Speakers at CIE forums are labelled “best of the best”. CIE invites global thought leaders to speak at its forums for the benefit of educating delegates and promoting discussion among them on a wide array of issues that affect the investment community. Some of CIE’s past speakers have included…


Eugene Fama (USA)
Professor, University of Chicago

Eugene is the renowned author of the efficient markets hypothesis. Described as the “father of modern finance”, he has brought an empirical and scientific rigour to the field of investment management. The author of two books and numerous articles, Eugene is among the most prolific and cited of  America’s researchers. Eugene is a Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago. The same university from which he holds a PhD degree and an MBA. He received his BA from Tufts University.


Kenneth French (USA)
Professor, Dartmouth College

Ken is Professor of Finance at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College. He and Eugene Fama are well known for their research into the value effect and the three-factor model. Before joining Dartmouth College, Ken was the NTU Professor of Finance at the Sloan School of  Management, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds a PhD in finance from the University of Rochester; an MS and an MBA from the University of Rochester; and a BS from Lehigh University.


Robert Merton (USA)
Author and Nobel Laureate in Economics

Robert is a distinguished Professor of Finance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. He was the George Fisher Baker Professor of Business Administration from 1988 to 1998, and the John and Natty McArthur University Professor from 1998 to 2010 at the Harvard Business School, where he is now University Professor, Emeritus. Professor Merton served on the finance faculty of the Sloan School from 1970 to 1988.


Sir John Major (UK)
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Sir John was Prime Minister of the UK from 1990 to 1997 after being elected to the House of Commons in 1979. After his retirement from Parliament in 2001, his business interests have included Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse; Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the National Bank of Kuwait; Chairman of the European Advisory Council of the Emerson Electric Company, St Louis; and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Global Infrastructure Partners. He entered banking in 1963 and became a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers.


Andy Xie (China)
Independent Economist

Andy is an independent economist based in Shanghai. He is currently the Director of Shenzhen  Development Bank and Boqi Environmental Sciences and a guest columnist for South China Morning Post, The New Century Weekly and Bloomberg. He is one of the few economists who accurately predicted economic bubbles such as the Southeast Asian Financial Crisis (1997) and the US Subprime Financial Crisis (2008). Andy earned a PhD in economics in 1990 and an MS in civil engineering in 1987 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Ian Bremmer (USA)
Founder and President, Eurasia Group

Ian is the founder and president of Eurasia Group. The company provides financial, corporate, and government clients with information and insight on how political developments move markets. Ian created Wall Street’s first global political risk index and is a published author of numerous books covering his key areas of research. He is a contributing author for the Financial Times and writes a blog on foreignpolicy.com. He is also a panelist for CNN International and appears frequently in the media as a political risk expert. Ian has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University (1994), and he presently teaches at Columbia University.


Marc Faber (Singapore)
Editor and Publisher of “The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report”

Marc publishes a widely read monthly investment newsletter “The Gloom Boom & Doom” report which highlights unusual investment opportunities. He is the author of several books including “Tomorrow’s Gold – Asia’s Age of Discovery” which was first published in 2002 and highlights future investment opportunities around the world. Marc is also a regular contributor to several leading financial  publications around the world. Marc is well known for his “contrarian” investment approach. He studied Economics at the University of Zurich and, at the age of 24, obtained a PhD in Economics magna cum laude.


The Hon. Bill Shorten (Australia)
Leader of the Australian Labour Party
Bill is the Leader of the Australian Labour Party. Before his promotion to the Ministry after the 2010 election, Bill was the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Children’s Services and Victorian Bushfire reconstruction. Bill has also been a director of AustralianSuper and the Victorian Funds Management Corporation. He holds an MBA from the Melbourne Business School and a Bachelor degree in Arts and Law from Monash University.


Aart de Geus (France)
Deputy Secretary General, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
As Deputy Secretary-General, Aart is responsible for the OECD agenda in the areas of Employment, Labour, Social Affairs, (including Pensions, Health and Migration), Education, Public Governance and Territorial Development. He also oversees the coordination of the horizontal project on Making Reforms Happen, the OECD activities on Gender and Diversity Issues, the preparation of Ministerial Council Meetings. Aart has a law degree from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and post-graduate studies in labour law from Nijmegen University.


