Creon Butler appointed to lead Global Economy and Finance Programme

Creon Butler has been appointed to lead the Global Economy and Finance programme at Chatham House, joining the institute at the beginning of December. He will also form part of the institute’s senior leadership team.

News release Published 22 October 2019 Updated 1 June 2020 1 minute READ

Creon will join Chatham House from the Cabinet Office where he served as director for international economic affairs in the National Security Secretariat and G7/G20 ‘sous sherpa’, advising on global policy issues such as climate change, natural resource security, global health threats and the future of the international economic architecture.

Creon first joined the Cabinet Office in 2013 as director in the European and Global Issues Secretariat, advising prime minister David Cameron on international economic and financial issues, ranging from country-specific developments in China and Germany to global challenges such as antimicrobial resistance and anticorruption. He designed and organized the UK’s global Anti-Corruption Summit in May 2016. Earlier in his career, he served in the Bank of England, HM Treasury and in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he was director for economic policy and chief economic adviser. He was also deputy high commissioner in New Delhi from 2006 to 2009.

Robin Niblett, director of Chatham House, said: ‘We are delighted that Creon Butler will join Chatham House at such an important moment, when geoeconomic competition and technological disruption are changing the structure of the global economy, and as governments and societies across the world must develop more sustainable pathways to economic growth. Creon brings precisely the right combination of knowledge and experience to enable Chatham House to conceive inclusive solutions for the future.’

Creon Butler said: “Chatham House’s high quality, independent and focused policy research has never been more important in helping policy makers to chart the best path given today’s extraordinary economic and political uncertainties. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to lead the institute’s Global Economy and Finance programme at this critical time.’