Paul Mortimer-Lee is responsible for the global economic coverage of the bank's team of market economists in the world's main financial centres, in addition to overseeing its North American economic research. He is currently based in New York and has worked for BNP Paribas since 1995. In recent years, Paul has mainly focused on the major issues related to the global financial crisis, monetary policy and unconventional policy instruments, global inflation and global economic imbalances.
He writes regularly for the Nikkei newspaper and is a frequent media commentator. He has also contributed written and oral evidence to the UK House of Commons Select Committee on the Treasury. Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Paul worked for many years in what is now the Monetary Analysis Division of the Bank of England, where his final position was as division head of Forecasting and Conjunctural Analysis, contributing significantly to the Bank's Inflation Report. He also worked in the Bank's Gilt Edged and Money Markets division on operational issues, as well as in what is now the Financial Stability Division on issues relating to regulation, European legislation and taxation policy. Paul worked for a time at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, where he was involved in several programmes. Paul earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at the London School of Economics, specialising in monetary economics. Paul and his wife founded and are the sole directors of an elementary school for children with specialist teaching needs, which has been officially assessed as "outstanding". Paul is also currently adviser to the asset-allocation committee of a large insurer.