The British-American Business Council Northern California cordially invites you to the 28th Annual BABC Economic Forecast Luncheon.
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Once again, our panel of experts will engage in an interactive discussion and share their projections on how local and global economic patterns will affect your business in 2018. We'll be presenting economic forecasts for the Bay Area and the global economy and their likely impact on the US and regional economies as a whole. We will also dig into the probable outcomes of the currently booming conditions here in the US and the Bay Area, including predictions on the markets and the environment for IPOs and M&A exits.
Will tax reform propel the stock markets to even higher records or are we in a bubble?
Will Brexit and the travails of the May government start to have a measurable impact?
What about the impact of deregulation and the volatile Trump administration?
You will no doubt have many other questions!This year we are pleased to bring back Sean Randolph of the Bay Area Economic Institute and Hannah Kuchler of The Financial Times and to welcome Ninh Chung of SVB ASset Management.
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Sean RandolphPresidentLinkedIn Profile
Sean Randolph is President & CEO of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a public-private partnership of business, labor, government and higher education that works to foster a competitive economy in California and the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland and Silicon Valley.Dr. Randolph previously served as President & CEO of the Bay Area Economic Forum, which merged with the Bay Area Council in January 2008, and as director of international trade for the State of California, where he developed trade strategy and directed international business programs to stimulate exports and introduce California companies to overseas markets. Before service with the state, he was Managing Director of the RSR Pacific Group, an international business consulting firm specializing in Asia and Latin America, and before that served as International Director General of the Pacific Basin Economic Council, a 15-nation international organization of leading U.S., Asian and Latin American corporations.His professional career includes extensive experience in the U.S. Government, including the U.S. Congress staff, and the White House staff. From 1981-85 he served in the U.S. State Department, as officer for Asia on the Policy Planning Staff, as Special Adviser for Policy in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and as Deputy/Ambassador-at Large for Pacific Basin affairs. From 1985-88 he served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for International Affairs, managing nuclear non-proliferation, energy research, and global oil and gas issues.Dr. Randolph holds a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts and Harvard Universities), a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, and studied at the London School of Economics.
Ninh ChungHead of Investment Strategy & Portfolio ManagementLinkedin Profile
Ninh Chung is Head of Investment Strategy and Portfolio Management for SVB Asset Management. He has more than 13 years of investment experience. Prior to joining SVB Asset Management, Chung held various finance and investment positions and at Silicon Valley Bank and SVB Securities. Chung was instrumental in the development of SVB and SVB Securities' liquidity products and automated settlement process between clearing broker and bank operations. Chung began his financial services career as a corporate services manager for Smith Barney, where he worked with Fortune 50 companies to administer corporate stock option and employee benefit plans. With his team of registered representatives Chung implemented optionee's strategies while working closely with plan sponsors, financial advisors, and counterparties. Chung earned his MS from Saint Mary’s College of California and BA from University of California, Irvine and holds FINRA securities licenses 7, 9, 10, and 63. He has taught summer youth basketball camps and plays golf in his spare time. He resides in San Ramon.
Hannah KuchlerTechnology CorrespondentLinkedIn Profile
Hannah Kuchler is a San Francisco Correspondent for the Financial Times, writing about technology with a particular focus on social media and cyber security. She enjoys telling the story of the Silicon Valley to the FT's broad international audience, giving them a daily dose of surprises from soaring valuations to Facebook's plans to design drones. Hannah has worked for the FT for over seven years in the US, Europe and Asia, covering everything from Chinese internet companies to British politics.
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