Heightened Geopolitical and Sovereign Risks: 
Implications for Risk Managers

Date: Monday, November 4th 2019

Location: PwC, 90 PARK AVENUE (Between 39th & 40th Street)

New York, NY

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


Please join our panel of experts as we explore the current landscape of geopolitical and sovereign risks:
  • Global tensions and the U.S. economy
  • U.S. and China Trade and Tech Dispute
  • Implications of the 2020 US election
  • Brexit and other potential sources of global or regional dislocation
  • Current international economic outlook, by region


Confirmed Panelists:
Nehad Chowdhury, Managing Director and Head of Global Country Risk Management, Citigroup
Nehad Chowdhury is a Managing Director and the head of Citigroup’s Global Country Risk Management team. He brings nearly 20 years of experience to managing the team’s global macroeconomic and country risk analyses. The team’s views and analyses are used for internal risk management, capital allocation, and strategic planning decisions of the firm.
Prior to joining Citi in 2013, he was an economist at the International Monetary Fund (2011-2013) and advised IMF’s management and policymakers on global financial stability risks. Nehad began his career at Goldman Sachs where he held multiple roles in New York and London (between 1999-2011) and was responsible for managing capital markets transactions for public sector clients and advising them on a broad range of public finance topics. He has also worked at Bluebay Asset Management and McKinsey & Company.
Nehad has an MPA in International Development from Harvard University and a BA in Economics from Haverford College. He has traveled to over 80 countries.
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, his team produces the macroeconomic forecasts used by the Risk Division, as well as scenarios and stress tests used for risk management. Finally, his team provides credit ratings advice to a number of the firm's governmental clients.
Mark joined Goldman Sachs in 2001 and was previously based in Hong Kong and London before returning to New York in 2017.
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.
Paul Gruenwald, Chief Economist, S&P Global Ratings
Paul Gruenwald is the Chief Economist at S&P Global Ratings. Based in New York, he leads the economic research agenda and serves as the primary spokesperson on macro-economic matters for the company.
Before joining S&P Global Ratings in 2013, Paul spent almost five years at the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) as the Asia Pacific Chief Economist, where he was responsible for helping set and direct ANZ's Asian and global economic research agenda, as well as building the bank's economic research efforts and profile in the region. Previously, Paul worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for nearly 16 years, where he led the team producing the IMF's Asian regional outlook reports. He was also the IMF Resident Representative to Hong Kong and Korea, the Deputy Chief of the China Division, and did considerable work on both public (Paris Club) and private (London Club) debt restructuring issues.
Paul has a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in Economics/Mathematics from the University of Texas.
Gerardo Rodriguez, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for the Emerging Markets of the Systematic Active Equity Group, BlackRock
Gerardo Rodriguez, Managing Director, is Portfolio Manager for the Emerging Markets (EM) of the Systematic Active Equity (SAE) group. His responsibilities include the management of equity and fixed income portfolios, the development of EM products and the oversight of the EM Platform at BlackRock.
Mr. Rodriguez joined BlackRock in 2013 after a fruitful career of more than 14 years in the Mexican Ministry of Finance where he last served as Undersecretary of Finance and Public Credit. He has extensive experience in macroeconomic policy, financial market development and infrastructure financing/development. His responsibilities included public debt management, exchange rate and fiscal policy and regulation and supervision of local financial institutions. He was also responsible of the G20 process and the relationship of Mexico with the IMF, World Bank and other multilateral institutions. During his tenure at the Ministry of Finance he was also the Head of Public Debt Management from 2005 to 2011, where his main responsibilities included the extension of the local yield curve, the design of the Treasury Direct platform (cetesdirecto.com) and the creation of the National Infrastructure Fund.
Mr. Rodriguez earned a BS degree in economics from Universidad de las Americas-Puebla (Mexico) and an MSc in Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research from Stanford University.
Brian S. Strauss, Executive Director and Senior Credit Officer, Natixis North America LLC, and RMA NY Chapter Chairman
Brian S. Strauss is an Executive Director and Senior Credit Officer at Natixis North America LLC, where he and his team have responsibility for managing the firm's credit risk to Financial Institutions and Structured Credit counterparties.  Brian also serves as Chairman of the Risk Management Association - New York Chapter (RMA NY) and he is a former Chairman of the Capital Markets Credit Analysts Society (CMCAS). Before joining Natixis, Brian worked for several years as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and then eDelta Consulting, advising financial institutions on risk management, regulatory and compliance-related matters.
Prior to joining PwC, Brian served as Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer of KCG Americas LLC, as well as Deputy CRO of KCG Holdings, Inc. Brian 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, Brian had served as Chief Credit Officer of the firm.
Brian was previously 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, Brian was the primary risk liaison to the domestic and international equities businesses and the exchange-traded derivatives businesses globally.  Prior to joining UBS, Brian 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.
Brian 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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