George Magnus



Job Title

Independent Economist, Research Associate, Author


China Centre, Oxford University


London, United Kingdom




He is an authority and is closely followed nowadays for his insights and observations about the global economy in general, and China and demographics, in particular. He has authored a number of books and is a regular contributor to influential publications.

Speaking Topics

  • 5 Year Plan: new policy and governance tools
  • Is China’s economic rise sustainable?
  • ‘Middle Income Trap’ against the backdrop of China’s demographics 
  • China’s proposals to tackle its environmental problems, and concerns about the various stress points being seen in China’s relations with its regional neighbours
  • Global trade, commerce and capital flow in the light of the complex relationship between China, the USA and the European Union which he expects to see in the 2020s.
  • Firms that kowtow to China run the risk of corroding their brand

Expert Profile

Expert is an Independent economist & commentator, and Research  Associate at the China Centre, Oxford University, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

He was the Chief Economist, and then Senior Economic Adviser at UBS Investment Bank from 1995-2012. He had a front-row seat and key managerial position for multiple episodes of boom and bust in both advanced economies and emerging markets, including notably the Great Financial Crisis of 2008.

He had previously worked as the Chief Economist at SG Warburg (1987-1995), and before that in a senior capacity before ‘Big Bang’ at Laurie Milbank/Chase Securities. He has also worked for Bank of America in London and San Francisco.

He is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Prospect Magazine, BBC TV and radio, Bloomberg TV and other outlets.