Dr. Ewald Engelen is Professor of financial geography at the Amsterdam Metropolitan Institute for Development Studies of the University of Amsterdam. Engelen has published on contemporary capitalism in its many manifestations in a wide range of academic journals and (edited) books. Engelen also is a regular contributor to the Op-Ed pages of Dutch newspapers and magazines.
Mark Fenton-O'Creevy is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the Open University Business School in the United Kingdom. He joins the conference to speak about social amplification and the impact that journalistic coverage can have on society at a time of crisis. Mark worked as a scientific advisor to the BBC team that produced the 'Love of Money' documentary. His research includes investigations into the performance of traders in financial markets, and the problems that occur when management practices are transferred from one country to another.
Raymond Frenken began covering business news and financial markets in 1991. His analytical news reporting for Associated Press-Dow Jones, Bloomberg News and FT-MarketWatch.com often moved international markets. CNBC hired him in 2001 to report on the Dutch market and on the EU. Frenken moved on in 2006 to develop plans for a European news channel. He now works as freelance journalist and as trainer and consultant for the European Journalism Centre.
Mark Gilbert is London bureau chief and a columnist on global capital markets for Bloomberg News. He has been with the company since 1991. Mark was born in Liverpool and graduated from Kings College, Cambridge in 1989 with a BA Hons in Philosophy. He was nominated as a finalist in the Commentary category of the U.K. 2006 Business Journalist of the Year awards, and holds a Malcolm Forbes Award for Best Business Story from the Overseas Press Club of America.
Hugh Hendry is a one of the UK’s best known fund managers, famous for his bold, contrarian views on the market. He is recognised for his top-down thematic investment style and for making major calls about the direction of the economy. In 2005, Hugh along with a team of four former colleagues from Odey Asset Management established Eclectica. They acquired the management contract for Hugh's global macro hedge fund, the Eclectica Fund, launched in October 2002. To date, Hugh has achieved top level performance, gaining 31% in 2008 alone, and compounding at 14% p.a. since inception. Hugh's comments regularly appear in the Financial Times, Telegraph and Money Week. He is a familiar face to viewers on CNBC, Bloomberg and the BBC. In October 2008, he wrote, produced and presented the Channel 4 programme, Don't Bank on the Bank Bail Out.
Ásgeir Jónsson is chief economist and head of research at Kaupthing Bank, the largest bank in Iceland until the nation's banking collapse. He previously served as assistant professor of banking and international finance at the University of Iceland. Ásgeir Jónsson is the author of several books on his nation's history and economy. His book "Why Iceland?", published in August 2009, gives an inside account of one of the biggest losses of the economic meltdown.
Tim Johnson is Managing Director of Regester Larkin International, a London-based reputation management consultant. He advises some of the world’s leading public and private organisations on reputation management, helping them to develop approaches to sensitive, long-term issues and respond to acute, short-term reputational risks. Tim works with senior executives, coaching them on their presentation and media handling skills. His clients include Standard Chartered Bank, the UK Financial Services Authority and other financial institutions.
Kevin Kallaugher also known as Kal, is the chief editorial cartoonist for The Economist weekly and is the former cartoonist of the Baltimore Sun. He was recruited by The Economist in 1978 to become the magazine's first resident cartoonist. His cartoon have appeared on hundreds of Economist covers during the past few decades. Kal has made available a selection of his cartoons on the financial crisis for exhibit at the conference venue. He also will make an appearance as a special guest at the end of the first conference day.
Bernard Lietaer is a Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Resources of the University of California at Berkeley. His book on the Future of Money was published in January 2001 and is available online. His professional background afforded him access to five different (and usually mutually exclusive) hands-on experiences with money systems. He developed the first models of global currency management for multinationals. He has consulted developing countries on improving hard currency earnings. He has worked as Professor of International Finance at the University of Louvain in Belgium, and has been the head of the planning department at the Central Bank of Belgium. He has also worked as chief currency trader for the Gaia Hedge Funds.
