Jim O'Neill economics keynote speaker
Jim O'Neill economics keynote speaker

Jim O’Neill

Creator of the "BRIC" acronym

Speaker Themes

  • Emerging markets
  • Macroeconomics
  • International finance
  • The UK economy
  • The economics of Brexit
  • Crypto currencies
  • Health and development

Travels from

London or Dorset, UK


Jim O’Neill is a world-renowned economist, perhaps best-known for creating the BRIC acronym, referring to emerging markets with high growth prospects.

Jim worked for Goldman Sachs from 1995 to 2013, spending the majority of his time there as Chief Economist before being named Chairman of the Asset Management Division in 2010. This was a newly created position in which he managed over US$800 billion in assets.

An expert on global finance and economics, O’Neill has a particular interest in emerging economies, especially the BRIC and MINT nations. He has published various books on the subject and in 2014 made a documentary series for the BBC entitled MINT: The Next Economic Giants. As well as being a highly respected keynote speaker, Jim O’Neill is a prolific commentator on macroeconomic and financial issues in the global media

Jim O’Neill has also held public office, serving as Commercial Secretary to the UK Treasury from 2015 to 2016. 

In 2014, he chaired a formal review into AMR (antimicrobial resistance), reporting its final recommendations in 2016, as well as contributing to a high level agreement at the UN that year. He also chaired the Cities Growth Commission in the UK, whose final recommendations formed the impetus for the government’s policy on devolution as well as the concept of the “Northern Powerhouse”.

Jim is one of the founding trustees of the UK educational charity, SHINE, and following his move into government, became their lifetime President.

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As a speaker, Jim O’Neill draws on his years of experience to present audiences around the world with cutting-edge insights in the fields of global economics, crypto currencies, market trends and more.

Jim’s perspectives on global economic growth – whether it be the BRIC and MINT nations or the UK after Brexit – are highly sought after the world over by policy-makers, investors and business leaders alike.

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