Mark Williams

Master Lecturer, Finance
  • Phone 617-358-2789
  • Office 502D
    Questrom School of Business
    Rafik B. Hariri Building
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

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Mark is a risk-management practitioner and academic with three decades of experience. Since 2002, he has been on the finance faculty at Boston University, teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Previously, he worked as a senior trading floor executive, a bank trust officer and as a bank examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank. His areas of expertise include risk management in banks, hedge funds and Fintech, including virtual currencies and blockchain. He was a recipient of the Beckwith Teaching Award in 2008 and 2021. In 2018 he was awarded the James E. Freeman Lecturer Chair in Management. In addition to teaching his expertise is called on frequently by national media. He has also been a guest columnist for the Financial Times, Bloomberg,,, The Boston Globe, Foreign Policy magazine and The New York Times. 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. This book has also reprinted in Chinese. In 2014 he was asked to provide congressional testimony on the risks associated with virtual currencies. He has also presented on virtual currencies to The World Bank and at The Bretton Woods Committee. He joined the Lesley University Board of Trustees in 2018, In 2020 he served on President Biden’s Election Campaign’s Economic Subcommittee. Since 2022 he has been the President of the Boston Economic Club.

Williams holds a BSBA in Finance from the University of Delaware and a MBA from Boston University.

  • MBA, Boston University School of Business, 1993
  • BS, University of Delaware, 1985
  • Williams, M. (2021). "POV: Bad Umpiring Hurt Baseball in 2021",
  • Williams, M. (2021). "POV: Bad Umpiring Hurt Baseball in 2021", BU Today
  • Williams, M. (2019). "World Series Umpires Did Not Have World-Class Performances This Year Players and fans deserve better behind home plate", BU Today
  • Williams, M. (2019). "Student Debt Is Hurting Our Wallets and Our Health",
  • Williams, M. (2019). "MLB Umpires Missed 34,294 Ball-Strike Calls in 2018. Bring on Robo-umps?",
  • Williams, M. (2019). "An analysis of nearly 4 million pitches shows just how many mistakes umpires make",
  • Williams, M. (2019). "How to finally address the US's out-of-control student-loan crisis, according to a finance professor", Business Insider
  • Williams, M. (2019). "MBTA Pension Crisis should be a priority", Boston Globe
  • Williams, M. (2018). "Investing in Cryptocurrency:Do or Don't", BU Today
  • Williams, M. (2017). "Trump's Failed Economic Policy Could Push the US Back into Recession by 2018", Business Insider
  • Williams, M. (2017). "There are Signs Trump is Preparing a Hostile Takeover of the Fed", Business Insider
  • Williams, M. (2013). "Longwood Covered Courts and the Rise of American Tennis",
  • Williams, M. (2010). "Uncontrolled Risk: Lessons of Lehman Brothers and How Systemic Risk Can Still Bring Down the World Financial System", McGraw Hill Professional
    Research Presentations
  • Williams, M. Federal Home Loan Bank Reform - Risk vs Return, MIT Sloan School, 2023
  • Williams, M. Crypto: Trusting non-fiat Currency, Partners in Business Ethics Symposium 2022, Boston University, 2022
  • Williams, M. Archegos: A Spectacular Failure in Risk Management, PRIMIA Boston & Suffolk University Sawyer Business School, Suffolk University, 2022
  • Williams, M. FinTech Revolution, BU FinTech Club Event, Questrom School of Business, 2021
    Awards and Honors
  • 2021, Beckwith Teaching Award
  • 2019, Hall of Fame Inductee, Sussex Central High School
  • 2019, Questrom Undergraduate Commencement Speaker
  • 2018, James E. Freeman Lecturer Chair
  • 2014, New England Book Show Best Reference Book 2014
  • 2008, Beckwith Prize for Excellence in Teaching