Annual Maxwell Fry Global Finance Lecture

Maxwell J. Fry (1944-2000) was a prominent figure around the world in International Finance and his work was widely acclaimed in central banking circles. His contribution was in the fields of international and development (‘global’) finance and this annual lecture is given by an internationally leading academic or policymaker on a topic that reflects Fry’s interests.

Fry received his PhD in Economics at the London School of Economics in 1970 and taught at The City University of London for four years. In 1974 he joined the Department of Economics at the University of Hawaii before leaving to teach at University of California-Irvine in 1980. Shortly after this he accepted an endowed chair as a Professor of International Finance at Birmingham Business School. He passed away prematurely in 2000 and we remember him each year in late October.

2022 Lecture: Dame Colette Bowe

"Building Trust in Macroprudential Policy"

2 November 2022 from 17.30-18.30 pm

Hybrid event: Online and 
Birmingham Business School, University House, 116 Edgbaston Park Road Birmingham B15 2TY: G12 Lecture Theatre.


Dame Colette Bowe is an External member of the Bank of England's Financial Policy Committee. She was Chairman of the UK Banking Standards Board from 2014 to 2019 and served as a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation between 2012 – 2021 and a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College between 2012 and 2020. She is currently a Trustee of the IFRS Foundation.

Dame Colette has previously held a number of senior board roles across various sectors, including investment management, banking, private equity and transport. She was Chairman of Ofcom from 2009 to 2014.

After an early career in Whitehall, she worked as an executive in City regulation and asset management. She has a particular interest in education and previously chaired the Council of Queen Mary, University of London and the music education body ABRSM. She is a governor of City of London Academy Highbury Grove and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Qatar Centre for Global Banking and Finance, Kings College London.

Dame Colette has a BSc, MSc and PhD in economics, all from London University.

Past Maxwell Fry Lectures

Year Speaker Title Link
2022 Dame Colette Bowe Building Trust in Macroprudential Policy
2021 Alec Crystal The Yuan and the Dollar Crisis Paper
2020 Richard G. Anderson Central banking in interesting times and the demand for base money
2019 Marcus Miller A silent run on shadow banks: due to sunspots or chicanery?
2018 Jean-Bernhard Chatelain Leaning Against the Wind
2017 Panicos O. Demetriades Financial Stability and Financial Development: Lessons from a Euro Area Banking Crisis
2016 David Miles The Housing Market and Macro-prudential Policy
2015 David Llewellyn Post Crisis Regulation: what has been achieved and what remains to be done?
2014 Andrew Haldane Managing Global Finance as a System Link
2013 Charles Calomiris  The Political Economy of Inflation-Tax Banking:  Brazil and Mexico in the 19th and 20th Centuries
2012 Thorsten Beck Finance, Growth and Fragility: The Role of Government Link
2011 Michael Foot Can Macro-Prudential Regulation Reduce Financial Instability?
2010 John Williamson The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Development Thinking
2009 Stijn Claessens Developing Countries and Financial Crises: What Lessons?
2008 William A. Allen The Credit Crunch, the Financial Industry and the World Economy
2007 Ross Levine Finance and the Poor Link
2006 Marek Belka Transition to Euroland
2005 Gerard Caprio Jr Till Angels Govern: Rethinking Bank Regulation
2004 Charles Goodhart  Some Reflections on Financial Stability
2003 Andrew Crockett Thoughts on the New Financial Architecture
2002 Ronald McKinnon The World Dollar and Emerging Markets
2001 Mervyn King No Money, No Inflation – The Role of Money in the Economy
1999 DeAnne Julius Back to the Future of Low Global Inflation.

2021 Lecture: Alec Chrystal

The Maxwell Fry Global Finance Lecture 2021 was given by Professor Alec Chrystal (Bayes Business School at City University of London).

Lecture Title: The Yuan and the Dollar Crisis
Date: 13 October 2021

2020 Lecture: Richard G. Anderson

The Maxwell Fry Global Finance Lecture 2020 was given by Professor Richard G. Anderson (University of Missouri - Kansas City).

Lecture Title: Central Banking in Interesting Times and the Demand for Base Money
Date: 14 October 2020