Maintaining stability amid global turmoil with SSGA & OMFIF

RoundtableLondonEconomic and Monetary Policy Institute
Wed 15 May 202411:15 - 17:05

State Street Global Advisors and OMFIF’s annual roundtable features discussions on key strategic issues impacting the investment community. These meetings are aimed at public institutions, bringing together senior representatives from central banks, sovereign funds and public pension funds from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The speakers will discuss topics directly relevant to their investment priorities and global challenges. The roundtable consists of three panel discussions and all participants are invited to join in the conversation, with proceedings off the record to elicit thought-provoking dialogue. The roundtable will be held in person in London, with a limited number of places available.

This meeting will be conducted under the OMFIF Rules.

Speakers

Victor Andrei

Director of Market Operations

National Bank of Romania

Victor Andrei

Director of Market Operations

National Bank of Romania

Victor Andrei is director of market operations at the National Bank of Romania. In this role, he oversees foreign reserves management and monetary policy operations. Andrei has held senior positions in both public and private companies, such as central banks, Citibank Romania and private equity, as well as in professional associations such as Romania’s ACI Financial Markets Association.

Hong Bo

Professor in Financial Economics

SOAS University of London

Hong Bo

Professor in Financial Economics

SOAS University of London

Hong Bo is a professor in Financial Economics at the School of Finance and Management at SOAS University of London. Her research interests cover topics in financial economics, including firm investment decisions under uncertainty, capital market imperfections, comparative financial systems, corporate finance, governance and the Chinese economy.

Jan De Wit

Head, Financial Markets Department

National Bank of Belgium

Jan De Wit

Head, Financial Markets Department

National Bank of Belgium

Ángel Gavilán

Director General, Economics, Statistics and Research

Banco de España

Ángel Gavilán

Director General, Economics, Statistics and Research

Banco de España

Ángel Gavilán is the director general for economics, statistics and research. He is also member of the Executive Commission of the Banco de España and alternate to the governor on the Governing Council of the European Central Bank. Prior to this, he was deputy head of the economics and market Analysis in the European Stability Mechanism, until he rejoined Banco de España as head of financial analysis and executive co-ordinator and deputy director of economic developments.

Ellie Groves

Head of Official Institutions Strategy

State Street Global Advisors

Ellie Groves

Head of Official Institutions Strategy

State Street Global Advisors

Ellie Groves is the head of Official Institutions Strategy at State Street Global Advisors. She spearheads SSGA’s efforts as a premier partner to sovereign clients across the globe. Prior to joining, Groves worked for OMFIF as managing director of the Economic and Monetary Policy Institute and Sustainability Policy Institute, and head of Europe programmes. She has also held roles at Chatham House, the UK House of Commons and the Social Market Foundation.

Magdalena Högberg

Head of Strategic Allocation and Quantitative Analysis

AP Fonden 4

Magdalena Högberg

Head of Strategic Allocation and Quantitative Analysis

AP Fonden 4

Magdalena Högberg is the head of strategic asset allocation and quantitative analysis at AP-Fonden 4. Högberg leads a team of 18 specialists responsible for global equities, fixed income, hedge fund manager selection, portfolio analysis and asset allocation at the Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund.

Ivailo Izvorski

Chief Economist, Europe and Central Asia

World Bank

Ivailo Izvorski

Chief Economist, Europe and Central Asia

World Bank

Altaf Kassam

Managing Director, EMEA Head of Investment Strategy & Research

State Street Global Advisors

Altaf Kassam

Managing Director, EMEA Head of Investment Strategy & Research

State Street Global Advisors

Altaf Kassam is managing director and EMEA head of investment strategy and research at State Street Global Advisors. He and his team are responsible for developing thought leadership and executing custom projects for clients across EMEA in the fields of asset allocation and portfolio construction. Before joining MSCI, Kassam worked in sell-side research, leading equity derivative and global quantitative strategy teams across Asia Pacific and EMEA for Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs.

