Profile Summary

Mark T. Williams is a risk management practitioner and academic with over two decades of experience. Since 2002, he has been on the Finance & Economics Faculty at Boston University and currently holds the academic rank of Executive-in-Residence/Master Lecturer. Prior to teaching, he worked as a senior trading floor executive, a bank trust officer and as a bank examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank. He is particularly experienced relating to risk management in banking, energy trading and derivative matters involving the capital markets. In addition to his teaching duties at the graduate as well as undergraduate level, his expertise is called on frequently by national media. He has also been a guest columnist for Financial Times, New York Times,,, Foreign Policy Magazine and the Boston Globe. In 2010 he published Uncontrolled Risk (McGraw Hill),, a book examining the root causes of the financial crisis and the rise and fall of investment banking giant Lehman Brothers. In 2013, he co-authored Longwood Covered Courts and the Rise of American Tennis. This work won the Best Reference Book Award at the 2014 New England Book Show. In 2014 he also provided Congressional Testimony on the risks associated with virtual currencies. Outside of academics, he conducts risk management seminars, has provided consulting for various Fortune 500 companies, hedge funds and is on the board of Appleton Partners, Boston-based wealth management company, a senior advisor at the Brattle Group and is on the Standard & Poor's Academic Advisory Council. He is co-founder of FitMoney, a nonprofit focused on elevating financial literacy in U.S. public schools for kindergarten through 12th grade. On several occasions, he has also been an expert witness in various corporate cases involving risk management matters. Williams holds a BSBA in Finance from the University of Delaware and a MBA from Boston University. He is also a founding board member of the Boston Chapter of the Global Association of Risk Professional, a member of the Boston Analyst Security Association and International Association of Financial Engineers. 

  • Education Open or Close

    MBA, Boston University School of Business, Finance, 1993.

    BS, University of Delaware, Finance, 1985.

  • Current CoursesOpen or Close

    SMG FE442 C1 Money, Financial Markets & Economic Activity

    SMG FE442 D1 Money, Financial Markets & Economic Activity

  • PublicationsOpen or Close


      Williams, M. (2010). Uncontrolled Risk: Lessons of Lehman Brothers and How Systemic Risk Can Still Bring Down the World Financial System. New York City: McGraw-Hill.

      Williams, M. T. Longwood Covered Courts and the Rise of American Tennis (2013). Boston: Private Label.

  • Research PresentationsOpen or Close

    Invited Lectures:

      Williams, M. T. (Author Only). The World Bank, The Unaddressed Risks of Virtual Currencies, The World Bank, Washington, DC. (October 21, 2014).

      Williams, M. T. (Author Only). Boston Economics Club, The Unaddressed Risks of Virtual Currencies, Boston Economics Club, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. (November 19, 2014).

      Williams, M. (Author Only). Association of Corporate Counsel, Risk Management For Lawyers, Association of Corporate Counsel, Florida/California. (May 21, 2012).

      Williams, M. (Author Only). Boston Federal Reserve Bank, Lessons Not Yet Learned from the Fall of Lehman Brothers, FED/PRMIA, Boston. (April 6, 2012).

  • General ServiceOpen or Close

    Service to the Profession:

      Professional/To the Academy, Co-Founder, FitMoney. (2015 - Present).
      Co-Founder of a nonprofit targeting financial literacy in public schools, K-12.

  • Conference ActivitiesOpen or Close

      World Bank Conference, The World Bank, Risk of Virtual Currencies , Panelist. (October 21, 2014 - October 21, 2014).

      CFO Magazine, Risk Management, Committee Chair. (January 29, 2013 - January 29, 2013).

  • Awards and HonorsOpen or Close

    New England Book Show Best Reference Book 2014, New England Book Show, Research. (April 19, 2014).

    Received the Best Book award for my book Longwood Covered Courts and the Rise of American Tennis (2013)

    Beckwith Price for Excellence in Teaching, Boston University, Teaching. (May 1, 2008).
    Award to one undergraduate faculty member at SMG per year.

  • BroadcastsOpen or Close


      Financial Crisis, 11/01/2008, Reuters.
      Financial and Energy Related - Amaranth Advisors LLC., TXU etc, 09/01/2007, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, NECN.


      Financial Crisis- Bailout, 10/01/08, KCBS.
      Numerous Broadcasts, 01/01/07, Bloomberg Radio.
      Amaranth Advisors LLC., trading debacle, energy price volatility, 09/01/06, Bloomberg News.
      Energy and Banking Related - Various Broadcasts, 09/01/06.