O'Neill worked for Goldman Sachs from 1995 until April 2013, predominately as chief economist. He became known for coining the phrase 'Brics', to describe the rapid economic rise of Brazil, Russia, India and China in 2001.
In May 2015, after the general election, George Osborne announced on Twitter that O'Neill had been appointed commercial secretary to the Treasury, ' to make devolution and the Northern Powerhouse happen'.
O'Neill is also the chair of a formal review into anti-microbial resistance, which will make recommendations in spring 2016.
- Manchester University, honorary chair of economics
- Bruegel, visiting research fellow
- IFC (investing arm of the World Bank), economic advisory board
- SHINE, founding trustee
- Teach for All, on the board
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