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Economists and Corporate Strategists Council

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Formed in 1983, the Economists recently extended its scope to become the Economists and Corporate Strategists Council, therefore providing opportunities for an exclusive network of Senior Chief Economits and Corporate Strategists to exchange experiences, access relevant research/expertise, and gain insights into new developments, thereby improving their contributions as leaders. Meetings include a round-robin exchange of forecasts about the European and world economies, reviews of major industrial sectors and analysis of significant developments in the international economy.

Council members are economists and strategits from the financial service and industrial sectors of multinational companies.

Format and Agenda

Conference Board Councils are ongoing peer networks that meet in person three times a year, plus ad hoc virtual sessions. The level of trust that is built during and between meetings allows members to share leading practices and discuss challenges and successes in an off-the-record environment. Content for meeting agendas is set by members, so the discussions are timely and relevant. The group will typically discuss one subject in substantial depth, including occasional workshop sessions, and two to three other topics in a shorter fashion.

Recent and upcoming themes include:

  • Perspectives on the European Union's Competition Policy
  • European and world economic outlook
  • Major Issues for Central Banks in the World Financial System
  • Performance of the € and ECB monetary policy
  • Industries and Sectors — Performance and prospects
  • Macro-economic outlook — key assumptions and key risks at a time when the going is getting to be tough
  • Systemic risk and turbulence in the financial sector — the credit crunch beyond sub-primes
  • Prospects for oil prices, interest rates and exchange rates
  • Outlooks for BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China)
  • The pace of reform in the EU

The power of peer learning

Enduring relationships with trusted peers are the core of the council experience. Enhanced by our global, enterprise-wide reach, these relationships span the world and extend the value of council membership. Confidential peer dialogue provides you with a broader perspective and shared experiences, as well as access to specific knowledge and best practices.

Council membership benefits

  • Collective problem solving that puts your issue on the agenda
  • Benchmarking through regular surveys of council members about relevant company practices
  • Multifunctional insights generated by the wealth of perspectives gathered from over 100 councils (covering more than 50 functions) that work together across geographies
  • Virtual communities that extend learning opportunities through a variety of online forums and other resources

Council Director

Bart van Ark

Bart van Ark

Chief Economist & Chief Strategy Officer
The Conference Board
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For more information

Please contact Marie-Laure Bultot at
+32 2 566 99 06 or

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