Gerard Lyons is a highly regarded expert on the global economy and international financial markets. In particular, he is an expert on the growing emerging economies, with excellent contacts and insights. He is widely credited with accurate predictions ahead of the financial crisis. A brilliant speaker and chair, Dr Lyons' views are widely sought after.
In January 2012 Gerard Lyons was appointed as the Chief Economic Adviser to the Mayor of London. He will be working with Boris Johnson, to ensure the continued success of London as a major international city, looking at the challenges and opportunities the changing world economy will bring to the city.
Prior to this Gerard Lyons was Chief Economist and Group Head of Global Research at Standard Chartered from 1999 until December 2012, as well as Economic Advisor to the Board. He has held other senior roles on Bank committees, including membership of the Bank's Executive Forum, of the Global Markets Management Team and of the Risk Management Committee.
Dr. Lyons has published widely on economic and financial affairs. He is widely credited with accurate predictions ahead of the financial crisis and is recognised as an excellent forecaster, having topped the Sunday Times annual forecasting table twice in the past decade, His team was rated by Bloomberg the number one global forecaster (out of over 360) in 2010 and 2011.
Dr. Lyons views are highly valued. Meeting policy makers across the globe and attending key events he is well plugged in. He has testified to the US Senate Banking Committee, the US Congress Foreign Affairs Committee, to various UK parliamentary Committees, and has had papers on microfinance presented to the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Conference. He authored 'The Qatar 2020 Report' requested by, and presented to the Emir in February 2006 and was the co-author of the 'Report of the Commission on the £ Sterling' for the then leader of the UK Opposition, William Hague.
Current outside roles - international
He is a Committee Member Hong Kong Association since 2007. - In early 2011 he became a member of the European Commission's “informal network of leading China experts”. - Member of the World Economic Forum's "Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital" and also on the Expert Committee of the WEF's annual Financial Development Report.
Current outside roles - UK
He chairs the CityUK's Independent Economists Group, he is Vice Chairman 48 Group Club since 2009 (focused on deepening China-UK relations); he is on the Advisory Council of OMFIF, the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum; he was elected to the Council for the Royal Economic Society 2010; he was appointed Fellow of the Society of Business Economists 2010 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Previous outside roles include:
Co-chair UK-Hong Kong Business Partnership 2006. Chair of the Steering Committee Asia Study at the Royal Institute of International Affairs 2000-2005. Heavily involved in the Business Council for Britain 2007-2008, set up by Gordon Brown, (including drafting a UK government approach to sovereign funds). A Committee member of the Society of Business Economists for 12 years. Was a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Councils on Banking & Capital Markets (2011-12) & Global Investment Flows (2009-10). Was a member of the Chatham House Task Force on Gold and the International Monetary System that released its Report in February 2012.
Roles linked to Education:
On the Advisory Board of the Grantham Institute at the London School of Economics and Imperial College since 2008. He has just completed 6 years as a Council Member of the University of Warwick, including member of the Audit Committee for the last 3 years.