David Hale is a Chicago-based global economist whose clients include asset management companies in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He is the founding chairman of David Hale Global Economics. He serves as the Global Economic Advisor to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He formerly worked as chief economist for Kemper Financial Services from 1977 to 1995 and Zurich Financial Services, which he joined as chief economist when it purchased Kemper in 1995. He advised the group's fund management and insurance operations on both the economic outlook and a wide range of public policy issues until 2002, when he founded David Hale Global Economics.
Mr. Hale is a member of the National Association of Business Economists, New York Society of Security Analysts, National Business Economics Issue Council, Academic Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Competitive Markets Advisory Council of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He writes on a broad range of economic subjects and his articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The New York Times, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, The Australian Financial Review, Harvard Business Review, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, National Interest, and other publications. He has frequently testified before Congressional committees on domestic and international economic policy issues, and has done briefings for senior officials in the executive branch, including former President George W. Bush.
In September 1990, the New York chapter of the National Association of Business Economists conferred upon Mr. Hale, the William F. Butler Award.
David Hale holds a B.Sc. degree in international economic affairs from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a Master of Science degree in economics from the London School of Economics.