Adviser, Directorate General Macro-prudential Policy & FS
European Central Bank
Edward J. O’Brien has been an Adviser in the Directorate General Macroprudential Policy and Financial Stability at the European Central Bank (ECB) since 2014, having previously held various positions in that area. In this role, he has wide-ranging responsibilities, supporting the Directorate General's senior management in the day-to-day functioning of the area, whilst also participating in or coordinating work-streams on topical macroprudential and financial stability issues. Most recently, this has included leading an ECB big data project on securities financing transactions data, and providing substantial policy input to the EU Council’s action plan on non-performing loans.
Previously, he played a key role in the preparations for the establishment of the Single Supervisory Mechanism in the euro area, in particular in preparing for the ECB’s Comprehensive Assessment of 130 significant banks. Prior to that, he gained wide-ranging crisis management experience through his role in financial sector work for EU/IMF financial assistance programs, as a member of program negotiation teams in a number of euro area countries. Through these experiences, he gained substantial project management experience and managed a number of large-scale consultancy contracts.
Before moving to the financial stability area in 2008, Dr. O’Brien held positions in the Directorates General Market Operations and Research at the ECB.
Prior to joining the ECB, he worked as an economist at the Central Bank of Ireland and as a part-time lecturer in mathematics and statistics in the Department of Economics, University of Dublin, Trinity College.
Dr. O’Brien’s research has been published in several scholarly journals. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, where he was an IRCHSS Government of Ireland Scholar.