Gavyn Davies

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Full name: Gavyn Davies

Area of interest: Economics, macroeconomics, business and finance, media business

Journals/Organisation: The Guardian | Financial Times


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Education: St. John's College, Cambridge: Economics; Balliol College, Oxford: research

Career: Downing Street Policy Unit: economic adviser, 1976/1979; Phillips and Drew: economist, 1979/1981; Simon & Coates: chief UK economist, -1986: Goldman Sachs: chief UK economist, Goldman Sachs International: chief international economist, managing director; appointed BBC chairman; The Independent: principal economics commentator, 1991/1999; member of HM Treasury's independent forecasting panel, 1992/1997; visiting professor at the London School of Economics; economic adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee; Chaired UK Government inquiry into the Future Funding of the BBC, 1999; vice-chairman of the BBC, 2001; chairman of the BBC Board of Governors, 2001/2004 (resigning the post in January 2004); Founding partner of Active Private Equity and Prisma Capital Partners and Chairman of Fulcrum Asset Management; The Guardian: ‘Gavyn Davies does the maths’ weekly column on statistics and probability, 2005/2006, now writes irregular comment pieces

Current position/role: occasional comment writer, blogs at the Financial Times on macroeconomics, economic policymaking and the financial market

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Other activities: Chairman of Fulcrum Asset Management and Head of the Fulcrum Investment Committee


Viewpoints/Insight: Evening Standard: Gavyn Davies profile by David Rowan, 19th September 2001

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Controversy/Criticism: BBC News 24: BBC chairman quits over Hutton, January 2004

Awards/Honours: Awarded OBE, 1979; honorary doctor of science (social sciences) by the University of Southampton. 1998; received an honorary degree of doctor of laws from Nottingham University, appointed a fellow of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth., 2002; received a fellowship of the Imperial College faculty of medicine, 2003



Books & Debate:

  • Broadcasting, society and policy in the multimedia age OCLC39075932 ,with Andrew Graham, 1997
  • Japan NPL disposal: opening a pandora's box? OCLC52836711 , 2001
  • Rising recession probabilities in America and Japan OCLC52918406 , 2001

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No regular column

Websites: Davies | FT/Blogs


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