Jesus Ca~nas

Jesus Cañas, Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
The breakfast keynote speaker on Monday morning, Canas will talk about the positive effects of trade along the Texas-Mexico border.  His research  focuses on issues pertaining to the Mexican economy, the U.S.–Mexico border economy, and cross-border manufacturing. Canas’ publication, Texas Border Cities Illustrate Benefits and Challenges of Trade, has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal as well as in all major Texas newspapers.




Rajeev Dhawan

Rajeev Dhawan, Professor, Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.
Professor Rajeev Dhawan wears a dual hat as holder of the Zwerner Chair of Economic Forecasting and as Director of the Economic Forecasting Center at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. As director of one of the country’s premiere forecasting centers, Dhawan develops forecasts for the U.S., Southeast regional and local metro Atlanta economies. These forecasts are regularly published and presented to business executives and the media at the Center’s popular, well-respected quarterly forecasting conferences. Dhawan has received several awards for his forecasting accuracy, including Pulsenomics Crystal Ball award for most accurate home price predictions from 2013 to 2015, and the most accurate GDP forecast by Bloomberg News in 2005. The Bank One Economic Outlook Center at Arizona State University in 2003 named him the most accurate forecaster for US employment.

A sought-after international speaker, he has presented at conferences in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, Dubai, France, Germany, Japan, Netherland, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and across the U.S. As a consultant, he has been commissioned to prepare economic impact reports, home price forecast models, and provide public policy recommendations. Dhawan has served as an advisor to several local and state government agencies and numerous publicly-held companies. These companies include Coca-Cola, Georgia Power, Raymond James and Turner Broadcasting, among others. Dhawan has directed impact analysis studies for Amgen, Northrop Grumman, LA Development Corporation, the California Automobile Import Alliance and the California Energy Commission. He has served on the Georgia Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors since 2004.

Dhawan’s academic research analyzes U.S. business cycles with a special emphasis on the role of credit markets on growth and survival of small firms. His international industry productivity comparison study examined factors that enabled Toyota to dominate not only U.S. companies, but also its Japanese counterparts. In his recent work, Dhawan has quantified the role and importance of oil prices in U.S. business cycle fluctuations. His research has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Management Science, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Review of Economic Dynamics, Economic Inquiry, and Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization among others. He is also the author of Firm Size, Financial Intermediation and Business Cycles which explores the effect of liquidity constraints on U.S. economic performance.

Prior to joining Georgia State University in the fall of 2000, he served as director of Econometric Forecasting at the Business Forecasting Project of the Anderson School of Business at UCLA. He has also taught at Pepperdine University and California State University at Long Beach. Dhawan earned a B.A. in Economics, with honors, from St. Stephen’s College in India, a M.A. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics in India and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.


John Fleck

John Fleck, Professor of Practice in Water Policy and Governance, University of New Mexico Department of Economics and director of the university’s Water Resources Program.
A professor and science journalist, Fleck will be the Sunday breakfast keynote speaker.  He is the author of the book, Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths About Water in the West, an exploration of solutions to the Colorado River Basin’s water problems.




Katharine Jacobs

Katharine Jacobs,  director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) and professor in the department of soil, water and environmental science at the University of Arizona.
From 2010 to 2013, Jacobs served as an assistant director in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President. Jacobs was the director of the 2014 National Climate Assessment, and also was the lead advisor on water science, policy and climate adaptation within OSTP.  Prior to her work in the White House, Jacobs was the executive director of the Arizona Water Institute from 2006-2009, leading a consortium of three state universities focused on water-related research, education and technology transfer in support of water supply sustainability. She has more than 20 years of experience as a water manager for the Arizona’s Department of Water Resources, including 14 years as director of the Tucson Active Management Area. Her research interests include water policy, connecting science and decision making, stakeholder engagement, climate information for water management applications, climate change adaptation, and drought planning. Jacobs earned her M.L.A. in environmental planning from the University of California, Berkeley. She has served on nine National Research Council panels.


Craig White

Craig White,  acting Provost of the University of New Mexico.
Craig White will provide the welcoming address on Sunday morning.  He became acting Provost of the University of New Mexico on January 1, 2017. He joined the Anderson School of Management in 1998 where he is professor of Accounting. Between 2009 and 2014 he was chair of the Accounting department and currently serves as dean of the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico.