Mark Taylor is a Managing Director in the London office of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, where he works on international asset allocation for their global macro investment fund. He is also Professor of International Finance at Warwick University and has held senior academic positions at several other British universities, including Oxford and Liverpool and Cass Business School. Has also been Visiting Professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University, the University of Bordeaux and the University of Aix-Marseille. He also spent five years as a senior economist at the International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, worked as an Economist at the Bank of England and began his career as a Foreign Exchange Trader in the City of London. He has published extensively in scholarly journals on international finance, macroeconomics, exchange-rate theory and policy, monetary economics and monetary policy and is the author or co-author of seven books and nine edited volumes. Professor Taylor has also acted as a Consultant Adviser to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Bank of England, and various financial firms including JP Morgan Chase and Putnam Investments. He is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a former Member of Council of the Royal Economic Society.