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The Roles of Higher Education in Competitiveness and Global Productivity: Session I

VIDEO October 15, 2018

Speaker / Author

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. Prior to co-founding Strategas in 2006, Mr. Rissmiller was an economist and managing director at International Strategy & Investment (ISI) Group. Before joining ISI, ... Read More

Peter A. Gold, Esq.

Principal, TheGoldGroup LLC

Peter A. Gold, Esquire is the founder and president of TheGoldGroup, LLC ( www.thegoldgrp.com). The consultancy brings businesses, colleges and universities, governments and not-for-profits together to create value, seize new opportunities, leverage assets, and reduce exposure to the risks created by today’s global economy principally through identifying “high value” initiatives and stakeholders in new institutes, centers of excellence and other initiatives. TheGoldGroup, LLC assists its clients to obtain their individual objectives better, quicker and in a more cost effective and efficient manner. Representative projects for clients located in Arizona, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio and Geneva, Switzerland include creating a road map ... Read More

Patrick T. Harker

President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Patrick T. Harker took office on July 1, 2015, as the 11th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. In this role, Harker participates on the Federal Open Market Committee, which formulates the nation's monetary policy. Before taking office at the Philadelphia Fed, Harker served as the 26th president of the University of Delaware. He was also a professor of business administration at the university's Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the College of Engineering. Before joining the University of Delaware in 2007, Harker was dean and ... Read More

Mark Squilla

Member of the City Council of Philadelphia

Mark Squilla represents City Council’s First District, a diverse and growing area that stretches along the Delaware River from his native South Philadelphia across Center City, Chinatown, Northern Liberties, Fishtown, Kensington and Port Richmond. First elected in 2011, Councilman Squilla’s life in public service began nearly two decades earlier, when he brought his Whitman neighbors together to save their local park, Burke Playground. When the City gave the space to the community’s oversight, Mark coordinated the efforts that resulted in a complete, neighborhood-led renovation. The Park’s enhanced lighting, paving and new equipment increased Burke’s profile and use as a safe haven for area ... Read More

Catherine L. Mann, Ph.D.

Global Chief Economist, Citibank

Dr. Catherine L. Mann is the Global Chief Economist at Citibank since February 2018 where she is responsible for thought leadership, research guidance of a global team of economists, and cross-fertilization of research across macroeconomics, fixed-income, and equities. Prior to this position, she was Chief Economist at the OECD, where she also was Director of the Economics Department and was Finance Deputy to the G20 (2014-2017). Prior to the OECD, she held the Barbara '54 and Richard M. Rosenberg Professor of Global Finance at the International Business School, Brandeis University, where she also directed the Rosenberg Institute of Global Finance ... Read More

Rob Sentz

Chief Innovation Officer, Emsi

Rob Sentz is the chief innovation officer at Emsi, where he leads in furthering Emsi’s vision through new and updated products for higher education, economic development, workforce planning, and talent acquisition. Rob manages Emsi’s team of writers and designers in producing monthly research papers, newsletters, blog posts, and other materials on a broad range of economic and labor market topics. Under his leadership, Emsi data became regularly featured by national news outlets. Mr. Sentz has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at NYU’s SPS and is a Forbes contributor.  ... Read More

Anthony Abbatiello

Global Head of Consulting, Russell Reynolds Associates

Anthony Abbatiello leads the firm’s global Leadership & Succession business. He brings more than 20 years of leadership management consulting to advise clients in all industries, working as a trusted advisor to drive organizational optimization and build high-performance executive teams. Anthony partners with C-suite and senior management to tailor leadership assessments and solutions to meet changing client needs, guiding organizations through times of transition and digital transformation. He is based in New York. Anthony joined Russell Reynolds Associates from Deloitte, where he was a senior Partner responsible for the Digital Human Capital business, as well as the Global Lead of Deloitte ... Read More

Vibhas Madan, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean-Academic Programs, LeBow College of Business at Drexel University

Vibhas Madan is the Senior Associate Dean-Academic Programs at the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University. His research focuses on international trade theory with a particular focus on trade policy and multinational firms and his work has been published in a number of academic journals including Canadian Journal of EconomicsInternational Trade JournalJournal of Quantitative EconomicsJournal of Economic Integration and Review of International Economics. His work in the area of transfer pricing has been influential in academic as well as policy circles. In addition to this he has also worked on issues in price discounts and consumer behavior and had published articles in ... Read More