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A Political Salon with Hans Humes: Getting Out of the Debt Mess

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 6:30pm

World Policy Institute presents:

Getting Out of the Debt Mess:
A Political Salon with Hans Humes
Moderated by Michele Wucker

Co-Hosted by Ann Lee

November 8, 2011
This event is by invitation only.
Click here for more details.

With special thanks to the Heinrich Böll Foundation for supporting the Political Salon.

Political gridlock has kept the United States Congress from agreeing over how to get government debt and future obligations under control while European governments remain at an impasse over how to address debt problems in Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Portugal. The uncertainty is contributing to market turbulence. Nervous European and U.S. banks fear the consequences if European governments default. A combination of uncertainty and austerity weigh on the economic activity–depressing tax revenues and thus making it harder to bring the debt under control.

What are the right combinations of policies to jump-start growth and re-prioritize government spending? Will economic policy makers resort to “financial repression” – surpressign interest rates and in turn the cost of rolling over debt? Hans Humes, president of Greylock Capital Management, with moderator Michele Wucker, president of the World Policy Institute, lead a discussion of possible paths out of the debt mess.

About the Speakers:

Hans Humes is the President, CEO, and Portfolio Manager of Greylock Capital Management, LLC, which he founded as a joint venture with Van Eck Global in May, 1995. Mr. Humes has 20 years of experience working in emerging markets. He was a Managing Partner of Van Eck Absolute Return Advisors, Inc. where he launched the fund which became the Greylock Global Opportunity Fund in 1997. From 1991 to 1994, he was a key member of the Lehman Brothers emerging markets debt trading team, co-developing the desk and managing over $500M in investments. Prior to that he traded a proprietary debt portfolio at Banco Santander and engineered several debt/debt and debt/equity swaps in Latin America. He began his career at Manufacturer's Hanover, where he worked on the sovereign debt restructurings for the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of Yugoslavia. Mr. Humes received his BA from Williams College. He has lived and studied in Nigeria, Morocco, Canada, Netherlands, Chile, Mexico, and Belgium and is fluent in Spanish. Mr. Humes served as the Co-Chairperson of the Global Committee of Argentina Bondholders (GCAB), which represented approximately $40 billion in holdings in the largest sovereign debt restructuring in history. Mr. Humes is a member of the Institute of International Finance’s Principles Consultative Group (PCG) for the Principles for Stable Capital Flows and Fair Debt Restructuring in Emerging Markets.

Michele Wucker is President of the World Policy Institute and is the author of LOCKOUT: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right, and Why The Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians and the Struggle For Hispaniola. She is a 2009 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow. She formerly was a Correspondent for Dow Jones and Latin America Bureau Chief for International Financing Review, where she wrote extensively about emerging markets debt restructurings and capital markets. She is published widely and speaks often on leading media channels which recently have included CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, and National Public Radio.

About the Sponsors:

The Political Salon - organized by Steve Sokol since 2003 to promote dialogue among the next generation of leaders in business, policy, and the media - regularly convenes a diverse group of young professionals to discuss a range of foreign policy issues and global affairs. Attendees are diverse in terms of nationality, profession, and political persuasion.





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