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Bloomberg Emerging + Frontier Forum 2020 Digital Series: 3rd Edition
10 November 2020
14:00 GMT | 11:00 BRT | 09:00 EST

Join us for the third event in the Bloomberg Emerging + Frontier Forum 2020, hosted in collaboration with Amundi Asset Management, Fitch Ratings and the Institute of International Finance (IIF).

In conversation with:

Paulo Roberto Nunes Guedes, Minister of the Economy, Brazil

Moderated by Stephanie Flanders, Senior Executive Editor, Bloomberg Economics 

Panel discussion: 

2020 & 2021 - A year in review and a year of new (35mins)

  • Post-U.S. election review and outlook: What can America do for emerging markets — and what can emerging markets do for America? 
    What’s on the White House agenda for the next four years? From China to Mexico, Russia, Turkey and South Korea, our panel will assess the likely winners and losers in U.S. trade, FDI and geopolitics.
  • From Argentina to Zambia, debt restructuring talks are taking on new dimensions. 
    Years of heavy borrowing by emerging and frontier markets have left many on the brink of default. While that’s nothing new, debt talks in 2020 have taken on a new social dimension as ESG plays into investors’ aspirations.
  • Fighting a pandemic: Which emerging markets are emerging victorious? 
    In a correlated investment world, COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of local politics and policies. What does the divergence in policy responses this year tell us about the way forward for the world’s key developing economies?

We encourage participants to join the conversation by submitting questions to the panel upon registration.


Sonja Gibbs

Managing Director, Global Policy Initiatives

Institute of International Finance (IIF)

Sonja’s research interests include multi-asset investment strategy, with a focus on emerging/frontier markets, capital flows and ESG investment. She authors the IIF’s Weekly Insight, which offers a concise perspective on global financial markets in the context of topical economic and political developments, and oversees the quarterly Global Debt Monitor, which looks across mature and emerging economies for debt-related vulnerabilities such as the rapid buildup in EM corporate debt levels. Sonja co-leads IIF policy work on sustainable finance and infrastructure investment, including advocacy and liaison efforts vis-à-vis the G20, the multilaterals and the international regulatory community. Sonja has spent over 20 years in banking and financial markets, most recently with Nomura International in London, where she was Chief Equity Strategist. Previously she was Head of East European Economics and Senior European Bond Analyst, also for Nomura. Earlier positions included stints as a U.S. economist and bank credit analyst in New York and Los Angeles. She has taught undergraduate microeconomics at U.C. Berkeley, and spent several years with the Berkeley-Stanford Program on Soviet International Behavior. Sonja’s work is widely cited in the financial press, including Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times; she is a regular speaker at industry conferences and has been a frequent commentator for financial television and radio in her strategist/analyst roles.

Paulo Roberto Nunes Guedes

Minister of the Economy, Brazil

Minister Paulo Guedes has a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago. He was a professor at PUC-RJ, Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA). He is Founder of Banco Pactual (BTG-Pactual), Abril Educação, Faculdades Ibmec and Instituto Millenium. He joined boards of directors of large companies. Paulo Guedes was also a columnist for the Folha de S. Paulo and O Globo newspapers and the Exame and Época magazines.

James McCormack

Managing Director, Global Head of Sovereign and Supranational Ratings

Fitch Ratings

James McCormack is a managing director and global head of sovereign and supranational ratings, based in Hong Kong. James re-joined Fitch in October 2013 from the Bank of Canada where he held a senior credit role. Prior to this, James spent three years with Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong where he was an Executive Director in credit risk management and advisory. James joined Goldman Sachs in 2010 from Fitch, where he held various senior roles in the Sovereign Ratings Group, including Head of the Asia-Pacific Sovereign team. Prior to joining Fitch, James was a country risk analyst for Export Development Canada and an economist for the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa. James began his career as an economist at Wharton Econometrics (WEFA) Canada. James earned a BA in economics from York University (Canada) and an MA in international economics from the University of Toronto.

Yerlan Syzdykov

Global Head of Emerging Markets, Amundi Asset Management

Yerlan Syzdykov is the Global Head of Emerging Markets & Co- Head of Emerging Markets Fixed Income at Amundi, based in the London office. In this role, he is responsible for leading a highly skilled investment team working on debt and equity strategies that covers Asia, Latin America, Emerging Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is also Lead Portfolio Manager on a number of our Emerging Market Debt strategies. Yerlan has worked on Emerging Markets (EM) throughout his career. He has been involved in managing EM Debt strategies since 2000 when he joined Amundi Asset Management and has played a key role in evolving our investment capability in this area. He joined Amundi Asset Management (previously Pioneer Investments) in 2000 from Bancroft in Paris where he had been working as an Investment Analyst for Private Equity deals. Before this, he worked with various companies in London and Paris within EM equity research. Yerlan started his career as an EM Equity Analyst with Renaissance Capital in Moscow upon completion of his MBA in 1997.

Stephanie Flanders

Head of Bloomberg Economics and Senior Executive Editor for Economics


Stephanie Flanders joined Bloomberg in October 2017 as Senior Executive Editor for Economics and head of Bloomberg Economics. In this new post she leads a combined group of more than 100 Bloomberg News economic reporters worldwide and 25 professional research economists. Stephanie came to Bloomberg from J P Morgan Asset Management, where she had been Chief Market Strategist for the UK and Europe since 2013. Stephanie was Economics Editor for the BBC from 2008 to 2013, where her national and global economic analysis was broadcast around the world and widely respected. Prior to joining the BBC, Stephanie was a speechwriter and senior advisor to US Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers in the second Clinton Administration, where she was closely involved in the management of emerging market crises and other major economic issues from 1997 to 2001. She has also worked as an economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and London Business School. She is an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford and a Fellow of the Society of Professional Economics. In 2016 she was appointed to Chair the Royal Society of Arts' Inclusive Growth Commission, which delivered its final report in 2017.

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