Jacob Frenkel – Keynote Speaker

Chairman of JP Morgan Chase International and former Governor of the Bank of Israel

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Specialist Subjects

  • Policy and Regulation
  • Politics and Economics
  • Global Economic Leadership
  • Financial Markets


  • English


Dr. Jacob A. Frenkel is Chairman Emeritus of the Group of Thirty (G-30), a private nonprofit Consultative Group on International Economic and Monetary Affairs, he is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the financial firm Plus500 and the Global Advisory Board of the Financial Advisory firm Value Base.

Dr. Frenkel served as Chairman of JPMorgan Chase International (2009-2020), as Chairman and CEO of the G-30 (2001-2011), as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the G-30 (2012-22), as Vice Chairman of American International Group (2004-2009), and as Chairman of Merrill Lynch International (2000-2004). During (1991-2000) he served two terms as the Governor of the Bank of Israel.  He is credited with reducing inflation in Israel and achieving price stability, liberalizing Israel’s financial markets, removing foreign exchange controls, and integrating the Israeli economy into the global financial system.

During (1987-1991) he was the Economic Counselor and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund, and during 1973-1987 he was on the faculty of the University of Chicago where he was the David Rockefeller Professor of International Economics and Editor of the Journal of Political Economy.

He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Distinguished Fellow of the CEPR, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research, of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, of the Aspen Institute Italia, and is a Global Member of the Trilateral Commission. He was a member of the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance, a member of the G20 High Level Independent Panel on Financing of the Global Commons for Pandemic Preparedness and Response.

Dr. Frenkel served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University (2013-21), where he is Chairman of the Frenkel-Zuckerman Institute for Global Economics. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (1995-1996), as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (1999-2000), as a member of the Economic Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1986-2014), and as Chairman of the Cabinet of Economic Experts of the Minister of Finance, the State of Israel (2022-23). During 2009-19 he served on the Board of Directors of Boston Properties, and of Loews Corporation.

Dr. Frenkel is a Laureate of the 2002 Israel Prize in Economics, and is a recipient of several Honorary Doctoral degrees and other decorations and awards from various universities and governments. Dr. Frenkel is the author of numerous books and articles in the fields of International Economics and Macro-Economics.  He holds a B.A. in economics and political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

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