Paul Collier (UK)
Professor, Oxford University
Paul is one of the world’s leading experts on developing markets and financial opportunities within the poorest countries. Director for the Centre of the Study of African Economies at Oxford University, Paul is currently Advisor to the Strategy and Policy Department of the IMF and advisor to the Africa Region of the World Bank, where he previously served as Director of the Development Research Group.



James Strong (Australia)
Company Chairman and Director
James had an interesting career in business, the arts and sport. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Woolworths and Kathmandu Holdings Limited, a Director of Qantas Airways and a member of the Nomura Australia Limited Advisory Board. He was a Chairman of the Australia Council for the Arts. James was a keen sportsman, having scaled the highest mountain in Antarctica, he enjoyed scuba diving and riding motorcycles. He was also a Director of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and the world motorcycle championship in Phillip Island. He held an Honorary Doctorate from Griffith University, was an Adjunct Professor of the University of Queensland, and had been admitted as a Solicitor/Barrister throughout parts of Australia.


Wolf Klinz (Germany)
Member of the European Parliament
Elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2004, Wolf was Chair of the Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis. He is a full Member in the Committee of Economic and Monetary Affairs and a substitute in the Committee on Development. He was a Partner with McKinsey & Company in Düsseldorf and Paris. Subsequently he served as a Member of the Executive Board of a Swiss Corporation. From 2000 to 2004, he held the (honorary) position of President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Frankfurt am Main. Wolf studied economics and business administration in Paris, Vienna and Berlin. He graduated with an M.Com in 1963, a PhD in 1965, and an MBA from Insead, Fontainebleau, in 1966.


Michael Pettis (China)
Professor, Peking University
Michael is a professor of finance at the Guanghua School of Peking University, Chief Strategist at Guosen Securities (Hong Kong), and Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His work and research focuses on monetary policy, trade policy, and the development of the banking and financial markets in China. Prior to his current positions Michael spent fifteen years as a banker and trader on Wall Street, nine years as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Business School, and three years as a professor at the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, in Beijing. Michael holds an MBA in Finance and an MIA in Development Economics from Columbia University.


James Rickards (USA)
Senior Managing Director for Market Intelligence, Omnis, Inc
James is the Senior Managing Director for market intelligence at Omnis, Inc., counsellor, economist and investment advisor with extensive experience in global capital markets. James is the author of Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis. He holds an LL.M. (Taxation) from the New York University School of Law; a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; an M.A. in international economics from the School of Advanced  International Studies and a B.A. (with honours) from The Johns Hopkins University.


Warwick McKibbin (Australia)
Director, The Australian National University
Warwick is Director of the Research School of Economics, ANU College of Business and Economics and was also a foundation Director of the ANU Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis. Warwick is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C.; a Professorial Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy; and President of McKibbin Software Group. He was also a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia until July 2012 and has worked at the Japanese Ministry of Finance, US Congressional Budget Office and World Bank.


Kenneth Hay (USA)
Managing Partner and Writer, Inferential Focus, Inc.
Kenneth is a managing partner of Inferential Focus, a company that provides early insights into major economic, social, political and technological changes, both in the U.S. and abroad. His previous work includes fourteen years as a professor at Brooklyn College (CUYN), where he served as chairman of the film department. Kenneth graduated with a BA in English from Florida State University. After a year of graduate study in Italy he received his Master of Arts degree in humanities. He completed a Ph.D. in American Studies at Emory University.


Thierry Malleret (France)
Co-founding Partner, The Monthly Barometer
Prior to his current role at The Monthly Barometer, Thierry was a senior partner at IJ Partners, a wealth management company. His career has spanned investment banking (as Chief Economist and Strategist of Alfa Bank, a major Russian investment bank), think tanks and academia (both in New York and Oxford) and in government (with a three-year spell in the Prime Minister’s office in Paris). Thierry headed the Global Risk Network at the World Economic Forum (WEF), a network which brings together top opinion and policymakers, CEOs and academics to look at how global issues will affect business and society. While at the WEF, Thierry also organised Davos.


Robert Wescott (USA)
Former Senior Economic Adviser to President Clinton
Robert is Founder and President of Keybridge Research LLC, an economic analysis firm which has served G-7 governments, major financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies, since 2001. From 1999 until 2001, Robert served as Special Assistant to the U.S. President for Economic Policy at the White House. As senior international economic adviser to President Clinton, he helped to develop administration policies toward G-7 countries, including: Russia, China, India and other key emerging-market economies, and the international financial system. He has also published many research papers on the key areas of his research. Robert holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, 1983.