Klaas Knot

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Klaas Knot
President of De Nederlandsche Bank
Assumed office
1 July 2011
Preceded byNout Wellink
Personal details
Born (1967-04-14) 14 April 1967 (age 52)
Bedum, Netherlands
EducationUniversity of Groningen

Klaas Henderikus Willem Knot (born 14 April 1967 in Bedum) is a Dutch economist and central banker, who is the current President of the Dutch central bank De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).[1] In this capacity he also serves as a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, and of the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund. Knot also holds a position as Professor in Monetary Stability at the University of Amsterdam[2] and honorary professor at the University of Groningen.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Knot was born in the town of Bedum near Groningen. After completing his secondary education (vwo) at the Andreas College in Drachten, he studied economics at the University of Groningen. In 1995 he was awarded a doctorate from the same institution, with his doctoral thesis concerning the differences in budget deficits and interest rates on government bonds between Members States of the European Union.[4][5]


After obtaining his doctorate Knot began working as a Senior Economist at De Nederlandsche Bank in the Department of Monetary and Economic Policy. In 1998 he left this post to become an economist in the European Department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C.. A year later, he returned to De Nederlandsche Bank, as the Head of Banking and Supervisory Strategies Department. After serving in this capacity for three years, in December 2002 he left De Nederlandsche Bank again to become the Director of the Dutch Pensions and Insurance Authority, charged with supervision of all Dutch pension funds and insurance companies. In 2004 the Pensions and Insurance Authority was merged with De Nederlandsche Bank, and Knot was appointed as Director of the Supervisory Policy Division at De Nederlandsche Bank. In 2009 he left De Nederlandsche Bank once more to become Director of Financial Markets, and Deputy Treasurer General of the Dutch Ministry of Finance.[6]

Other activities[edit]

International organizations[edit]

Non-profit organizations[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Knot is married and has two children. He currently lives in Amsterdam, which is where De Nederlandsche Bank is headquartered.

In 1999 and 2002 Knot ran the New York Marathon and the Amsterdam Marathon, achieving times of 3.32.31 and 3.19.34 respectively.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Klaas Knot wordt nieuwe president van DNB NU.nl
  2. ^ "Folia".
  3. ^ "Prof. Dr. K.H.W. (Klaas) Knot | Waar vindt u ons | over ons | Rijksuniversiteit Groningen".
  4. ^ Knot, Klaas (1995). Fiscal policy and interest rates in the European Community. Capelle a/d IJssel: Labyrint. ISBN 9789072591272.
  5. ^ Knot, Klaas; de Haan, Jakob (March 1995). "Fiscal policy and interest rates in the European community". European Journal of Political Economy. 11 (1): 171–187. doi:10.1016/0176-2680(94)00012-9.
  6. ^ LinkedIn profile for Klaas Knot LinkedIn
  7. ^ Governing Council European Central Bank (ECB).
  8. ^ Members European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB).
  9. ^ Board of Directors Bank for International Settlements (BIS).
  10. ^ Board of Governors International Monetary Fund (IMF).
  11. ^ Membership Trilateral Commission.
Government offices
Preceded by
Nout Wellink
President of De Nederlandsche Bank