William De Vijlder began his career in the Economic Research Department at Belgium’s Generale Bank in 1987 and became Chief Investment Strategist in the asset management division in 1989. He was previously Managing Director and Global Chief Investment Officer at Fortis Investments. When Fortis Investments merged with BNP Paribas Investment Partners in 2010, he became CIO Partners and Alternative Investments, and subsequently CIO Strategy and Partners, the position he currently holds. He is a member of the Management Committee of BNP Paribas Investment Partners.
William has a Ph.D. in economics and has been senior lecturer in finance and economics at the University of Ghent in Belgium since 1991.