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Global Search Underway to Fill Newly Created C. Fred Bergsten Senior Fellowship

May 28, 2013

WASHINGTON–The Peterson Institute for International Economics has begun a global search to fill its newly created C. Fred Bergsten Senior Fellowship. The Executive Committee of the Institute's Board unanimously decided to newly endow a chair in honor of Dr. Bergsten, recognizing his 32 years of leadership at the Institute, and 45 years at the center of international economic policy debates.

"We will seek out a distinguished economist and policymaker of global stature to contribute to the relevant, rigorous, and influential work for which the Institute is recognized for around the world," said Adam S. Posen, president of the Peterson Institute.

"The first Bergsten Fellow will be a recognized thinker and leader in any of the Institute's main areas of focus: trade and foreign investment, macroeconomics and international finance, regional economic integration, or the welfare effects of globalization."

As a member of PIIE's team of superb economists, the Bergsten Senior Fellow will be expected to communicate independently and often with domestic and international policymakers, the media, and the public at large about critical international economic policy issues. The Peterson Institute's previously endowed chairs are: The Reginald Jones Senior Fellowship, held by Dr. Gary C. Hufbauer; the Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellowship held by Dr. Nicholas Lardy; and the Dennis Weatherstone Senior Fellowship, held by Dr. Arvind Subramanian.

Dr. Posen and the Institute's Board of Directors successfully raised over $5.3 million in a capital campaign to endow the new named chair, the Institute's fourth. The Institute is grateful to recognize those who generously made leadership contributions to the establishment of this senior fellowship, including:

  • Mr. and Mrs. George David
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • The William M. Keck, Jr. Foundation
  • The Stavros Niarchos Foundation
  • The Olayan Group
  • James W. Owens
  • Peter G. Peterson Foundation
  • David Rockefeller
  • Sir Evelyn and Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild
  • Royal Dutch Shell plc
  • The Starr Foundation
  • Toyota Motor Corporation
  • The Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

Interested candidates and those who wish to nominate potential holders are encouraged to learn more about the position on the PIIE website. We encourage applications from citizens of all countries.

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