News Release

CME Group to Host Fourth Annual Global Financial Leadership Conference

Thu Sep 15 2011

CHICAGO, Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, will host the fourth annual Global Financial Leadership Conference (GFLC) Oct. 24-26, 2011, at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort in Naples, Fla. The GFLC is an exclusive event that brings together decision-makers from the world's leading financial institutions to discuss emerging geopolitical trends, debate critical economic issues and provide perspectives on future developments in the financial marketplace. 

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Potential impact of current and proposed regulatory policy;
  • The evolving role of risk management;
  • Impact of geopolitical trends on global financial markets;
  • The state of sovereign debt and sovereign risk;
  • The global demand for energy;
  • Impact of the current food crisis; and
  • The new information paradigm impacting politics and markets.


Keynote speakers for this year's conference include:

  • President George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States of America and Founder of the George W. Bush Foundation
  • Katie Couric, Award-Winning Journalist and Author


Additional featured speakers include:

  • Julie Dana, Senior Financial Specialist, World Bank
  • Tom Daschle, Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader
  • Niall Ferguson, Economic Historian, Professor and Author
  • Dan Glickman, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
  • Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post Media Group
  • Robert Merton, Nobel Prize Winning Economist and Professor of Economics, MIT
  • Bill Richardson, Former Governor of New Mexico, Former U.S. Energy Secretary
  • Myron Scholes, Nobel Prize Winning Economist and Chairman, Platinum Grove Asset Management
  • Cheng Siwei, Chairman, International Finance Forum of Beijing
  • Biz Stone, Co-Founder of Twitter


Previous GFLC events have hosted opinion leaders and luminaries such as President Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States and founder of The William J. Clinton Foundation, and David Gergen, CNN senior political analyst. Other featured speakers have included Paul Tudor Jones, Founder of Tudor Investment Corporation; Michael Lewis, best-selling author of Liar's Poker, Moneyball and The Big Short; Robert Rubin, former U.S. Treasury Secretary; and Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer prize-winning author and authority on international politics, economics and energy. To access previous GFLC video, photo and press highlights, as well as 2011 conference information, visit the conference website at

As the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group ( is where the world comes to manage risk.  CME Group exchanges offer the widest range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, weather and real estate.  CME Group brings buyers and sellers together through its CME Globex® electronic trading platform and its trading facilities in New York and Chicago.  CME Group also operates CME Clearing, one of the world's leading central counterparty clearing providers, which offers clearing and settlement services for exchange-traded contracts, as well as for over-the-counter derivatives transactions through CME ClearPort®. These products and services ensure that businesses everywhere can substantially mitigate counterparty credit risk in both listed and over-the-counter derivatives markets.

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