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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.
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, Mining.com 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.
Soroush is a Senior Analyst with the MENA Country Risk team. She specializes on Iranian domestic and regional policy as well as the nuclear agreement and sanctions. She also covers Israeli domestic politics, maritime risks in the Gulf and the Red Sea, and contributes to the US policy analysis. Nazanin holds a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge in International Relations and Politics, and a Bachelor of Arts from Haverford College in Philosophy and Political Science, with a concentration in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. She is a native Persian (Farsi) speaker and has previously lived in Iran, Turkey and Israel.
Gary Clyde Hufbauer has been the Reginald Jones Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics since 1992. He was formerly the Maurice Greenberg Chair and Director of Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (1996–98), the Marcus Wallenberg Professor of International Finance Diplomacy at Georgetown University (1985–92), senior fellow at the Institute (1981–85), deputy director of the International Law Institute at Georgetown University (1979–81); deputy assistant secretary for international trade and investment policy of the US Treasury (1977–79); and director of the international tax staff at the Treasury (1974–76).
Dr. Hufbauer holds an A.B from Harvard College, a Ph.D. in Economics from King College at Cambridge University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Joseph J. Minarik is Senior Vice President and Director of Research at the Committee for Economic Development (CED).
Minarik was the chief economist of the Office of Management and Budget for the eight years of the Clinton Administration, helping to formulate the Administration’s program to eliminate the budget deficit, including both the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 and the bipartisan Balanced Budget Act of 1997. Prior to his service in the Clinton Administration, Minarik worked closely with Senator Bill Bradley on his efforts to reform the federal income tax, which culminated in the Tax Reform Act of 1986, writing Making Tax Choices in 1985 and served as Chief Economist to the House Budget Committee in 1991-92 and 2001-05, and staff director of the Joint Economic Committee in 1989-90. Recently, he served on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force and the National Academy of Science’s Our Fiscal Future project, two national efforts to reduce the federal budget deficit.
Minarik received three graduate degrees in Economics from Yale University, earning his PhD in 1974. He earned his BA in Economics from Georgetown University in 1971. Minarik writes a regular post for the Washington newspaper The Hill.
Ibrahiim leads economic analysis at UPS, directly supporting the UPS revenue management and providing macroeconomic insights for the organization. Since joining the company in 2010, Ibrahiim has played a key role in revamping international, domestic and regional forecasting procedures. These forecasts are a key input in the development of strategic plans, forming the foundation of volume and revenue projections for the organization. Ibrahiim is also responsible for disseminating the economic outlook throughout the organization and regularly meets with executive leadership both inside and outside of UPS to discuss views on trends within the economy and the effects on the transportation industry.
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Jeff McDonald is Executive Vice President of NNR Global Logistics USA Inc., a top 20 rated global logistics solutions provider headquartered in Japan. As EVP based in Chicago, Jeff currently leads the corporate operations team which includes Finance, HR, Accounting, IT, Compliance, Procurement and Marketing.
Prior to this role, Jeff held numerous commercial roles with NNR in Asia Pacific. In Sydney, Australia, he was responsible for Global Route Development for the Australia/New Zealand region. As NNR entered China in 2002, Jeff relocated to Shanghai to drive development of the newly formed Joint Venture and expand NNR’s reach throughout Greater China. While based in China, Jeff also took on APAC Regional Roles as Global Accounts Manager and Director of Global Sales. From there, Jeff relocated to Singapore to head up NNR’s APAC Commercial activities covering all key markets in APAC, before returning to the United States in his current role. Jeff has over 11 years of experience in China with a total of 16 years working in the Asia-Pacific region.
Jeff has an MBA degree from a joint program between the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, and the Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Jeff earned his BSc from Miami University. A minor in Japanese led him to attend Kansai Gaidai University in Japan on an exchange program during his undergraduate studies.
Dr. Joel Prakken is a Senior Managing Director of Macroeconomic Advisers, a company he co-founded in 1982. Dr. Prakken completed his undergraduate degree in economics at Princeton University, and holds an MA and PhD in Economics from Washington University in Saint Louis. Prior to founding Macroeconomic Advisers, he held the position of Senior Economist at the World Headquarters of the IBM Corporation and before that he served with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He also has held positions on the faculties of New York University’s Graduate School of Business, the Economics Department of Washington University, and the Olin School of Business at Washington University. He is the past president and a fellow of the National Association for Business Economics. He is also past president of the Gateway Association of Business Economists in Saint Louis. Dr. Prakken has many publications to his credit, including papers written for the Council of Economic Advisers, the American Council for Capital Formation, and the Center for the American Study of Business on topics ranging from tax reform, to budget policy, to monetary policy, to the impact of technology on productivity. He has testified on these topics before committees in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Dr. Prakken has participated in meetings of the Outside Consultants to Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, is a past member of the Panel of Economic Consultants to the Congressional Budget Office and is a current member of the Advisory Committee of the Bureau of Economic Analysis.