Assessing Sovereign Credit Risk in an Era of Trade Tensions – July 10

  • July 10, 2018
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) invites you to a Trade Talk  on sovereign credit risk. The last few months have been a hot bed of activity on the international trade arena what with the United States imposing a slew of tariffs and its trading partners, from Europe to Asia threatening trade retaliation in response. Ever wonder if trade tensions, trade uncertainty and mounting retaliation affect a country’s credit rating and in-bound investments?

Join Atsi Sheth, a Managing Director in the Sovereign Risk Group at Moody’s Investors Service, for a discussion on sovereign creditworthiness. Atsi will explain how Moody’s assesses sovereign credit risk, providing views on how trade is factored into the analysis and what growing trade tensions could mean for sovereign credit strength. She will also address other major drivers of sovereign creditworthiness.



Atsi Sheth.
Managing Director, Moody’s Credit Strategy and Research team

Atsi Sheth is a Managing Director in Moody’s Credit Strategy and Research team. She serves as the Chief Credit Officer for the Americas. Prior to this, she was Managing Director in Moody’s Sovereign Risk Group, responsible for the teams covering the Americas, Asia Pacific and Middle East. Before rejoining Moody’s in 2011, she was Chief Economist at Reliance Capital.  During Atsi’s previous tenure at Moody’s from 1997 to 2007, she worked in the Credit Policy and Sovereign Risk groups, covering countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. Atsi has taught International Political Economy and Emerging Markets at Columbia University in New York, and has been associated with non-profit agencies in micro-finance and housing. Atsi has a PhD from Northwestern University and a B.A. from Bombay University.


moderated by


Barbara Weisel
Managing Director, Rock Creek Global Advisors

Barbara Weisel is a Managing Director at Rock Creek Global Advisors, an international economic policy advisory firm, where she focuses on international trade and investment policy and negotiations as well as market access and regulatory matters.  Ms. Weisel has more than 25 years of experience advancing international trade and investment initiatives, expanding market access in Asia-Pacific markets, and resolving specific issues faced by businesses in the Asia-Pacific.  Ms. Weisel served most recently as Assistant US Trade Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. She was the US chief negotiator for the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) from its inception in 2008 through its signing in 2016.   As Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative for Bilateral Asian Affairs (Korea, Southeast Asia, and South Asia), Ms. Weisel served as negotiator of FTAs with Malaysia, Thailand, Australia and Singapore. She also was charged with monitoring and enforcing Asian countries’ compliance with their World Trade Organization commitments and working with US companies to resolve specific issues in these markets.  Earlier, Ms. Weisel served as the official responsible for managing global pharmaceutical regulatory issues and as Director for Japan Affairs.  Before joining USTR, she worked at the State Department from 1984-1994, serving in a variety of positions, including as international economist on Japan, the Persian Gulf, and North Africa


Lunch will be provided Preregistration recommended due to limited space of # 20


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