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Fourth Annual Sovereign Debt Restructuring Conference: Sovereign Debt, Restructuring, and Risk Management in the Post-COVID-19 Era

VIDEO February 26, 2021

Speaker / Author

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. During his time in the Strategy Review and Policy Department, he has contributed to series of the IMF Policy Papers on sovereign debt restructurings and IMF lending, and sovereign-bank linkages, and involving in many debt restructuring cases (Greece, Myanmar, Belize, Cyprus, Grenada) as an expert. In Research Department, he has worked on research papers on costs of sovereign debt restructurings, fiscal policy, sovereign ... Read More

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. In her role leading the North and Latin America Credit Strategy & Research teams and the Global Macroeconomic Research team, Elena is responsible for forming house views on emerging risks, driving cross-functional alignment on key credit factors, coordinating rating approach across sectors in the Americas, and maintaining rigor in analytic frameworks. Elena leads major cross-sector outreach and research initiatives, such as ... Read More

Thordur Jonasson

Deputy Division Chief, International Monetary Fund

Mr. Thordur Jonasson is a Deputy Division Chief  in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the IMF. Prior to joining the IMF, he was a Sr. Securities Markets Specialist in the Global Capital Markets Practice of the World Bank working on developing public and private debt markets and participating in the Financial Sector Assessment Program (FSAP). He has also been an expert on public debt management and debt market development for the IMF, (Monetary and Capital Markets Department and the Fiscal Affairs Department), World Bank and the Commonwealth Secretariat participating in Technical Assistance and FSAP missions that has overall ... Read More

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. A specialist in fixed income, including inflation-indexed bonds and Islamic finance, James is a graduate of the University of Bath with a BSc in Economics & Politics. In 2006 he received an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London. He is a CFA Charterholder and a ... Read More

Vibhas Madan, Ph.D.

Dean, LeBow College of Business at Drexel University

Vibhas Madan, PhD, professor of economics, was appointed dean of Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business in December 2020 after serving as interim dean since November 2019. He joined the Dean’s Office in July 2018 as senior associate dean for academic programs. Prior to that, he served as the head of the Economics Department and then as the founding director of the School of Economics, which was launched as a new school within the College in 2013. His research focuses on international trade theory with an emphasis on trade policy and multinational firms. His work has been published in many academic ... Read More

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. He also advised the governments of Jordan and Peru on implementing ground-breaking buy-back operations with transformative effect on overall credit standings. Most recently, he advised a group of creditors on the settlement of their claims on the Government of Belize as well as several Eastern European state-owned companies structure the viable financing ... Read More

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. He was a Deputy Division Chief at the Debt and Capital Markets Instruments, Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the International Monetary Fund until July 2017. While at the IMF, he served as a Special Adviser to the Governing Board of the Bank of Greece and led numerous IMF missions on developing economic and financial policies for emerging market and developed economies, designing and implementing sovereign asset ... Read More

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. Prior to 2018 he focused on Latin America and commodities. He joined Eaton Vance in 2010. Federico began his career in the investment management industry in 2009. Before joining Eaton Vance, he was an investment associate with Bridgewater Associates, LP. Federico earned a B.A., magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College. He is a CFA charterholder. Federico grew up between Colombia and the U.S. and is a ... Read More

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. Prior to his appointment as Dean, he served as Drexel’s Vice Provost and Vice President for academic administration and contributed to the completion of the strategic merger between Drexel and MCP Hahnemann University. Dr. Tsetsekos’ extensive research covers the broad areas of corporate finance, investments, banking and international finance. His research contributions include articles ... Read More