Samantha Kappagoda was invited to participate in a fireside panel discussion at the Council for Economic Education (CEE) National Economics Challenge (NEC) on May 21, 2021. Attendees included NEC participants, judges and members of the CEE community. This panel followed the NEC semi-finals. The final round took place on May 22-24, 2021.
Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics, opened the discussion with comments on the current state of the global economy. This was followed by the fireside panel, moderated by Nan Morrison, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council for Economic Education. Samantha Kappagoda’s fellow panelists were:
- Barry Haimes, Managing Partner, Sage Asset Management
- Larry Kantor, Operating Partner, Atlas Merchant Capital LLC
Samantha Kappagoda is Chief Economist and Co-Founder of Risk Economics. She previously served three terms on the CEE Board of Directors.
The CEE National Economics Challenge is the country’s only economics competition of its type for high school students. The NEC competition, established in 2000, incorporates questions on microeconomic and macroeconomic principles as well as knowledge of the global economy. In most years, over 20,000 participate in the NEC, which is one of CEE’s key initiatives focusing public attention on the benefits of economic literacy.
About the Council for Economic Education
The Council for Economic Education’s (CEE) mission is to equip K-12 students with the tools and knowledge of personal finance and economics to improve decisions making. CEE has carried out its mission for over 70 years by providing resources and training to K-12 educators. Nearly two-thirds of the teachers that are engaged with CEE are based in low to moderate income schools. All resources and programs are developed by educators and delivered by their 188 affiliates across all states. CEE reaches over 50,000 teachers a year through in-person professional development and those teachers, in turn, reach approximately 5 million students throughout the country. For more information, visit: https://www.councilforeconed.org.