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Good Things Happen Episode 4: Geopolitics

For political and financial professionals, the “butterfly effect” is more reality than fiction. A simple decision on the other side of our ever-connected world can ripple through industries and our daily lives. And now more than ever, global organizations like Citi need to know how they should respond to political shifts, new legislation and more at moment’s notice.

On this episode of “Good Things Happen,” we’re joined by Candi Wolff and Manolo Falcó, two of Citi’s most politically minded leaders. As EVP of Global Government Affairs and the Global Co-Head of Investment Banking respectively, Candi and Manolo are at the center of the company’s efforts to keep clients informed through key strategic decision-making.

In this discussion, Candi and Manolo weigh in on the fundamental importance of local, regional and global politics, how they manifest in real-world issues and the most effective ways to manage being the people in the middle of an ever-changing political landscape.

The views expressed herein are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Citigroup Global Markets Inc. or its affiliates. All opinions are subject to change without notice. Neither the information provided nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. The expressions of opinion are not intended to be a forecast of future events or a guarantee of future results.

Manuel is Global Co-Head of Banking, Capital Markets & Advisory at Citi. He is also member of the Citi Global Banking Executive Committee and Champion for the Women & Diversity network for Citi in the EMEA region. Previously, Manuel was Citi Country Officer for Spain, a role that included managing all businesses in Spain covering Markets and Banking, Consumer Banking and Global Wealth Management. Before joining Citi in 1998, he was an investment banker with Warburg Dillon Read for 10 years, working in London and Madrid. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from San Pablo CEU University in Madrid. Outside interests for Manuel include being a family member and shareholder of the Marques de Griñon Estates – one of the leading independent wineries in Spain – and a Member of the Trilateral Commission which is a non-governmental, policy-oriented forum that brings together leaders in their individual capacity from the worlds of business, government, academia, press and media, as well as civil society.
Candida “Candi” P. Wolff is Citigroup’s Executive Vice President and Head of Global Government Affairs. She is responsible for the company’s government affairs globally, including U.S. Federal and State government relations and international government relations. Ms. Wolff has over 20 years of government relations experience. In addition to Citi, she served six years in the White House, including three years as the Assistant to President George W. Bush for Legislative Affairs. As the principal liaison to Congress, Ms. Wolff was responsible for formulating and advocating the president’s legislative agenda, as well as advising the president and his cabinet on legislative strategy regarding economic, domestic, and national security issues. Ms. Wolff also worked for Vice President Cheney as his head of legislative affairs, and spent eight years working in the U.S. Senate in senior leadership roles including Deputy Staff Director for the Senate Republican Policy Committee and as tax counsel to former Senator Malcolm Wallop (R, WY). Prior to Citi, Ms. Wolff was a partner at the law firm of Hogan Lovells where she represented clients in legislative matters before the Congress and the Administration. Wolff was also a Partner at Washington Council Ernst & Young and an Associate at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. Ms. Wolff was named by National Journal as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Women in Washington in 2012. She was also named a “Woman to Watch” by the American Banker Magazine in 2012 and 2013. Ms. Wolff serves on the Boards of the Bipartisan Policy Center Advocacy Network, Easter Seals of the Washington, Maryland and Virginia Region, and the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation. Ms. Wolff earned her B.A in mathematics and political science from Mount Holyoke College and her J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law.

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