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Sixth Annual Sovereign Debt Restructuring Conference

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023
Philadelphia, PA

$75.00

Register to explore the sovereign debt restructurings of different countries post-COVID with GIC and the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University on Thursday, February 23, 2023.

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Sixth Annual Sovereign Debt Restructuring Conference

In the post-COVID environment, the number of debt-distressed countries has increased, and several are in default (Chad, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and Zambia). Despite developing policy initiatives to address Low-Income Countries (LICs) defaults and help with efficient debt restructuring processes, resolving these countries’ debt episodes have been slow and ad hoc so far. Until now, defaults occurred under a relatively low global interest rate environment and benign US dollar levels. Rising interest rates and the strengthening of the US dollar may create conditions that accelerate sovereign debt restructurings, particularly of LICs. 

This conference, now in its sixth year, intends to shed some light on issues of preparedness of sovereign debt stakeholders of countries as the economic climate is changing and will debate options based on views of prominent policy makers, private creditors, and members of multilateral organizations. We invite you to join us with Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business on Thursday, February 23, 2023.

Event Location

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023

Address: Gerri C. LeBow Hall, 3220 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Speakers

Axel A. Weber

Axel A. Weber

Chairman of the Board of Directors, UBS Group AG

Axel A. Weber was elected to the Board of Directors (BoD) of UBS AG at the 2012 AGM and of UBS Group AG in November 2014. He is Chairman of the BoD of both UBS AG and UBS Group AG. He has chaired the Governance and Nominating Committee since 2012 and became Chairperson of the Corporate Culture and Responsibility Committee in 2013.

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DeLisle Worrell, Ph.D.

DeLisle Worrell, Ph.D.

Former Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados

Dr. DeLisle Worrell is the immediate past Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, having served from November 2009 until February 2017. He was appointed a member of the Financial Policy Council of the Bermuda Monetary Authority on July 1, 2018.

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Tamon Asonuma

Tamon Asonuma

Economist in the Strategy Policy and Review Department, International Monetary Fund

Tamon Asonuma is an Economist in the Strategy Policy and Review Department of the IMF. Since joining the IMF on September 2010, he has spent most of times in Research Department and Strategy Policy and Review Department.

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Elena Duggar

Elena Duggar

Managing Director - Chief Credit Officer Americas, and Chair of Macroeconomic Board, Moody’s Investors Service

Elena Duggar is Moody’s Chief Credit Officer for the Americas, and a Managing Director in the Credit Strategy & Research team. Elena is also the Chair of Moody’s Macroeconomic Board, which sets the global macroeconomic forecasts underpinning Moody’s universe of ratings.

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Mark Flanagan

Mark Flanagan

Deputy Director of the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department, International Monetary Fund

Mr. Flanagan is Deputy Director of the IMF’s Strategy, Policy, and Review Department, where his duties include overseeing debt policy work, with a particular focus on emerging markets.

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Thordur Jonasson

Thordur Jonasson

Deputy Division Chief, Debt Capital Markets Division, International Monetary Fund

Mr. Thor Jonasson is a Deputy Division Chief in the Debt Capital Markets Division in the IMF Monetary and Capital Markets Department.

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James Knight

James Knight

Senior Financial Sector Expert, International Monetary Fund

James Knight is a Senior Financial Sector Expert in the Debt Capital Markets division, Monetary and Capital Markets department, of the IMF. Prior to joining the IMF in 2017, he was Head of Investor Research at the UK Debt Management Office (DMO), where he worked for over 15 years in policy and research.

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Yan Liu

Yan Liu

Deputy General Counsel in the Legal Department, International Monetary Fund

Ms. Yan Liu is Deputy General Counsel in the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund. Ms. Liu has advised on all aspects of the IMF’s operations, including its surveillance over member countries’ economies and financial and technical assistance to its members.

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Rafael M. Molina

Rafael M. Molina

Managing Partner, Newstate Partners

Rafael has over 18 years of experience assisting sovereign and sub-sovereign clients implement liability and risk management strategies aimed at optimising debt service profiles.  In recent years Rafael has worked closely with the Authorities in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Iraq and Liberia in addressing rising public-sector debt challenges. 

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Michael G. Papaioannou, Ph.D.

Michael G. Papaioannou, Ph.D.

TA Expert Advisor, International Monetary Fund

Dr. Michael G. Papaioannou serves as a TA Expert Advisor at the International Monetary Fund and is a Visiting Scholar and Professor at the LeBow College of Business, School of Economics, Drexel University.

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Federico Sequeda

Federico Sequeda

Vice President, Eaton Vance Management

Federico Sequeda is a vice president of Eaton Vance Management and a portfolio manager on Eaton Vance’s Global Team. He is responsible for buy and sell decisions and portfolio construction across the entire sovereign space since 2018.

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George Tsetsekos, Ph.D.

George Tsetsekos, Ph.D.

Francis Professor of Finance and Dean Emeritus Drexel’s LeBow College of Business

Dr. George Tsetsekos, serves as the Francis professor of Finance and Director of the Risk Management Center at the LeBow College of Business. He served as Dean of LeBow (2002-2012) and under his transformative leadership the college achieved national rankings and quality milestones in research and teaching.

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