Edward J. O’Brien

European Central Bank (ECB)

Edward J. O’Brien has been an Adviser in the Directorate General Macroprudential Policy and Financial Stability at the European Central Bank (ECB) since 2014. He has wide-ranging responsibilities, supporting the Directorate General’s senior management in the day-to-day functioning of the area, whilst also participating in or coordinating work-streams on topical macroprudential and financial stability issues. Most recently, this has included leading an ECB big data project on securities financing transactions data, and providing substantial policy input to the EU Council’s action plan on non-performing loans.

He played a key role in the preparations for the establishment of the SSM in the euro area, in particular the ECB’s Comprehensive Assessment of 130 banks, and gained wide-ranging crisis management experience through his role in financial sector work for EU/IMF financial assistance programs in a number of euro area countries.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, where he was an IRCHSS Government of Ireland Scholar.