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POSTPONED: A Political Salon with Hans Humes and Constance Hunter: Getting Out of the Debt Mess

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 6:30pm




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

Tonight's Political Salon has been postponed due to illness.  Updated details will be circulated once the event is rescheduled.

September 19, 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 equity 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 Constance Hunter of Aladdin Capital, 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.

Constance Hunter is Managing Director and Chief Economist at Aladdin Capital, where she identifies turning points for economies or markets. Before joining Aladdin, she was chief economist with Galtere Ltd., a global macro hedge fund. She also was Managing Member and Chief Investment Officer of Coronat Asset Management, where she identified macro themes and invested in global equity and foreign-exchange markets. Prior to founding Coronat, she was a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Quantrarian Capital Management, a hedge fund that invests in Asian markets; a portfolio manager at Salomon Smith Barney and Firebird Management; and an economist at Chase Manhattan. Ms. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York University and a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University. Ms. Hunter is a regular guest on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and has been quoted in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Barrons and The New York Times, among others.  She is a board member of  the National Association for Business Economics (NABE).

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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