Auburn University's Center for Governmental Services is hosting a forum on the future of the global economy in Atlanta at the Omni Hotel in the CNN Center on Oct. 4.

A forum on challenges facing the global economy is to be held at the Omni Hotel in the CNN Center, Atlanta on Oct. 4 with panel discussions on the pros and cons of free markets and regulated economies, the need for more transparency in financial reporting and the viability of global financial institutions.

Organized by Auburn University’s Center for Governmental Services, the forum is to feature a mix of consultants, local officials, scholars and representatives of Atlanta’s consular community.

James R. Barth, a senior fellow at the Milken Institute, a think tank with offices in Santa Monica, Calif., and Washington who served as chief economist of the Office of Thrift Supervision and the Federal Home Loan Board in the administrations of former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, is to be a keynote speaker.

Mr. Barth, who is the Lowder eminent scholar in finance at Auburn, has served as leader of an international team advising the People’s Bank of China on banking reform and has participated in U.S. State Department programs in India, 2008; Russia, 2009, and Egypt, 2010.

Other keynoters include Daniel Guhr, managing director of the Illuminate Consulting Group, which has offices in San Francisco; Bad Oeyenhausen, Germany, and Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Guhr is a former director of business development with the German software developer SAP Ag.

Debra Amidon, a global innovation strategist, prolific author and founder of Enotvation International Ltd. , also is to be featured at the forum.

Among the Atlanta-based diplomats scheduled to participate are: Consul General Stephen Brereton of Canada, Consul Vassilios Gouloussis of Greece and Consul General Gandy Thomas of Haiti.

Susan Kintanar, export finance manager and director of the Atlanta regional office of the Export-Import Bank, also is to participate as are William Cheng, associate professor of finance, Sorrell College of Business, Troy University and Kashmu Woldernarian, assistant professor of political, international relations, Spelman College

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