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The 2008 Mortimer Caplin Conference on the World Economy: Participants

Gerald L. Baliles

Gerald L. Baliles, Director, Miller Center of Public Affairs

John W. Snow

John W. Snow, Conference Chairman


Dr. Ali Allawi

Dr. Ali Allawi served as Minister of Finance in the Iraqi Transitional Government from 2005 to 2006, and was Minister of Trade and Minister of Defense in the cabinet of the Interim Iraq Governing Council (2003-04). He earned a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and did post-graduate studies in regional planning at the London School of Economics. He is the author of The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace (Yale University Press, 2007).

Peter Costello

Peter Costello is the longest-serving Treasurer of Australia (1996-2007). He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1990, won reelection six times, and served as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party (1994-2007). Mr. Costello's previous parliamentary party positions include Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Minister for Justice (1992-93), Shadow Minister for Finance (1993-94) and Shadow Treasurer (1994-96).

Han Duck-Soo

Han Duck-Soo served as Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea from April 2007 to February 2008, and was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economy from 2005 to 2006. He has served in government since 1970, with posts including Minister of the Office for Government Policy Coordination (2004-05); Senior Secretary to the President for Economic Affairs (2002) and Policy and Planning (2001); Ambassador to the OECD (2001); and Minister for Trade (1998-2001).

Hans Eichel

Hans Eichel was Germany's Minister of Finance from 1999 to 2005. From 1975 to 1991, he was the mayor of Kassel, initially winning office at age 33. From 1991 to 1999, he was Premier (Ministerpräsident) of Hesse, serving as President of the Bundesrat from November 1998 to April 1999. He has been a member of the Bundestag since 2002.

Dr. Ashraf Ghani

Dr. Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan's former finance minister, is Chairman of the Institute for State Effectiveness. He is widely credited with the design of Afghanistan's integrated political, economic and security strategy in post-Taliban Afghanistan. Named the best finance minister in Asia by Emerging Markets in 2003, Dr. Ghani declined an opportunity to join the Afghan Cabinet in October 2004 and was appointed Chancellor of Kabul University.

Dr. Yousef Hamad Al-Ebraheem

Dr. Yousef Hamad Al-Ebraheem is Kuwait's former Minister of Finance, Minister of Planning, and Minister of State for Development Affairs. Previously, he served as Minister of Education and Higher Education, and worked as Cultural Advisor and Head of the Cultural Office at the Kuwait Embassy in Washington (1993-95). He also served as Economic Advisor to the Economic and Financial Committee of Kuwait's parliament (1992-93).

John Manley

John Manley served as Canada's Minister of Finance from June 2002 to December 2003. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1988, serving Ottawa South until 2004. He became Minister of Industry under the government of Jean Chretien in 1993. He later served as Minister of Foreign Affairs (2000) and Deputy Prime Minister (2002-2003).

Dr. Antonio Palocci

Dr. Antonio Palocci is a physician and the former Finance Minister of Brazil (2003-06). He Palocci was a founder of the Workers' Party, and served as its President from 1997 to 1998. Dr. Palocci has also worked as a civil servant in the regional office of the Sao Paulo State Public Health Secretary, and was director of the regional office of the Public Health Service.

Dr. Rodrigo de Rato y Figaredo

Dr. Rodrigo de Rato y Figaredo was Minister for Economic Affairs of Spain from 1996 to 2004. During this time, he also served as Second Vice President (1996-2003) and First Vice President (2003-04) of the Spanish Government. Dr. de Rato was Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund from June 2004 until October 2007. He earned an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and a Law degree and PhD in Economics from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain.

Yashwant Sinha

Yashwant Sinha has served as India's Minister of Finance twice (1990-91 and 1998-2004), and was Foreign Minister from 2002 to 2004. He joined politics in 1984 as a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), serving as All-India General Secretary in 1986 and winning election to the Rajya Sabha (upper house) in 1988. He was General Secretary of Janata Dal in 1989 and National Spokesperson for the BJP in 1996. From 1960 to 1974, Mr. Sinha served in various posts in the elite Indian Administrative Service.

Domenico Siniscalco

Domenico Siniscalco served as Italy's Minister of Economy and Finance in Italy from July 2004 to late 2005. With a law degree from the University of Turin and a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge, Mr. Siniscalco became Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley International in April 2006. In December 2007, he began his post as Italy's Country Head within the ranks of Morgan Stanley.

