Country Risk Meeting 2018 Agenda

Antony Currie
Associate Editor, Reuters Breakingviews
2:30 PM Welcome
Frederik Mürer
President and CEO, Coface – North America Region
2:35 PM Conference Kick Off
Xavier Durand
Chief Ecomic Officer, Coface SA
2:45 PM Coface Global View and Predictions
Julien Marcilly
Chief Economist - Coface
3:20 PM Canada Outlook
Stephen Tapp
Deputy Chief Economist - Export Development Canada
4:15 PM USA Outlook
Thomas Julien
US Economist - Natixis North America
4:50 PM Global Overview / 2018 Predictions
Keiko Honda
Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Officer
Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
5:30 Panel Roundtable Discussion / Q&A
Hosted by Gina Gruhn
Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Featured Speakers

Xavier Durand

Xavier Durand is CEO of Coface SA.

Xavier Durand started his career in 1987 in consultancy Xavier Durand a The Mac Group (Gemini Consulting) before joining the Sovac Real Estate Bank in 1994 as deputy CEO.

In 1996, Xavier Durand joined GE Capital, where he led an international career, first in Chicago as Director of Strategy and Growth of the finance division of the Global Auto business, then in France, first as CEO Sales & Development of GE Money Bank France, then CEO of France, and subsequently of GE Capital’s European banking activities. In 2011, he was named CEO of GE Capital Asia Pacific, based in Japan. He was appointed GE Capital’s Director of Strategy and Growth, based in London, at the end of 2013.

Xavier Durand, is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.

Fredrik Mürer

Fredrik Mürer is President and CEO of Coface’s North America Region.

Based in Princeton, N.J, Mr. Mürer leads all of Coface’s commercial and marketing activities and business growth in the United States and Canada. He is also responsible for the information systems, organization and operations areas.

Before joining Coface, Mr. Mürer was Head of Americas, Political Risk & Credit at Ace-Chubb Corporation. He has had a long and distinguished career in the insurance sector, having held senior political risk underwriting roles in Zurich Financial Services Group from 2002 to 2004, the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies between 1997 and 2002, and the American International Group, where he started his career in 1993.

A Norwegian national and permanent US resident, Mr. Mürer holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and a Master of Business Administration from the American Graduate School of International Management.

Gina Gruhn

Gina Gruhn is Coface North America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Based in Princeton, New Jersey, she is responsible for the commercial development for all of Coface’s business in the United States and Canada, including trade credit insurance and business credit information.

Ms. Gruhn has over 23 years of experience in sales and client management. Before joining Coface, Ms. Gruhn was an executive in the healthcare industry, where she was responsible for strategic relations and business development for a Fortune 500 pharmacy services firm.

Ms. Gruhn holds an undergraduate degree in Finance and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She is also active in several charities in New Jersey.

Antony Currie

Antony Currie has more than a decade of experience as a financial journalist, having worked with Euromoney since 1996, most recently as a US editor. He has worked on assignments in the major financial centres of Europe and the US and written stories on capital markets, global economies and the investment banking industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in German language and literature and a master's degree in politics and international relations from the University of Bristol. Follow Antony on Twitter @AntonyMCurrie

Julien Marcilly

Julien Marcilly has worked as Chief Economist at Coface since March 2015. Prior to this position, he has been the Deputy Chief Economist of Coface and Head of Country Risk at Coface since 2012. He joined Coface from New-York based asset management company, and was an economist with Société Générale prior to this.

Julien has an extensive background in emerging markets, a PhD in financial economics from Paris-Dauphine University, and a Master in Management from ESCP Europe.

Stephen Tapp

Stephen Tapp is the Deputy Chief Economist at Export Development Canada. In this role, he helps to oversee EDC’s global economic and export forecast as well as the work of the Research Department. Before joining EDC, Stephen was a Research Director at the Institute for Research on Public Policy, where he managed the International Trade and Global Commerce research program. Stephen entered the federal government through the Recruitment of Policy Leaders program to work as a senior economist and adviser on economic and fiscal issues for Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer. He has also worked: as an economist and forecaster at the Bank of Canada; as a researcher at Finance Canada and the C.D. Howe Institute; and an economics instructor at Queen’s University. His research has been published in academic journals, such as the Canadian Journal of Economics and Canadian Public Policy. Stephen has a Ph.D. and a Master’s in economics from Queen’s University and an Honors degree from Western University. He is on the board of the Ottawa Economics Association.

EDC is Canada’s trade finance agency, providing knowledge and innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian companies of all sizes go, grow and succeed internationally.

Thomas Julien

Thomas Julien is a senior US economist for Natixis North America in New York. His primary mission is to analyze the US economy and to promote Natixis economic research to clients in North America. He is in charge of macroeconomic forecasts on a wide range of indicators (GDP, unemployment rate, inflation…). He is also the Fed watcher in charge of analyzing changes in monetary policy. He joined Natixis in 2009 in the Paris office and transferred to New York in 2010.

Keiko Honda

Keiko Honda is Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group.

MIGA supports cross-border equity investors and lenders by providing coverage against currency inconvertibility and transfer restriction, expropriation, war and civil disturbance, breach of contract, and non-honoring of financial obligations.

Honda works to further the World Bank Group’s mission of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. To that end, MIGA’s portfolio supports investments in regions where capital is most scarce. MIGA is now the leading political risk insurance provider in fragile and conflict affected countries.

As part of a personal commitment to raising the visibility of female leaders, Honda launched MIGA’s first Gender CEO Award in 2016. The award acknowledges the achievements of a woman leader among MIGA’s clients, and showcases the importance of women in leading and spurring private sector activity in developing countries.

In a personal capacity, Honda is also a member of the Investments Committee of the United Nations.

Before joining MIGA, Honda was the first woman senior partner in Asia at McKinsey & Company, where she advised financial institutions on corporate finance and strategy, and business development. Honda also served as a visiting associate professor at Hitotsubashi University Graduate School and as a professor at Waseda University Graduate School. Prior to that, Honda worked for Bain & Company, and Lehman Brothers.

Honda holds a bachelor’s degree in consumer economics from Ochanomizu University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where she was selected as a Fulbright Scholar.

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