Economy & Fiscal Policies in Emerging Markets
Date: June 10, 2010
Location: Plug and Play Tech Center
A panel of experts discussed economy, finance and growth projection in the emerging markets. This event kicked-off our series Forum on Emerging Economies. Thanks to our stellar speakers, moderator, volunteers and co-sponsor PlugandPlay Tech Center. Thanks to our audience and to musicians Jennifer Taillie-Alvarez & Mauro Correa who opened our event by performing Bachianas Brasileiras #5. Obrigada!
Moderator: Andrew S. Ross, Business Columnist San Francisco Chronicle. Ross writes ‘The Bottom Line’ column for the San Francisco Chronicle. The 5-day-a-week column focuses on business in the Bay Area, including its place in the international economy. Before taking on a business beat, Ross was the Chronicle’s Executive Foreign & National Editor, overseeing the paper’s coverage of the Iraq and Afghan wars, among other major international stories. He has reported and written from China, India, Vietnam and Cambodia, Western and Eastern Europe and Central America. Previously, he was co-founder of the award-winning web site Salon.com and a news director ar KQED-TV.
Bill Ratliff, research fellow and archival curator in Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, fellow at the Independent Institute and on the Board of Good Governance Intl. Dr. Ratliff has taught or lectured at universities on four continents, among them Stanford University, Tunghai University (Taiwan), the University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and schools and institutes on the China mainland, including the Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. He has testified on China-related affairs for the U.S. Congress and other U.S. Government agencies.
Nirvikar Singh, UCSC, Director of the Santa Cruz Center for Intl. Economics, Co-Director of the Center for Global, Intl. and Regional Studies, Director of the South Asian Studies Initiative, and Special Advisor to the Chancellor. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and his BSc and MSc from the London School of Economics. His current research topics include information technology and development, electronic commerce, business strategy, economic growth and the Indian economy. He has also served as an advisor for several startups and knowledge services firms in Silicon Valley and in India.
Pedro Maciel, Stanford University’s visiting scholar, former Manager of Fiscal Analysis at the Brazilian Secretariat of the National Treasury, Ministry of Finance. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Brasilia. He is responsible for developing studies and policies regarding fiscal programs of the Brazilian Government. He has published articles about fiscal policy and economic growth in Brazil and has been awarded several national prizes for his research. (click here for presentation)
Michael S. Bernstam, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, is an economic demographer who studies economic systems in their relationship with income, population, financial development, natural resources, the environment, conflict, and other social change. The focus of his work in the past ten years has been on the causes of economic growth and contraction in postcommunist economies, with special emphasis on Russia. (click here for presentation)
Thomas O’Keefe, President of Mercosur Consulting Group. A dual national of the United States and Chile, Mr. O’Keefe has worked as an associate at the Wall Street law firm of Carter, Ledyard & Milburn and the Boston-based Gadsby & Hannah and has taught courses on Western Hemisphere economic integration and Energy Cooperation in the Western Hemisphere at Johns Hopkins, George Washington University and Stanford University.
Distinguished guests: Wang Chen, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in San Francisco and Evaldo Freire, Deputy Consul General of Brazil in San Francisco.