Brett House was named a Jeanne Sauvé Foundation Senior Fellow in 2012. He has brought unique experience to the Foundation following key roles in academia, the international public sector and markets.
As a Senior Fellow, Brett worked on several initiatives while advising Sauvé management and staff on a variety of issues. He has given strong support to the 2012-13 cohort of Sauvé Fellows and to many other Sauvé Fellows in the realization of their projects and other goals.
Brett’s research focuses on the links between trade policy and macroeconomic performance; the rise of emerging markets and its implications for G10 economies; frameworks for sovereign debt restructuring; and the theory and practice of impact investing. Brett is the author of a number of scholarly papers. He frequently publishes opinion pieces in the media and is a sought-after public commentator on economic and political matters.
On October 13, 2016, he was appointed Deputy Chief Economist at Scotiabank. He previously worked as Global Strategist at Woodbine Capital Advisors, a NY-based global macro hedge fund. At Woodbine, he developed a track record of combining quantitative frameworks with qualitative analysis to identify investment opportunities across asset classes in developed, emerging and frontier markets. He continues to advise Tau Investment Management, a start-up impact fund.
Prior to joining Woodbine, Brett was Principal Advisor on economic, financial and development issues in the Executive Office of the United Nations’ Secretary-General; Senior Macroeconomist and Policy Advisor at the UNDP; and Senior Macroeconomist at The Earth Institute, Columbia University. From 2000 to 2007 he was an economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where he worked across a wide range of major emerging, frontier, and low-income countries. He also helped to develop Fund policies and models on emerging market vulnerabilities, early-warning systems for financial crises, sovereign debt restructuring and debt relief programmes.
Brett held earlier positions as Director of Studies and Stipendiary Lecturer at Keble College, University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar; and Lecturer in Economics at the University of Cape Town, where he was a Rotary Scholar. He also worked in the Capital Markets Department of the World Bank and emerging markets fixed-income sales and trading with Goldman Sachs International in London.
Brett holds an M.Phil. in economics from Oxford and a B.A. Honours (first class) in economics from Queen’s University. He is a Visiting Scholar, Massey College at the University of Toronto, was a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and has been a Chazen Visiting Scholar at Columbia Business School and a Lecturer at McGill. Amongst his community engagements, Brett is the Founding President of the US Foundation for Pearson College, Vice-Chair of the College’s Investment Committee and a College Patron. He is also a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a Salzburg Global Fellow, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly, a Committee Member of the IRC’s GenR, a Member of the Banff Forum and a former Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.