The Shifting Geopolitical Landscape: 

Macroeconomic and Country Risk Implications for Risk Managers 


Date: Thursday, June 14th 2018

NEW PwC Location: PricewaterhouseCoopers, 90 Park Avenue (Between 39th and 40th Street), New York, NY

Time: Registration & Cocktails 5:30 PM – Program Start 6:15 PM 


Please join our distinguished panel as we explore the shifting geopolitical and economic landscape. Topics will include:
  • U.S. trade tensions with China, the EU and, under NAFTA, with Canada and Mexico
  • Emerging regional and global economic risks
  • The return of financial market volatility and the surge in U.S. Treasury yields 
  • Brexit - Current status, challenges, and implications
  • Impact of global political tension on the U.S. economy
  • Potential outcomes and economic implications of the 2018 and 2020 U.S. elections
  • Current international economic outlook, by region
  • Potential scenarios that could result in a global recession or in regional dislocation
Clark Anderson, Managing Director, Global Head of Country Risk Management, Chief Operating Officer, Credit Risk Management, Morgan Stanley
Clark Anderson has been a country risk specialist for 34 years, working with corporate, financial, and government clients around the world. Anderson began his career at the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, where he focused on project analysis and economic issues related to developing countries and multilateral lending. He then moved to the private sector, first as a special consultant to Bankers Trust Company on political risk, and then to Multinational Strategies, Inc., as a Principal and Director of Corporate Consulting. He also served as Managing Partner of the country risk consulting houses Anderson, Blank & Bosworth and Country Risk Advisor LLC.
For most of his career, Anderson has managed country risk on Wall Street, first as Global Manager of the Sovereign Risk Management & Advisory Group at Goldman Sachs and currently as Global Head of Country Risk for Morgan Stanley, where he also serves as Chief Operating Officer for Credit Risk Management. Anderson is a China specialist, having followed China closely since modernization began in 1978 and advising both the Chinese government and firms operating in China. He also has particular expertise in global energy issues.
Outside of business, Anderson has been a concert artist on organ and piano since the age of 13. He also has served on a number of non-profit boards. Anderson holds a Master in Public Affairs degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University and a B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College.


Beth Ann Bovino, Managing Director, U.S. Chief Economist, Global Economics and Research, S&P Global Ratings 
Beth Ann Bovino is the U.S. Chief Economist at S & P Global Ratings Services, based in New York. In this position, she develops S&P’s U.S. economic forecasts and authors the quarterly U.S. Economic Forecast, the biweekly Financial Notes and the Business Cycle Barometer. Beth Ann has written timely research reports on long-term economic trends and has created industry drivers for analyst research. She is quoted regularly in the press and has appeared on many major television programs. Further, she has written many articles for popular and professional publications.
Before joining Standard & Poor’s in February 2004, Beth Ann spent over ten years doing economic and market research with Sungard Institutional Brokerage, UBS Warburg, and the Federal Reserve.
The Wall Street Journal recognized Beth Ann as the most accurate forecaster of the U.S. economy in 2013.
Beth Ann holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in International and Development Economics from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University.
Mark Giancola, Global Head of the Sovereign and Economic Risk Group, Goldman Sachs
Mark is global head of the Sovereign and Economic Risk Group within the Risk Division. His team is responsible for assessing country-specific as well as global macroeconomic and political risks, and for setting the firm's country limits. In addition, the team provides credit ratings advice to a number of the firm's governmental clients. Mark is chair of the Sovereign Risk Council and is a member of the Risk Governance Committee, and Securities Division Risk Council.
Before assuming his current role, Mark was a member of the sovereign risk team within Credit Risk Management in New York, Hong Kong and London. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2001 as an associate and was named managing director in 2009.
Prior to joining the firm, Mark worked as an economist at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the US Treasury Department, and as a legislative aide in the United States Senate. Mark earned a BA in East Asian Studies from Middlebury College in 1990 and an MA in International Economics and Asian Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 1997. He is a CFA charterholder.
Mark Roland Thomas, Director, Country Credit Risk, World Bank
Mark Thomas leads a team responsible for rating all World Bank sovereign exposures, managing country exposure, tracking and reporting portfolio credit quality, modeling portfolio risk, implementing capital adequacy and provisioning frameworks, and evaluating structured finance proposals. He is a seasoned economist and sovereign debt specialist. Prior to his current position, he was Practice Manager, Macroeconomics, responsible for financial and advisory services to African countries as well as for global engagements on sovereign debt. Since joining the World Bank in 1999, he has worked for clients in Africa, Latin America, Europe, South Asia, and Central Asia, including assignments based in Brazil and in Turkey. He served as Lead Economist for Côte d'Ivoire, for Kazakhstan, for Turkey (during the global financial crisis), and for Brazil. He has also led global programs on debt relief, debt sustainability, and debt management.
He has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters covering debt, economic growth, macroeconomic crises, labor markets, and regional policy. Earlier in his career he worked in the private sector, helping establish a Paris-based management consultancy, with clients in various industries throughout Europe. He has served as adjunct faculty at Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and the École des Hautes Études Commerciales at the University of Montreal. Mark holds a PhD in Economics from Princeton, an MA in Economics from McGill, and a BA in Mathematics from Oxford (New College). He is a Freeman of the town of Llantrisant, in Wales.
Alexander (Sandy) Wolfson, Managing Director and Head of Global Country Risk Management, Citigroup
Sandy Wolfson is the Managing Director and Head of Global Country Risk Management (GCRM). Responsible for assessing and managing country risk across Citi’s global franchises, setting limits on economic risk capital and cross border exposure, and running the Country Risk Committee which reviews Citigroup’s largest country franchises. GCRM also prepares the economic forecasts used in firm-wide strategic planning and stress testing exercises.
Prior to joining Citigroup, he worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund (1999-2005), working primarily on Indonesia and Japan.
He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Brian S. Strauss, RMA NY Chapter President
Brian S. Strauss serves as President of the Risk Management Association - New York Chapter (RMA NY), prior to which he served as Chairman for four years. He is a former Chairman of the Capital Markets Credit Analysts Society (CMCAS). Mr. Strauss was most recently a Director in PwC's Banking & Capital Markets practice, where he provided risk and regulatory advisory services to financial services institutions. 
Prior to joining PwC, Mr. Strauss served as Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer of KCG Americas LLC, as well as Deputy CRO of KCG Holdings, Inc. Mr. Strauss previously served as CRO of Knight Capital Group, a predecessor firm, where he had global responsibility for credit, market and operational risk management. Before being promoted to this newly-created role in September, 2012, Mr. Strauss had served as Chief Credit Officer of the firm. Prior to joining Knight, Mr. Strauss was a Managing Director and Senior Credit Officer at UBS Americas Inc., where he served as Co-Head of Hedge Fund Credit in the Americas. While at UBS, Mr. Strauss was the primary risk liaison to the domestic and international equities businesses and the exchange-traded derivatives businesses globally. 
Previously, Mr. Strauss was employed by Bank One N.A. as a Managing Director and Capital Markets Credit Officer, where his responsibilities included managing the bank's exposure to hedge funds, securities firms and money managers, and overseeing the ISDA documentation group. Mr. Strauss has held senior capital markets, financial institution and hedge fund credit roles at Merrill Lynch & Company, Lehman Brothers and Bankers Trust Company. He began his banking career with Manufacturers Hanover Trust in New York, where he completed the bank's credit training program and worked as a lending officer to securities firms. 
Mr. Strauss received a B.Sc. in finance from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. in finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

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