GIC Presents: Food and Water – Basic Challenges to International Stability

Date: Thursday, February 5, 2009
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, 7th & Arch Street Philadelphia, PA

About The Event

Event Detail

GIC Presents: Food and Water – Basic Challenges to International Stability

The kick off to our 2009 Global Conference Series in Philadelphia! In partnership with the CFA Society of Philadelphia and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, this half-day conference will focus on the food price inflation crisis as it pertains to investment in sectors tied to food and water, and the geopolitical ramifications of increased cost and decreased supply. Panels peakers include:

• Charles Plosser, President of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, Welcoming Remarks
• Sean Egan, President, Egan-Jones Ratings to discuss “Food, Water and Credit: Securing Our Future”
• George Friedman, CEO, Stratfor will address “Food and Water: Geopolitical Risk”
• Jim McTague, Washington Editor, Barron’s to speak on “Washington and Agriculture”
• Gerry Sweeney, Portfolio Manager, Aqua Terra Asset Management to speak on “The Global Water Crisis and Investment Opportunities”
• Paul Walsh, Founder and Principal Consultant of G2 Weather Intelligence to discuss “Intersection of Climate Change and Weather Volatility on Global Crop Production”
• Matt Hougan, Editor, Index Universe and ETFR to speak on “Investing In Food And Water With Exchange-Traded Funds”
• Domenic D’Ginto, CFA, Managing Director, PNC Capital Markets and President, CFA Society of Philadelphia, Opening Remarks
• David Kotok, GIC Program Chair and CIO, Cumberland Advisors, Opening Remarks

Keynote Panel – “Food and Water Shortage: Path to Global Instability?” featuring Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ 2nd
District) and Congressman Robert Andrews (D-NJ 1st District) both members of the Armed Services Committee

GIC would like to thank the CFA Institute for creating the following podcasts from our event.

Event Location

Date: Thursday, February 5, 2009 Time: 8:00 AM City: Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Download iCal

Speakers

Frank LoBiondo

Frank LoBiondo

Frank LoBiondo has represented New Jersey’s second congressional district since 1994. Congressman LoBiondo is a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, serves as the ranking member of the subcommittee on coast guard & maritime transportation, and is on the subcommittee on water resources and the environment and the subcommittee on aviation. Prior to […]

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Matt Hougan

Matt Hougan

Matt Hougan is editor-in-chief of IndexUniverse.com and the Exchange-Traded Funds Report and senior editor of the Journal of Indexes. An expert on ETFs, Mr. Hougan is quoted regularly in the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Investor’s Business Daily, Fortune, Forbes, TheStreet.com, Marketwatch.com, and the Associated Press, and is a regular guest on CNBC. Prior to joining […]

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Robert Andrews, Esq.

Robert Andrews, Esq.

Robert Andrews represents New Jersey’s first congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is the chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (HELP). He has authored two laws creating the Income Contingent Repayment Plan and Direct Student Loans. Rep. Andrews also wrote laws to lower mortgage costs for rural families, […]

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Gerry Sweeney

Gerry Sweeney

Gerry Sweeney is the portfolio manager for Aqua Terra Asset Management LLC. Prior to becoming the portfolio manager of AquaTerra, Mr. Sweeny was the senior research analyst for Aqua Terra overseeing research and portfolio administration for the Praetor Global Water Fund, a Euro-denominated fund based in Luxembourg, and the Kinetics Global Water Infrastructure Fund. Preceding […]

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Jim McTague

Jim McTague

Jim McTague has been Washington editor of Barron’s since 1995. His primary assignment is to cover the White House and the Congress, and acts as a nexus between Wall Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. He is a member of the White House press corps and is credentialed on Capitol Hill as well. He has worked for […]

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George Friedman, Ph.D.

George Friedman, Ph.D.

George Friedman is the founder and chief executive officer of STRATFOR, a leading company in the field of private intelligence. Dr. Friedman is the author of numerous articles and books on national security, warfare, and intelligence, including his most recent book, America’s Secret War, which describes America’s covert and overt efforts in the global war […]

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Sean Egan

Sean Egan

Sean J. Egan is a founding partner and president of Egan-Jones Ratings Company, which was organized for the purpose of providing timely accurate credit ratings. Egan-Jones was recognized as a rating firm by the SEC in late 2007 and in 2008 was identified by Fortune magazine as the number one firm for providing warning about […]

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Domenic D’Ginto

Domenic D’Ginto

Board Member, GIC

  Mr. D’Ginto was conferred the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1998, and holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Villanova University. Mr. D’Ginto is a past president of the CFA Society of Philadelphia, where he also served as the treasurer and as the committee co-chair for Education and Community Outreach […]

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David Kotok

David Kotok

CIO of Cumberland Advisors

David R. Kotok cofounded Cumberland Advisors in 1973 and has been its Chief Investment Officer since inception. He holds a B.S. in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in organizational dynamics from The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh

Vice President of Weather Analytics with The Weather Channel Companies

As vice president of weather analytics with The Weather Channel Companies, Paul helps companies integrate weather and climate information into their business processes.

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Charles I. Plosser, Ph.D.

Charles I. Plosser, Ph.D.

Board Member, FINRA and Former President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Dr. Charles Plosser was president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. In this role, he participated on the Federal Reserve System's Federal Open Market Committee, which is responsible for conducting our nation's monetary policy. He currently serves on the FINRA Board of Governors.

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