Sir Charlie Bean served as the Chief Economist of the Bank of England for over eight years before taking on the role of the the Deputy Governor for Monetary Policy in July 2008. Under this role, he was not only a member of both the Monetary Policy Committee and Financial Policy Committee but also specifically responsible for carrying out market operations and monetary analysis. Apart from being a Central Banker, he has had a rich experience in academia and was the Head of Department at the London School of Economics as well as a visiting professor at Stanford University. Charlie Bean has also been the Managing Editor of the renowned Review of Economic Studies and published numerous articles on issues ranging from unemployment to the European monetary union. We invite you to join us in his talk ‘What can be done when the next downturn comes?’ to explore the nuances of macroeconomic policymaking and better understand the mechanisms through which Central Banks identify, prepare for and tackle economic downturns.