Bernard Lietaer is currently a Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Resources of the University of California at Berkeley. His latest book on the Future of Money, about which a free online conference has coalesced, was published in January 2001 and is now available online. (For a German version, see http://www.futuremoney.de.)
His professional background afforded him access to five different (and usually mutally exclusive) hands-on experiences with money systems, listed here in chronological order:
- For multinational corporations, he developed the first models of global currency management;
- He has consulted with developing countries on four different continents about improving hard currency earnings;
- His academic history includes a Professorship of International Finance at the University of Louvain in Belgium;
- For five years he was head of the Organization and Planning Department at the Central Bank of Belgium, where he was President of the Electronic Payment System; and
- Finally, in the speculative domain, he served as general manager and currency trader of the most successful offshore currency fund.