Bernard Lietaer is an economist and author who was one of the designers of the Euro. He has been active in the domain of money systems for over 25 years in a wide variety of functions. While at the Central Bank in Belgium he co-designed and implemented the convergence mechanism (ECU) to the single European currency system. During that period, he also served as President of Belgium's Electronic Payment System.
His consultant experience in monetary aspects on four continents ranges from multinational corporations to developing countries. He co-founded one of the largest and most successful currency funds becoming its General Manager and Currency Trader, and is the originator of a complementary currency called the Terra. He is the author of The Future of Money.
His academic history includes a Professorship of International Finance at the University of Louvain in Belgium. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Resources of the University of California at Berkeley, and is co-founder of ACCESS Foundation, (www.accessfoundation.org ), an educational non-profit whose objective is to communicate best practices in the domain of complementary currencies.