Michael Metcalfe

Head of Macro Strategy

State Street Global Markets

Michael Metcalfe

Head of Macro Strategy

State Street Global Markets

Michael Metcalfe is head of macro strategy at State Street Global Markets. His role focuses on how the behaviour of investors, the measured media narrative and online retailers can help with investment decisions. Metcalfe is also a regular commentator in the financial media, presenter at industry conferences and has published papers in the Journal of Fixed income and Journal of Investment Management.

Simona Mocuta

Managing Director, Chief Economist

State Street Global Advisors

Simona Mocuta

Managing Director, Chief Economist

State Street Global Advisors

Simona Mocuta is managing director and chief economist of State Street Global Advisors. In this role, she helps shape the team’s views on key global economic developments and trends, produces forecasts and analysis for the G7 economies and key emerging markets, and presents these views to internal investment teams, clients, and the media. Prior to joining SSGA, Mocuta led the Asia macroeconomic practice at IHS Global Insight.

John Orchard

Chief Executive Officer

OMFIF

John Orchard

Chief Executive Officer

OMFIF

John Orchard is chief executive officer of OMFIF. He has expanded OMFIF’s activities as he steered it through Covid-19, setting up key forums on digital money, sustainability and public debt, alongside OMFIF’s longstanding work on monetary policy and policy-makers. He chairs OMFIF’s executive committee and is a member of the OMFIF board. Up to November 2019, he was a member of Euromoney’s management board, having started with the London stock market-quoted global information business in 1994.

Carlos Ribeiro

Head of the Investment Division, Markets Department

Banco de Portugal

Carlos Ribeiro

Head of the Investment Division, Markets Department

Banco de Portugal

Lauren Rosborough Watt

Economics and Investment Manager

California Public Employees Retirement System

Lauren Rosborough Watt

Economics and Investment Manager

California Public Employees Retirement System

Lauren Rosborough Watt is economics and investment manager at California Public Employees Retirement System. She also managed the research side of the developed markets’ international fixed income portfolio for global fixed income and built and co-led the Investment Associate Programme. Before joining CalPERS, Watt was head of investment strategy of Australian impact investing fund, Christian Super. She was also a senior adviser for the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

Ali Salman Ali Aal Khalifa

Chief Executive Officer, Future Generation Reserve Council

Ministry of Finance and National Economy, Bahrain

Ali Salman Ali Aal Khalifa

Chief Executive Officer, Future Generation Reserve Council

Ministry of Finance and National Economy, Bahrain

Nikhil Sanghani

Managing Director, Economic and Monetary Policy Institute

OMFIF

Nikhil Sanghani

Managing Director, Economic and Monetary Policy Institute

OMFIF

Nikhil is Managing Director, Economic and Monetary Policy Institute at OMFIF. He is responsible for the team’s events that convene leading public sector officials on topics such as monetary policy, emerging market development, global public investment, public finances, capital market development and sustainable finance. Nikhil also leads OMFIF’s economic research and content, including global surveys of central banks, regulators and market participants. Previously, he was an emerging markets economist at Capital Economics, where he led the coverage of Latin America.

Tomáš Straňák

Director, Settlement Department

National Bank of Slovakia

Tomáš Straňák

Director, Settlement Department

National Bank of Slovakia

Rob Treich

Head of Public Markets

London CIV

Rob Treich

Head of Public Markets

London CIV

Rob Treich is head of public markets at London CIV. He leads the team responsible for overseeing the fixed income, equity and multi-asset funds offered by London LGPS CIV. Prior to joining London CIV, Treich worked as director of investment solutions at Coal Pension Trustees, as a senior researcher at prominent investment consulting firms and as an equity portfolio manager.

Timings

11:15 – 11:40 Registration and refreshments
11:40 – 11:45 Welcome and opening remarks
11:45 – 13:00 Session I: Macroeconomic outlook with a geopolitical lens
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch and keynote address
14:30 – 15:30 Session II: Reserve management in an era of post-peak rates
15:30 – 16:00 Refreshment break
16:00 – 17:00 Session III: Latest sovereign funds and public pension funds’ investment strategies
17:00 – 17:05 Closing remarks

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