Robert Skidelsky and Helene Rey Joined the Advisory Board

Robert Skidelsky and Helene Rey Joined the Advisory Board of the Institute for New Economic Thinking

New York, May 10, 2010 – The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) has appointed two new members to its advisory board: Helene Rey, professor at London Business School, and Robert Skidelsky, emeritus professor of Political Economy at Warwick University. Both academics presented at INET’s inaugural Conference @ King’s College, Cambridge University, where they shared their insights on the current economic climate. With the joining of Professor Rey and Professor Skidelsky, INET’s Advisory Board has 29 members.

Professor Helene Rey was awarded the Bernacer Prize in 2006 for the best European economist working in macroeconomics and finance under the age of 40. She is an elected member of the Council of the Royal Economic Society and of the European Economic Association. Professor Rey is on the Board of Review of Economic Studies, a CEPR Research fellow, an NBER Research Associate, and a regular columnist for the French newspaper, Les Echos.

Professor Robert Skidelsky’s historical and academic insights have provided integral contributions to the economics profession. He received five awards for his three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes, and his most recent publication, “Keynes – Return of the Master,” is currently being translated into 15 different languages. Professor Skidelsky was made a Life Peer in 1991, was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1994, and is an elected member of the Council of the Royal Economic Society. He reviews regularly for the New York Review of Books and writes a monthly column on current affairs for Project Syndicate.

"The crisis has rightly encouraged us to revisit our economic modeling assumptions," stated Rey. "The Institute directly looks, questions and challenges these assumptions and, most importantly, creates a forum where these critical conversations can transform into action. I am committed to stimulating this process and the development of the INET community."

Skidelsky commented, "the Institute was inspired by an appreciation for innovative thinking and the potential for fresh ideas to create change. I share this philosophy and have committed myself to the understanding that the root of the present crisis is not the failure of bankers, regulators and politicians, but a failure of ideas. As a member of INET's advisory board, I am dedicated to approaching economic reform through the development of new thinking and conversations around the world."

“Professor Rey and Professor Skidelsky bring fresh perspectives to our advisory board and will be key catalysts in driving the Institute’s mission: advancing reform through open discourse, critical thinking and education,” affirmed Dr. Robert Johnson, Executive Director of INET. “The addition of these two members highlights the rapid growth we are seeing within the Institute and the development of our global outreach.”

To see Helene Rey’s and Robert Skidelsky’s presentation and video, click on:

About the Institute for New Economic Thinking:
Launched in October 2009 with a $50 million dollar pledge from George Soros, the Institute for New Economic Thinking promotes changes in economic theory and practice through conferences, grants and education initiatives. The Institute embraces the professional responsibility to think beyond the inadequate methods and models of the world’s financial infrastructures and will support the creation of new paradigms in the understanding of economic processes. For more information please visit

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