November 2017 Industry Speakers

Industry Speakers

Stuart P.M. Mackintosh
Executive Director
Group of Thirty.


Stuart P.M. Mackintosh is the Executive Director of the Group of Thirty an international financial think tank comprised senior figures from central banking, the financial sector, and academia. The Group’s mission is to deepen understanding of international economic and financial issues, to explore the international repercussions of decisions taken in the public and private sectors, and to examine the choices available to market practitioners and policymakers.

Previously, Dr. Mackintosh was a Washington-based economist and country risk manager for Mitsubishi International Corporation. Before locating to the United States, Dr. Mackintosh was Chief of Staff and principal speechwriter for leading politicians in the European Parliament.

In 2016 Dr. Mackintosh was elected President of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), the largest professional organization of economists in the United States. He is also an elected member of the Conference of Business Economists, composed of the fifty leading economists in North America.

Dr. Mackintosh has a B.A. and Ph.D. from Newcastle University and a M.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh. He is a Certified Business Economist (CBE). In 2015 Routledge published The Redesign of the Global Financial Architecture: The Return of State Authority. When out of the office, Dr. Mackintosh can most often be found on his road or mountain bike.

Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford
British Consulate General


Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford took up his appointment in Atlanta as Her Majesty’s Consul General in August 2013. He leads a team which works throughout the Southeast to promote UK-US trade and investment, support British nationals, conduct public diplomacy on key issues, and build scientific co-operation. He also sits on the Marshall Scholarship selection committee.Jeremy’s previous posting was in London where he was the Head of the UK Foreign Office’s Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico Department. In this role he helped to re-invigorate UK relations with Latin America and the Caribbean, pushed for greater trade links, and supported joint efforts to combat drugs and crime within the region. Prior to this Jeremy worked in the Foreign Office’s policy planning staff, and before that worked on supporting democratic reform in Ukraine after the 2004 Orange Revolution.

Jeremy joined the UK’s diplomatic service in 1990 as a graduate entrant. He has served overseas in Qatar, Singapore, Russia, and Malaysia.
Jeremy was born in Sevenoaks in Kent, England. He graduated in politics, history, and economics from Brunel University in London. During his time there he participated in a one-year exchange programme with the State University of New York and worked as an intern for a US Congressman.
Jeremy is accompanied on his posting by his wife Amanda, a counsellor, and his two teenage children, Olivia and Alasdair.

David E. Altig
Executive Vice President and Director of Research
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
Dr. David E. Altig is executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In addition to advising the Bank president on monetary policy and related matters, Dr. Altig oversees the Bank’s regional executives and the Bank’s research department. He also serves as a member of the Bank’s management and discount committees. He leads the Atlanta Fed’s macroblog, which provides commentary on economic topics, including monetary policy, macroeconomic developments, and the Southeast economy.

Dr. Altig also serves as an adjunct professor of economics in the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, where he was the recipient of the 2010 Einhorn award for excellence in executive MBA teaching. In 2016, he was elected to a three-year term as a director of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). He is also a member of the board of the Global Interdependence Center and the advisory board of Atlanta-based Neighborhood Nexus.

Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, Dr. Altig served as vice president and associate director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He joined the Cleveland Fed in 1991 as an economist before being promoted in 1997. Before joining the Cleveland Fed, Dr. Altig was a faculty member in the department of business economics and public policy at Indiana University. He also has lectured at the Ohio State University, Brown University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Duke University, John Carroll University, Kent State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Wisconsin, as well as in the Chinese Executive MBA program sponsored by the University of Minnesota and Lingnan College of Sun Yat-Sen University.

Dr. Altig graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Brown University.