Dr Gerard Lyons is the Chief Economist and Group Head of Global Research at Standard Chartered. He is also an Economic Advisor to the Board and a Member of the Bank’s Executive Forum. Previous roles at the Bank include Member of the Global Markets Management Team and of the Risk Management Committee.
Gerard has held senior roles at leading international financial firms since starting in the City 25 years ago. His previous positions include Chief Economist at DKB International, Consultant to the Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank Tokyo, and Chief UK Economist at Swiss Bank Corporation. He began his career with Chase Manhattan. He gained his PhD on testing the efficiency of financial futures markets at the University of London.
Gerard is currently a Council Member of the University of Warwick, Vice Chairman of the 48 Group Club (China), Member of the Advisory Board for the Grantham Institute on Climate Change, Committee Member of the Hong Kong Association, Member of the International Council of the Bretton Woods Committee and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is on the Panel of Economic Advisors to the Mayor of London and on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Banking and Capital Markets. In previous years, he has held other positions, such as Chair of the Steering Committee of the Asia Study Group at Chatham House, a Committee member of the Centre for Economic Policy Research and, in 2006, he was UK Co-Chair of the UK-Hong Kong Business Partnership. At the end of 2010, he was appointed a Fellow of the Society of Business Economists and elected to the Council of The Royal Economic Society. In early 2011 he became a member of the European Commission’s “informal network of leading China experts”.
Gerard has also authored “The Qatar 2020 Report” requested by, and presented to, the Emir in February 2006, and he was the co-author of the "Report of the Commission on the £ Sterling” for the then-leader of the UK Opposition, William Hague, as well as being on the Council of the “No” Campaign. Gerard has published widely on economic and financial issues, writes regular newspaper columns and is regularly invited to speak at conferences. He has testified to the US Senate Banking Committee, the US Congress Foreign Affairs Committee and UK parliamentary Committees, and presented papers to the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Conference and spoken at the EU-China Summit in Beijing. He has an excellent forecasting record, and has topped the Sunday Times annual forecasting table twice in the past decade, and is widely credited with accurate predictions ahead of the financial crisis.
Based in London, he travels widely, speaking to the Bank’s clients, meeting policy makers and addressing audiences around the world. Gerard was born in Kilburn, London, and is married with three teenage children and now lives in Kent. He is a supporter of Fulham Football Club and most enjoys viewing his wife’s art and watching his children participate in their stand-up comedy, drama and various sports.