Opening Keynote Speaker - Timothy F. Geithner


Timothy Geithner was sworn in as the 75th secretary of the United States Department of the Treasury on Jan. 26, 2009, and is one of President Barack Obama's longest-serving Cabinet members.

Before his nomination to the Treasury, Geithner was the ninth president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he began on Nov. 17, 2003. In that capacity, he served as vice chairman and a permanent member of the Federal Open Market Committee, the group responsible for formulating the nation’s monetary policy.

Geithner first joined the Treasury Department in 1988 and worked in three administrations for five secretaries of the Treasury in a variety of positions. He served as under secretary for international affairs from 1999 to 2001, when the department was led by Robert Rubin and then Lawrence Summers.

He was director of the policy development and review department at the International Monetary Fund from 2001 until 2003. Earlier in his career, Geithner worked for Kissinger Associates.

Geithner graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in government and Asian studies in 1983 and from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies with a master's in international economics and East Asian studies in 1985. He has studied Japanese and Chinese, and has lived in East Africa, India, Thailand, China and Japan.