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GIC Global Economic Outlook

Friday, December 8, 2017
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Join GIC and our Board of Directors at the 2018 Global Economic Outlook and networking lunch on December 8, 2018.

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GIC Global Economic Outlook

The Board of Directors of the Global Interdependence Center invites you to attend our 2018 Global Economic Outlook and networking lunch at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Friday, December 8, 2017.

We hope you will join the members and friends of the GIC community for our presentation on the Global Economic Outlook as well as congratulate our esteemed Board Officers for 2018 and recognize Jill Fornito in being appointed Executive Director of the Global Interdependence Center.


Program Agenda

11:00 AM – Registration

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Program

11:30 AM | Welcome and Announcement of 2018 Board Officers

  • 2018 Officers of the Board
    • Don Rissmiller, Chair
    • Kathleen Stephansen, Vice Chair of Programs
    • E. Martin Heldring, Treasurer
    • George Tsetsekos, Secretary
    • Michael Drury, Chairman Emeritus

11:45 AM | Panel Session on the 2018 Global Economic Outlook

  • Michael Drury, Chief Economist, McVean Trading and Investments
    Our Global Interdependent Economy
  • Kathleen Stephansen, Chief Economist, Huawei Technologies
  • The Role of Digital Technologies in the Transformation of the Economy
  • Don Rissmiller, Chief Economist, Strategas Research Partners
    It’s Been About China + Oil … Now Trump?
  • Chris Whalen, Chairman, Whalen Global Advisors LLC
    Credit Trends Post QE

12:45 PM | Questions and Answers and Concluding Remarks

1:00 PM – 2:00PM | Networking Lunch on The Bridge


Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite you to support this year’s program by purchasing a ticket to attend and placing a congratulatory message or company ad in our tribute booklet. Please find the details on tickets and message pricing below:

  • Full-Page Message: $1000
  • Half-Page Message: $500
  • Quarter-Page Message: $250

Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Jill Fornito at [email protected] or 215-238-0990.


Event Location

Date: Friday, December 8, 2017 Time: 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM City: Philadelphia, PA Download iCal


Michael Drury

Chief Economist, McVean Trading & Investments

Michael Drury is the chief economist for McVean Trading & Investments, LLC. He joined the firm in 1992, after serving for five years as senior economist with Allen Sinai at Shearson Lehman Brothers and its successor firms. Michael began his career in New York in 1982 as senior economist at A. Gary Shilling and Company. He received his B.S. in economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and did his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Donald Rissmiller

Founding Partner of Strategas

Donald Rissmiller is a founding partner of Strategas and has been the firm’s chief economist since 2006, directing its macroeconomic research effort. He oversees Strategas’ high-frequency econometric forecasting and thematic economic research. Mr. Rissmiller’s research has been consistently recognized by Institutional Investor magazine in their annual survey: he was ranked best up and coming economist in 2008, and was third in their 2009 All-America Independent Research Team survey. He is frequently quoted in the financial press.

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Kathleen Stephansen

Chief Economist, Huawei Technologies

Kathleen Stephansen is Chief Economist of Huawei Technologies and Head of the Huawei Center for Macroeconomic Research based in New York. She was formerly Senior Economic Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group’s Henderson Institute Center for Macroeconomics, Chief Economist of the American International Group (AIG) and AIG Asset Management’s Senior Investment Strategist and Global Head of Sovereign Research. Under her leadership, her team implements strategic initiatives with high impact, such as economic modelling, scenario building for risk assessment, sovereign risk evaluation and business cycle analyses.

Kathleen was formerly Chief Economist for the American International Group, Inc. (AIG). During her tenure, she led the AIG Global Economics team of 12 professionals, which she built from the ground up. Her team provided key macroeconomic input for the Firm’s budget, modelling and scenario building, asset portfolio valuation, pricing of insurance products, sovereign risk evaluation, and business cycle analyses and projections. She was also a member of AIG’s Investment Committee, Retirement Investment Committee, Scenario Generation Standard Working Group, and was chair of AIG’s Parent Model Governance Oversight Committee.

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Christopher Whalen

Chairman, Whalen Global Advisors LLC

Christopher Whalen is an investment banker and author who lives in New York City. He is Chairman of Whalen Global Advisors LLC and works as a consultant and analyst focused on the financial services, mortgage finance and related technology companies.

Christopher edits The Institutional Risk Analyst newsletter. From 2014 through 2017, Christopher was Senior Managing Director and Head of Research at Kroll Bond Rating Agency, where he was responsible for ratings by the firm’s Financial Institutions and Corporate Ratings Groups.

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