Beth Ann Bovino, Managing Director, U.S. Chief Economist, S&P Global Ratings
Beth Ann Bovino is the U.S. Chief Economist and Managing Director at S&P Global Ratings, 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 various 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, and the second most accurate forecaster of the U.S. economy in 2018.
The YWCA honored Beth Ann for her work on women in the workforce, inducting her into their YW Academy of Women Leaders Salute Luncheon in 2018.
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.
Patrick Brown, Co-Leader, Washington National Tax Services, PwC
Patrick Brown is Co-Leader, Washington National Tax Services at PwC. Prior to joining PwC in February 2019, he was Vice President, Tax at GE, serving as both the tax director for GE’s Power business and the director of tax policy for GE.
Prior to these roles, Pat was a senior international tax counsel for GE corporate and GE Capital, where he primarily focused on GE’s international operations in the Nordic region, EMEA, and Canada. In this role, Pat worked extensively with GE Capital’s Commercial Real Estate, Commercial Finance and Consumer Finance businesses as a technical advisor and planner, focusing particularly on cross-border tax matters. He also had overall responsibility for GE’s foreign tax credit position and was the principal technical advisor to the tax director of GE on tax policy matters.
Pat joined GE in 2002 from the US Treasury Department, where he served as attorney-advisor and associate international tax counsel from 1998-2002. During his time at Treasury, Pat focused primarily on international tax analysis, negotiation of tax treaties, and representing the US government at meetings of the OECD on various tax issues.
Prior to joining the Treasury Department, Pat was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York.
Pat received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, with highest distinction, from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Georgetown University, magna cum laude.
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.
Roberto Rodriguez, Director, PwC Financial Services Advisory
Roberto is a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he leads the firm’s regulatory strategy group, including overseeing the firm’s thought leadership efforts. In this role, he closely follows the vastly changing U.S. and global financial services regulatory landscape. Roberto also advises many of the largest global financial services companies on matters ranging from business and operational strategy to risk and regulatory compliance.
Prior to working at PwC, Roberto was an Obama Administration political appointee at the U.S. Treasury Department. He began as a Special Assistant in the Office of Legislative Affairs, where he worked closely with relevant Senate and House committees of jurisdiction on multiple aspects of the Dodd-Frank Act. Roberto later transitioned to the Office of Domestic Finance, where he helped launch the State Small Business Credit Initiative, a product of 2010 Small Business Jobs Act.
Before the Obama Administration, Roberto worked on Capitol Hill in both the Senate and House. He began his career as a press aide to former Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and later served as a legislative assistant to Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-CA).
Roberto earned his MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California – Los Angeles.