Join your fellow University of Chicago Alumni and some of the best minds for dinner at the Singapore Embassy to listen, hash out and come to terms with what lies ahead in the upcoming year for the U.S. and global economies! Four panelists with diverse expertise will make their forecast of the economy in 2008 during a dinner organized by the Chicago GSB Club of Washington, DC. The panel will be moderated by Chicago GSB alumna Karen Gibbs '78, former Senior Business Correspondent for Fox News Channel and Anchor at CNBC. Opening remarks and a presentation on the Singapore Economy will be provided by Singapore Ambassador, Chang Heng Chee. The event is being sponsored by the international law firm Crowell & Moring LLP


Embassy of Singapore
3501 International Place, NW
Washington, District of Columbia

Driving Directions:The Embassy of Singapore is located two blocks southwest of the Van Ness/UDC Redline Metro stop behind the Intelsat building. Ample parking is available on side streets after 6 pm. Driving directions are available at the registration site.

Event Details

The Chicago GSB Club of Washington, DC is organizing a dinner on Wednesday March 19 featuring its annual panel of prognosticators with diverse areas of expertise to make their predictions for the 2008 U.S. and global economies. The panel will be moderated by Chicago GSB Alumna, Karen Gibbs ’78 -- former Co-host of Wall Street Week with Fortune, Senior Business Correspondent for the Fox News Channel and Anchor at CNBC. The opening remarks and a presentation on the Singapore economy will be delivered by the Ambassador of Singapore to the United States, Chang Heng Chee.


$65 per person for a 3-course dinner. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance by contacting Ruwan Salgado at no later than March 14. Companies or firms purchasing an entire table for 10 will receive a discount of $100. Please contact Ruwan Salgado at for details.


Register Online
Please note that capacity is limited and last year’s Forecast sold out in about a week. So, we recommend registering as soon as possible if you would like to attend.

Deadline: 3/14/2008


6:30 PM-7:00 PM: Registration and Networking

7:05 PM-8:00 PM: Dinner Service

8:00 PM-9:10 PM: Program and Panel Forecasts

9:10 PM-9:30 PM: Q& A and Wrap Up

Speaker Profiles

Karen Gibbs (Speaker)
CEO, The Gibbs Perspective

Karen Gibbs will be the Moderator for the Forecast. Her biography is as follows: Veteran Business Television Anchor and Correspondent, Karen Gibbs, is CEO of The Gibbs Perspective, a company concerned with and dedicated to the education and advocacy of the individual investor. A noted speaker and moderator, Gibbs most recently 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 and serving as a 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 aboard 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.

Bernard Aronson (Speaker)
Founding Partner, Acon Investments

Bernard Aronson, is a founding partner of ACON Investments. Prior to founding ACON Investments, Mr. Aronson was International Advisor to Goldman Sachs & Co. for Latin America. From 1989 through 1993, Mr. Aronson served as Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs. Mr. Aronson holds a B.A. with Honors from the University of Chicago. For more details, see

Steven Clemons (Speaker)
Senior Fellow and Director, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation

Steven Clemons will speak about the impact of the election on the US economy. He directs the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, which aims to promote a new American internationalism that combines a tough-minded realism about America's interests in the world with a pragmatic idealism about the kind of world order best suited to America's democratic way of life. He is also a Senior Fellow at New America, and previously served as Executive Vice President. Publisher of the popular political blog The Washington Note, Mr. Clemons is a long-term policy practitioner and entrepreneur in Washington, D.C. He has served as Executive Vice President of the Economic Strategy Institute, Senior Policy Advisor on Economic and International Affairs to Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and was the first Executive Director of the Nixon Center. For more details, visit

Edward Luttwak (Speaker)
Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Edward Luttwak will address the impact of terrorism and the Middle East on the global economy in 2008. He is a CSIS senior associate and has served as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force, and a number of allied governments as well as international corporations and financial institutions. He is a frequent lecturer at universities and military colleges in the United States and abroad and has testified before several congressional committees and presidential commissions. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Bath (United Kingdom). For more details, visit,com_csis_experts/task,view/id,109

Frederic V. Malek (Speaker)

Mr. Frederic V. Malek has had success in four careers encompassing corporate management, government, politics, and finance. As a corporate executive, Mr. Malek served as President of Marriott Hotels and later served as President and Co-CEO, and then Vice Chairman of Northwest Airlines. Mr. Malek later founded Thayer Lodging Group, and Thayer Capital Partners, where he served as Chairman since 1991 and 1993, respectively. Together these two firms have $4 billion of equity under management. In addition to his work in the private sector, Mr. Malek has had a distinguished career in public service. This culminated in 1992, when Mr. Malek served as Campaign Manager for President George H. W. Bush. Prior to 1992, he served President George H. W. Bush as Director of the 1988 Republican Convention and as Director of the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations, holding the rank of Ambassador. Mr. Malek also advised President Reagan as a member of the executive committee of the President's Council on Cost Control, as a member of the President's Commission on Private Sector Initiatives and as a member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Earlier, Mr. Malek served as a Special Assistant to the President and as Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Malek is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served in Vietnam. He received his M.B.A from Harvard Business School.


Ruwan Salgado 
Club President

Other Information

All registrations must occur on the website even by individuals who prefer paying by check rather than credit card. The Singapore Embassy is not open to the public, and individuals will not be admitted to the Economic Forecast unless they are on the official guest list. The official guest list must be submitted to the Embassy by COB, March 17. So, please make any changes/substitutes for guest names by March 17. You must also provide the full names of all of your guests when you register on the registration website.