The Nordic Economic Model

VIDEO December 24, 2014

Speaker / Author

George Tsetsekos, Ph.D.

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

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

Ben Craig

Executive Director, Global Interdependence Center

Prior to his becoming executive director of GIC, Ben Craig spent the past ten years of his career in the capital markets, working for American exchanges in corporate development and strategic planning roles. During his tenure at Nasdaq, he served as the president of the NASDAQ OMX Futures Exchange (NFX), as well as vice president of strategy & US futures. At the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, he served as the first vice president of corporate development, where in addition to his corporate development responsibilities, he led government relations for the exchange. Ben has a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania ... Read More

Frode Kjersem

President, Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia Chapter

Frode W. Kjersem is the president of the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia Chapter, a non-profit membership organization formed to promote trade and create business opportunities, professional relationships and goodwill between the Philadelphia Region and Norway. Kjersem is also a senior program manager in DLL, a global financial solutions partner working in 36 countries and nine specialist sectors with equipment manufacturers, dealers and distributors delivering integrated solutions for the entire asset life cycle. As a marketing strategist with extensive technical expertise and international exposure, Kjersem has been instrumental in helping startups as well as Fortune 500 companies navigate through the globalized ... Read More

Terry Miller

Director of the Center for International Trade and Economics (CITE) and the Mark A. Kolokotrones Fellow in Economic Freedom, The Heritage Foundation

Terry Miller is the director of the Center for International Trade and Economics (CITE) and the Mark A. Kolokotrones Fellow in Economic Freedom at The Heritage Foundation. In this position, Miller directs the center’s ongoing research into the role of free markets and international trade in fostering economic growth around the world. The center’s signature publication in this area is the annual Index of Economic Freedom, a country-by-country guide co-published with The Wall Street Journal. Prior to joining Heritage in October 2007, Miller had a distinguished career as a diplomat and public servant. In 2006, he was appointed ambassador to the United Nations Economic ... Read More

Leif Trana

Minister Counsellor for Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Norway

Before joining the Embassy of Norway as the minister counsellor for economic affairs in August 2014, Leif Trana served as the director of the section for organizational development in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo. In this position, he particularly focused on the planning processes in the Ministry and how to align the resources used at various embassies with Norwegian interests in the particular country or organization. Before that, he was the deputy director in the same section. He spent five years working on WTO matters, focusing on the agricultural and NAMA negotiations in the Doha Development Agenda (DDA). ... Read More

R. Anthony Salgado

Partner, Blank Rome

R. Anthony Salgado, a partner at Blank Rome, has extensive experience in international business and maritime transactions, corporate governance and finance matters. Mr. Salgado assists clients in negotiating and structuring transactions under U.S. and foreign laws in maritime and non-maritime contexts, such as: secured financings; Title XI loan guarantee financings; ship purchases and sales; choice-of-flag issues; vessel charters and management agreements; corporate governance and structure issues for domestic and foreign companies, including the major offshore jurisdictions; Maritime Administration and Coast Guard regulatory issues, including citizenship issues; U.S. export and import control regulations and U.S. trade sanctions; and cross-border transactions. Mr. Salgado served as law clerk to the ... Read More

Jukka Pietikäinen

Consul General of Finland in New York

Ambassador Jukka Pietikäinen holds a master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. He entered diplomatic service in 1985. Ambassador Pietikäinen´s professional career has focused on bilateral diplomacy as well as on UN related matters. His previous postings abroad include Switzerland, Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Argentina and also New York, where he acted in the role of political counselor at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations from 1997 to 2000. During 2000-2003 Pietikäinen served as a director at the Department for Press and Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Helsinki. In ... Read More

Kathleen Stephansen

GIC Chair, Senior Economist for Haver Analytics and Trustee of EQAT Trust Funds

Kathleen Stephansen is GIC Chair, Senior Economist for Haver Analytics and Trustee of EQAT Trust Funds. She is the former Chief Economist of Huawei Technologies, Chief Economist of the American International Group (AIG) and AIG Asset Management’s Senior Strategist and Global Head of Sovereign Research. Prior to joining AIG in 2010, Kathleen was Chief Economist at Aladdin Capital Holdings, Credit Suisse’s Head of Global Economic Research, and Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette Securities Corporation’s co-head of Fixed Income economic research and Chief International Economist. Kathleen serves on the board of the Global Interdependence Center (GIC) as the vice-chair of programming. She is ... Read More

Lars Björk

CEO of Qlik

Lars Björk leads Qlik as CEO and is a member of the company’s board of directors. He oversaw the company’s initial public offering (IPO) in 2010 on the NASDAQ, which was recognized as one of the year’s top tech IPOs. Mr. Björk is recognized as an authority on driving company culture through an accessible management style, with articles appearing in the New York Times, Forbes and Harvard Business Review and speaking engagements at conferences including the CEO2CEO Leadership Summit. He attended the World Economic Forum, was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year national winner in the technology category ... Read More

Robert Bergqvist

Chief Economist, SEB

Robert Bergqvist was appointed chief economist at SEB in 2007 and is responsible for managing the bank’s wider economic analysis research team. Having joined SEB in July 1997, Robert previously directed SEB’s trading strategy analytical unit where he was responsible for market and trading oriented currency, interest and credit analysis. Prior to SEB, Robert worked at the Swedish Central Bank´s monetary and exchange rate policy department, where he was head of the analysis division. Robert spent nine years, from 1988 to 1997, at Sveriges Riksbank, managing monetary and exchange rate policy decisions, international central banks cooperation and balance of payments analysis. Robert’s professional ... Read More