William De Vijlder began his career in the Economic Research Department at Belgium’s Generale Bank in 1987 and became chief investment strategist in the Asset Management division in 1989. He was subsequently managing director and global chief investment officer at Fortis Investments. When Fortis Investments merged with BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) in 2010, he became CIO Partners and Alternative Investments, and subsequently CIO Strategy and Partners. In September 2013, he was appointed Vice Chairman of BNPP AM. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of BNPP AM. William is now group chief economist of BNP Paribas.
William has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Ghent (Belgium). He has been a senior lecturer in Finance and Economics at the same university since 1991.
William’s World community
Since 2008, William maintains a blog, “William’s World” on which he regularly comments upon the investment environment. Moreover, he publishes a weekly diary in which he reviews the main events of the week. Recent titles include: “Why are markets obsessed by the prospect of tapering?”; “Disinflation creates more losers than winners”; “Four ways to manage uncertainty”.
William has a Twitter account where he comments on hot topics in financial markets. Recently William has been selected to become one of the 500 LinkedIn Influencers. As well as his blog and messages on Twitter, William also produces monthly investment videos in which he analyses investment themes and topics. Recent titles include: “Let me be your guide – Is forward guidance making investing more easy?”; “What makes the US dollar attractive in 2014?”; “When inflation expectations become unanchored it will be too late”.
Major conferences and media activities
For more than ten years, he has hosted the biannual Market Outlook press conference held in various European cities. He also launched the quarterly “Frequently Asked Questions” press conferences that are held in Belgium.
William is a regular columnist and contributor for Les Echos (FR), Le Revenu TV (FR), La Bourse et la Vie (FR), Option Finance (FR), Moneytalk/Trends (BE), De Tijd/L’Echo WebTV, De Tijd-L’Echo Grote Beursbarometer (BE), Kanaal Z-Expert (BE), RTBF La Une Radio (BE), Le Jeudi (Lux), l’Agefi (Switzerland) and has made regular live appearances on CNBC US/Europe/Asia Squawk Box, Thomson Reuters TV (UK), Bloomberg TV (UK), Fondsnieuws Webcast (NL), Beleggers Belangen (NL), the Canadian Broadcasting Corp – The Lang & O’Leary Exchange and Times Group India.
In addition, William has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences, summits, and roundtables. He has been keynote speaker at the World Pension Summit (Amsterdam) and a speaker or panelist at the CFA Institute European Investment Conference (FR); Edhec Risk Days (UK and US); Reuters Investment Summit (UK); Eurobond Investor Congress (UK), MoneyTalk Finance Day (BE), Morningstar Fund Summit, VFB Happening, PIPS Seminar Mercer, Finance Avenue; Fondsevent (NL); Morningstar Institutional Conference (AU). He has given major interviews with international publications & newswires such as The Financial Times, FT MandateWire, Reuters, Bloomberg, IPE and Asian Investor. He also served as a panelist for the Market Outlook Roundtable of Beleggers Belangen (Netherlands), IEXProfs Magazine (Netherlands), Moneytalk (Belgium), ACPM and IMN (Canada and US).
Twitter : @DeVijlder
LinkedIn Influencer page http://linkd.in/1rJUrU6
William’s World blog : http://ecoblog.bnpparibas.com/