Understanding The Defining Issues Of Our Times

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The Greenwich Economic Forum (GEF) is an elite international gathering of leaders in global finance.

Developed by Bruce McGuire and Jim Aiello of the Greenwich Business Institute, GEF convenes some of the brightest minds in global finance, business, media and government for discussion and debate on the defining issues of our times.  

The 2020 GEF agenda will include the global economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the US Presidential elections, and the rise of China as a financial and geopolitical force.

Greenwich is famous as the “hedge fund capital of the world” and many of the leading hedge fund and private equity firms are represented at GEF. While a finance conference at its core, GEF strives to promote diversity of connectivity and thought and we welcome technology and cultural influencers to join the discussion.

Bruce McGuire



Bruce McGuire is the Co-Founder of the Greenwich Economic Forum, Co-Chairman of Greenwich Business Institute, and Founder and President of the Connecticut Hedge Fund Association. Bruce is an attorney and a 26-year veteran of Wall Street, having held officer level positions at top firms, including Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Sought out for his advice and counsel, Bruce is a Director of the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce, the Connecticut-China Council, and he serves on Dean John Quelch’s Finance Advisory Board at the University of Miami Herbert School of Business. Bruce is a graduate of the University of Miami and is a member of the Connecticut Bar.

Bruce’s commentary on the economy and the alternative investment industry have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Economist, Bloomberg, China Daily, and many other publications. In addition, Bruce has done segments on the hedge fund industry for China’s CCTV, and TV Tokyo.

James Aiello

Jim Aiello is the Co-Founder of Greenwich Economic Forum and Co-Chairman of Greenwich Business Institute, and has 30 years of real estate and financial services advisory experience. Jim’s investment career began in management consulting in New York, focusing on business strategy and profitability related to the investment management and other finance and real estate-related industries, including working at First Manhattan Consulting Group, Goldman Sachs, and Salomon Brothers. The Greenwich Business Institute currently produces the Greenwich Economic Forum and associated alternative industry events. Jim also Chairs the Greenwich Economic Development Council and Co-Chairs the Harvard Club of New York City Real Estate Special Interest Group. He earned his BA in Government (cum laude) from Harvard University.

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