Book Discussion: Banker to the World | Wilson Center

Book Discussion: Banker to the World

The Program on America and the Global Economy (PAGE)

Presents a Book Discussion:


Banker to the World: Past, Present, and Future


Thursday, September 26, 2013  

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

5th Floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson Center


William R. Rhodes, Author, President & CEO, William R. Rhodes Global Advisors, LLC


Moderated by:

Kent Hughes, Director, Program on America and the Global Economy


About the author: Bill Rhodes is President and CEO of William R. Rhodes Global Advisors, LLC, and professor-at-large at Brown University.  He is also a senior advisor for Citi, having stepped back from full-time responsibilities after more than 53 years with the institution. He is the retired senior vice chairman and senior international officer of Citigroup and Citibank. 

Mr. Rhodes holds and has held leading positions in many international institutions, including the National Committee on U.S.- China Relations; the U.S.-China Business Council, the U.S.–Hong Kong Business Council, the Korea Society; the U.S.-Korea Business Council, the Group of Thirty, the Institute of International Finance, the Private Export Funding Corporation, the International Advisory Board of the National Bank of Kuwait, the Inter-American Development Bank’s Private Sector Advisory Board, the International Policy Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the  Foreign Policy Association, the Asia Society, the Economic Club of New York, the World Economic Forum, the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum, the Advisory Council of the Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Americas Society and Council of the Americas, the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade.

Bill Rhodes has been in the maelstrom of global financial crises for the last 50 years and has valuable experience in navigating these situations including the Latin American debt crises in the 1980s and the Asian debt crisis in the 1990s. 


About the book:

Banker to the World, with its Lessons for Leadership, distills in flowing prose what Bill Rhodes has learned over the decades in the front line of global finance.”  - Paul Volcker, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board

Banker to the World has been published in 2012 in Mandarin (Chinese), Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and in a separate English language edition for the South Asian sub-continent. Time is always against you in a crisis, notes Rhodes. The risks of the crisis spreading are always present. The key to containing and then managing crises rests in negotiating patience and tenacity, understanding the cultures of and the pressures on the negotiators, leading at key times, seizing opportunities, and knowing exactly when to close the deal….my experiences convince me that all crises can be managed—the more so if those who are called upon to assume responsibility seek to learn from the lessons of the past.”



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  • Kent Hughes

    Public Policy Fellow
    Former Director, Program on America and the Global Economy, Woodrow Wilson Center