The Global Economy: On the Brink?
Luncheon Discussion with Standard & Poors’: Moritz Kraemer, Head, Europe, Sovereign Ratings; Joydeep Mukherji, Head, Latin America, Sovereign Ratings; Kim Eng Tan, Head, Asia Pacific, Sovereign Ratings; Bryan Curtis, Head, English Service, RTHK (Moderator)
There appears no end in sight for the troubles that beset the global economy. A slowdown in the Chinese economy has cast doubt on the global outlook. Meantime, Europe continues to wrestle with the debt crisis that has caused business sentiment to plunge, trade to weaken, and contributed to the downward momentum of the world economy. And there is little positive news coming out of the US. As policymakers and financial markets brace themselves for a turbulent autumn, what are the credit outlooks for European nations? What are the spillover effects of the Euro zone debt crisis on Asia and the US? Can European policymakers reign in the crisis? And what are the avenues available to central bankers in arresting a decline? Join a panel of senior analysts from Standard & Poor’s to discuss the realities of this new world order.
Moritz Kraemer, Managing Director & Head of Sovereign Ratings, Europe, Middle East and Africa
Prior to joining S&P, Mr Kraemer was an economist with the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC, working with Latin American governments in the design and implementation of economic policy reforms. He was previously a researcher at the Ibero-America Institute of Economic Research. Mr Kraemer holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Göttingen, Germany.
Joydeep Mukherji, Managing Director & Head of Sovereign Ratings, Latin America and Caribbean
Before joining S&P in 1996, Mr Mukherji worked in both corporate and investment banking in Canada, and also as economic consultant to the Asian Development Bank. He has also served as aide to the Treasurer of Ontario. Mr Mukherji graduated from the University of Toronto and has a master’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Kim Eng Tan, Senior Director & Head of Sovereign Ratings, Asia-Pacific
Mr Tan is also responsible for evaluating the credit standing of sovereign governments and sovereign supported issuers in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He was previously an economist in the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Mr Tan graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.
Bryan Curtis, Head of English Program Service, RTHK (Moderator)
Mr Curtis oversees the public broadcaster’s Radio 3 and Radio 4, and hosts the news and finance program, “Money For Nothing”. He also presents various specials, such as the Chief Executive and Financial Secretary phone-in programs. Prior to RTHK, Mr Curtis has also worked for Metro Broadcast and International Community Radio Taipei. He was educated at UC San Diego, Dartmouth and USC.