John W. Snow

John W. Snow was as the 73rd Secretary of the United States Treasury, from 2003 to 2006. Prior to that, he was Chairman and CEO of CSX Corporation. Secretary Snow has served in various positions in the Department of Transportation (1972-77) and as Chairman of the Business Roundtable (1994-96). He is currently Chairman of Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., one of the world's leading private investment firms, and the Newman Visiting Fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs.


Guest Participants:

Kito de Boer is Managing Director of McKinsey & Company in the Middle East, an official conference sponsor and partner. He joined McKinsey in London in 1985, transferred to New Delhi in 1993 to help launch McKinsey in India, and moved to Dubai in 1999 as the founding member of McKinsey in the Middle East. Prior to McKinsey, Mr. de Boer worked for Shell in the Netherlands, Burroughs Computers in the U.S. and Electrolux in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

Yuji Yamamoto is Japan’s former Senior Vice Minister of Finance and Minister for Financial Services. He has served in the House of Representatives since 1990, winning reelection five times. Mr. Yamamoto’s previous positions include State Secretary for Justice, Executive Deputy Secretary-General for the Liberal Democratic Party, and Chairman of the House Committee on Judicial Affairs.

Advisory Board:

Tim Adams is Managing Director of The Lindsey Group, an economic advisory firm based in Washington, D.C. He served as Under Secretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department. Before that, Mr. Adams served as Chief of Staff to Treasury Secretaries Paul O’Neill and John Snow.

Caio Koch-Weser is Vice Chairman of the Deutsche Bank Group. Until November 2005, Mr. Koch-Weser was State Secretary and Deputy Minister within the German Finance Ministry. His two decades of service at the World Bank includes positions as Deputy Treasurer and Director of Treasury Operations (1990-91), Regional Vice President for Middle East and North Africa (1991-95), and Managing Director of Operations and Member of the Executive Committee (1996-99).

Nancy Lee, currently a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development, was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Eurasia at the U.S. Treasury Department. She previously served at Treasury as Director of the Office of Central and Eastern Europe; Director of the Office of Mideast and Central Asia; Deputy Director of the office of Asian and Near East Nations. Ms. Lee also worked in the Office of International Monetary Policy and the Office of International Trade Policy.

Rachel L. Loeffler is Associate Director for Product Research and Development at SNL Financial in Charlottesville, Virginia. She served previously as the Deputy Director for Global Affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Terrorist Finance and Financial Crimes. Ms. Loeffler received her MBA/M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. from Princeton University.

Hiroshi Watanabe is Special Advisor to the President of Japan’s Center for International Finance. He served as Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs (VMFIA) from 2004 to 2007, and was responsible for governing all international affairs of the Japanese Ministry of Finance, such as foreign exchange stabilization, foreign development assistance and international monetary system.


Michelle Caruso-Cabrera is a general assignment reporter for CNBC’s Business Day programming. Previously, Ms. Caruso-Cabrera was co-anchor of “Worldwide Exchange,” CNBC’s first global daily business news program utilizing the resources of CNBC, CNBC Europe and CNBC Asia. She was also the co-anchor of the second hour of CNBC’s “Morning Call” and anchored CNBC’s “Wake Up Call.”

Steve Liesman is CNBC’s senior economics reporter. He appears on “Squawk Box” and other CNBC programs throughout the business day. Mr. Liesman joined CNBC from the Wall Street Journal, where he served as a senior economics reporter, energy reporter, and Moscow bureau chief. Prior to joining the Journal in 1994, he was the business editor of The Moscow Times, and a business reporter for both the St. Petersburg Times and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

David Wessel is the Wall Street Journal’s global economics editor. Previously, he was deputy bureau chief of the Journal’s Washington bureau and wrote the “Capital” column. Mr. Wessel has shared two Pulitzer Prizes -one at the Boston Globe in 1983 for writing about on the persistence of racism in Boston, and the other for Wall Street Journal coverage of corporate wrongdoing in 2002. He is the co-author, with Wall Street Journal reporter Bob Davis, of Prosperity: The Coming Twenty-Year Boom and What It Means To You (Random House, 1998).

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