Adair Turner

Expert on international finance

Speaker Themes

  • Global macroeconomics
  • International finance
  • The Chinese financial system
  • The UK and European economies
  • Technology and the economy
  • The economics of climate change

Travels from

London, UK


Lord (Adair) Turner is one of the world’s leading expert on international finance and macroeconomic trends.

He is currently the Chairman of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, a research institute dedicated to re-thinking the economics discipline in the wake of the financial crisis.

Prior to joining the Institute in 2013, he chaired the UK Financial Services Authority (2008-2013) and played a leading role in the redesign of global banking and shadow banking regulation as Chairman of the International Financial Stability Board’s major policy committee.

His latest book Between Debt and the Devil, was published by Princeton in 2015 and has been translated into Chinese. In the book, he challenges the idea that we need credit to fuel economic growth. His other publications include Just Capital: The Liberal Economy (2001) and Economics After the Crisis(2012). 

Lord Turner has combined a business career with public policy and academia. He was at McKinsey from 1982 to 95, building their practice in East Europe and Russia; was Director General of the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) from 1995 to 2000; became Vice-Chairman of Merrill Lynch Europe (2000-06) and has been a Non-Executive Director of a number of companies, including Standard Chartered plc (2006-08).

Currently Lord Turner is an advisor to the Board of UK start-up bank OakNorth, a non-Executive Director at Prudential plc., and most recently was appointed Chairman of CHUBB Europe. He is also chairing the Energy Transitions Commission, and is a Trustee of the British Museum. A cross-bench member of the House of Lords since 2005, he served as the first Chairman of the Climate Change Committee (2008-12). He also chaired the Pensions Commission (2003-06) and the Low Pay Commission (2002-06).  

Lord Turner is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Financial Studies (Frankfurt), and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and at Cass Business School. More recently he’s been appointed Visiting Fellow at the People’s Bank of China School of Finance, Tsinghua University (Beijing) and Visiting Professor  at the International Center for Islamic Finance (INCEIF) in Kuala Lumpur. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016.


Not only is Lord Turner one of the world’s leading experts on international finance and macroeconomic trends, he is also an energetic and vibrant speaker, conveying his insights and expertise with an infectious enthusiasm.

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