Diane Swonk, Chief Economist, KPMG

Diane Swonk, Chief Economist, KPMG

Wednesday, October 19 | 8:30 AM

As one of the most-respected economists in the world and among the most frequently quoted in the financial press, Diane Swonk is called upon by policy makers and business leaders around the world.

Currently the chief economist for global auditing firm KPMG, Swonk has more than 30 years of experience in financial services and sits on committees to brief the Federal Reserve Board and its regional banks. Having advised the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) for the White House under three presidents, she served the maximum two terms on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)’s panel of economic advisers. She brought her consultancy firm DS Economics to the audit and consulting firm, Grant Thornton in 2018, where she served as the firm’s chief economist until 2022. She had joined Mesirow Financial after 19 years with Bank One Corporation and its predecessors, working as director of economics/chief economist and senior vice president. Swonk has earned many awards over her career. She was named a fellow by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) for her outstanding contributions to the field of business economics; she continues to dedicate much of her time to improving the quality and timeliness of economic data, a critical aspect of policy making. She was named among the 100 most influential economists in the world during the pandemic.