DC World 2011 Economic Forecast and Dinner
Hosted by the Chicago Booth DC Alumni Club

DC World 2011 Economic Forecast and Dinner with Prof. Aliber and Prof. Zonis
Hosted by the Chicago Booth DC Alumni Club

Do you wonder where the economy is going and why? Do you wonder what is going on in other countries that can affect you both financially and politically? The annual Economic Forecast event, sponsored by the Chicago Booth DC Alumni Club, will be the evening of February 3, 2011, in Washington, DC. After a reception and sit down dinner, three distinguished panelists will provide their views on the world political and financial situation. After their remarks, there will be time for questions and discussion from the audience. The panelists are of world renown and include Dr. Robert Aliber, Dr. Marvin Zonis and Bernard Aronson with Karen Gibbs serving as the moderator.

February 3, 2011

Program Agenda
6:00PM Registration and reception
6:45PM Opening remarks, dinner and panel
9:15PM Closing

Reagan Building
Rotunda Room
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

All registrations must be submitted on the Chicago Booth DC Alumni Club. website at: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/alumni/events/showEvent.aspx?eventId=2434

$110 after January 15 Register at the Booth
Reserved tables of 10: $1000. Email or call Les Johnson at Les@lesjohnsona.com 202-486-4915

Travel Instructions
It is located at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th Street, NW. Parking under the building for
a conference rate of $10. Federal Triangle metro lets out in the building for both the Blue and Orange

Sponsorships are available for the speakers and other costs providing good exposure for your company
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Panelist Bios
Professor Robert Aliber Bob Aliber received the Ph.D degree from Yale University in 1962 and Bachelors
Degrees from Williams College and Cambridge University. He joined the faculty of the Graduate School
of Business at the University of Chicago in 1965 and retired in 2004 as Professor of International
Economics and Finance. Prior to joining the Chicago faculty, Aliber was Senior Economic Advisor, Agency
for International Development, Department of State.

Bob was the National Westminster Professor of International Finance at the London Business School in
1978, the Bundesbank Professor at the Free University of Berlin in 1997, and a visiting Professor at the
Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in the early 1980s and again in 2004; he was also a
visiting professor at Brandeis University and at Williams College. Bob was the Houblon-Norman fellow
at the Bank of England in 1996. He was the JPMorgan Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in
2003 and a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington in
2004. Aliber has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and a consultant
to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and a various think tanks in Washington and

Aliber has written extensively about international financial issues, including changes in cross-border
capital flows and changes in currency values; and the efficiency of the currency market. Hi publications
include The New International Money Game; the seventh edition is scheduled for publication in 2010.
The Multinational Paradigm. was published in 1991, He brought out fifth edition of Manias, Panics, and
Crashes in 2005; the previous editions were authored by Charles P. Kindleberger—the sixth edition will
be out at the end of 2010 In the early 1980s he wrote a book on personal finance, Your Money and
Your Life; a much more comprehensive book on personal finance with the same title is scheduled for
publication by Stanford University Press in November 2010. He is the co-editor of a collection of papers
and reports that were published prior to the Iceland’s financial crisis—this book will be published in
Decemmber 2010.

Bob founded Dorchester Capital Management in 1991, which provides asset management and financial
planning services.

Professor Marvin Zonis At Chicago Booth, Zonis continues to teach course on International Political
Economy and Leadership. He was the first professor at the Business School to teach a course on the
effects of digital technologies on global business. He also consults to corporations and professional asset
management firms throughout the world, helping them to identify, assess, and manage their political
risks in the changing global environment. He is a member of the Board of Advisers for the Comptroller
General of the United States at the GAO, the Board of Directors of CNA Financial, a Fellow of PWC-
Diamond Advisory Services, and also a member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation Etats Unis,
Paris and the Board of Advisers of the Centre for Business Management, Queen Mary University of


Zonis has written extensively on globalization, digital technologies, emerging markets, Middle Eastern
politics, the oil industry, Russia, and U.S. foreign policy. He is a leading authority on the Middle East, and
has spent the last 50 years studying Islam, and the Middle East. He is the former director of the Center
for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. He has lived in Iran, hitchhiked in Afghanistan
in and Pakistan 1963, studied Islam in Iraq beginning in 1964, and has traveled extensively throughout
other parts of the region, as well.

His writings have been published in numerous journals. His books include The Kimchi Matters: Global
Business and Local Politics in a Crisis Driven World, The Eastern European Opportunity, Majestic Failure:
The Fall of the Shah, Khomeini and the Islamic Republic of Iran, and The Political Elite of Iran.

He was educated at Yale University, the Harvard Business School, the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, where he received a Ph.D. in Political Science, and the Institute for Psychoanalysis, Chicago,
where he received psychoanalytic training.

Bernard Aronson Mr. Aronson is a Founder and Managing Partner of ACON Investments. Prior to
founding ACON, he was an International Advisor to Goldman Sachs for Latin America. From 1989
through 1993, Mr. Aronson served as Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs under
Presidents Bush and Clinton. Mr. Aronson holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago. He currently
serves on the Boards of Directors, Liz Claiborne Inc, Royal Caribbean International, Hyatt Hotels,
Corporation, and Chroma Oil and Gas. Mr. Aronson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations
and serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Global Development and the National Democratic
Institute for International Affairs.

Karen Gibbs (Moderator) Veteran Business Television Anchor and Correspondent, Karen Gibbs is
President and Founder of The Gibbs Perspective, a company concerned with and dedicated to financial
literacy and investor education (www.thegibbsperspective.com). A noted speaker and moderator, Gibbs
is now a host for The MoneyShow.com Video Network (www.moneyshow.com). Most recently Gibbs
was a contributor to Retirement Living Television’s The Prudent Advisor and Daily Cafe. Before that,
Gibbs was co-anchor of the weekly PBS business program, Wall $treet Week with FORTUNE from 2002
to 2005.

Prior to joining Wall $treet Week with FORTUNE, Gibbs spent five years as a senior business
correspondent for FOX News Channel, contributing to and serving as substitute anchor on Your World
with Neil Cavuto and Cavuto on Business where she was also a regular panelist. From 1992 to 1997,
she was an anchor at CNBC, where she specialized in the credit and futures markets, and hosted such
programs as Money Wheel and Minding Your Business.

Prior to joining CNBC, Gibbs spent nearly ten years at Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc., where she was a Vice
President and Senior Futures Strategist. She began her career at the Chicago Board of Trade as a board
marker and left as a member of the Office of Investigations and Audits. She received an MBA in finance
and marketing from the University of Chicago. Gibbs currently resides in Maryland.