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Darden Global Conference 2014

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Register Here31 January 2014, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Darden Abbott Center Auditorium

As a result of the U. S. Financial Crisis, the Euro Crisis and the slowed growth in developing countries around the world, we have entered a period in which most major economies will have to bear slow growth.

As young rising leaders with a globalized mindset, we will face different challenges in the coming years but also are presented with diverse opportunities in the global arena. How should we approach these challenges and seize the opportunities? This conference will bring together perspectives from global business leaders, economists, and faculty, as well as students, to create a platform to discuss and exchange ideas on this important and timely topic.

Agenda

Morning Sessions

8:30am - 11:30am

Abbott Center Auditorium

8:30am - 8:40am

Welcome

Peter Rodriguez - Senior Associate Dean, Chief Diversity Officer, Darden

8:40am - 9:40 am

Keynote speech - The Growth Imperative

Fernando Merce - President Latin America and Caribbean, Nestle Purina Petcare Company

9:45am -10:15 am

Global Economy Trend and Outlook

Frank Warnock - the James C. Wheat, Jr. Professor of Business Administration, Darden

10:15am - 10:45 am Coffee break
10:45am - 11:30 am

China and India in a slow growth world

William Antholis - Managing Director, Brookings Institution

Panel I Sessions

11:45am - 12:45pm

Classrooms

The African Opportunity
Room 120

Creating investment and development opportunities in an increasingly competitive landscape

Panelists:
  • Dr. Punam Chuhan-Pole -  Lead Economist of the Africa Region, World Bank
  • Rob Tashima - Oxford Business Publishing Regional Director for Africa
  • Kaylene Alvarez - Founder and Managing Director at Athena Global Alliance
Latin America's Momentum
Room 130
Getting back to the path of high growth
Panelists:
  • Marcelo Montero - President, Cargill Salt
  • Renzo Casilla - COO, Wal-mart of Mexico and Central America
  • Juan Lorenzo - Vice President, Goldman Sachs
Taking the Next Step
Room 140
Transition towards developed economies in India and South Asia
Panelists:
  • Chidanand Rajghatta - Foreign Editor and US Correspondent, Times of India
  • Indermit Gill - Director, Development Economics and Chief Economist, World Bank
  • David Kyle - Former Chief Investment Officer for Acumen Fund

Lunch & Listen

12:45pm - 2:00pm

Classroom 50

12:45pm - 1:15pm Pick-up lunch boxes outside classroom 120, 130, 140 and 50
1:15pm - 2:00pm   

Achieving Scalability Through Innovation

Thomas Gibson, President of the Institute of SME Finance at the World Bank

Panel II Sessions

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Classrooms

Opportunities At Crossroads

Classroom 50

Why You Should Be Looking At Asia Now More Than Ever
Panelists:
  • Heini Shi - Fellow at the Darden Center of Global Initiatives
  • James R Chapman - Managing Director of Corporate Finance and M&A, Dominion Resources
  • Kentaro Katayama - Economist, International Monetary Fund
Innovation and Entrepreneurship as Engines for Growth

Classroom 40

What factors are necessary to create ecosystems that encourage growth in underdeveloped markets
Panelists:
  • LeAnn Chapleau Clark - International Trade Policy, US Department of Commerce
  • Achraf Fahmy - Founder of Fablab, Egypt
  • Lily Bowles - Global Operations Manager, Village Capital

Conclusion & Reception

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Darden PepsiCo Forum

3:30pm - 3:45pm

Conference conclusion

Peter Rodriguez - Senior Associate Dean, Chief Diversity Officer, Darden

3:45pm - 4:30pm

Closing reception

Speakers

 
 
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Fernando Merce: President, Nestle Purina Latin America and Caribbean

Fernando Mercé was born in Brazil and trained in the United States and Europe. In 1992, he obtained a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and in 1998 an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. With 20 years of global professional success to draw on, Fernando was appointed President of Nestlé Purina, Latin America and Caribbean in 2011. Passionate about food and business, Fernando transitioned seamlessly into the pet food industry and its compelling proposition. In his role with the company, Fernando drives business, overcomes obstacles, achieves goals, manages staff, and handles operations. Through the utilization of strong strategic thinking, operations management, and cultural flexibility, he has gained exposure to and knowledge of several cultures around the world, and their influence on business. Outside of work, Fernando enjoys spending time with his family, being a board member of The Wilson School and the University Virginia Darden School of Business, as well as enjoying live music.

