Jim O’Neill, the former Goldman Sachs chief economist who coined the term “BRICS,” will become chair of the Chatham House think tank, adding another role to an already extensive résumé.
Jim will replace Stuart Popham after the annual general meeting in July 2018, the institute said in a statement on Thursday. He’s best known for his 2001 creation of the BRIC investing strategy, which singled out Brazil, Russia, India and China as a group of increasingly influential emerging markets.
Announcing the appointment, Chatham House director Robin Niblett described him as “one of the world’s most perceptive analysts and thinkers about the global economy. Many of the structures and principles that have supported global growth and buttressed peace are under threat,” Niblett said. “We are fortunate that an individual of Jim’s calibre will help guide the institute during this period of profound change.”