Douglas McWilliams

Douglas McWilliams

Executive Chairman, CEBR


Before founding the high profile consultancy, Doug was Chief Economist at IBM UK and the CBI. He now heads a team with specialist insights in competition, and new regional forecasts for Greater China, South East Asia and the Middle East. As Gresham Professor of Commerce, Doug’s speech themes range from the impact of globalisation on commodity prices to how to make the UK more competitive – and a whole new theory of economic growth.


Douglas is Executive Chairman of the Centre for Economics and Business Research, and one of Europe’s foremost forecasters of UK and international economies. Apart from his technical skills, he is widely respected for his understanding of the implications of economic trends for business decisions.

Some of Doug’s insights have been highly influential. He was amongst the first to draw attention to the importance of the rising economies in East Asia. More recent work looks at the impact on the international economy of developments in China.

At a domestic level, Douglas is the acknowledged expert on the economy of London and the prospects for the City. He has advised numerous organisations, including Siemens, Vodafone, Oracle, Transport for London, Canary Wharf Group, and The Crown Estate. He has also given formal evidence to Select Committees of both Houses of Parliament, and advises senior politicians on both front benches.

Douglas served as IBM UK Chief Economist before being appointed Chief Economic Adviser to the CBI. At the same time he was Chairman of the Economics Forecasting Group of UNICE, the European federation of employer organisations.

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Conference Speaker Doug McWilliams on World Economics.