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Hans is the publisher of Rundt's World Business Intelligence Briefs, Rundt's Financial Executive Country Risk Alert and FX-PRO Foreign Currency Forecasts. He holds a doctorate in jurisprudence and political economics. His firm ranks among its clients as a top name among multinational corporations and banks in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Asia. He is a regular contributor of articles to international trade and financial publications, including Business Credit and has made extensive contributions on foreign exchange strategies and country risk assessment to several books on international finance. Hans is the chairman of the International Council for the American Management Association, a consultant for the Management Center Europe in Brussels and an advisor to a regional governor of the Russian Federation. He is a much sought-after keynote speaker on global developments and has been a frequent lecturer and conference chairman for the American Management Association in North and South America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia. He also provides intelligence briefings for corporate CEOs worldwide. Hans was a member of the FCIB-NACM Board of Directors.
Chris serves as economic advisor for the National Association of Credit Management. In that capacity, he prepares and comments on the monthly Credit Managers' Index report. He is also the author of Business Intelligence Briefs, a daily newsletter that FCIB members currently receive and enjoy as a benefit of membership. He completed his graduate work at the University of Kansas and, prior to launching Armada in 2000, was a professor of international finance and economics for 15 years in the United States, Russia, Hungary, Estonia, Singapore and Taiwan.
As former head economist and current economic advisor for BNP Paribas Fortis, Freddy Van den Spiegel is a respected authority in the area of bank regulation and macro-economics. He is also a Professor at the Free University Brussels, where he teaches courses in Financial Management, Financial Markets and Financial Institutions. He has been a Visiting Professor at Warsaw University since 1992 and is a Visiting Professor at Vlerick Centre for Financial Services. As an economist, he has a specific interest in the effects of European integration and worldwide globalisation on financial markets and risks.
His other specific field of interest is Banking Regulation and Supervision: he is Chairman of the Steering Group regulation and supervision of the European Financial Services Round Table. Also, he was a Member of the European Commission expert group, preparing the priority programme for the commission for 2005-2009. He is Chairman of the Consultative Panel of CEBS, Member of the Inter-Institutional Monitoring Group for EU financial integration (mandate of the European Parliament), and Chairman of ELEC Belgium (European League for Economic Cooperation).