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A Conversation with Helima Croft: Middle East and the Markets? What's Geopolitics Got to Do With It?
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A Conversation with Helima Croft: Middle East and the Markets? What's Geopolitics Got to Do With It?


When: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: RBC Capital Markets
200 Vesey Street
New York, New York  10281
United States

Phone: 212-533-2141

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A Conversation with Helima Croft: Middle East and the Markets? What's Geopolitics Got to Do With It?

Join us for a conversation with Helima Croft, Global Head of Commodity Strategy and MENA Research at RBC Capital Markets. Ms. Croft’s conversation will have a heavy markets focus as she discusses the Middle East and how the developments there are impacting markets.

In addition, we will discuss:

  • How geopolitics could influence oil’s price and supply; and
  • The outlook for oil, as the U.S. is now the world’s largest producer.

Light refreshments will be served.


Helima Croft photoHelima Croft
Global Head of Commodity Strategy and MENA Research
RBC Capital Markets

Helima is a Managing Director and the Global Head of Commodity Strategy at RBC Capital Markets. She specializes in geopolitics and energy, leading a team of commodity strategists that cover energy, metals and commodity investor activity. Helima is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a select group of individuals who advise, inform and make recommendations to the Secretary of Energy with respect to any matter relating to energy.

She also is a CNBC contributor, a member of the channel’s exclusive family of experts, and is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Helima joined RBC Capital Markets from Barclays, where she was a Managing Director and Head of North American Commodities Research. Prior to that, she worked at Lehman Brothers, the Council on Foreign Relations and the CIA, where she focused on geopolitics and commodities. Helima has received many industry accolades throughout her career. She received her PhD in economic history from Princeton in 2001.


Robert Windrem photoRobert Windrem
Award-winning Investigative Reporter
NBC News

Robert Windrem is an award-winning investigative reporter at NBC News specializing in national security issues. He's celebrating his 40th year with NBC. Over the years, he has reported on a variety of national security issues, including non-proliferation, international and domestic terrorism, intelligence, the Middle East, and energy.

He has won more than 40 national journalism awards, including an Emmy, a Dupont, a Sigma Delta Chi Award, and various others, including three Edward R. Murrow awards. He co-authored "Critical Mass: The Dangerous Race for Superweapons in a Fragmenting World," published by Simon and Schuster, which was translated into Hebrew and Arabic and excerpted in five Indian languages. His reporting has also been published in The Daily Beast, Mother Jones, The Nation, and Popular Science.

Windrem was the first TV producer to bring television cameras into the CIA and aboard an operational ballistic missile submarine. He produced two exclusive interviews for NBC News with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, one in New York, one in Tehran, as well as an interview with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvilli. He and Andrea Mitchell produced the first network television report on Osama Bin Ladin and Al Qaeda in January 1997.

He has taught at the junior college, undergraduate, and graduate levels, including 17 years as an adjunct at NYU, where he taught broadcast writing and production in Science and Environmental Reporting Program. Before joining NBC News, he was a reporter for New Jersey newspapers and worked as a "Nader's Raider" in Washington, DC, testifying before Congress on Teamster Union corruption. He graduated from Seton Hall University with a bachelor's degree in Communications Arts in 1968. He currently serves on the President's Advisory Group at Seton Hall, working specifically with the School of Diplomacy. He serves as well on the national advisory council of the Model UN and as a fellow at Fordham Law School's Center on National Security.

He has been married to long-time FWA member, Patti Domm, for 36 years.

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Event Schedule

6:00 – 8:00 pm


$25 FWA Members  |   $50 Non-Members  |  Refreshments included


Mass Transit: E to World Trade Center station.

RBC Capital Markets logoSpecial thanks to RBC Capital Markets for graciously sponsoring and hosting this event.

This event is organized by the Global Agenda Committee of the FWA of NY, Inc. with special thanks to Patti Domm, FWA Member; Simone Vinocour, FWA President; and Hermina "Nina" Batson, FWA President-elect.

About the FWA
Established in 1956, the FWA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional organization with a membership of approximately 800 female and male professionals working in the financial services industry or who hold a financial position in another industry. The FWA has a long tradition of encouraging women to seek career opportunities in finance and business through mentorship and networking.

Reservations Required -- Bring Photo ID -- NO WALK-INS

 Reservations/Payments and Cancellations are required by Monday, February 24, 2020


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