Strategies for Protecting Private Investment Against Political Risk
Talinn Demirjian, Vice President, Sovereign Risk at State Street Bank
Talinn Demirjian joined State Street in June 2009 and is a Vice President on the Sovereign Risk Management team. Talinn focuses on analyzing and monitoring country risk based on political, economic, legal, regulatory and reputational factors. Talinn previously worked as an international equity trader, including at ABN-Amro, a Dutch investment bank, and at Liberty Square Asset Management, a hedge fund concentrating on international equity and foreign exchange markets.
Talinn has a BA in international relations and economics from Tufts University, and an MA in international business and political economy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Jared Kotler, Head of Political Risk and Credit, North America, at Talbot Underwriting
Jared Kotler is Head of Political Risk and Credit, North America, at Talbot Underwriting. At Talbot, Jared is in charge of underwriting and marketing political risk insurance and trade credit insurance throughout the North American region. Jared’s clients include financial institutions and multinational companies who are either lending or investing in emerging markets. Before joining Talbot, Jared was Assistant Vice President at Ace Political Risk and Credit where his responsibilities were similar to those that he currently has at Talbot. Prior to Ace, Jared worked as an Underwriter and Financial and Political Risk Analyst at Zurich Credit and Political Risk.
Jared received a BA in Mathematics and Statistics from Rutgers University, an MBA in Finance from American University’s Kogod School of Business, and an MA in International Economic Policy from American University’s School of International Service.
Catherine Reidy, Researcher: Office of the President & Comparative Analytics at Eurasia Group
Catherine Reidy is a quantitative researcher in the Office of the President and Eurasia Group's Comparative Analytics and Emerging Markets Strategy practice groups. She works directly with Eurasia Group's president, Ian Bremmer, to identify geopolitical issues, trends, opportunities, and risks created by political developments across the world, and to represent key stories through statistics and advanced data visualizations. Catherine also assists Eurasia Group's Africa practice with quantitative work on sub-Saharan energy markets and Lusophone economies, and she manages the firm’s Executive Training program with NYU Stern.
As a member of Eurasia Group's Comparative Analytics team, Catherine contributes to the firm's comparative research, including quantitative approaches to political risk. She has led the development of the Global Navigator, a systematic framework for analyzing business risks and opportunities across markets, as well as the GeoCyber Risk Index, a tool for multinational companies and financial services firms to monitor their global cyber-exposure.
Catherine holds an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford, where she was a Clarendon Scholar. She holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in Psychology and Anthropology.
Robert Steigerwald, Senior Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Robert Steigerwald is a senior policy advisor, financial markets in the economic research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, where his work focuses on public policy issues relating to financial market infrastructure. Before joining the Chicago Fed, Steigerwald was chief legal officer of Multinet International Bank, a clearinghouse for foreign currency transactions and served as principal U.S. counsel for the development of a multicurrency payment-versus-payment system. Steigerwald also served in private legal practice with Kirkland & Ellis, where he represented the Chicago Board of Trade, Board of Trade Clearing Corporation, National Futures Association and other financial markets leaders.
Steigerwald represents the Chicago Fed in the OTC (over the counter) Derivatives Regulators’ Forum, an international forum for information sharing and regulatory cooperation among central banks, prudential supervisors and markets regulators with respect to clearing and settlement arrangements and trade data repositories for OTC derivatives.
Steigerwald is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a B.A. and the University of San Francisco School of Law with a J.D.
Moderator: Patrick Schena, Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Business Relations at the Fletcher School, Tufts University
Patrick Schena is Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Business Relations at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, where he is also Senior Fellow of the Council on Emerging Market Enterprises and Co-Head of SovereigNet, The Fletcher Network for Sovereign Wealth and Global Capital. In addition, he is an Associate-in-Research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. Dr. Schena has 30 years experience in finance, operations, and technology management focused on investment management. He was formerly a Principal, leading delivery of the Investment Management Services practice at a Genpact-Headstrong Corp., a global provider of outsourcing services. He has participated in and cofounded two companies providing technology and operations services to investment managers. He holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School, Tufts University and additional graduate degrees from The Fletcher School, and Boston College.