William De Vijlder has been Group Chief Economist of BNP Paribas since 2014. He began his career in the Economic Research Department at Belgium’s Générale de Banque in 1987 and joined the Asset Management division in 1989. At Fortis Investments he was Managing Director and Global Chief Investment Officer. When joining BNP Paribas Investment Partners in 2010, he became a member of its Executive Committee and Chief Investment Officer of Partners and Alternative Investments. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Ghent (Belgium), where he has been a senior lecturer since 1991. He is a board member of Le Club du CEPII and is also a member of the Group of Economic Advisers to ESMA’s Committee for Economic and Market Analysis.