Alistair Darling was appointed Chair of the IVSC Board of Trustees during the Singapore AGM in October 2019. Alistair was previously UK Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2007 to 2010. Prior to this, he held a number of Cabinet positions, being one of only three people to have served in Cabinet continuously since Labour was elected to government in the UK in 1997.
He entered Parliament at the 1987 General Election in Edinburgh Central and, following the 1997 General Election, he entered Cabinet as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury. From then on he served as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1998-2002), for Transport (2002-06), for Scotland (2003-06) and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (2006-07).
In June 2007, Prime Minister Gordon Brown appointed him Chancellor of the Exchequer. As Chancellor of the Exchequer, he was in charge of the UK response to the financial crisis, creating a fiscal stimulus package to support the economy and ensuring that the banks could start lending into the economy again. The Brown government has been praised for its prompt and measured reaction to the 2008 financial crisis.
Megan Greene is Global Chief Economist for the Kroll Institute. With a global focus drawn from a career split between the UK and U.S., Megan examines the intersection of macroeconomics, financial markets and politics. She has a breadth of experience working in financial services, academia and policy and tailors her insights and forecasts specifically for her audiences.
Megan currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. She is also the first Dame DeAnne Julius Senior Fellow in International Economics at Chatham House.
She is a frequent keynote speaker for financial services clients, trade associations and policymakers, and has a biweekly column in the Financial Times on global macroeconomics. She also appears regularly on TV and radio outlets such as Bloomberg, CNBC, NPR and BBC.
Megan serves on the board of directors of the National Association for Business Economists, the Parliamentary Budget Office in Ireland, Rebuilding Macroeconomics and Econofact. In addition, she is an affiliate of the Rhodes Center Brown University and a non-resident fellow at Trinity College Dublin and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She regularly advises governments and central banks in the US, UK, eurozone and Japan.
Megan was previously global chief economist at John Hancock/Manulife Asset Management, founder and chief economist at Maverick Intelligence, head of European Economics at Roubini Global Economics and the euro crisis expert at the Economist Intelligence Unit. She holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an MSc from University of Oxford.
Louis leads the Asia Pacific macro team and its research. He contributes to S&P Global Ratings’ macro-credit narrative and represents the firm in events, conferences, and the media, delivering its insights and thought leadership to the marketplace.
Before joining S&P Global Ratings in 2022, Louis held senior positions in both the public and private sectors, including at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC, the World Bank in Beijing, and at the Royal Bank of Scotland and Oxford Economics in Hong Kong. While with the World Bank, he led the China Quarterly Update, headed the Bank’s mid-term review of China’s 11th Five Year Plan, and led research on China’s saving and investment, rebalancing, and long-term growth and structural change.
Louis is a well-known observer of China’s economy and contributes regularly to the international media on China and Asia.
Jens is part of the firm's Macro-Geoeconomics team, working at the intersection of politics, economics, and markets. Over his career, he has built extensive experience in macroeconomics, economic policy, and financial markets. Recent topics of interest include the long-term impact of the Covid crisis, changing global supply chains, evolving macro policy regimes, and the economics of climate change.
Prior to joining Eurasia Group, Jens worked as a macro strategist at Wellington Management and as managing director and chief European economist at Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets. In his public sector career, he spent more than a decade at the Bank of England, working mostly on monetary policy issues. In his last role there, Jens led the Macro Financial Analysis Division, providing financial market analysis to the Monetary Policy Committee during the global financial crisis. He also served as alternate executive director for the UK at the IMF in Washington, DC. Jens has a bachelor's degree from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Southampton, UK, all in economics.