Isabelle Mateos y Lago, Managing Director, is Deputy Head of BlackRock’s Official Institutions Group and a member of the firm’s Global Operating Committee and Geopolitical Risk Steering Committee. Isabelle’s service with the firm dates back to January 2015, initially as senior advisor to Vice-Chairman Philipp Hildebrand. From 2016 to April 2019, she was Chief Multi-Asset Strategist in the BlackRock Investment Institute (BII). In that role she contributed to shaping BII’s macro investment views and led the firm’s work on geopolitical risks and their market impact; she was also responsible for developing thematic investment thought-leadership, including in the area of sustainable investing.
Prior to joining BlackRock, Isabelle was a senior official at the IMF, where she worked for 15 years in a range of positions straddling economic analysis, policy making, strategy, and global governance (including as G20-liaison and as a Member of the Executive Board). She started her career at the French Ministry of Finance.
Isabelle regularly contributes her views on financial markets and how geopolitics impact them in a variety of global media outlets. She is a member of the Board of Bruegel, a leading European policy think tank. She is also a member of the Inspection Générale des finances and a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) and Sciences Po, Paris. She earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of Cambridge.