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IHS Economics and Country Risk Conference

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Sep 26-27, 2016
Washington, DC, USA

Join us for the IHS Economics and Country Risk Conference.

Nariman Behravesh, Ph.D.

Chief Economist, IHS Markit Nariman Behravesh, Ph.D., is chief economist of IHS Markit and author of, "Spin-Free Economics: A No-Nonsense, Nonpartisan Guide to Today's Global Economic Debates," (McGraw-Hill).

Greg Ip

Chief Economics Commentator, The Wall Street Journal

Greg Ip is one of the country’s best known economics journalists. He is currently Chief Economics Commentator of The Wall Street Journal and writes about US and global economic developments and policy each week in the Capital Account column and on Real Time Economics, The Wall Street Journal’s economics blog. From 2008 to January 2015, he was US Economics Editor of The Economist magazine. From 1996 to 2008, he was with The Wall Street Journal as a reporter covering financial markets and economics. He appears regularly on radio and television, including National Public Radio, PBS Newshour, and CNBC, the country’s leading business news channel. He is the Author of Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe, published by Little, Brown and Company in October 2015, as well as The Little Book of Economics: How the Economy Works in the Real World, published by Wiley in 2010.

Nicholas R. Lardy

Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Nicholas R. Lardy is the Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He joined the Institute in March 2003 from the Brookings Institution, where he was a senior fellow from 1995 until 2003. Before Brookings, he served at the University of Washington, where he was Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies from 1991 to 1995. From 1997 through the spring of 2000, he was also the Frederick Frank Adjunct Professor of International Trade and Finance at the Yale University School of Management. He is an expert on the Chinese economy.

Lardy is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the editorial boards of Asia Policy and The China Review.

He received his BA from the University of Wisconsin in 1968 and his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1975, both in Economics.

Lardy's most recent books are Markets over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China (2014), Sustaining China's Economic Growth after the Global Financial Crisis (2012), The Future of China's Exchange Rate Policy (2009), and China's Rise: Challenges and Opportunities (2008). In 2006, he contributed chapters on China's domestic economy and China in the world economy to China: The Balance Sheet (2006).

Read more additional publications authored by Lardy.

Rafael Docavo-Malvezzi

Senior Vice President, Global Head of Risk for Political Risk & Trade Credit Insurance, XL Catlin

Rafael Docavo-Malvezzi is Senior Vice President, Global Head of Risk for Political Risk & Trade Credit (PRTC) Insurance at XL Catlin. He has held global risk manager duties since joining XL in 2011 and prior to that at QBE Americas (2008-2011) and Exporters Insurance in New York (2006-8). Prior to joining the insurance world, Rafael worked at MasterCard International where he held various roles in strategic planning as well as operations and risk consulting for MasterCard Advisors. Rafael also worked as Research Associate for International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and as Statistical Analyst, International Trade and Balance of Payments, at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.

Rafael holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a BS in Computer Engineering from the American University in Paris. He is fluent in Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese.

David Wessel

Director, Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy, Brookings Institution

David Wessel is Director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy, the mission of which is to improve the quality of fiscal and monetary policies and public understanding of them. He joined Brookings in December 2013 after 30 years on the staff of The Wall Street Journal where, most recently, he was Economics Editor and wrote the weekly Capital column. He is a contributing correspondent to The Wall Street Journal, appears frequently on NPR’s Morning Edition, and tweets often at @davidmwessel.

David is the Author of two New York Times best-sellers, In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic (2009) and Red Ink: Inside the High Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget (2012). He has shared two Pulitzer Prizes, one in 1984 for a Boston Globe series on the persistence of racism in Boston and the other in 2003 for Wall Street Journal stories on corporate scandals. David is a member of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Data Users Advisory Committee. He teaches in the Dartmouth Tuck School of Business Global 2030 executive education program and has been a visiting journalism professor at Princeton University. David has received honoraria for speaking from NMS Management, Tudor Investment Corp., and Carlyle Group.

A native of New Haven, Connecticut, and a product of its public schools, David is a 1975 graduate of Haverford College. He was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism at Columbia University in 1980–81.

Firas Modad

Director – MENA Country Risk, IHS Markit Mr. Firas Modad is a director for Country Risk, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, at IHS Markit.

Rafael Amiel

Director, IHS Markit Economics

Amiel is Director, IHS Markit Economics. He is responsible for coordinating the analysis and forecasts of IHS Markit economists and analysts who cover 42 countries in this region, including the Caribbean islands. He holds a PhD in economics from Florida International University (FIU), where he also served as adjunct professor of economics and was a research associate in FIU's Latin American and Caribbean Center.

Bhushan Bahree

Senior Director, Global Oil, IHS Energy Mr. Bhushan Bahree, Senior Director of IHS Energy, is a widely respected authority on global oil markets, with particular reference to OPEC and the Middle East.

