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IIF Names Chief Economist

The Institute of International Finance has named Ulrik Harald Bie as chief economist for global macroeconomic analysis, effective April 1, 2016. Bie will report to IIF Managing Director and Chief Economist Charles Collyns. He most recently served as chief economist at the Copenhagen-based Nykredit, the largest private mortgage bank and bond issuer in the Nordic region.

“IIF’s team of deeply knowledgeable, international economists and the research they produce is one of our greatest strengths,” said Timothy D. Adams, president and CEO of the IIF, in a released statement. “We are seeing an evolution of the underlying nature of growth and Ulrik brings an added clear grasp of global economic changes to our experienced team.”

Bie had previously been chief analyst and head of strategy and macroeconomic research at Nykredit Markets,  after having served as senior economist for research there. Before that, he had been the finance attaché at the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington, D.C., and an economist at Danmarks Nationalbank, in Copenhagen. Bie received both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in economics from the University of Copenhagen.

Setser Returns To CFR

The Council of Foreign Relations announced on January 5 the return of Brad W. Setser as a senior fellow at the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies. Setser’s work at CFR will focus on the changing patterns of global capital flows, the reemergence of Asia’s savings glut, and the financial vulnerabilities of emerging economies. He will also resume his blog on trade and financial flows, Follow the Money, and will direct a roundtable series on international economics.

“We are delighted to welcome Brad Setser, a distinguished scholar and practitioner, back to the Council,” said CFR President Richard N. Haass in a press statement. “Brad has been doing important work at the Treasury department and his return to CFR will make our outstanding economics program even stronger.”

For the past four years, Setser has been the deputy assistant secretary for international economic analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he focused on the financial crisis in Europe, currency policy, financial sanctions, commodity shocks and, most recently, Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. He previously served jointly at the National Economic Council and the National Security Council as the director for international economics. 

RepRisk Unveils New Logo, Corporate Identity 

RepRisk, a business intelligence provider specializing in dynamic environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk analytics and metrics, unveiled a new logo and corporate identity on January 20. The company also debuted a new website, which will allow users to explore RepRisk’s unique approach to research and its range of solutions in an “intuitive and effective way,” the company said. Users will also be able to purchase RepRisk Company Reports on 2,500 of the world’s largest and most exposed companies from the newly created RepRisk Webshop.

“The release of our new corporate identity marks a milestone for RepRisk,” said Alexandra Mihailescu Cichon, head of sales and marketing at RepRisk. “It reflects where our company stands today — after a decade of innovation and thought leadership — and aims at strengthening our position as a global leader in the ESG space.”

RepRisk’s new brand, the company says, applies a vibrant, contemporary, fresh style to effectively articulate its identity and its mission of empowering informed decision-making through the transparency its research provides.