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Hans Belcsak is President of S.J. Rundt & Associates, Inc., a country risk and corporate intelligence consultancy headquartered in New York City ( He has more than 30 years of teaching and consulting experience with the American & International Management Associations, the World Trade Institute, the FCIB-NACM, various colleges & universities in the United States and abroad, and a distinguished list of business clients. Dr. Belcsak is a member of the International Advisory Council of the American Management Association and a past member of the Board of Directors of the FCIB-NACM Corporation.

Randall Dodd is a Senior Financial Sector Expert in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the International Monetary Fund. He founded and served as director of the Financial Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. Before that he was at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as an economist and special advisor to the Commission, and before that he served the U.S. Congress as a senior economist for the Joint Economic Committee and the Democratic Study Group, and he was the Legislative Director for Congressman Joe Kennedy. He also has taught economics, finance and political philosophy at American, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Rutgers, and Syracuse universities and the University of Maryland. He holds a PhD in economics from Columbia University.

Chet Edwards represents portions of North Texas, Central Texas and the Brazos Valley in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a senior member on both the House Budget and the Appropriations Committees, and also serves on the Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee and the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee. As Chairman of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, Congressman Edwards is known as a national champion for America’s veterans and their families. In 2008, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars both recognized Congressman Edwards with their national awards given to only one member of Congress. He has been the co-chair of the House Army caucus for over a decade and served on the House Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committees for six years before joining the Appropriations Committee. Congressman Edwards was born and raised in Corpus Christi. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from Texas A&M University in 1974. In the 1980’s, Congressman Edwards worked at the Trammell Crow Company in commercial real estate; owned and was the President of Edwards Communications, a rural radio station in South Texas; and served in the Texas Senate.

Jeffry Frieden is professor of government at Harvard University. He specializes in the politics of international monetary and financial relations. Frieden is the author of Banking on the World: The Politics of American International Finance (1987); Debt, Development, and Democracy: Modern Political Economy and Latin America, 1965-1985 (1991); Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century (2006), and is the coeditor of many books on related topics. His articles on the politics of international economic issues have appeared in a wide variety of scholarly and general-interest publications. He holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from Columbia College and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Kelly Kemp is a Business Development Officer in the Southwest Regional Office of the Export-Import Bank of the United States ("Ex-Im Bank"). Based in McKinney, Texas, his territorial responsibilities include Louisiana, Mississippi, the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and northeast Texas. Prior to joining Ex-Im Bank, Kelly was at Halliburton Company for nearly twenty years, eventually serving for ten years as Senior Trade Finance Specialist, implementing financing solutions that enabled Halliburton to expand its sales to emerging markets such as Algeria, Angola, Brazil, Russia, and Venezuela. Kelly is a graduate of Harding University.

Rui Li is a research associate in the Institute of Finance and Trade Economics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. She currently is a McBride Fellow (visiting scholar) at Baylor University. She holds a BA from the Inner Mongolia College of Finance and Economics, an MA from the Heilongjiang College of Commerce, and a PhD in economics from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She is the author of R&D Investment of Transnational Corporations in China (2004), and many academic papers and research reports.

Arvind Mahajan is the Lamar Savings Professor of Finance at Texas A&M University and served as the Associate Director of the Center for International Business Studies and the Center for International Business Education and Research. His articles have appeared in such journals as the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Financial Management and Journal of Banking and Finance. He is Associate Editor of the Global Finance Journal and was Associate Editor of the Journal of Multinational Financial Management, the Journal of International Finance and the North American Journal of Economics and Finance. He was Vice President of the North American Economics and Finance Association and has served on the Fulbright Scholars Awards Advisory Committee.

Stormy-Annika Mildner is a Research Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik) and a Lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Previously, she held teaching and research positions at the John F. Kennedy Institute at the Free University of Berlin and the German Council of Foreign Relations. Her areas expertise include globalization and the world economy; transatlantic economic relations; U.S. and EU trade policy; U.S. domestic economic policy; international organizations (WTO, World Bank, IMF); and international political economy. She is a PhD candidate in Economics at the Free University of Berlin, where she also completed her undergraduate education; holds an MS in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science; studied at Yale University as a Visiting Scholar; and completed secondary degrees at schools in the USA and Germany.

Eugene W. (Gene) Perry is Director of Global Credit and Collections for Exterran, the largest operator of contract compression equipment in the United States. Formed recently by a merger of Hanover Compressor and Universal Compression Holdings, Exterran operates in every major hydrocarbon region of the world. Perry has more than 30 years of experience in domestic and international credit operations. Before joining Exterran, he was division credit manager of the Crouse-Hinds Division of Cooper Industries, and before that he was credit manager at Pennzoil and international credit manager at GAF Corporation. He is the author of Practical Export Trade Finance, a reference for international credit and finance professionals.

Hector Retta is President of the Border Banking Region for Wells Fargo. The Region includes 42 banking stores along the U.S. Mexico border from Brownsville, Texas to Yuma, Arizona. During his 30-year career he has held a variety of positions in financial services including commercial banking, wealth management, brokerage, trust, securitization, government and multilateral agency financing and risk management. Before joining Wells Fargo in 2005, he was managing director for JPMorgan International Private Client Services. Retta serves on the Board of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Border Trade Alliance. He has served the boards of the U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University, Exporters Insurance Corporation, Private Export Funding Corporation (PEFCO), and the World Trade Division of the Greater Houston Partnership.

Rick Schulze is Regional Manager for International Trade Programs, for Texas and Louisiana and works out of the United States Export Assistance Center (USEAC) in Grapevine, Texas. Mr. Schulze is a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) employee, reporting to SBA's Office of International Trade in Washington D.C. He is a Trade Finance Specialist and Senior International Trade Credit officer. Mr. Schulze handle's SBA's specialty loan programs for American exporters. His duties include training Lenders to use SBA's guaranty trade finance loan programs, marketing to lenders and borrowers, and underwriting loans in Texas and Louisiana. The export loan programs provide small business exporters with working capital to perform on export transactions and/or finance existing foreign receivables. Mr. Schulze has held his current position for over 13 years. Previously, he worked for 15 years in the SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance, where he was Assistant Director for Loan Processing in the Area 3 Office. Mr. Schulze has an economics degree from the University of California at Irvine and pursued graduate studies at the University of Arizona in Finance.

David Andrew Singer is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He specializes on international political economy, focusing on international financial regulation, the influence of global capital flows on national and international policy and governance, and the political economy of central banking. He is the author of Regulating Capital: Setting Standards for the International Financial System (Cornell University Press, 2007) as well as articles in International Organization, Journal of Politics, and International Studies Quarterly. Professor Singer is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in 2004. Before joining the MIT faculty, he was Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame (2004-2006), and also worked in corporate finance and technology venture development.

David Weidinger is the Senior Director of Credit & A/R for The McGraw-Hill Companies, a premier provider of information and products in financial services, education and business information markets through leading brands such as Standard & Poor’s, McGraw-Hill Education and Business Week. David coordinates a team of 120 credit, collections and receivable professionals dealing with McGraw-Hill’s Education and Information & Media divisions. He previously spent 13 years with DuPont, most recently as Global Credit Manager overseeing the company's worldwide receivables portfolio. His background includes years of international business and management experience in varying financial roles. He has lived abroad for nine years, seven of which involved finance and credit management in Central and Eastern Europe. David holds an undergraduate business degree from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Thunderbird. He is also the current Chairman of the Finance, Credit and International Business association (FCIB) and a member of the board of the National Association of Credit Management (NACM).

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