Economic Outlook 2020 Speakers


Cai Wei

Wei Cai, AM ’95, MBA ’95

Partner, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Wei Cai, AM ’95, MBA ’95, heads Goldman Sachs' China investment banking business. He has 25 years of experience in investment banking since he graduated from the University of Chicago. He received both his MBA and AM (public policy) from the University of Chicago in 1995. Cai will give opening remarks at the Hong Kong event.

Austan Goolsbee

Austan D. Goolsbee

Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics

Austan D. Goolsbee previously served in Washington as the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and a member of the president's cabinet. His research has earned him recognition as a Fulbright Scholar and an Alfred P. Sloan fellow. He has been named one of the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. Goolsbee will be speaking at the Chicago event.


Randall S. Kroszner

Deputy Dean for Executive Programs and Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics

Randall S. Kroszner served as a governor of the Federal Reserve System from 2006 until 2009. He chaired the committee on Supervision and Regulation of Banking Institutions and the committee on Consumer and Community Affairs. He took a leading role in developing responses to the financial crisis and in undertaking new initiatives to improve consumer protection and disclosure. Kroszner will be speaking at both the Chicago and Hong Kong events.

Neiman Brent

Brent Neiman

Edward Eagle Brown Professor of Economics and William Ladany Faculty Scholar

Brent Neiman served as the staff economist for international finance on the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He conducts research on international macroeconomics and trade, and serves as the director of the Initiative on International Economics at the Becker Friedman Institute. Neiman will be speaking at the Hong Kong event.


Raghuram G. Rajan

Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance

Raghuram G. Rajan was the twenty-third governor of the Reserve Bank of India from September 2013 to September 2016. Between 2003 and 2006, he was the chief economist and director of research at the International Monetary Fund. Rajan’s research interests are in banking, corporate finance, and economic development, especially the role played by finance. Rajan will be speaking at the Chicago event.


Yue Chim Richard Wong

Provost, Professor of Economics, Philip Wong Kennedy Wong Professor in Political Economy, University of Hong Kong 

Yue Chim Richard Wong was founding dean of the faculty of business and economics from 2000 to 2007 and provost also from 2004 to 2010 at the University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on the political economy of public policy—property, housing, labor, and population—and regional economic development in China. He was appointed a justice of the peace in 2000. Wong graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and PhD, all in economics. He was chairman of the council of the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics at the university from 2015 to 2019. Wong will be speaking at the Hong Kong event.

Event Moderators


Kathleen Hays

Kathleen Hays

Global Economics and Policy Editor for Bloomberg Television and Radio

Kathleen Hays covers the global economy and central banks and the policymakers who run them. Recognized as one of the top economics reporters and anchors in the country, she has covered the US economy and the Federal Reserve for more than 30 years, and recently broadened her coverage to Europe and Asia. Hays can be seen and heard on “Bloomberg Daybreak Asia,” “Bloomberg Asia Markets,” and on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Markets P.M.” Hays will moderate the Chicago event.

Angie Lau

Angie Lau

Editor-in-Chief, CEO, and Founder, Forkast.News

Angie Lau is an award-winning journalist and a respected thought leader in blockchain technology. Prior to founding her digital media platform, Forkast.News, she anchored Bloomberg TV’s flagship morning show First Up with Angie Lau. She’s a board director for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and a board member for the Asian American Journalists Association Asia Chapter and the Journalism Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong. She will moderate the Hong Kong event.


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