David McWilliams is one of Ireland’s leading economic commentators and was the first economist to identify the Irish boom as nothing more than a credit bubble, warning of its collapse and the consequences for the country. His objective is to make economics as widely available and easily understandable on as many platforms as possible. He is recognised as one of the world’s Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum, Davos and is a regulator contributor to Google’s famed Zeitgeist conference.
He is a writer, journalist, lecturer, broadcaster and documentary maker and has written four bestsellers, presented award-winning documentaries and brought a sell-out, one-man economics stand-up show to the stage at Ireland’s renowned national theatre, the Abbey. He is very active on social media and in 2014 was ranked Ireland’s most influential Twitter user. He writes two economics columns a week in Irish newspapers, is a regular contributor to the Financial Times and the co-founder of the world’s only economics festival www.kilkenomics.com – an eclectic combination of economics and stand-up comedy, described by The Australian as “Davos without the hookers”.
David has recently launched his new online economics course – “Economics without Boundaries” – partnering with Udemy and a series of animated economics videos – Punk Economics – viewed by 700,000 people so far. He also writes a daily financial markets newsletter, Global Macro 360 – read every morning by tens of thousands of his 125,000 Twitter followers.
Once upon a time he had a real job working as an economist first in the Irish Central Bank and later in the financial markets with UBS and Banque Nationale de Paris. He studied economics at Trinity College Dublin and the College of Europe in Bruges.