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Global Aging and the Outlook for Growth andStability in the Developing World: Investor PerspectivesApril 6, 2017 － Webinar with Richard Jackson, Founder and President, Global Aging Institute (GAI)
In the coming decades, emerging economies will face enormous economic, social and geopolitical pressures as a result of demographic transitions that will eventually lead to graying populations. In February 2017, PPI and the Global Aging Institute (GAI) released their second joint issue brief, Global Aging and the Outlook for Growth and Stability in the Developing World (download the pdf), which explores the impact of these demographic shifts, many of which are not well understood. On April 6, PPI hosted an interactive webinar with the brief’s author, GAI President Richard Jackson, and PPI members to explore the main findings of the brief and the implications for long-term institutional investors in developing markets. Moderated by PPI's Senior Program & Knowledge Director Piin-Fen Kok, the webinar featured remarks by Dr. Jackson as well as perspectives from the New Zealand Super Fund, Mitsubishi Corporation, and other PPI member organizations on how these trends will influence their investment approaches. The discussion focused on the structural and policy changes needed to address significant population fluctuations as well as the related investment consequences.
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The Road Ahead for the European UnionJune 21, 2017 － Webinar with Guntram Wolff, Director, Bruegel
The results of the UK election in early June 2017 stunned its citizens and the world and have thrown the Brexit process into disarray. The loss of the Conservative majority under Prime Minister Theresa May, who supported a hard Brexit, occurred just as Marine Le Pen and her far-right National Front were repudiated in favor of centrist Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential and parliamentary elections. These developments, along with the electoral loss of nationalists in the Netherlands earlier this year, seem to indicate a shift away from populism back to elitist or globalist politics in Europe. But has the European Union turned the tide by averting a potential crisis of integrity, or is this the lull before another storm brewing from persisting challenges in other EU economies, such as Italy and Greece?
Cybersecurity and Your Organization's Plan: Understanding Human FactorsJuly 12, 2017 － Webinar with Richard C. Donohoe, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group; Brigadier General (Ret) D. Scott George, former Deputy Chief, Central Security Service at the U.S. National Security Agency; and Ernesto Carrasco Ramírez, former Director, International Affairs at Colombia’s National Attorney General's Office
In May and July 2017, two major cyber attacks crippled government systems, infrastructure and everyday life around the globe. These two attacks, the WannaCry ransomware attack in May and the Petya virus that began spreading in early July, also reinforced the critical importance of cybersecurity. For financial institutions, cybersecurity is tightly woven into internal controls and basic human factors. Statistically, over 80 percent of security breaches at pension funds, financial institutions, and private equity firms are caused by employees or a breakdown in standardized policy, processes, training or procedures.