William R. White
Chairman of the Economic Development and Review Committee, OECD
William R. White was appointed chairman of the Economic Development and Review Committee (EDRC) at the OECD in Paris in October 2009. The committee conducts regular evaluations of the policies of both member countries and aspiring members of the OECD.
Mr White is also a member of the Issing Committee, advising the German chancellor on G-20 issues, and is on the Advisory Board of the Institute for New Economic Thinking.
From May 1995 to June 2008, Mr White was the Economic Adviser and Head of the Monetary and Economic Department (MED) at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel. As head of the MED, he had overall responsibility for the department’s output of research, data, and information services, as well as the organization of meetings for central bank governors and staff around the world.
Prior to the BIS, Mr White held various positions at the Bank of England and the Bank of Canada.
Mr White was educated in Kenora, Ontario, his birthplace, and at the University of Windsor. He received his PhD from the University of Manchester on a Commonwealth scholarship.