Timothy D. Adams

President & Chief Executive Officer at The Institute of International Finance, Inc.

Timothy D. Adams

Timothy D. Adams

President & Chief Executive Officer at The Institute of International Finance, Inc.


Timothy Dees Adams joined the Institute of International Finance as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2013. He was previously the Managing Director of the Lindsey Group, a DC-based economic advisory firm with expertise in global macroeconomic affairs, founded by Lawrence Lindsey (former Assistant to the President and Director of the National Economic Council at the White House). Mr. Adams was the Under Secretary for International Affairs at the Department of the Treasury from August 2005 to February 2007. As Under Secretary, Mr. Adams was the Administration’s point person on international financial issues, including exchange rate policy, G-7 meetings, and IMF and World Bank issues. He regularly interacted with counterparts in key emerging markets including China, India, and Brazil and traveled extensively throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

From 1989 to January 1993, during the presidency of George H. W. Bush, Mr. Adams took several finance-related positions, working briefly at the Export-Import Bank, the Treasury Department, and the Office of Management and Budget. His longest assignment began in late 1990 in the White House Office of Policy Development, where he worked on economic issues. In 1993, Mr. Adams went into private consulting, co-founding the G-7 Group, a political and economic research and advisory firm. He later headed their Washington operation as Managing Director. In 2000, he left to begin working full-time in Austin, Texas, for George W. Bush, in his successful campaign for the White House. Adams served as a senior member of the Bush-Cheney campaign policy staff, directing policy operations for Dick Cheney, and, after the election, leading the Treasury transition operations for the incoming Bush team.

At that point, he became Chief of Staff at Treasury, starting in January 2001 and serving up to December 2003 for both Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill and Treasury Secretary John Snow. He was promoted to the undersecretary position in part because of his service in the George W. Bush presidential campaign of 2004. In that campaign, he was policy director for Bush-Cheney 2004.

Mr. Adams holds a B.S. in Finance and a Masters in Public Administration and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Kentucky. He is a Board member for the Atlantic Council of the United States and a member of the Atlantic Council Business and Economics Advisor Group and a former member of the Board of OPIC.

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Executive Vice President Policy at Business Roundtable

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Co-Founder at Center for Global Development

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Former Senior Adviser to the Chairman at BNP Paribas SA

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Director at The Institute of International Finance, Inc.

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Co-President & Co-Chief Operating Officer at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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Managing Directors at Venetian Heritage, Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer at Credicorp Ltd.

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Former President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at Mizuho Bank Ltd. (Old)

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Former Vice Chairman & President at China Development Bank

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Member, Executive Leadership Team at UJA-Federation of New York

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Timothy D. Adams
President & Chief Executive Officer at The Institute of International Finance, Inc.
M.A. in International Relations

The University of Kentucky is a public, land grant university dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service, and health care. As Kentucky's flagship institution, the University plays a critical leadership role by promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being. The University of Kentucky is guided by its core values: Integrity, Excellence, Mutual respect and human dignity, Diversity and inclusion, Academic freedom, Personal and institutional responsibility and accountability, Shared governance, A sense of community, Work-life sensitivity, Civic engagement and Social responsibility.

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President & Chief Executive Officer
2013 - Current

The Institute of International Finance, Inc. operates as a financial institute. The company's members include commercial and investment banks, insurance companies, and investment management firms. It provides stocks, bonds, mutual & financial funds, and other investments services. The company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

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