Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, deputy assistant to President Obama and deputy national security advisor for international economics, delivered the speech “The G-7 and the Global Economy” at a PIIE event on May 19, 2016. His presentation addressed the upcoming G-7 Summit and cover a number of themes, including trade and climate change. Adeyemo is the sherpa for the G-7 (as well as the G-20) and thus responsible for preparing the summit.
Adeyemo has been in his present position since December 2015. Previously, he was deputy director of the National Economic Council (NEC). He also held several senior management positions at the Treasury Department, most recently as deputy chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. In that role, Adeyemo served as the Treasury Department’s chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership macroeconomic and currency agreement and coordinated Treasury efforts to design the International Monetary Fund’s reform legislation. Adeyemo received a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a JD from Yale Law School.