November 2007

November 14, 2007
“Emerging Dynamics of Global Growth”

Conference Program

8:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Words of Welcome H. Fenwick Huss
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
8:35 a.m. The Global Economic and Financial Outlook
How long will the turbulence in financial markets continue and what form will the adjustment process take? And how does financial market turbulence affect the global economic outlook? Is growth in emerging markets sustained enough to be decoupled from U.S. growth? The talk will present the IMF’s latest views on these questions.
Prakash Loungani
Policy Communication
International Monetary Fund
8:55 a.m. Banking Trends in the Global Economy
The presentation addresses selected major trends that the global banking industry is facing: New structures of financial institutions, economies of scale and scope, changes in the regulatory landscape, competition among exchanges, rise (and fall) of financial centers.
Alfred Mettler
Associate Professor
Department of Finance
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
9:25 a.m. Competing on Services – Where Are We Headed
There is considerable discussion in the management literature about organizations becoming “process oriented.” Well-intended as it may be, this discussion misses the mark on what’s really needed. Mature economies are overwhelmingly service-based; emerging economies are rapidly becoming so. As product markets become commoditized, services provide the high-value differentiation. For reasons of market, organizational agility and business-IT alignment, among others, a Service-Oriented Enterprise (SOE) view is needed if organizations are going to successfully compete. This talk will outline some of the main reasons for, and concepts behind what is meant by SOE.
Richard Welke
Center for Process Innovation
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
9:35 a.m. MARTA: Moving Atlanta Today, Preparing for Tomorrow
Each day, nearly half a million trips are taken on MARTA. That number will continue to grow as congestion worsens, population increases, and people realize that the system is a viable option for reaching their destination. MARTA is working hard to ensure that today’s customers have a smooth ride and the system is prepared for tomorrow’s growth. Ending two consecutive fiscal years with an operating surplus, installing the nation’s first all smart card fare collection system, and making improvements to customer service and transit delivery are just some of the recent accomplishments that will be discussed.
Joselyn Baker
Assistant General Manager of Communications
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
9:50 a.m. Q & A
10:05 a.m. Refreshments Break
10:30 a.m. Forecast of the Nation, State and Region Rajeev Dhawan
Economic Forecasting Center
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Georgia State University
11:40 a.m. Q & A Conclusion
11:50 a.m. Light lunch & Networking

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Industry Speakers

Ronald Henry
Georgia State University

Ronald J. Henry has been in his current position as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Georgia State University since July 1994.

Dr. Henry is involved extensively in state and national education policy and action committees, including University System of Georgia, state and local P-16, NASULGC Chief Academic Officers, Committee on Undergraduate Science Education of the National Research Council, NCATE Appeals Board, and SREB National Leadership Council.

Professor Henry is the principal investigator for the Quality in Undergraduate Education project funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the ExxonMobil Foundation. He is also the principal investigator on a Standards-based Teacher Education Project funded by CBE, AACTE and by a Title II grant for the University System of Georgia. Henry holds a Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics from Queens University of Belfast, North Ireland.

Prakash Loungani
Chief, Policy Communication
International Monetary Fund

An economist by training, Prakash Loungani is Advisor in the IMF’s External Relations Department. His work experience includes stints at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington D.C, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the University of Florida.

His research interests include: assessment of macroeconomic forecasting performance; understanding trade linkages among nations and regions; modeling the impact of oil prices on the macroeconomy. This research has been published in both academic journals (including Journal of Monetary Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Applied Econometrics and International Journal of Forecasting) and in various policy outlets and newspapers (such as Financial Times).

Loungani received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Bombay (India) and a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Rochester.

Joselyn Baker
Assistant General Manager of Communications
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority(MARTA)

As the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority’s Assistant General Manager of Communications, Joselyn Baker serves as the agency’s chief spokesperson and manages its overall communications programs. The position coordinates the offices of Marketing & Sales, Government & Community Relations, and Customer & Station Services, as well as the media relations and internal communications functions. Baker joined MARTA as its first Director of Communications in August 2004. Prior to that, she worked for a variety of corporate and non-profit clients as a communications consultant.

Baker served as Press Secretary for former Georgia Governor Roy E. Barnes, where she was deeply involved in a wide range of quality of life and economic development issues, including transportation. She has served as an advisor to a number of Georgia leaders including United States Senator Johnny Isakson, Attorney General Thurbert Baker, and then-Georgia Governor Zell Miller.

Baker was named one of Georgia’s “40 Under 40” young leaders by Georgia Trend magazine in 2001. She is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and a graduate and former trustee of Oglethorpe University.