News Release

CME Group to Host Seventh Annual Global Financial Leadership Conference

Wed Oct 29 2014

CHICAGO, Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CME Group will host the seventh annual Global Financial Leadership Conference (GFLC) Nov. 17-19, 2014, at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort in Naples, Florida. The GFLC is an exclusive event that brings together decision-makers from the world's leading financial institutions to discuss the global investment climate and outlook, debate critical economic issues and share insight and analysis of geopolitical trends and the global financial landscape. 

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Keynote speakers for this year's conference include:

  • Ben Bernanke, Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (2006-2014)
  • Lord Mervyn King, Governor, The Bank of England (2003-2013)
  • Ehud Barak, Prime Minister, Israel (1999-2001)
  • Mohamed El-Erian, Chair, President Obama's Global Development Council; Chief Economic Advisor, Allianz International Executive Board
  • Gen. Colin Powell, USA (Ret.), Secretary of State (2001-2005)

Additional featured speakers include:

  • Gen. Keith B. Alexander, USA (Ret.), Director, National Security Agency (2005–2014)
  • Steve Forbes, Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media
  • Rana Foroohar, Global Economic Analyst, CNN
  • Jay Leno, Comedian and Former Host of  "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"
  • Andrew Lo, Charles and Susan T. Harris Professor of Finance, and Director, Laboratory for Financial Engineering, MIT
  • Michael Milken, Chairman, The Milken Institute
  • Jamil Nazarali, Senior Managing Director and Head of Execution Services, Citadel
  • Geoffrey Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago; Member, President Obama's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications
  • Gillian Tett, Assistant Editor and Columnist, Financial Times
  • Kevin Warsh, Member, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (2006-2011)

Topics for discussion include, systemic risk in the global markets, the future of the Middle East, mass surveillance and national security, and the economic challenges facing the world today and the role of central banks in recovery.  The full agenda for the conference can be found at:

To follow GFLC coverage during and after the 2014 conference, visit CME Group's online magazine and blog, OpenMarkets, at To access additional information about the conference as well as previous GFLC video, photo and press highlights, visit the conference website at

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; President George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States and founder of the George W. Bush Foundation; Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group; Hillary Rodham Clinton, 67th Secretary of State of the United States; Katie Couric, award-winning journalist and author; and Gary Becker, Nobel Prize-Winning economist. 

Other featured speakers have included Karl Rove, political analyst and contributor for FOX News, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal and former senior advisor and deputy Chief of Staff during the George W. Bush administration; Gary Gensler, former Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Sal Kahn, founder of Kahn Academy and 2013 CME Group Melamed-Arditti Innovation Award Recipient; The Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the U.K.; Niall Ferguson, economic historian, professor and author; Cheng Siwei, Chairman, International Finance Forum of Beijing; Paul Tudor Jones, founder of Tudor Investment Corporation; Aneesh Chopra, former Chief Technology Officer of the U.S.; Robert Rubin, former U.S. Treasury Secretary; and Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer prize-winning author and authority on international politics, economics and energy.

Media wishing to attend GFLC should contact Michael Shore at 312.930.2363 or at

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