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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 $20B in assets, Director for Digital Asset Education at Tiedemann and Managing Director at Tiedemann-Constantia, a partner firm based in Zurich.

Michael was the first US Treasury attaché to Qatar and Kuwait, acting as the 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.

He served on the US Treasury team that crafted sanctions against Russia, ISIS and Al-Qaeda. 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 & 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 lectured 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
The New Era of Digital Asset Foreign Policy

In this piece for the Belfer Center, Michael Greenwald discusses China's recent “technical testing” of their digital yuan and the potential implications for the US dollar's role as the preferred global currency. Greenwald further outlines the myriad issues regarding the US and other nations' digital asset foreign policy and the decisions that need to be made by each country that speak directly to their values in a quest for modernization. 

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Why a Digital Dollar is Good for the World

Michael Greenwald, Director at Tiedemann Advisors & Fellow at The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and co-author Michael A. Margolis build upon earlier articles on the changing landscape of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) to explain the global benefits of a digital dollar. Greenwald and Margolis outline the history of the dollar as 'de facto' global currency, while also discussing key points supporting the launch of a 'U.S. CBDC [as] an opportunity to reassert the standards and values of America and its allies.'

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Michael Greenwald’s Background

Tiedemann Advisors
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.


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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Is Now the Time to Invest in NFTs?
Jun 2021
New York, NY, USA
Michael Greenwald, who was recently appointed Director for Digital Asset Education at Tiedemann Advisors, where he also serves as Director, was quoted in this article about the emerging NFT and digital art market. “I view the big three auction houses as the central banks of the art world...They are legitimizing this space.”
Palm Beach Society: Promise Fund launches its Young Professionals support group
Jun 2021
Palm Beach, FL, USA
Michael Greenwald was recognized for his work spearheading the Promise Fund of Florida Young Professionals initiative. Greenwald, who also serves on the Board of the philanthropic organization, said: "We wanted to get involved locally and do something to help the Promise Fund attack the problem and provide critically needed healthcare services here in Palm Beach County."
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China and Digital Payments
Jul 2021
In this piece for the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD), Michael Greenwald discusses the 'digitalization of the world economy' and the steps the US needs to take to counter China's rising influence in this sector. He also outlines six geoeconomic areas to watch that will determine China's success in internationalizing its digital yuan.
The Art World Has Legitimized Digital Currencies
May 2021
Cambridge, MA, USA
In this article for the Belfer Center, Michael Greenwald discusses the gradual acceptance and incorporation of cryptocurrencies across a variety of respected institutions following the Non-Fungible Token (NFT) craze in the beginning of 2021.
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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

The Future of Digital Currencies
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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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.
The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs | Harvard Kennedy School
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 a link to articles and events.
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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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