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David McWilliams

Economist, Broadcaster and Journalist
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David McWilliams is one of Ireland's leading economic commentators and was the first economist to identify the Irish boom as nothing more than a credit bubble, warning of its collapse and the consequences for the country. His objective is to make economics as widely available and easily understandable on as many platforms as possible. In 2008, David was made a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum at Davos.He is a writer, journalist, lecturer, broadcaster and documentary maker and has written four bestsellers, presented award-winning documentaries and brought a sell-out, one-man economics stand-up show to the stage at Ireland's renowned national theatre, the Abbey. He writes two economics columns a week in the Irish newspapers.In addition, he founded www.kilkenomics.com of which the Financial Times simply said "I've been to lots of festivals and conferences, but Kilkenomics may be the best". He also founded with his wife Sian, www.dalkeybookfestival.org and was the originator of the Global Irish Forum

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