International Economic Symposium Co-Hosted by:


From Global Pandemic to Geopolitical Conflict:
Pathways for the World Economy

9-10 May, 2022
Deutsche Bundesbank Conference Centre
Eltville am Rhein, Germany

Speakers | Program | Hotel / Travel

The National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and Deutsche Bundesbank will co-host an International Economic Symposium at the Deutsche Bundesbank Conference Centre in Eltville am Rhein, Germany (located near Frankfurt).

Check-in for the event begins on Monday, May 9 at 11:45am at the registration desk close to the conference room. The conference begins at 12:45pm (with an optional light lunch beforehand at 12:00pm) and is expected to conclude at 16:45 on Tuesday, May 10.

Organized around the theme “From Global Pandemic to Geopolitical Conflict: Pathways for the World Economy,” the symposium will examine the global economy as we emerge from the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the far-reaching impacts of the conflict in Ukraine, elevated inflation and the response of central banks, and other pressing economic and policy developments.

This is NABE's seventh International Economic Symposium; the inaugural event was cohosted in Munich by the Deutsche Bundesbank in 2015.  Subsequent events were co-hosted by the OECD in Paris, by Banca d'Italia in Rome, by Banco de Espana in Madrid, by the Riksbank in Stockholm, and the sixth was conducted virtually in May 2021.


  Bialecki            Nagel             Williams    
  Photo copyright:
German Council on Foreign Relations 
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Deutsche Bundesbank
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Federal Reserve Bank of New York


Fireside Chat:
Martin Bialecki, Editor-in-chief, Internationale Politik (IP); Member of the Management Board, German Council on Foreign Relations

Joachim Nagel
, President, Deutsche Bundesbank
John Williams
, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of New York



Monday, May 9    

11:45 AM-1:00 PM Registration Opens

12:00 PM -12:45 PM Optional Light Lunch

12:45 PM-12:50PM Welcome Remarks
David Altig, NABE President; Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Jens Ulbrich, Director General Economics, Deutsche Bundesbank

12:50 PM-1:50 PM Global Outlook Amid the War in Ukraine
Mame Fatou Diagne, Head of Division, OECD
Michael Drury, Chief Economist, McVean Trading
Moderator: Johannes Hoffmann, Head of Division International and Euro-Area Macroeconomic Analysis, Deutsche Bundesbank

1:55 PM-2:55 PM Elevated Inflation and New Monetary Policy Frameworks
David Altig, NABE President; Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Volker Wieland, Endowed Chair of Monetary Economics, Institute for Monetary and Financial Stability, Goethe University Frankfurt
Moderator: Constance Hunter, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Strategy & ESG, AIG

2:55 PM-3:25 PM Coffee Break  

3:25 PM-4:25 PM Energy and Inflation Amid Geopolitical Uncertainties
Oscar Arce
, Director General Economics, European Central Bank
Hilde Bjørnland, Professor of Economics and Provost for Research and Academic Resources, BI Norwegian Business School
Moderator: Ilan Kolet, Institutional Portfolio Manager, Fidelity Investments

4:30 PM-5:30 PM Climate Change and Energy Transition
Jerome Haegeli, Group Chief Economist, Swiss Re
Julia Heil
, Head of Logistics & Services Decarbonisation, A.P. Møller - Mærsk
Pedro Merino, Chief Economist and Director of Economic Research Department, Repsol
Moderator: James Vaccaro, CEO, RePattern

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Reception / Dinner
Fireside Chat: A World in Disarray: The New Normal
Martin Bialecki, Editor-in-chief, Internationale Politik (IP); Member of the Management Board, German Council on Foreign Relations
Moderator: Michael Best, Director General Communications, Deutsche Bundesbank

 Burg Schwarzenstein
Rosengasse 32 65366
(transportation by bus)


The dinner will start at 7:00 p.m. There will be a bus transfer to the dinner and back to the Conference Centre afterwards.

Tuesday, May 10   

8:00 AM-9:00 AM Arrival and Coffee

9:00 AM-10:00 AM Is This Full Employment? Assessing U.S. and European Labor Markets
Daniel Gros, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies
Svenja Gudell, Chief Economist, Indeed
Moderator: Pia Orrenius, Vice President and Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

10:05 AM-11:05 AM The Future of Money
Marion Laboure, Director - Thematic Research, Deutsche Bank Research
Evelien Witlox
, Programme Manager, Digital Euro Project, European Central Bank
Moderator: Kathleen Stephansen, Senior Economist, Haver Analytics