Robert McLeod is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of MLex market intelligence, an on-line subscription-only news service covering regulatory risk in Europe. He previously worked for global financial news agency Bloomberg for 12 years in London, Paris and Brussels covering investment banking, mergers and acquisitions and antitrust. He has written extensively for a number of publications about the financial crisis, including the October 2007 Bracken column for The Banker magazine, where he warned the European Commission was "only one major event" away from toughening its stance on financial regulation.
Willem Middelkoop is a Dutch investor and author/journalist. He made his name in The Netherlands and abroad by predicting the credit crisis in his 2007 bestseller 'Als de dollar valt' ('When the Dollar collapses'). In this book he warned about a possible crash of the world financial system. In 2008 he published his second book 'De permanente oliecrisis' ('The permanent oil crisis'). Willem is a highly sought-after columnist and speaker. He also launched the Gold & Discovery Fund and a webshop for silver and gold bars.
Melisande Middleton is co-founder and director of the Center for International Media Ethics (CIME). She has written and edited for the World Bank, UNESCO, CNRS International Magazine, Les Echos and Bayard Presse media group. Her projects have included research and teaching across Asia, Africa and South America in addition to Europe and the United States. She is an honors graduate of Stanford University and Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, and was a visiting scholar at Oxford University's PCMLP in 2009.
Wolfgang Munchau is an associate editor of the Financial Times, where he writes a weekly column about the European Union and the European economy. Before taking up this position in September 2003, he was co-editor of Financial Times Deutschland, the German daily financial newspaper, for two years. Before joining FT Deutschland, Mr Munchau was a Frankfurt correspondent and later economics correspondent of the Financial Times, reporting on the preparation for the final stage of monetary union and the launch of the Euro. His forthcoming book "The Meltdown Years: The Unfolding of the Global Economic Crisis" is due to be published before the end of the year and will build on his 2008 German publication "Vorbeben", a comprehensively analysis of threats to the global economy.
Jean Pisani-Ferry was made director of Brussels-based think tank Bruegel in 2005. A French Professor of Economics at Université Paris-Dauphine, he was previously economic advisor at the European Comission (1989-1992), Director of CEPII, the main French research institute in international economics (1992-1997), Senior Advisor to the Minister of France (1997-2000) and Executive President of the French Prime Minister's Council of Economic Analysis (2001-2002). He joins the conference to speak during the session: The New Paradigm of Money.
Greg Philo is Professor of Communications and Social Change at Glasgow University's Media Group. His research interests include media and cultural reception. Previous research focused on media presentations of industrial disputes and trade unionism, the Falklands War and Northern Ireland. Current research includes ESRC and other externally-funded research projects on political advertising, images of health and illness (including mental illness), migration and ‘race’ as well as risk and food scares. In January, he published an update to his 2001 book "Market Killing; what the free market does and what social scientists can do about it".
Richard Rescigno is managing editor of Barron's, a US weekly newspaper published by Dow Jones & Co. covering U.S. financial information, market developments, and relevant statistics. Each issue provides a wrap-up of the previous week's market activity, news reports, and an outlook on the week to come. Barron's was among the first to question the calls of bull market preacher and CNBC host Jim Cramer. In the summer of 2008, the paper published a story which concluded that Cramer's stock picks had underperformed the market for two consecutive years. The story sparked a fierce feud between Barron's and CNBC.
Former Danish Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen was elected President of the Party of European Socialists in 2004, succeeding Robin Cook in the post. In his position, Rasmussen coordinates the political vision of the party, ensuring unity, chairing the party presidency and representing the party on a regular basis. As PES President he is also President of the Global Progressive Forum and sits on committee of Transatlantic Dialogue, which fosters cooperation between progressives from the USA and Europe. Rasmussen's influence in politicising the PES can be seen in the party's headline political initiative, New Social Europe. Based on a report written by Rasmussen and former President of the European Commission Jacques Delors, this aims at creating a "fairer, more inclusive, and more dynamic society".
Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck has written for The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Frontline, The Globe and Mail, The Independent, The Week, Dow Jones Newswires and the AP among others, covering international trade, politics and terror investigations. From her base in Brussels, Juliane writes about the intersection of money and politics, paying particular attention to globalisation trends and environment. She heads trade coverage for the Brussels-based regulatory news service MLex. Her reporting won her the 2006 World Leadership Forum’s Business Journalist of the Year award for Best Online Journalist and a William R. Clabby Dow Jones Newswires award. Juliane is a graduate in Broadcast Studies of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Wilfried Ruetten became Director of the European Journalism Centre in 2006. He previously was Head of the School of Digital Television at Salzburg University. His broadcast experience includes developing a news show for German public broadcaster ARD, and producing programmes on politics and business for Deutsche Welle, RTL and Vox TV. Mr Ruetten holds a university degree in English literature and sociology from Cologne University.
Danny Schechter -- "News Dissector" -- has offered a counter narrative to news and perspectives on global issues, politics and culture since 1970, on radio, TV and the web. Danny edits MediaChannel.org as well as articles, commentaries, polemics, rants and books. Recent publications include: 'Plunder; Investigating our Economic Calamity and the Subprime Scandal." Schechter is putting the final touches to a documentary on the role of news in the financial crisis.
Jason Schenker is the President and Chief Economist of Prestige Economics, LLC. He is a respected writer, presenter, speaker and media personality on topics including the economy, energy, commodities, foreign exchange and other financial issues. He has authored numerous pieces on these issues and been quoted by the press, including the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Bloomberg, and ABC Nightly News. He has been a frequent attendee of OPEC meetings, and has presented to numerous central banks, universities, and professional groups. Prior to founding Prestige Economics, LLC in 2009, Mr. Schenker worked as Risk Specialist at McKinsey, and an economist at Wachovia bank. He is a member of the National Association for Business Economics, the Global Association of Risk Professionals, the National Association of Realtors, and Mensa.
Steve Schifferes is the Marjorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism at City University London, where he is setting up an MA in financial journalism. Steve was previously the BBC News website economics correspondent covering the financial crisis, and the online producer of the BBC series on the anniversary of the Lehman bankruptcy, Aftershock. Steve was also the BBC online Washington correspondent during the Iraq war, the editor of the business news section of the BBC news website, and covered both the Obama election and the UK General Election for BBC News. He was educated at Harvard and Warwick and was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economic Journalism at Columbia School of Journalism and BBC Reuters Fellow at Green College Oxford and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
Dean Starkman is the assistant managing editor and Kingsford Capital Fellow at Columbia Journalism Review. He runs "The Audit", CJR's online business-press section that describes itself as "your guide to the business press as it scrambles to cover a global financial crisis while its own financial basis collapses". Starkman's stories have been published in high-profile newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. In July, he wrote a major profile for The Nation on Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times reporter Gretchen Morgenson, who last September revealed how the $85 billion U.S. government rescue package of fallen insurance giant American International Group directly benefited Wall Street's investment banks.
Damian Tambini was appointed Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics. He is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and at The Oxford Internet Institute. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and serves on the Advisory Groups of The Oxford Media Convention and Polis. "Journalism as a Social Compact: The Rights and Duties of Financial and Business Journalists," is the title of his groundbreaking research report.
Robert Teitelman is editor in chief of The Deal LLC. He is responsible for editorial operations of The Deal’s print and electronic products. Mr. Teitelman joined The Deal in December 1998 from Institutional Investor, where he had worked since 1989. Mr. Teitelman also worked as a writer and editor for Forbes and Financial World and is the author of two books, Profits of Science: The American Marriage of Business and Technology and Gene Dreams: Wall Street, Academia and the Rise of Biotechnology, both published by Basic Books. He is a graduate of the College of William & Mary, with masters degrees in international affairs and journalism from Columbia University.
Eithne Treanor has 20 years of experience as an international journalist working for ABC News, Sky News, BBC World, Bloomberg and CNBC Europe. She has focused on business and finance and has in recent years built up considerable expertise in the oil and energy industry. Her international experience combined with her warm and energetic personality make her a highly sought-after interviewer and conference moderator.
Karel Williams is Director of the ESRC funded Centre for Research in Socio Cultural Change and a Professor at Manchester Business School. For the past decade, he has researched the financialization of present day capitalism and more recently worked on the financial crisis. He works in a multi disciplinary team of academics whose recent books include Financialization at Work (2008) and Elites Remembered (2008). The team worked with practitioners on the Alternative Report on Banking Reform which was published in October 2009.