Mark Williams

Faculty Lead, Questrom FinTech Initiatives James E. Freeman Lecturer Chair Executive-in-Residence/Master Lecturer, Finance

Mark T. Williams is a risk-management practitioner, academic and financial author with three decades of experience. His expertise includes risk management in banks, hedge funds, energy trading and utility companies. Specific focus areas include Fed monetary policy; corporate governance; business ethics; banking trading fraud and compensation practices; fraud detection and prevention, pension investments and return assessment; energy commodities risk measurement; precious metals trading and financial technology (Fintech), including virtual currencies and blockchain.  

Since 2002, he has been on the Finance Faculty at Boston University, teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and currently holds the academic rank of Executive-in-Residence/Master Lecturer.  Previously, he worked as a senior trading floor executive, a bank trust officer and as a bank examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank.

His expertise is called on frequently by national media and he has been a guest columnist for Financial Times, New York Times,,, Business Insider, Foreign Policy Magazine, Bloomberg and the Boston Globe.  In 2014 he provided Congressional testimony on the risks associated with virtual currencies.  Similar presentations were also made in 2015 at The World Bank and The Bretton Woods Committee.  

In 2010 he published Uncontrolled Risk (McGraw Hill),, a book examining the root causes of the financial crisis and the rise and fall of investment banking giant Lehman Brothers. A second edition of this book was published in Chinese. In 2013, he co-authored Longwood Covered Courts and the Rise of American Tennis, which won the Best Reference Book Award at the 2014 New England Book Show.

Outside of academics, he conducts risk management seminars, has provided consulting for various Fortune 500 companies and hedge funds.  He serves on the advisory board of Appleton Partners, Boston-based wealth-management firm, is a senior advisor at the Brattle Group, and is on the Standard & Poor's Academic Advisory Council.  He co-founded FitMoney, a nonprofit focused on elevating financial literacy in U.S. public schools for kindergarten through 12th grade.  

Williams holds a BSBA in Finance from the University of Delaware and a MBA from Boston University. He is a founding board member of the Boston Chapter of the Global Association of Risk Professional, a member of the Boston Analyst Security Association and International Association of Financial Engineers. He is also a member of the Boston Economic Club.

  • MBA, Boston University School of Business, 1993
  • BS, University of Delaware, 1985
  • Williams, M. (2017). "Trump's Failed Economic Policy Could Push the US Back into Recession by 2018", Business Insider , 1 1
  • Williams, M. (2017). "There are Signs Trump is Preparing a Hostile Takeover of the Fed", Business Insider , 1 1
  • Williams, M. (2016). "How to Reform the MBTA", The Boston Globe
  • Williams, M. (2016). "Donald Trump's Attack on Education is Imminent", WBUR - Boston NPR Station
  • Williams, M. (2016). "Trump's Economic Plan: Failed Policy", Business Insider
  • Lawson, A., Williams, M. (2013). "Longwood Covered Courts and the Rise of American Tennis", Longwood Cricket Club
  • Williams, M. (2010). "Uncontrolled Risk: Lessons of Lehman Brothers and How Systemic Risk Can Still Bring Down the World Financial System", McGraw-Hill 256
    Research Presentations
  • Williams, M.Lehman Brothers; 10 Years Later & The Lessons Still not Learned, Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA),, Boston, 2018
  • Williams, M.FinTech, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain, ACA, Boston, 2018
  • Williams, M.Future of FinTech, State Street Bank, Boston, 2018
  • Williams, M.World Bank Conference, The World Bank, 2014
    Conference Activities
  • World Bank Conference , The World Bank, Risk of Virtual Currencies , Panelist (2014-2014)
  • CFO Magazine , Risk Management, Committee Chair (2013-2013)
    Awards and Honors
  • 2018, James E. Freeman Lecturer Chair, Boston University
  • 2014, New England Book Show Best Reference Book 2014, New England Book Show
  • 2008, Beckwith Price for Excellence in Teaching, Boston University