11:05 AM-11:30 AM Coffee Break  

11:30 AM-12:30 PM Assessing the Impact of the Sanctions on Russia and Impact on Global Capital Flows
Arnab Das, Global Macro Strategist, Invesco EMEA
Volker Nitsch,
Professor of Economics, Chair of International Economics, Darmstadt University for Technology
Rachel Ziemba
, Adjunct Fellow, Center for a New American Security
Moderator: Manuel Balmaseda, Economist and NABE 2020-21 President

12:30 PM-1:30 PM Luncheon / Break 

1:40 PM-2:30 PM Keynote Address: U.S. Outlook and Monetary Policy

John Williams, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Moderator: Jens Ulbrich, Director General Economics, Deutsche Bundesbank

2:35 PM-3:35 PM Outlook for Supply Chains Amid Geopolitical Tensions 
Manuel Kallweit, Head of Economic Intelligence Department, German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA)
Stefan Kluge, Senior Director, Supplier Portfolio Management & Operations Enabling, Intel Corporation 
Moderator: Carlos Herrera, Chief Economist, North America Foodservice and On-Premise Division, Coca-Cola

3:35 PM-4:00 PM Afternoon Break

4:00 PM-4:45 PM Closing Keynote Address: The Impact of the Russian Aggression on Inflation Prospects and Monetary Policy's Response
Joachim Nagel, President, Deutsche Bundesbank
Moderator: Stuart Mackintosh, Executive Director, Group of Thirty

4:45 PM Adjournment


The event fee is $300 USD for NABE members and $450 USD for non-members. The registration cost includes the conference program, accommodations, meals at the Conference Centre, and the Monday evening offsite dinner. Additional dinner guest tickets can be purchased for $125. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to confirm your participation at the offsite dinner, your accommodations, and other travel details.

Please note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required to attend. All attendees will be notified at a later date of any other health protocols, which are subject to change based on evolving health conditions.

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Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellation must be received in writing. To receive a refund less a $50 processing fee by NABE, written cancellation must be received by May 4. NABE will be flexible with last-minute cancellations due to health reasons.


Hotel / Travel Details

All sessions will be held at the Deutsche Bundesbank Conference Centre in Eltville, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The Conference Centre is situated on the western outskirts of Eltville, about 50 kilometres from Frankfurt am Main, and is readily accessible by train (Frankfurt am Main/Wiesbaden/Koblenz train lines) or by car. The address is:

Deutsche Bundesbank Conference Centre
Erbacher Strasse 18, 65343 
Eltville am Rhein

Complimentary single occupant sleeping rooms are available at the Conference Centre for registered attendees. If you are looking to use one of the complimentary rooms, register soon to ensure your spot, and indicate your plans in the travel itinerary survey, linked in the registration confirmation email. There are a limited number of rooms available on Tuesday, May 10.  Most attendees will depart for Frankfurt airport or train station using the complimentary shuttle at 5:15pm on May 10 (see "Transport" below). 

For those looking for more traditional accommodations, we recommend staying within the town of Eltville am Rhein, in close proximity to restaurants, shopping, and more, with a wide variety of hotel and charming B&B options available.  Here are a few recommendations within walking distance: 

Baron Knyphausen | Das Spritzenhaus | Weingut Koegler | Eltvinum

Other larger hotel options (within driving distance):

Kronenschlösschen | Zum Krug 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to confirm your accommodations and other travel details.

Please note that transport to the Conference Centre will not be provided. After the conference, we will provide a shuttle bus to Frankfurt Airport and Frankfurt Central Station (departing at approx. 5:15 p.m. on 10 May). Please RSVP for the shuttle in the attendee details survey (linked in the registration confirmation email).

The journey from Frankfurt Airport to the Conference Centre takes about 30 minutes by taxi and costs around €80.

Eltville is served by the train line Frankfurt am Main/Wiesbaden/Koblenz. Please refer to the following link for assistance with your onward journey from Frankfurt Airport or Frankfurt Central Station using public transport: Deutsche Bahn

The Conference Centre is 1.2 km from Eltville train station. There is a taxi stand in front of the station. 

In May, the average temperature in Eltville is between +17°C and +24°C.  

If you require any organizational assistance, please contact the Conference Management team using the contact information below. During the conference, assistance will be available at the information desk close to the conference room.

For inquiries before the conference: Office tel. +49 (0)69 9566 3553 (Ms Neuhaus) / +49 (0)69 9566 3163 (Ms Höhler); Email: [email protected]
For inquiries during the conference: Mobile: +49 (0)172 6769563 (Ms Neuhaus) / +49 (0)173 3425362 (Ms Höhler); Email: [email protected]

For all other inquiries, please contact NABE at [email protected] or +1 (202) 463-6223.