Date & Time 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Event Location 
Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
Event Description 

The New Economic Reality: Competitiveness in a Multi-Polar, Interconnected and Interdependent World

Presented by the Saint Mary's San Francisco Graduate Business Alumni Council, the Center for Regional Economy, and the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco

Global Economy

What are global economic prospects in the new reality of a stalling U.S. economy and stagnant growth in the West? Is the locus of competitiveness shifting from the stagnant West to the rising East (and South)? What role can cash-strapped governments play in restoring economic growth and competitiveness? Will Asia and Latin America provide the locomotive for world economic growth? What role can business play in developing countries as global growth and economic activity shifts there? What does rising inequality portend for sustaining economic growth and competitiveness? How can those at the Bottom of the Economic Pyramid be really helped to substantially improve their lot?

An outstanding panel of three experts on economics, business and finance will discuss these and other pressing topical issues in this annual global economic forum. Join them for an outstanding evening of discussion, debate and deep analysis to understand how the world we are living in has changed.

When: Wednesday, November 9th, 5:30p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  

Location: Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco

Cost: RSVP $12 for Commonwealth Club Members, $20 for non-Commonwealth Club members. Free for current students (with valid ID) and prospective Saint Mary's College graduate business students. Registration is Required.

5:30 – 6:00PM: Check-In
6:00 – 6:15PM: Welcome and Introduction of Panelists
6:15 – 7:15PM: Presentations by panelists
7:15 – 8:00PM: Q&A Discussion Session
8:00 – 8:30PM Post-event Reception and discussion

Panelists Include:

Dr. Hui WangDr. Hui Wang is CEO of the First China Capital Inc., a consulting firm specialized in advising global and Chinese financial institutions on strategic transactions in China, including joint ventures, investments and acquisitions. Dr. Wang is also an Adjunct Staff Consultant at RAND Corporation. Some of transactions the First China Capital advised and completed are considered landmarks in China. For example, in 2002, under Dr. Wang’s leadership, the First China Capital was instrumental in securing the establishment of the first US-Sino joint venture in asset management, Invesco Great Wall Fund Management Co., which has proven remarkably successful and profitable. In 2007, the First China Capital advised Swiss bank UBS on its historic joint venture with Beijing Securities to establish UBS Securities, the first foreign owned and operated full-service securities firm in China.

Recently, guided by Dr. Wang, the First China Capital advised Morgan Stanley on establishing its China platform of asset management through acquisitions to form Morgan Stanley Fund Management Company. It also advised Morgan Stanley on successfully establishing its flagship investment banking and securities platform in China. Dr. Wang has also advised the China Central Government on investment policies and economic reforms. He actively participated in China’s early economic reforms in 1980s and served as Head of the Quantitative Studies Department at the China Economic Reform Institute, China’s leading think tank on economic reforms during that time. He led China’s first policy study on transition of economic order from centrally planned economy to market economy. The result of this study became a national reform policy in late 1980s. Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. in Economic Policy from RAND Graduate School in 1992, M.A. in Economics from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing in 1984 after attaining his BA in Engineering in 1981. Dr. Wang has published books on economic reforms and other topics, including The Gradual Revolution – China’s Economic Reform Movement, a RAND Series Book, Transaction Publishers; Traditional Thinking and Contract, Beijing University Press; and Market and Contract in China, Beijing University Press.

Andrew CumminsAndrew Cummins is founder and Chief Investment Officer for Explorador Capital. Prior to founding Explorador, he was affiliated with Emerging Markets Management, a $9 billion investment firm in Washington, DC. Andrew also worked in the acquisitions group of JMB Realty Corporation (Chicago), where his transaction experience included over 13 corporate and real estate acquisitions and financings ranging in size from $14 million to $1 billion. He sits on the board of directors of three companies in Latin America. Andrew holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School with a focus on corporate strategy and finance. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. At Berkeley, he was selected commencement speaker at graduation ceremonies, elected Senator of the student body government, awarded a Nikko Securities Fellowship to Tokyo, Japan, and founded the local chapter of the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs. Andrew has traveled, worked and studied in Latin America over the past twenty years. He has lived in Chile, is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese. He has guest lectured on corporate strategy at the Universidad Católica in Santiago and on international investing at the Universidad de Chile. Andrew was selected as a National Finalist for the White House Fellowship program in 1994. Previously, Andrew worked for Emerging Markets Investors Corporation, focused on investments in Argentina, Chile, Peru and Ecuador. He has lived and traveled in Latin America over the last 20 years.

Raffaele SaviRaffaele Savi, is Managing Director at BlackRock, and is responsible for its North American, European, and Developed Market Equity Strategies. Mr. Savi's service with the firm dates back to 2006, inclding his years with Barclay's Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. At BGI, Mr. Savi was global head of portfolio management for active equities. Previously, he was head of investments for European active equities. Mr. Savi joined BGI from Capitalia, where he was CEO of Capitalia Investment Management and previously Chief Investment Officer of Capitalia Asset Management. His industry experience includes serving as board member and advisor to several pension funds and investment companies. He was Adjunct Professor of Quantitative Finance at the University of Rome from 2002 to 2006. Mr. Savi earned a BS/MS degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome.

Dr. Shyam KamathProfessor Shyam Kamath, Associate Dean of Graduate Business and Global Programs, Saint Mary's College School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA). Professor Shyam J. Kamath is the author of over seventy articles in leading management and economics journals and three books including the recent "Institutional Investors, Risk-Return Tradeoffs and Corporate Governance Failures: Practical Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis" (with Jim Hawley and Andy Williams eds.). He has been a consultant to over 100 international firms on four continents and has worked for multinationals and government agencies as a manager and strategic planner. He is the recipient of a number of international teaching and program excellence awards. His current research focuses on issues of global business strategy and marketing, the role of technology and business clusters in economic development and areas in international financial economics and management. He received his Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University (Canada), his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and his B.A. (Hons.) degree from the University of Delhi (St. Stephen's College).


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