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Michael Greenwald

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Tiedemann Advisors

Palm Beach, FL, USA

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Michael Greenwald’s Biography

Michael Greenwald is uniquely positioned at the intersection of geopolitics and finance. He is Director at Tiedemann Advisors, a multi-family office managing over $20 billion in assets, and Managing Director at Tiedemann-Constantia, a partner firm based in Zurich.

Michael was the first US Treasury attaché to Qatar and Kuwait, serving in two presidential administrations and under three treasury secretaries, and held counterterrorism and intelligence roles requiring travel to over 20 countries. As attaché, he was the principal liaison to the banking sector in Qatar and Kuwait.

He served on the US Treasury team that crafted sanctions against Russia, ISIS and Al-Qaeda. Using his diplomacy background, he is a trusted advisor for Tiedemann, managing senior relationships with families and family offices globally. Given his experience with sovereign wealth funds and the private sector in the region, he leads business development in the Middle East.

Michael is a speaker, author and commentator on the global economy, digital currencies and contemporary art market. He is Deputy Director at the Trilateral Commission and a Fellow at the Atlantic Council and Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where he has published over 50 articles. In 2020 he published an Atlantic Council report, The Future of the US Dollar: Weaponizing the US Financial System. He has been featured in Barron's, Financial Times and on CNBC, and has given lectures at Harvard, Stanford and the Council on Foreign Relations.

His philanthropic work has included: Chair of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Next Generation Board and various board work in the public and private sectors. He holds a JD from Boston University School of Law, MA from Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies and BA, History from George Washington. Raised in Brookline, MA, he resides in Palm Beach, FL with his wife and is on the Board of The Town of Palm Beach Investment Committee.

Michael Greenwald’s Newsfeed

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
What Happens to the Dollar If the Chinese Digital Yuan Goes Global?

"The convergence of a shifting international power balance and the digitization of the world economy will have tremendous implications for two of the world’s great powers – China and the United States – as they grapple with evolving, modernized systems. With their “Digital Currency Electronic Payment” (DCEP) program in its early trial stages and growing presence on every continent through their Belt and Road (BRI) and Digital Silk Road Initiatives (DSR), China has showed significant interest in taking over as a world leader in the coming years..." 

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Digitization is Transforming the Art Market

"Earlier this month, the bombshell sale of artist Beeple’s digital collage for a whopping $69M captured headlines and transformed a lesser-known concept called 'non-fungible tokens (NFTs)' into a household term overnight. In case you missed, the piece, a .JPG file, was sold by Christie’s in an online auction in exchange for the cryptocurrency Ethereum (ETH). It brought the debate over the legitimacy of digital art NFTs, a nascent asset class, to the forefront of public attention, along with the world of blockchain, 'tokenization,' and digital currencies..."

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Michael Greenwald’s Background

Tiedemann Advisors
Director
2020 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Founded in 1999, Tiedemann Advisors is one of the largest independent investment and wealth advisors for high-net-worth individuals, trusts, families, foundations and endowments. Michael provides geopolitical, and macroeconomic guidance to the firm and clients. He serves as a trusted advisor and manages senior relationships with family offices in the United States, Middle East and Europe.
Tiedemann Constantia
Managing Director
2019 - Present
Zürich, CH
Tiedemann Constantia offers a comprehensive set of wealth management services, with the security and sophistication that can only come with decades of experience. Based in Switzerland and working internationally, they devote all our talent and integrity to helping clients achieve their goals.
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Michael Greenwald’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

Town of Palm Beach
Board Member, Investment Advisory Committee
Nov 2020 - Present
Palm Beach, FL, USA
The Investment Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the Town Council in matters relating to the Town’s investment policy and the investment of the Town’s surplus funds.
Atlantic Council
Co-Chairman | Councilors Program
2019 - Present
Washington, DC, USA
The Atlantic Council Councilors Program is an initiative focused on convening a results-oriented group of private sector leaders dedicated to more actively exploring and acting on issues at the intersection of business, foreign policy, and politics that will shape the global future.
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Current Advisory Roles

Atlantic Council
Senior Advisor to President & CEO Fred Kempe
Jan 2018 - Present
Washington, DC, USA
The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs, based on the Atlantic Community's central role in meeting global challenges.

