street Global Advisors, leading work with official institutions including sovereign wealth funds, central banks, multilateral institutions. He was previously team co-leader of institutional client group for more than 40 asset owner clients across the UK, continental Europe and Africa.

Janine von Wolfersdorff
Janine von Wolfersdorff is a Berlin-based tax adviser, focused on ESG- and true cost accounting, and a policy fellow at Hamburg-based The New Institute. She is a former director of the Cologne Institute of Finance and Taxation, associate at Value Balancing Alliance and editor of Handelsblatt publication Der Betrieb. She is a leader in OMFIF’s 2021 German ESG corporate survey ‘Tackling corporates’ ESG challenges’.

Zhongxia Jin
Zhongxia Jin is executive director for China at the International Monetary Fund. He was at the People’s Bank of China in Beijing, including as director-general of the Research Institute, where he worked on interest rate liberalisation and renminbi internationalisation. As deputy director-general of the monetary policy department, he was responsible for open market operations. As deputy director-general of the international department, he dealt with G20 and IMF matters and regional monetary co-operation. He is the author of ‘The Chinese Delegation at the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference’.

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