Rory MacFarquhar joined the Peterson Institute for International Economics as a visiting fellow in February 2016. In the previous six years, he worked in the Obama administration, and most recently served as special assistant to the President and senior director for global economics and finance in the White House National Security Council and National Economic Council. At the White House, he led policy teams working on a wide range of international economic and trade issues, including US-China economic relations; economic support for Ukraine, Tunisia, and Iraq; and addressing global economic vulnerabilities. MacFarquhar helped prepare for President Obama's participation at the G-20 summits in St. Petersburg, Brisbane, and Antalya. Before entering the US government, he worked for eight years at Goldman Sachs in Moscow, most recently as managing director and director of economic research for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He has a BA from Yale University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and worked towards a PhD at Harvard University.