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Douglas McWilliams is one of Europe’s top economists. In 1992 he set up and now runs Centre for Economics and Business Research Limited (CEBR), one of the Britain’s leading commercial economics think-tanks. He is a well-known public speaker of many years’ standing and is greatly in demand for speaking engagements and media appearances. His face is a familiar one to viewers of current affairs and business television programmes such as Newsnight and Business Breakfast while his voice is heard frequently on the BBC and other radio programmes.
Douglas has a unique talent for being able to put across complex economic facts and forecasts in terms that can be understood by non-specialists. His great sense of humour can be detected in his speeches, which are interesting as well as informative. His presentations are clear, concise, well argued and supported by clear visual material.
Douglas has given keynote speeches to a wide range of audiences, from seminars for packaging to seminars for property, from insurance to information technology, from catering to construction and including a whole host of diverse interests.
Douglas was Chief Economic Adviser to the Confederation of British Industry from 1988 to 1992. Previously he was IBM UK Chief Economist, Manager of Market Research and Manager of Business Environment Analysis. He was Chairman of the economics forecasting group of UNICE, the European federation of employers’ organisations from 1980 to 1985. Douglas McWilliams was Visiting Professor at Kingston University Business School from 1988 to 1998. He was also a member of the Council of the Foundation for Manufacturing and Industry from 1993 to 1998.
Douglas is a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He is also Economic Adviser to two organisations, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and NCL Investments Ltd.
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