Eminent Speaker Series 2017


The Eminent Speaker program for 2017 has now concluded.

John C. Williams took office as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco on March 1, 2011. In this role, he serves on the Federal Open Market Committee, bringing the Fed’s Twelfth District’s perspective to monetary policy discussions in Washington.

Dr. Williams was previously the executive vice president and director of research for the San Francisco bank, which he joined in 2002. He began his career in 1994 as an economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, following the completion of his Ph.D. in Economics at Stanford University. Prior to that, he earned a Master’s of Science from the London School of Economics, and an A.B. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Williams’ research focuses on topics including: monetary policy under uncertainty; innovation; and business cycles. Additionally, he served as senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers and as a lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Williams, 54, is a native of Sacramento, California. He is married with two sons and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

In addition to meetings with officials and university faculty, Dr Williams presented at the following public lectures -


Tuesday 27 June

Macquarie University - CBD Location
Theatrette, Parliament of NSW, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney

The Global Growth Slump: Causes and Consequences


Wednesday 28 June

ANU, Acton Theatre

The Global Growth Slump: Causes and Consequences


Thursday 6 July

University of Tasmania, Giblin Lecture,Centenary Theatre, Grosvenor Crescent, Hobart

The Global Growth Slump: Causes and Consequences


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