Paul Gruenwald, Chief Economist, S&P Global Ratings
Paul Gruenwald is the Chief Economist at S&P Global Ratings. Based in New York, he leads the economic research agenda and serves as the primary spokesperson on macro-economic matters for the company.
Before joining S&P Global Ratings in 2013, Paul spent almost five years at the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) as the Asia Pacific Chief Economist, where he was responsible for helping set and direct ANZ's Asian and global economic research agenda, as well as building the bank's economic research efforts and profile in the region. Previously, Paul worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for nearly 16 years, where he led the team producing the IMF's Asian regional outlook reports. He was also the IMF Resident Representative to Hong Kong and Korea, the Deputy Chief of the China Division, and did considerable work on both public (Paris Club) and private (London Club) debt restructuring issues.
Paul has a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in Economics/Mathematics from the University of Texas.
Gerardo Rodriguez, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for the Emerging Markets of the Systematic Active Equity Group, BlackRock
Gerardo Rodriguez, Managing Director, is Portfolio Manager for the Emerging Markets (EM) of the Systematic Active Equity (SAE) group. His responsibilities include the management of equity and fixed income portfolios, the development of EM products and the oversight of the EM Platform at BlackRock.
Mr. Rodriguez joined BlackRock in 2013 after a fruitful career of more than 14 years in the Mexican Ministry of Finance where he last served as Undersecretary of Finance and Public Credit. He has extensive experience in macroeconomic policy, financial market development and infrastructure financing/development. His responsibilities included public debt management, exchange rate and fiscal policy and regulation and supervision of local financial institutions. He was also responsible of the G20 process and the relationship of Mexico with the IMF, World Bank and other multilateral institutions. During his tenure at the Ministry of Finance he was also the Head of Public Debt Management from 2005 to 2011, where his main responsibilities included the extension of the local yield curve, the design of the Treasury Direct platform (cetesdirecto.com) and the creation of the National Infrastructure Fund.
Mr. Rodriguez earned a BS degree in economics from Universidad de las Americas-Puebla (Mexico) and an MSc in Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research from Stanford University.