Michael B. Greenwald is the senior advisor to the president and CEO of the Atlantic Council and a nonresident senior fellow with the Council’s GeoEconomics Center.
Greenwald is a thought leader on the digital asset market as well as a former financial diplomat, professor, and author with over fifteen years of experience in finance, corporate strategy, public policy, and diplomacy. Greenwald is also a senior executive at Amazon Web Services serving as global lead for digital assets. In this role he is actively charting new territory regarding how digital assets like NFTs, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain technology will be integrated into public and private sector institutions at the highest levels in the future of money.
He spent most of his life in the public sector working for the US Treasury culminating with his position as the United States’ first and most senior Treasury diplomat to Qatar and Kuwait. In this role, he acted as principal liaison to each nation’s banking sectors while serving under two presidential administrations. Prior, he held counterterrorism and intelligence roles requiring travel to over twenty countries and was on the Treasury team that crafted sanctions against Russia, ISIS, and Al-Qaeda.
After departing Treasury, he used experiences overseas and knowledge of international and monetary policy to help lead the domestic and international growth of a global multi-family office Tiedemann Advisors. Greenwald helped oversee the firm’s growth from $12 billion in assets to over $30 billion. He was also the firm’s director for digital asset education, providing education to families and strategy to the firm on issues related to blockchain technology.
Greenwald is also a fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for New American Security. Greenwald is deputy director at the Trilateral Commission, member of the Bretton Woods Committee, and member of the Wilson Center Digital Assets Taskforce.
Greenwald is a speaker, author, and commentator on the global economy, digital assets, and contemporary art market. He has published over fifty articles and has been featured in Barron’s, Financial Times, Associated Press, and CNBC.
His philanthropic work has included chairing the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Next Generation Board, serving as the vice chairman of the board for the Promise Fund of Florida, and in conjunction with Palm beach Synagogue helping launch an annual event in Palm Beach on countering antisemitism. He holds a Juris Doctor from Boston University, a master’s degree from Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in history from George Washington University.
Raised in Brookline, Massachusetts, he now lives in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife and is on the Board of The Town of Palm Beach Investment Committee.