Dr. Stanley Fischer

Dr. Stanley Fischer

Senior Advisor, Official Institutions Group

Dr. Stanley Fischer has been a Senior Advisor to BlackRock since January 2019. He served as Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors from 2014 to 2017. During his tenure at the Fed, Dr. Fischer headed the internal supervision of the key policy divisions of the Board staff as well as the Financial Stability Committee. He also chaired the important Communications Subcommittee of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).


Dr. Fischer served as governor of the Bank of Israel from 2005 to 2013. He was generally credited with having played a key role in minimizing the impact of the global financial crisis on the Israeli economy. He also led a successful effort to pass a new Bank of Israel law to modernize the governance structure of the bank. Under the new law, monetary policy decisions are made by a committee of six, instead of one person under the previous structure. Dr. Fischer chaired the new Monetary Policy Committee.


Dr. Fischer was Vice Chairman of Citigroup from 2002 to 2005. Prior to that, he had served as the first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from 1994 to 2001. He played a key role in managing the IMF's assistance to member countries, including Brazil, Indonesia, Poland, Russia, South Korea and Thailand, during the financial crisis in the late 1990s. He was the chief economist of the World Bank from 1988 to 1990, at a time when the main issue facing the bank was the Latin American debt crisis.


Dr. Fischer was a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1977 to 1999. From 1973 to 1977, Dr. Fischer was an associate professor of economics at MIT. During this period, he supervised many future policymakers, including Ben Bernanke. Prior to joining the MIT faculty, Dr. Fischer was an assistant professor of economics and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago.


Dr. Fischer has published many articles on a wide variety of economic issues, and he is the author and editor of several books. He received his B.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics in 1965, his M.Sc from the London School of Economics in 1966 and his Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1969.


Dr. Fischer is married with three adult children.