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BABC 28th Annual Economic Lunch 2018 (Presented by Squire Patton Boggs and ACCA USA)

Date: January 31, 2018 Time: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
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Event Description

The British-American Business Council Northern California cordially invites you to the 28th Annual BABC Economic Forecast Luncheon.
Once again, our panel of experts will engage in an interactive discussion and share their projections on how local and global economic patterns will affect your business in 2018. We'll be presenting economic forecasts for the Bay Area and the global economy and their likely impact on the US and regional economies as a whole.  We will also dig into the probable outcomes of the currently booming conditions here in the US and the Bay Area, including predictions on the markets and the environment for IPOs and M&A exits.
  • Will tax reform propel the stock markets to even higher records or are we in a bubble?
  • Will Brexit and the travails of the May government start to have a measurable impact? 
  • What about the impact of deregulation and the volatile Trump administration?

You will no doubt have many other questions!

This year we are pleased to bring back Sean Randolph of the Bay Area Economic Institute and Hannah Kuchler of The Financial Times and to welcome Ninh Chung of SVB ASset Management.




Sean Randolph

LinkedIn Profile

    Sean Randolph is President & CEO of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a public-private partnership of business, labor, government and higher education that works to foster a competitive economy in California and the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland and Silicon Valley.

Dr. Randolph previously served as President & CEO of the Bay Area Economic Forum, which merged with the Bay Area Council in January 2008, and as director of international trade for the State of California, where he developed trade strategy and directed international business programs to stimulate exports and introduce California companies to overseas markets. Before service with the state, he was Managing Director of the RSR Pacific Group, an international business consulting firm specializing in Asia and Latin America, and before that served as International Director General of the Pacific Basin Economic Council, a 15-nation international organization of leading U.S., Asian and Latin American corporations.

His professional career includes extensive experience in the U.S. Government, including the U.S. Congress staff, and the White House staff. From 1981-85 he served in the U.S. State Department, as officer for Asia on the Policy Planning Staff, as Special Adviser for Policy in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and as Deputy/Ambassador-at Large for Pacific Basin affairs. From 1985-88 he served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for International Affairs, managing nuclear non-proliferation, energy research, and global oil and gas issues.

Dr. Randolph holds a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts and Harvard Universities), a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, and studied at the London School of Economics.

Ninh Chung
Head of Investment Strategy
& Portfolio Management

Linkedin Profile

    Ninh Chung is Head of Investment Strategy and Portfolio Management for SVB Asset Management. He has more than 13 years of investment experience.
Prior to joining SVB Asset Management, Chung held various finance and investment positions and at Silicon Valley Bank and SVB Securities. Chung was instrumental in the development of SVB and SVB Securities' liquidity products and automated settlement process between clearing broker and bank operations. Chung began his financial services career as a corporate services manager for Smith Barney, where he worked with Fortune 50 companies to administer corporate stock option and employee benefit plans. With his team of registered representatives Chung implemented optionee's strategies while working closely with plan sponsors, financial advisors, and counterparties.
Chung earned his MS from Saint Mary?s College of California and BA from University of California, Irvine and holds FINRA securities licenses 7, 9, 10, and 63. He has taught summer youth basketball camps and plays golf in his spare time. He resides in San Ramon.


Pete Flint                            
Managing Partner NFX, Co-Founder and Former CEO, Trulia inc

LinkedIn profile

Pete Flint is a Managing Partner of NFX (,

an early stage Venture Capital fund with offices in Silicon Valley and Israel focused on network effects businesses. The Partners at NFX are a team of entrepreneurs and investors that have collectively founded 10 companies that have had exits of $10 billion and have made more than 300 investments. Prior to NFX, in 2005 Pete founded the online real estate company Trulia (, now one of the most popular real estate websites and mobile apps in the U.S. He was its CEO and Chairman from inception to acquisition. In July 2014, rival property service Zillow purchased Trulia for $3.5 billion, with both brands continuing to operate side-by-side.

Before founding Trulia, Pete was part of the founding team at lastminute.coma leading European online travel company that was acquired by Sabre/Travelocity in 2005 for over $1 billion.

Pete is a founding Board member of New Story Charity (, a technology enabled platform focused on eliminating homelessness by building sustainable communities around the world.

He is also a founder and co-chair of GBx (, the leading British technology community based in Silicon Valley helping to connect and scale technology ecosystems in the UK and Silicon Valley.

He is a frequent speaker at Internet, entrepreneurship and technology conferences, and additionally is a guest lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business and at Oxford's Said Business School. He has been named E&Y Northern Californian Entrepreneur of the Year, “Most Admired CEO” by the San Francisco Business Times, and one of the “Most Powerful CEOs Under 40” by Forbes.



Leslie Hook

San Francisco Correspondent

LinkedIn Profile



Leslie Hook is San Francisco Correspondent for the Financial Times and a columnist for FT Magazine. She writes about technology with a particular focus on transportation and cities – and companies like Uber, Lyft, and Amazon.
Since joining the Financial Times in 2010, she has been Beijing Correspondent, covering energy and the environment, and a Lex columnist, covering public tech companies.
She was a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University during the 2013-2014 academic year, and a recipient of the FT’s Jones-Mauthner Memorial Prize (runner-up) in 2017.
Previously she was at The Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review






Event Sponsors
Presenting Sponsors

Event Location
The Stock Exchange Tower
155 Sansome Street (Main Dining Room, 11th Floor)
San Francisco, CA 94104
Date/Time Information
Date: Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
Time: 11.30 - 2.00pm
Networking: 11.30 - 12.00pm (No host bar)
Luncheon Commences: 12.00
Panel Discussion: 12.30 - 2.00pm


Contact Information
(415) 296 8645

Ticket includes a three course luncheon, tea/coffee. No-Host Bar.

$100 BABC Member Ticket
$85 BABC Young Professionals Member Ticket
$1,000 BABC Member Table of 10
$150 Non Member Ticket
$1,500 Non-Member Table of 10
$100 Participating Chamber Individual Ticket (Code: PromoPartnerTicket)
$1,000 Participating Chamber Table of 10 (PromoPartnerTable)

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