Past Event

Globalization of Financial Markets: China, the Fed, and Future Policy Options

September 21, 2015
3:00 PM
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Columbia University International Affairs Building, Room 1512

Seasoned financial market professionals Jim Healy, Sadeq Sayeed and Leah Zell will discuss the forces currently shaping financial markets into more global, interconnected systems. Topics will include the current slowdown in China and its effect on world markets, the U.S. Fed’s impending interest rate normalization, the micro and macro level implications of policy decisions in emerging and advanced economies likely to result from these developments and the linkages between such decisions and the global financial markets.

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James Healy: Chief Executive Officer, Capra Ibex Advisors

Sadeq Sayeed: Chairman, Metage Capital Limited

Leah Zell: Founder and Portfolio Manager, Lizard Investors LLC

Moderated by: Jan Svejnar: Director, Center on Global Economic Governance, Columbia SIPA

In collaboration with the SIPA International Finance and Economic Policy (EPD) Concentration and the SIPA Finance Society.


James Healy is the Founder of Capra Ibex Advisors LLC, a privately owned Registered Investment Advisor that advises financial companies on risk management and portfolio investments.  Prior to forming Capra Ibex, Mr. Healy worked at Credit Suisse for 25 years, most recently serving as the Global Head of the Fixed Income Division. Prior to joining Credit Suisse in 1983, Mr. Healy was an economist at The International Monetary Fund. Mr. Healy serves as Vice Chairman of Student Sponsor Partners, a non-profit organization focused on the high school dropout problem in NYC.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of ETrade. Mr. Healy received a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University, an M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.

Sadeq Sayeed is Chairman of Metage Capital Limited, an investment firm based in London. Previously, Mr. Sayeed was appointed CEO of Nomura Europe in 2008 having joined the company in 2000 as Special Advisor.  This appointment followed the acquisition of the Lehman Brothers businesses in EMEA and Asia in which Mr. Sayeed played a key role. In 2010, Mr. Sayeed retired as CEO of Nomura. Mr. Sayeed has over 30 years of experience in investment banking and previously served as Managing Director of Credit Suisse First Boston where he spent 15 years.  Prior to his global investment banking career he was Consultant to the World Bank in Washington DC. Mr. Sayeed holds an undergraduate degree in economics with concentration in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as a master’s degree in finance from MIT's Sloan School.  Mr Sayeed is a visiting Associate Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge and he is also Adjunct Professor at Imperial College Business School in London.

Leah Joy Zell is the Founder and Portfolio Manager of Lizard Investors LLC, a hedge fund that specializes in international small- to mid-cap equities.  Ms. Zell earned a B.A. from Harvard College in 1971, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.  In 1979, she received her Ph.D. in Modern European Social and Economic History from Harvard University, where she won Woodrow Wilson, Fulbright (DAAD), and Krupp Foundation fellowships.  Ms. Zell serves as a member of the Executive Committee and Treasurer of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.  She also belongs to the New York Council on Foreign Relations, the Harvard Global Advisory Council, and the Wilson Center’s Global Advisory Council.  Ms. Zell previously served on the Harvard Board of Overseers and as a trustee of the German Marshall Fund.

Jan Svejnar is the James T. Shotwell Professor of Global Political Economy and Director of the Center on Global Economic Governance at Columbia University. He focuses his research on (i) the effects of government policies on firms, labor and capital markets; (ii) corporate, national, and global governance and performance; and (iii) entrepreneurship. Professor Svejnar is also a founder and Chairman of CERGE-EI in Prague (an American-style Ph.D. program in economics that educates economists for Central-East Europe and the Newly Independent States) and he serves as co-editor of Economics of Transition. He is a Fellow of the European Economic Association and Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research (London) and Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn. He received his B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University. He is the author and editor of a number of books and has published widely in academic, policy, and practitioner-oriented journals.