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Keynote speaker Desmond Lachman is an economist specializing in global macro-economy, multilateral lending agencies, the U.S, housing market,and global currency issues. Due to his expertize, Lachman has been able to successfully predict trends such as the global recession.
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Desmond Lachman gained a B.A at the University of Witwatersrandin Johannesburg before studying at Cambridge University, where he completed a Ph.D. in economics.
In 1984, he became a division chief of the Western Hemisphere Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), before moving on to be a senior advisor of the European Department between 1990 and 1994. Lachman held the prestigious position of Deputy Director of the Policy Development and Review Department at the IMF between 1994 and 1996. Then, having served as a managing director and chief emerging market economic strategist at Salomon Smith Barney for seven years, Desmond joined the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) where he is currently a resident fellow. AEI is a think tank which aims to provide independent research and advice in order to inform economic policy.
A well-respected authority on economics, Lachman has served as adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 2009 and at Georgetown University in 2010. Furthermore, Lachman shares the expertise he gained through his career by speaking and writing about topics such as the U.S. housing market bust and the strains in the euro area. Bringing an understanding of economics to the public, he has written articles for several publications including Fox news, the New York Times, the wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, and The American (the AEIs online magazine).