Bernard Lietaer has worked at the heart of the money system, in national and international banking and finance for the last 30 years, both within it, and as an academic. His experience ranges from his work as a senior executive in a major European bank, creating and managing one of the most successful Investment Funds, through to holding Professorships at Universities in Europe and the United States. His vast range of experience and knowledge of global money systems and how they work has made him one of the world's foremost financial visionaries. As a senior Central Bank executive in Belgium Bernard Lietaer was involved firsthand in the design and implementation of the ECU, the convergence mechanism for the European single currency. In 1989, Business Week named him the world's top currency trader, when he was General Manager and Currency Trader for the Gaia Hedge Funds.