Mark Watson
The role of financial institutions and development agencies in supporting the financial wellness of individuals, businesses and the overall economy is critical and has never been more important.

Mark Watson

EY Americas Financial Services Managing Director and Board Matters Deputy Leader

Transformational leader. Advisor on matters delivering global impact and strong governance. Passionate about sound public policy. Avid moviegoer. Electronic dance music fan. Proud Anglo-American.

Mark Watson is a Managing Director in the EY Americas Financial Services Business Consulting practice and the Americas Financial Services Board Matters Deputy Leader. He is also the US Regional Coordinating Partner for a large multinational development bank.

In these roles, Mark supports clients’ governance, risk management and resilience, among other areas.

Prior to joining EY, Mark held numerous leadership roles focused on ways to enhance the quality of board oversight and leadership. An accomplished writer and thought leader, he has published extensively on a broad range of topics.

Mark has remained close to public policy throughout his career, after starting in politics, where he held roles in research, lobbying and a free-market think tank. Today, he routinely engages on emerging policy, governmental and regulatory trends and issues.

He holds a BA in Public Policy and Economics from The Manchester Metropolitan University.

How Mark is building a better working world

“For over 25 years, I've been fascinated by the intersection of public policy, the private sector and the economy. I've seen countless examples of how critical financial institutions remain in supporting individuals, businesses and the broader economy, as well as the essential role that international development agencies play in achieving ambitious global sustainability goals. Helping these organizations do their best to support the financial development of countries and the overall growth of the real economy is rewarding, as is working with leaders to prepare for and manage through the most challenging and unexpected circumstances.”

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