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Trade Protectionism, Security Risks and Sanctions: Assessing Risks to Global Growth

November 16, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Despite an increase in policy risk the global economy, especially in Asia and Europe has proven resilient. Is this sustainable? What could break this macro and market equanimity? What about the countries and sectors lagging behind?

About the speaker

Rachel Ziemba is Managing Director, Emerging Markets at Roubini Global Economics, a global macro strategy and country risk firm. She is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Her research topics include coercive economic policies such as sanctions, economic resilience and the role of state-owned investors including sovereign wealth funds.

She has a particular interest in the macroeconomics and foreign policy of China and oil-exporting nations, including the management of national wealth and energy-sector supply risks and resilience. She also does extensive work on global macroeconomic issues, particularly foreign-exchange reserve accumulation, sovereign-wealth management and economic imbalances and the impact of sanctions. Rachel also worked for the Canadian International Development Agency in Cairo, Egypt, and the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada on development economic issues.

Rachel regularly serves as an expert commentator in key media outlets, and her research has been cited by a range of international financial institutions. She has served on a range of taskforces aimed to generate policy ideas on Egypt, Middle East policy and economic sanctions. She is the co-author of “Scenarios for Risk Management and Global Investment Strategies” (with William T. Ziemba), published by Wiley in January 2008.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago with honors, and a Master of Philosophy degree in international relations with a specialization in international political economy from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University.



November 16, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


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Balsillie School of International Affairs, 67 Erb Street West
Waterloo, ON N2L 6C2 Canada
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