A former chief economist for Ernst & Young, William “Bill” Wilson has more than two decades of experience directing economic research for both commercial enterprises and non-profit institutions. As senior research fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center, he concentrates on analyzing the economic performance of Asian-Pacific nations and educating Asian leaders in the principles and practices of free markets.
Before joining Heritage in 2014, Wilson headed economic and financial research for Skolkovo’s Ernst & Young Institute for Emerging Market Studies. In that capacity, he managed and coordinated economic research for all the large “emerging market” countries. William spent three years in Beijing before starting an office for the institute in Moscow, where he lived for two years.
Prior to his stint with Skolkovo, he managed one of the largest economics departments in the Gulf Region, serving as executive vice president and head of economic research for the National Bank of Kuwait.
From 1993-1999, Wilson was vice president and senior economist for COMERICA INC., the nation’s 10th largest bank. During that period, he was a frequent guest on television and radio news programs and, from 1994-1999, wrote a weekly business column for the Detroit News.
Wilson holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Purdue University. He earned his bachelor’s in finance and economics from Towson State University. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.