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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 $30B in assets, Director for Digital Asset Education at Tiedemann and Managing Director at Tiedemann-Constantia, a partner firm in Zurich.

With experience in digital assets, he provides education and strategy across the firm and investment group on issues related to blockchain technology. As a trusted advisor for Tiedemann, he manages senior relationships with families and family offices globally.

Michael was the first US Treasury attaché to Qatar and Kuwait, acting as principal liaison to the banking sector in those nations while serving in two presidential administrations and under three treasury secretaries. He held counterterrorism and intelligence roles requiring travel to over 20 countries and served on the Treasury team that crafted sanctions against Russia, ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

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

His philanthropic work has included: Chair of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Next Generation Board and board work in the public and private sectors. He has a JD from Boston University, 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

Forkast
2021 is a banner year for NFTs. Here’s what you need to know

With the NFT boom gaining more attention and transforming the art world, Michael Greenwald, along with co-author, Laura Ballman, outline the key aspects of this new art form that collectors, old and new, need to know.

Milken Institute
Fintech in Focus: Michael Greenwald on the Digital Asset Space

Michael Greenwald joined Kate Goldman to discuss current news and trends in the digital assets space. Topics covered include The Fed and Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), China’s cryptocurrency ban and the role of international partnerships in the digital assets space.

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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 Advisors
Director for Digital Asset Education
May 2021 - Present
New York, NY, USA
In this role, Michael provides education across the firm on issues related to digital assets and blockchain technology, supports the BD and Marketing Teams and content surrounding those topics, and assists the Investment Group with their messaging of related strategy and portfolio positioning.
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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
Vice Chairman
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 Dubai Collection brings the emirate into the war of soft power
Quoted
Oct 2021
Paris, FR
Michael Greenwald is quoted in this article discussing the launch of Dubai's first public art collection, The Dubai Collection, and what this means for the UAE's larger global role, particularly the strength of their economic and cultural influence.
Digital currencies are the future for Russia’s financial system, central bank governor says
Quoted
Jun 2021
Moscow developing and testing a digital rouble could be a concern for the U.S., says Fmr. Treasury official, Michael Greenwald. “What alarms me is if Russia, China, and Iran each creates central bank digital currencies to operate outside of the dollar and other countries followed them...That would be alarming.”
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Interviews

Former US Treasury advisor predicts no ‘real action’ from Fed on CBDC
Sep 2021
Michael Greenwald joins Forkast to discuss the rise of central bank digital currencies, the future of Bitcoin as a currency, and much more.
Michael Greenwald Breaks Down China's Cryptocurrency Ban
Oct 2021
Michael Greenwald joins the The Trendline with Kristen Soltis Anderson to discuss China's cryptocurrency ban, why it is important for the US to develop clear digital currency policies, and other digital currency trends.
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Publications

How central banks are wielding blockchain in soft power competition
Author
Oct 2021
Michael Greenwald sees China’s cryptocurrency ban as part of a larger global battle over freedom and ideology. In this article, he discusses how the US can be a global leader in charting a new path based upon capitalist, free-market ideals.
A Digital Asset Bill of Rights
Author
Oct 2021
Washington, DC, USA
Michael Greenwald proposes a six-point Digital Asset Bill of Rights for Non-Authoritarian Countries. In this, he includes a right to privacy, access and, among other rights in the context of digital assets, protection from cyber incursions for citizens and nations.
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Memberships

The Bretton Woods Committee
Member
Aug 2021 - Present
Washington, DC, USA
The Bretton Woods Committee is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to effective global economic and financial cooperation. Its focus is on promoting the value of multilateralism and improving the performance of international financial institutions through dialogue, advocacy, and policy analysis.

Academic Appointments

Boston University, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies
Adjunct Professor
2017 - 2019
Boston, MA, USA
The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies was established by bringing together a number of long-established programs in international and regional studies. Michael Greenwald is an Adjunct Professor teaching Global Policy: Financial Warfare. He also teaches The New Normal of Economic Statecraft in the Middle East.

Speaking Engagements

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The Future of the Global Digital Wallet
Moderator
Oct 2021
New York, NY, USA
At an event presented by The Trilateral Commission, Michael Greenwald moderated a digital assets panel with Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire, Jigsaw Founder and CEO Jared Cohen and Atlantic Council Geoeconomics Center Deputy Director Julia Friedlander. The discussion focused on the future of the global digital wallet and the shift from an era of dollar dominance to an era of dollar innovation.
'Do We Need a Digital Dollar? The Future of Central Bank Digital Currencies'
Moderator
Sep 2021
New York, NY, USA
Michael Greenwald hosted a panel titled 'Do We Need a Digital Dollar? The Future of Central Bank Digital Currencies' at the 2021 SALT NY event. The panel featured Yaya Jata Fanusie and Julia Friedlander. (Panel begins at the 1 hour 48 minute mark.)
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Press Releases

Tiedemann and Alvarium Announce Merger to Form Alvarium Tiedemann (AlTi) and Become a Public Company
Sep 2021
New York, NY, USA
The Tiedemann and Alvarium groups plan to combine with Cartesian Growth Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company, to form Alvarium Tiedemann Holdings (“Alvarium Tiedemann” or “AlTi”). The combination will form a leading independent, global wealth and asset manager.
CNAS Energy, Economics, and Security Programs Announces Three New Adjunct Fellows
Aug 2021
Washington, DC, USA
Michael Greenwald has been named one of three new Adjunct Senior Fellows in the Energy, Economics, and Security (EES) program at The Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Greenwald was noted for his deep experience in economic statecraft and sanctions, which are the core pillars of the EES research agenda.
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Fellowships

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
Adjunct Senior Fellow
Aug 2021 - Present
Washington, DC, USA
Michael Greenwald is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Energy, Economics, and Security (EES) program at The Center for a New American Security (CNAS). The EES program focuses on the changing global marketplace and implications for U.S. national security and foreign policy.
The Antiquities Coalition
Fellow | Financial Crimes Task Force
2021 - Present
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.
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Michael Greenwald’s Education

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