Camarillo, Calif., March 20, 2013 – Leading economist Dr. Sung Won Sohn of the Institute for Global Economic Research (IGER) at CSU Channel Islands (CI) will present “Global Economy & Investment Options” in two free, public appearances in Santa Barbara and Camarillo. The presentations offer Sohn’s economic outlook for the U.S., Europe and China, examine implications on the South Coast region, and highlight investment and trade opportunities in established and emerging markets.

The first presentation will take place on the campus of Santa Barbara City College on Friday, April 12, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Garvin Theatre, 900 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara. Admission is free and includes continental breakfast. Complimentary parking is available in lots 4A-4D on the West Campus (without permit).

The second presentation will be held on the CI campus on Friday, April 19, from noon to 2 p.m. in Malibu Hall 100. Admission is free and includes lunch and complimentary parking. Once on campus, follow signs to the designated parking lot.

Participants should register before Monday, April 8, for the April 12 event, and before Monday, April 15, for the April 19 event, at

Dr. Sohn is an endowed professor at the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics and Director of IGER. The Institute is the first of its kind in the region, working to more closely link the local economy to the global economy, promote trade between the region and the Pacific Rim countries, and develop future industry leadership by providing international perspectives to students and the community.

Dr. Sohn has been noted for his forecasting accuracy by The Wall Street Journal, Time magazine and Bloomberg News. He has served as a senior economic advisor to the White House, President and CEO of Hanmi Bank, Chief Economic Officer and Executive Vice President of Wells Fargo Banks, and currently holds positions as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Forever 21 and Commissioner at the Port of Los Angeles. He is author of the 2009 book, “Global Financial Crisis and Exit Strategy.”

For more information on the event, contact Noheli Viramontes at 805-437-3552 or For more information on Dr. Sohn and IGER, visit

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