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John Eatwell - CV
President of Queens' College, Cambridge
John Eatwell was educated at Cambridge and Harvard. He has taught economics at Cambridge since 1970, and became President of Queens' College, Cambridge in 1997. From 1980 to 1996 he was also a Professor in the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, New York. He has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the University of Amsterdam.
He has conducted research in the theory of value and distribution, macroeconomics, the economic policy problems of the UK and the European Union, and, most recently, financial policy, particularly international finance. He has also worked on the economics of pensions policy.
From 1985 to 1992 John Eatwell served as economic adviser to NeilKinnock, the leader of the British Labour Party. In that post he was responsible for much of the work that led to a substantial realignment of the Labour Party's economic policies. In 1992 he entered the House of Lords, and from 1993 to 1997 was Principal Opposition Spokesman on Treasury and Economic Affairs.
In 1988, together with Clive Hollick, he set up the Institute for Public Policy Research, which has now established itself as one of Britain's leading policy think-tanks. He was Chairman from 1997 to 2000, and remains a Trustee.
In 1997 he joined the board of the Securities and Futures Authority, Britain's securities markets regulator. In this position he has developed his interest in securities regulation, particularly with respect to risk management in financial institutions. In a recent report to the Ford Foundation he proposed the establishment of a World Financial Authority to manage systemic risk in the international financial system. His latest publication in this field is Global Finance at Risk: The Case for International Regulation, written with Lance Taylor of the New School for Social Research. Since the SFA ceased to operate he has been a member of the Regulatory Decisions Committee of the Financial Services Authority.
John Eatwell is a non-executive director of Cambridge Econometrics and an adviser to Warburg Pincus & Company International Ltd and Palamon Capital Partners. He was a non-executive director of Anglia Television Ltd. from 1994 to 2001. From 1997-2000 he chaired the British Screen group of companies (which included British Screen Finance, British Screen Rights, and the National Film Trustee Company). Today he chairs the Commercial Radio Companies Association. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Royal, Opera House, Covent Garden, with particular responsibility for the Royal Ballet, and Chairman of the British Library.