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Panel Discussion

March 8

Topic: "End of the Commodities Super Cycle: Implications for the U.S. Presidential Election, the World Economy, and Beyond"
Panelists: Jim McCaughan (Principal Financial Group), Bob Baur (Principal Financial Group), Paul Schickler, (Pioneer Hi-Bred), Kavilash Chawla (Bâton Global)
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

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.

Robert (Bob) Baur is the chief global economist for Principal Global Investors, the diversified asset management arm of the Principal Financial Group. He has a PhD in economics and a BS in mathematics from Iowa State.  He completed post-doctoral study in finance and economics at the University of Minnesota. He speaks around the world, is frequently quoted by the financial news media, and appears regularly on CNBC, Fox Business and Bloomberg Television.

Paul E. Schickler is president of DuPont Pioneer, the advanced seed genetics business of DuPont. In this role, which he has held since 2007, he has continued to expand Pioneer’s global business by remaining focused on innovation that improves local productivity and profitability of farmers in more than 90 countries. Since joining Pioneer in 1974, Schickler has served in a variety of finance and administrative leadership roles throughout the business, including vice president of International Operations from 1999 to 2007. He currently serves on the DuPont Committee on Agricultural Innovation and Productivity in the 21st Century, the DuPont Agriculture Decision Board, and the DuPont Operating Team. Schickler is a graduate of Drake University, where he received Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in business administration. He currently serves as Board Chair of Grand View University. He is on the Board of Directors of the Cultivation Corridor, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, The Greater Des Moines Partnership, and the Iowa Business Council. He also serves on the Chicago Council’s Global Agricultural Development Initiative Advisory Group (GADI) and Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress (IPEP). 

Kavilash (Kavi) Chawla is a Partner at Bâton Global and he currently serves as a Visiting Scholar in the International Business Department at the College of Business and Public Administration at Drake University.  Kavi has spent the last 12 years of his career as a strategy advisor and consultant to private and public sector organizations supporting them with the development and execution of their internationalization strategies.  Kavi holds a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and B.A. in Economics, History, and Political Science from Drake University.