Finance & Economics Working Group

Group Charter

Today’s corporate leaders face unprecedented challenges, with a critical need for clarity about what economic and financial indicators are signaling about the post-COVID global business landscape. Our mission is to equip global FP&A professionals with the network, knowledge and skills required to navigate today's fast-changing economic and financial environments.

Group Themes

At this time, F&E Group is focused generally on these major themes:

  • Analyzing and integrating economic and financial data about post-COVID-19 economies and supply chains

  • Understanding the global impact of economic stimulus actions taken in response to COVID-19 in the private and public sectors

  • Identifying the most accurate models and analysis techniques for use in FP&A analysis and reporting

  • Understanding the governmental and policy-sector perspectives on future economic growth across regions

  • Technical analyses of critical economic metrics and financial indicators

  • Rebalancing of global trade flows in response to the new economic and political landscape

  • The impact that global trade hub rebalancing and transport model evolution will have on industries and operating models

  • Emerging changes in corporate funding trends to align with new global, social and economic priorities

  • How the virtual work revolution impacts an increasingly diverse workforce able to work across multiple regions and disciplines




Group Leader

Michael Weber, PhD

Associate Professor of Finance, Chicago Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

Michael Weber joined Chicago Booth in 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Finance and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018. He is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Monetary Economics and Asset Pricing groups, a member of the Macro Finance Society, and a research affiliate at the CESifo Research Network. His research interests include asset pricing, macroeconomics, international finance, and household finance. His work on downside risk in currency markets and other asset classes earned the 2013 AQR Insight Award. He has published in leading economics and finance journals such as the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Journal of Financial Economics.


Weber is a visiting researcher at the Bureau of Labor Statistics where he studies how the inability of firms to adjust output prices to macroeconomics shocks affects their systematic risk.

Member Profiles

Members are senior leaders in corporate finance and economics roles across multiple sectors and geographies around the world. Member companies include Citibank, Etihad, Air Canada, ADP, Prudential, Sanofi and other peer organizations.

Group Leader Introduction

Meet Dr. Michael Weber in this brief conversation with KATALYST CEO Carlos Alvarenga.

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