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Jacob Frenkel

Chairman of the Group of Thirty & Former Governor, Bank of Israel

Dr. Jacob Frenkel is Chairman & CEO of the Washington based economics organisation, the Group of Thirty (G-30) which is a private, nonprofits', Consultative Group on International Economic and Monetary Affairs. He is also currently Vice-Chairman of the American insurance corporation American International Group, since 2004. In 2007, he joined the advisory board of an Israel based biotech firm BrainStorm Cell Therapeutic, Inc. and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for International Economics (IIE).

Dr. Frenkel is a laureate of the 2002 Israel Prize in economics

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In detail

Dr Frenkel studied economics and political science at the University of Jerusalem and gained an M.A. and doctorate in economics at the University of Chicago. From 2000 to 2004 he was Chairman of Merril Lynch International. Between 1991 and 2000 he served two terms as Governor of the Bank of Israel. From 1987 to 1991, he was economic counsellor and director of research at the International Monetary Fund, and from 1973 to 1987 he was on the faculty of the University of Chicago where he served as the David Rockefeller Professor of International Economics. He is the recipient of honorary degrees and awards from various universities and governments.

What he offers you

Jacob Frenkel's expertise on World and European economics is a valuable source of information for decision makers around the globe. Business leaders will benefit from his astute insights and analytical brilliance of the global economic and financial landscape. His work today focuses on the Global Economic and Financial Crisis, the Outlook and Policy Challenges.

How he presents

Jacob Frenkel is a top calibre speaker, always very well informed, who openly shares his experiences in clear, well thought out and understandable terms.


He speaks English and Hebrew.

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Speaking topics

  • The Global Economy: Challenges Today and in the Future
  • Fiscal Policies and Growth in the World Economy
  • Current Problems of the International Monetary System
  • The Financial Crisis: Thoughts towards a Quick Recovery

Books and publications

  • 1996
    Functioning of the International Monetary System (with Morris Goldstein)
  • 1991
    International Financial Policy: Essays in Honor of Jacques J. Polak (with Morris Goldstein)

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