Saint Mary's College Launches Annual Global Economic Forum

What: "The Decline of The West and The Rise of the Rest?" is a forum on international business in the aftermath of the global economic crisis and is presented by the School of Economics and Business Administration at Saint Mary's College and its San Francisco Graduate Business Alumni Council. It is the first in a planned annual series of forums examining the global economic downturn. Featuring experts from the fields of economics, business and banking, panel members will address how the economic center of gravity of the world may be shifting to Asia and Latin America, politically sensitive currency concerns between the U.S. and China and the most economically vulnerable business sectors in the nation. Forum participants will also offer suggestions on how international business, even in the face of the gobal recessision, can address the poverty of those at the bottom of the economic pyramid.

Who: Panelists for the economic forum include Duke Dayal, Chief Financial Officer of Bank of the West; Fred Furlong, Group Vice President of Financial Research for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Innovation and Productivity and Walter Fang, Vice President of Neusoft Corporation and President of Neusoft America. The forum moderator will be Shyam Kamath, Associate Dean and Director of Global and External Programs and Research Support for Saint Mary's College.

When: Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 5:30 - 9 p.m.

Where: World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA

Cost: $15 for Saint Mary's alumni, $20 for non-alum. Free for current Saint Mary's students (with valid ID) and prospective graduate business students.

Background:Saint Mary's Global Economic Forum is sponsored by the College's San Francisco Graduate Business Alumni Council. For more information about the forum contact Jackie Williams at 925-631-4653 or via e-mail at visit


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