Mr. Stephen Schwartz
Mr Stephen Schwartz is the Head of Asia Pacific Sovereign Ratings, Fitch Ratings (Hong Kong). He joined Fitch in December 2016. He previously held senior research and analytical positions in Hong Kong with Merrill Lynch (FX Strategist/Senior Economist from 2008-09), BBVA (Chief Economist for Asia from 2010-14) and, most recently, Moody’s Investors Service (Senior Vice President/Group Credit Officer for the APAC Financial Institutions Group from 2014-16). Mr. Schwartz began his career as an Economist with the International Monetary Fund in 1992 based in Washington, DC. His assignments spanned economies across Asia, Latin America, Europe, and Africa. He was instrumental in the IMF’s work on Thailand during the Asian Financial Crisis, and thereafter on Indonesia, where he also served as the IMF’s Senior Resident Representative in Jakarta from 2004-2008. Mr. Schwartz studied economics as an undergraduate at Wesleyan University and in the Ph.D. program at Princeton University.