Philanthropy

Promise Fund of Florida
Board of Directors
Jul 2020 - Present
Palm Beach, FL, USA
The Promise Fund of Florida aims to prevent the unnecessary progression of breast and cervical cancer in order to eliminate preventable loss of life in Palm Beach County, Florida.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation
Board of Directors & Chairman of the Finance Committee
May 2018 - Jun 2020
Dallas, TX, USA
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was set up by Susan's sister Nancy in honour of her death from breast cancer. They lead the way in groundbreaking research, community health intitiatives and advocacy programs.
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Media

The Fed’s new dance
Cited
Mar 2021
London, UK
Michael Greenwald's recent analysis piece for the Belfer Center, 'Does a Digital Dollar Move The Geoeconomic Needle with China?', was cited in this Financial Times article that discusses how the Federal Reserve should respond to China's aspirations to undermine the US dollar as the world's reserve currency.
The Next 'Gamestop': How China or Russia Could Attack Our Financial System
Quoted
Mar 2021
Washington, DC, USA
Michael Greenwald, Director at Tiedemann Advisors and Belfer Center Fellow, is quoted in this article that discusses how social media manipulation by foreign governments can have a significantly negative impact on Wall Street and the larger financial economy.
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Publications

Does a Digital Dollar Move The Geoeconomic Needle with China?
Author
Mar 2021
Cambridge, MA, USA
In this paper for the Belfer Center, Michael Greenwald analyzes the role that China's Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). He sees this initiative as one that can challenge the traditional role of the dollar in catalyzing cross border exchanges, thereby elevating China's role as a currency leader.
The Future of the United States Dollar: Weaponizing the US Financial System
Author
Dec 2020
In a report for the GeoEconomics Center at the Atlantic Council, Michael discusses the effects of the Covid pandemic on the US and global economies. His analysis traces the historical role of the dollar as a global reserve currency, from Bretton Woods to sanctions on authoritarian regimes, while offering policy proposals that weaponize the strength of the US economy to achieve financial order.
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Memberships

The Antiquities Coalition
Fellow | Financial Crimes Task Force
Washington, DC, USA
The Financial Crimes Task Force, the first of its kind, brings together experts from the cultural heritage, financial and legal communities, as well as former law enforcement and government officials. Its goal is to develop recommendations for protecting the American art market from money laundering, terrorist financing, sanctions violations, tax evasion, fraud and related crimes.

Academic Appointments

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs | Harvard Kennedy School
Fellow
May 2018 - Present
Cambridge, MA, USA
Greenwald leads seminars exploring the financial and political implications of the dollar’s role in global capital markets. He also explores the intersection between contemporary art and geopolitics. His expertise is in illicit finance, sanctions, and the Gulf/Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa. Click on the Belfer Center logo for link to articles and events.
Atlantic Council
Senior Nonresident Fellow, GeoEconomics Center
Washington, DC, USA
The GeoEconomics Center is a collaborative and innovative part of the Atlantic Council. Its research focuses on energy, climate policy, national security, and technology and is organized around three pillars central to the future of the global economy and US economic leadership: the future of capitalism, the future of money, and the way forward on economic statecraft.
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Speaking Engagements

The Future of Digital Currencies
Moderator
Apr 2021
Washington, D.C., DC, USA
Michael Greenwald, Director at Tiedemann Advisors and Sr. Nonresident Fellow at the Atlantic Council's GeoEconomics Center, moderated a panel on the future of digital currencies with Atlantic Council Geoeconomics Center Director Josh Lipsky and Atlantic Council Senior Geoeconomics Center Fellow JP Schnapper-Casteras.
Global Perspectives Series: COVID-19 Vaccines, Remedies, and Distribution
Panel Member
Jan 2021
Michael Greenwald, Director at Tiedemann Advisors, joins a panel hosted by Chief Executives Organization (CEO) to discuss the latest information on the Covid-19 vaccine and its distribution efforts.
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Michael Greenwald’s Education

Boston University
Juris Doctor, Law
2007 - 2010
Boston University, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies
MA International Relations/National Security
2006 - 2007
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