Carlos Caicedo

Senior Principal Analyst – Americas, Country Risk, IHS Markit Mr. Carlos Caicedo is a senior principal analyst at IHS Markit, specializing in political and macroeconomic risk in Latin America for the Country Risk team.

Thane Gustafson

Senior Director, IHS Energy

Thane Gustafson, IHS Senior Director of Russian and Caspian Energy and Professor of Government at Georgetown University, is a widely recognized authority on Eurasia who has spent 40 years studying and traveling in Russia, Ukraine and the rest of the Former Soviet Union.

Dr. Gustafson founded the IHS Energy Russian and Caspian team and directed it for 15 years. He is the author of over 200 IHS CERA reports, including analyses of technology transfer and Russian upstream technology, gas market developments and transit issues, Russian oil production and domestic and foreign oil markets, US-Russian political and energy relations, regulatory, fiscal, and legal reform in the Russian energy sector; and the evolution of the Russian oil and gas companies.

Dr. Gustafson is the author of Capitalism Russian Style and Crisis amid Plenty: The Politics of Soviet Energy under Brezhnev and Gorbachev (awarded the Marshall Shulman Prize) and coauthor (with Daniel Yergin) of Russia 2010 and What It Means for the World. His latest book is Wheel of Fortune: the Battle for Oil and Power in Russia (Harvard University Press, October 2012), described by Foreign Affairs as “a superb book… the single most revealing work on Russian politics and economics published in the last several years.” Wheel of Fortune was a first runner-up for the Pushkin Prize, and has been published in Russian and Chinese-language editions.

Formerly a Professor at Harvard University and a Political Analyst at the Rand Corporation, Dr. Gustafson holds a BS from the University of Illinois in Political Science and Chemistry, and a PhD in Government from Harvard University. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Russia and Ukraine and a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa.

Sara L. Johnson, CBE

Executive Director – Global Economics, IHS Markit Ms. Sara Johnson is executive director of Global Economics in the Economics and Country Risk business unit at IHS Markit.

Todd Lee

Senior Director, Global Economics, IHS Markit

Todd C. Lee is Senior Director of IHS Economics, of the Economic and Country Risk business line. Lee leads a team of economists responsible for the IHS macroeconomic forecasts and analysis, as well as country risk assessments, for 204 countries. He joined IHS with the acquisition of Global Insight and has 17 years of experience in the economic analysis and forecast business. Prior to joining IHS, Lee led the Greater China Economics Group and the Asia Economics Group for Global Insight and was Senior Economist at Standard & Poor’s DRI. His expertise includes China's short and long term economic outlook, economic reform, monetary policy and currency issues. Lee earned a Doctoral degree in Economics from Brown University and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of California, Irvine. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Alex Melikishvili

Senior Analyst, Country Risk, IHS Markit

Alex Melikishvili is a Senior Analyst with IHS Country Risk Analysis and Forecasting’s Commonwealth of Independent States team. His current country remit includes Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Alex specializes in analyzing risk environment in the Caucasus and Central Asia, terrorism in North Caucasus, energy geopolitics, ethnic conflicts in post-Soviet states, elite competition and succession scenario modeling in Central Asian states, including influence mapping. He co-authored Islam in Russia: Politics of Identity and Security, which was published in 2004. Alex’s analytical commentary and research articles appear in Jane’s Intelligence Review, The Guardian, EurasiaNet, National Public Radio, Al Arabiya News, and others.

Alex received an M.A. in International Affairs with the concentration in Security Studies from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He speaks Georgian and Russian.

Charles Movit

Senior Manager, IHS Economics Movit is a Senior Manager with the Global Economics team. He supervises forecasting and analysis of all 30 countries of the Emerging Europe region with a particular focus on Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus, and Macedonia.

Michael Ryan

Associate Director – Comparative Industry Service, Economics & Country Risk, IHS Markit Mike has been with the Comparative Industry Service for the last seven years, working hand-in-hand with a wide-array of international clients to track their primary markets and assess competitive positioning to make smarter, more informed capital allocation decisions.

Zbyszko Tabernacki, CFA

Senior Vice President, Economics and Country Risk, IHS Markit Mr. Zbyszko Tabernacki, CFA, is senior vice president of Economics and Country Risk at IHS Markit. He is a recognized expert on country risk, global economics and emerging markets economics and finance.

Natznet Tesfay, B.A., M.Sc.

Director, Africa Analysis, Economics and Country Risk, IHS Markit Ms. Natznet Tesfay is director of Research and Analysis for Economics and Country Risk at IHS Markit, focused on Africa.

Elisabeth Waelbroeck-Rocha

Chief International Economist, IHS Markit

Elisabeth joined IHS in 2012 to lead an initiative to build a new, next generation, global macroeconomic model. The IHS Global Link Model incorporates many innovative features and makes it possible to quantify the impact on the world economy of changes in the global risk environment, such as geopolitical threats and energy price shocks. Elisabeth now leads IHS global economic forecasting, modeling infrastructure and software, and economic and financial data.

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