Howard Davies is a Professor at Sciences Po in Paris. He is also the former Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to these appointments he was Chairman of the Financial Services Authority, the UK's single financial regulator since 1998.
Howard Davies had previously served for two years as Deputy Governor of the Bank of England after three years as Director General of the Confederation of British Industry. From 1987 to 1992 he was Controller of the Audit Commission. From 1982 to 1987 he worked for McKinsey & Company in London and during 1985-1986 was seconded to the Treasury as Special Adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. He had previously worked at the Treasury and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including two years as Private Secretary to the British Ambassador in Paris.
Howard Davies was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Merton College, Oxford, where he gained an MA in history and modern languages. In 1979 he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship and in 1980 took an MSc in management sciences at Stanford Graduate School of Business, California. Since 2002 he has been a Trustee of the Tate. He is a member of the governing body, Royal Academy of Music; and in 2004 was elected to an Honorary Fellowship at Merton College. In 2004 he joined the board of Morgan Stanley as a non-executive director. He was appointed to the Board of Paternoster in 2006 as a non-executive Director, and chaired the Man Booker Prize in 2007.
Davies has written four books: Chancellors Tales (Polity Press 2006), with co-author David Green, Global Financial Regulation: the Essential Guide (Polity Press 2008), "Banking on the Future: the fall and rise of central banking (Princeton University Press 2010), and "The Financial Crisis: who's to blame" (Polity Press 2010).