The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship at Drake University events are all free and open to the public.
Sponsor: The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship
Jim McCaughan is chief executive officer of Principal Global Investors. He also serves as president of global asset management for the Principal Financial Group. He graduated with a degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge (Pembroke College) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.
Madelyn Antoncic joined Principal Global Investors in 2015 as Executive Director – Institutional Investment Solutions. She has more than 25 years of economic and financial industry experience. Most recently, Madelyn was vice president and treasurer of the World Bank where she oversaw assets of official sector institutions, comprising central banks, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and other international financial institutions, as well as of the World Bank Group’s pension. She also oversaw the World Bank’s derivatives portfolio; its funding program; its capital management; and several businesses including engaging with client countries on central bank reserves management, debt management strategies, banking and risk management solutions. Madelyn holds a Ph.D. in Economics with a minor in Finance from New York University.
Eric Shimp is a policy adviser at Alston & Bird LLP. He advises corporate and public sector clients on global trade, investment and regulatory strategies, and advises multinational corporations and investment funds on strategic acquisitions and political risk management issues in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Eric also works with trade associations and public companies to develop legislative strategies involving complex international regulatory issues in both the U.S. and European Union. Eric brings nearly a decade of experience gained as a U.S. diplomat and trade negotiator covering East and Southeast Asia. He has advised sovereign governments on a range of issues, including WTO accession, investment policy planning and the negotiation of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. From 2000–2002, Eric served as the director for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Korean Affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where he managed trade policy toward ASEAN, Korea and South Asia. At the USTR, he handled an array of trade and investment issues, including the negotiations toward the Free Trade Agreement with Singapore, concluded in 2002. From 1994–2001, Eric served as a U.S. foreign service officer. During his tenure with the State Department, Eric was posted in China, Hong Kong and Washington, D.C.