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Global Lead, Digital Assets

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Palm Beach, FL, USA

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Michael Greenwald’s Biography

Michael Greenwald is a thought leader on the digital asset market and a former financial diplomat, professor and author with over 10 years of experience in finance, corporate strategy, public policy and diplomacy. He recently began working directly in the technology sector as Global Lead, Digital Assets at Amazon Web Services.

Michael spent most of his life in the public sector and was the first and most senior U.S. Treasury diplomat to Qatar and Kuwait, serving in two presidential administrations and for three Treasury secretaries. He held counterterrorism and intelligence roles and was on the Treasury team that crafted sanctions against Russia, ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

After departing the Treasury, he used his knowledge of international and monetary policy to help lead the growth of global multi-family office, Tiedemann Advisors. He helped oversee the firm’s growth from $12B in assets to over $30B and served as Director for Digital Asset Education.

Michael is a speaker, author and commentator on the global economy, digital assets and contemporary art market. He is Deputy Director...
Michael Greenwald is a thought leader on the digital asset market and a former financial diplomat, professor and author with over 10 years of experience in finance, corporate strategy, public policy and diplomacy. He recently began working directly in the technology sector as Global Lead, Digital Assets at Amazon Web Services.

Michael spent most of his life in the public sector and was the first and most senior U.S. Treasury diplomat to Qatar and Kuwait, serving in two presidential administrations and for three Treasury secretaries. He held counterterrorism and intelligence roles and was on the Treasury team that crafted sanctions against Russia, ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

After departing the Treasury, he used his knowledge of international and monetary policy to help lead the growth of global multi-family office, Tiedemann Advisors. He helped oversee the firm’s growth from $12B in assets to over $30B and served as Director for Digital Asset Education.

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 Center for a New American Security. He has published over 50 articles, including the report The Future of the US Dollar: Weaponizing the US Financial System. He has been featured in Barron's, Financial Times, AP and CNBC, and lectured at Harvard, Yale, Stanford and the Council on Foreign Relations.

His philanthropic work has included chairing the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Next Generation Board and serving as Vice Chairman of the Promise Fund of Florida. He holds a JD from Boston University, MA from Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and BA in History from George Washington University.

Raised in Brookline, Massachusetts, he now lives in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife and is on the Board of The Town of Palm Beach Investment Committee.
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Michael Greenwald’s Newsfeed

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The Future of Digital Assets and the Dollar

Michael Greenwald discusses a future where the U.S. dollar will be living alongside digital assets, as well as his thoughts on current trends in the digital asset space. 

Digital Assets Council of Financial Professionals
Michael Greenwald | Digital Assets

Michael Greenwald sees this moment as an 'inflection point' for digital assets on the global stage, and discusses the role of digital assets in Ukraine and President Biden's digital asset Executive Order.

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Michael Greenwald’s Background

Amazon Web Services
Global Lead, Digital Assets
Feb 2022 - Present
Amazon Web Services, Inc. is a leader in providing on-demand cloud computing platforms and APIs to individuals, companies and governments. AWS is proud to be the world’s most widely adopted cloud platform and offers over 200 fully featured services from data centers globally.
Tiedemann Advisors
Director
2020 - Feb 2022
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.
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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

Treasury urges closer watch on money laundering in fine art
Quoted
Feb 2022
New York, NY, USA
Michael Greenwald offers his thoughts on the Treasury's report, calling it 'a critical first step for there to be a regulatory structure around the broader art market.'
The Future of the Metaverse Economy
Moderator
Jan 2022
In this talk as part of the Tiedemann Advisors Speaker Series, Michael Greenwald moderates a discussion with Michael Bouhanna, the head of NFT Auctions at Sotheby’s.
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Interviews

Time for a ‘digital Bretton Woods’?
Moderator
May 2022
Michael Greenwald talks to Ben Schreckinger about the rise of CBDCs and central banks’ efforts to cope with changing technology, as well as the prospects for a new global money summit.
Ex Treasury official: Russian default now looks “inevitable”
Mar 2022
As a result of international sanctions, Michael Greenwald believes that Russia is headed for the first foreign currency debt default in over a century.
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Features

Art | Basel
Dec 2021
Michael Greenwald is featured in this edition of Art | Basel Miami Beach, where he showcases the high quality pop-up galleries in the Palm Beach area and shares his thoughts on NFTs.

Publications

2021 is a banner year for NFTs. Here’s what you need to know
Co-author
Oct 2021
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.
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.
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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.

Awards & Endorsements

The Palm Beach 100
Honoree
Jan 2022
Palm Beach, FL, USA
The Palm Beach 100 celebrates Palm Beach residents who are leaders in a wide range of fields, including finance, nonprofits, membership organizations, and, among many others, the arts. Michael was recognized as an innovative leader in the digital asset space, as well as for his work at the U.S. Treasury and with Tiedemann Advisors.

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

Florida Tax Institute Annual Conference
Featured Speaker
Feb 2022
Tampa, FL, USA
Michael was a featured speaker at the Institute's 2022 annual conference. The title of his presentation was "The New Era of Digital Asset Foreign Policy".
Fintech in Focus: Michael Greenwald on the Digital Asset Space
Featured Speaker
Oct 2021
At the 2021 Milken Institute Global Conference, 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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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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