IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook Launch, Wellington
The IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook is the leading annual report on the competitiveness of nations and has been published by IMD since 1989. In collaboration with the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment we would like to invite you to an exclusive breakfast event on Wednesday 13 June at MBIE to present the findings.
The Adjunct Professor of Economics and Competitiveness at IMD and also the Chief Economist and Head of Operations at the IMD World Competitiveness Center, Dr Christos Cabolis will be joining us via web conference to discuss the results of the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook Survey, and you will have an opportunity to engage with him on these highly informative results via a short Q&A session.
Post presentation, we are holding a panel discussion with prominent NZ business leaders to discuss their views on the performance of the New Zealand economy with regard to competitiveness issues. Our panel members confirmed so far include:
- Bryan Chapple, Deputy Secretary Macroeconomics and Growth, Treasury
- Paul Stocks, Deputy Chief Executive, Labour, Science and Enterprise at the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
- Dr Girol Karacaoglu, Head of School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington
Date: Wednesday June 13 at 7:30am – 10:00am (Presentation to start at 8:00am)
Location: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, 15 Stout Street, Wellington
Speakers: IMD Chief Economist via web conference for approximately approx. one hour (including Q&As).
Panellists: Bryan Chapple, Paul Stocks, Dr Girol Karacaoglu
Please RSVP to Amber Photiou - [email protected] or phone 09 969 9900.
We look forward to seeing you there.
DR. CHRISTOS CABOLIS, Adjunct Professor of Economics and Competitiveness at IMD and Chief Economist and Head of Operations at the IMD World Competitiveness Center
He joined IMD from ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece where he was an Associate Professor of Economics and Finance. Prior to ALBA he was the Executive Director of the International Center for Finance at Yale School of Management. From 1997- 2002 he was a lecturer of Economics at Yale University where he also served as the Dean of Jonathan Edwards College. Christos has also taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara and at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School where he was a Visiting Associate Professor of Finance in 2010-11.
His teaching focuses on courses related to Business Economics, Macroeconomics, Corporate Finance, Financial Management and Industrial Organization.
A Research Fellow at the International Center for Finance at the Yale School of Management, his research focuses on issues related to mergers, the valuation of changes in corporate governance, as well as measuring market power. Currently he works in topics related to the effects of rating agencies’ valuations, the interplay between competition and specialization in venture capital firms, as well as the optimum size of banks.
He has published in the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Law and Economics and Journal of Banking and Finance among others. Christos has been awarded grants by the BSI Gamma Foundation and the Sloan Foundation for his research. He is also the recipient of the Inaugural “Jaime Fernandez de Araoz” Award in Corporate Finance.
Christos holds a BA from the University of Athens, an MA from the California State University, Long Beach, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
BRYAN CHAPPLE, Deputy Secretary Macroeconomics and Growth, the Treasury
Bryan Chapple joined the Treasury in February 2017 as the new Deputy Secretary, Macroeconomics and Growth.
The role focuses on ensuring a stable and sustainable macroeconomic environment, while at the same time promoting economic growth for the country – which is critical in enabling the Treasury to raise living standards for New Zealanders.
Bryan has an extensive background in economic policy and strategy.
He joined the Treasury from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) where he held the role of Head of the Office of the Chief Executive. Prior to that he served as MBIE's General Manager, Strategic Policy.
Bryan has also held a range of policy and economic roles at:
- the Ministry of Economic Development
- De Nederlandsche Bank (the Dutch Central Bank)
- the Bank of England
- the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
Bryan lives in Wellington with his wife and two children. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (Hons) in Economics from Victoria University of Wellington and a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University.
PAUL STOCKS, Deputy Chief Executive, Labour, Science and Enterprise - Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
Paul Stocks is the Deputy Chief Executive, Labour, Science and Enterprise at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. In this role he is responsible for tourism, labour markets, skills and employment and immigration policy, science and innovation policy and funding, economic and regional development policy, trade and regulatory co-operation, and international strategy.
He was previously Deputy Director General responsible for Policy at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI); and before that Deputy Director General - Strategy and Performance.
Prior to joining MPI, Paul worked for Treasury, where he held a number of management roles, with responsibility for a range of areas including Education, Market Interventions and Tax Policy.
Between 1997 and 1999 he was seconded to the Office of the Minister of Finance.
Paul has also worked at the Ministry of Health and the New Zealand Planning Council.
DR GIROL KARACAOGLU, Professor of Policy Practice - Victoria University of Wellington
Girol Karacaoglu is the recently appointed Head of School of Government. He came to VUW from the New Zealand Treasury, where he was Chief Economist. Before then, he was the Chief Executive of the Co-operative Bank of New Zealand for nine years. His previous roles included General Manager at Westpac NZ, Chief Economist at the National Bank of NZ, and lecturer in Economics at Victoria University of Wellington. His academic fields of specialisation were in Monetary and Financial Economics, International Finance, Econometrics, Corporate Accounting and Finance. His current research interest is in public policy - an integrated approach to economic, environmental and social policies towards improving intergenerational wellbeing.