Lucio Vinhas de Souza

Lucio Vinhas de Souza is currently an Advisor to the leadership of the European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU’s “Department of State”. Before that, he led the Economics Team at the European Political Strategy Centre, an internal advisory body to the European Commission President. Prior to that, he was Managing Director and Sovereign Chief Economist at Moody’s Investors Service, based at its headquarters in New York. Before joining Moody’s, he was a World Bank official based in Washington, D.C. His main work areas are global macroeconomics, finance and country risk.

Michael Kurtzig

Michael Kurtzig was an international economist with the US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service until 2000. He joined the department in the late 1960s as a Middle East expert, first as a country desk officer, then as Assistant Branch Chief and then Chief of the Africa and Middle East Branch. He travelled extensively in the Middle East, particularly Turkey, Israel, Iran, Cyprus, as well as an analyst for Jordan. His work centered on agricultural foreign policy, data, and US trade. He wrote extensively on those subjects. He led a number of missions for the USDA, the World Bank, and USAID to Iran, Jordan, Turkey and Israel, as well as Gaza and the West Bank. After retirement he taught in Congregational and Day schools in Philadelphia and Alexandria on the Holocaust, Anti-Semitism, Hebrew, Israel and Jewish Communities around the World. He has been a member of NEC for many years and values the comradeship and the many excellent interesting speakers who keep us up to date and contribute to the knowledge base of the industry. He lives in DC with his wife Barbara and his rescue dog, Bob.

Ed Kean

Ed Kean serves as Senior Economic Policy Analyst and Chief Editor for the Observatory Group. He has worked as an economic policy analyst for the Observatory Group since 2007. In that capacity, Ed has analyzed developments regarding US monetary, fiscal, trade and financial regulatory policy. Prior to joining the Observatory Group, he served as a senior Fed analyst for the G7 Group. Ed also has held various positions with the National Economists Club, including serving as President of the Club in 2011.

Daniel Bachman

Danny Bachman is responsible for Deloitte’s quarterly U.S. Economic Forecast. Prior to coming to Deloitte, Dr. Bachman worked as a forecaster, economic analyst, and model expert at the US Commerce Department and for several economic consulting companies. He also taught economics at Temple University. Dr. Bachman’s first professional job was at Israel’s Ministry of Finance.

Dr. Bachman is a participant in the Wall Street Journal’s Economic Forecasting panel and the George Washington University’s H.O. Stekler Research Seminar on Forecasting. He is an active member of the National Association for Business Economics and the National Economics Club. Dr. Bachman has published a number of articles in peer reviewed economics research journals.

Dr. Bachman is a native of Philadelphia. He has a B.A. from Johns Hopkins and Ph.D. from Brown University. Dr. Bachman lives in Rockville, Maryland with his wife, but without his two millennial children, who—evidently defying the odds—have not returned home after college. Yet.

Cliff Waldman

Chairman, Board of Governors

Cliff Waldman, 2019 National Economists Club President, is the CEO of New World Economics, a consulting firm that offers a range of forecasting and data creation services to manufacturing companies, trade groups and governments. He is also the host of “Cliff Notes on the Global Manufacturing Picture”, a podcast show on Manufacturing Talk Radio. Cliff is an active and in-demand public speaker on topics ranging from the U.S. and global economic outlooks to productivity and automation.

Cliff served as Chief Economist of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) research foundation. His primary responsibility during his 15-year tenure at MAPI was to write and speak on the global economic outlook. Cliff’s career has also included positions with a state government policy research unit as well as with a small business research team in Washington, D.C. He has won three national research awards for his published work on the Chinese economy, productivity, innovation, and demographics.

Cliff served as co-chair of the NABE Manufacturing Roundtable in 2019. In 2018 he was awarded the Certified Business Economist (CBE) designation by NABE.

Scott Condren

VP Communications

Scott is currently a senior analyst in the Export-Import Bank of the United States’ Office of Policy Analysis and International Relations. His work focuses on the economic impact of EXIM supported transactions on the U.S. economy. Via NEC, he was a 2017 Kakehashi scholar and traveled to Japan in February of that year with other NEC members. Prior to moving to D.C., Scott served as an equity analyst with CT Mason in Boston. He served on the board of the Boston Chapter of the National Association for Business Economics as secretary and membership chair. In those roles he was responsible for both managing membership, and marketing events via email and social media. Scott is a CFA Charterholder. He previously served as NEC’s VP of Communications.

Peter Davis

Senior VP Programs

Pete Davis advises Wall Street money managers on Washington policy developments that affect the financial markets.  President of his own consulting firm since 1992, Davis Capital Investment Ideas, Pete draws on 11 years of experience as a Capitol Hill economist with the Joint Committee on Taxation (1974-1981), the Senate Budget Committee (1981-1983), and Senator Robert C. Byrd (1992).  Pete served as NEC President in 1984 and earned his B.A. Economics from the University of Rochester in 1972.  Pete has served as the Co-Vice President for programming in 2014, 2015 and 2017, and served as Senior VP for programming from 2018-2020.