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William J. Antholis: Managing Director, Brookings Institution

William J. Antholis serves as the managing director of The Brookings Institution. In that capacity, he works directly with Brookings's president and vice presidents to help manage the full range of policy studies, develop new initiatives, coordinate research across programs, strengthen the policy impact of Brookings research, and ensure the quality and independence of that research.  On behalf of Brookings’ president, he also works directly with Brookings board of trustees and a range of university, philanthropic and other institutional partners.
 
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Thomas Gibson: President of the Institute of SME Finance at the World Bank

Tom Gibson has been promoting and providing risk capital finance for small and medium enterprises in developing markets for more than 20 years.  He is former founding president and chairman of the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF), one of the largest global groups of private SME risk capital funds in developing markets, with more than $450 million under management and over 325 investments. Since his departure from SEAF in 2001, Mr. Gibson has been advising primarily on the design, development, and documentation for new SME risk capital funds as well as providing training for fund managers and stakeholders in SME finance. His clients include, inter alia, the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Asian Development Bank, US Agency for International Development, Inter-American Development Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation, developing country governments, and private risk capital fund managers. He is a frequent speaker at international fora on development finance and a guest lecturer at numerous business schools.

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Frank E. Warnock: the James C. Wheat, Jr. Professor of Business Administration, Darden

Warnock is an expert on international capital flows, international portfolio allocation and financial sector development. Warnock's work has been featured in Financial Times, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and his publications have appeared in a number of journals including the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics and many others. Before coming to Darden in 2004, Warnock developed his expertise in international capital flows as a senior economist in the international finance division at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System while also teaching at Georgetown University.

Panelists

Taking the Next Step - Transition towards developed economies in India and South Asia 

The panelists will discuss the various steps required over the next 5 year horizon for India and the South Asia region to make its transition towards a developed region. The takeaway for the audience would be the role that Darden students, as future business leaders, can play in achieving those steps. 

  • Chidanand Rajghatta - Foreign Editor and US Correspondent, Times of India
  • Indermit Gill - Director, Development Economics and Chief Economist, World Bank (Bio)
  • David Kyle - Former Chief Investment Officer for Acumen Fund

The African Opportunity - Creating investment and development opportunities in an increasingly competitive landscape

While the U.S. and Europe recover from the 2008 financial crisis, Africa is steadily growing. In fact, the African Development Bank has predicted that the African economy is expected to grow by 5% in the next few years. This trend has increased the number of investors interested in opportunities on the continent. This panel will explore the opportunities available in banking, private equity, agriculture, tourism, microfinance and energy. Additionally, we will explore how firms should navigate this new competitive landscape. What do investors need to understand before investing on the continent? In what ways can this influx of investment be turned into opportunities for development for the people of the continent? 

  • Dr. Punam Chuhan-Pole - Lead Economist- Office of the Chief Economist of the Africa Region, World Bank (Bio)
  • Rob Tashima - Oxford Business Publishing Regional Director for Africa (Bio)
  • Kaylene Alvarez - MFI Specialist, MBA Wharton (Bio)

Opportunities At Crossroads: Why You Should Be Looking At Asia Now More Than Ever

China contributed 26% of the world’s GDP growth in 2012 and 29% in 2013. In Japan, the unprecedented “Abenomics” is injecting trillions of Yen into the economy. South Korea elected its first woman president in 2013. Countries in Southeast Asia have been growing rapidly and increasing their power by deepening regional partnerships. Undoubtedly, transformation and growth are happening quickly in Asia. But Asia is at a crossroad now more than ever. Can China blaze through the “mid-income trap”, or is it a gigantic bubble waiting to burst? Is Japan finally back on track to sustainable growth? How will the political tensions in Southeast Asia affect its business environments and growth? Most importantly, what does all of this mean for you? How can you capture business or personal career opportunities brought by this growth and uncertainty in Asia? We will hear about these topics from our distinguished panelists. 

  • Heini Shi- Fellow at the Darden Center of Global Initiatives (Bio)
  • James R Chapman - Managing Director of Corporate Finance and M&A, Dominion Resources (Bio)
  • Kentaro Katayama - Economist, International Monetary Fund (Bio)

Latin America's Momentum: Getting back to the path of high growth

This panel will discuss the sustainability of the high economic growth experienced by Latin America in recent years as well as the challenges and opportunities facing the capital markets, retail and commodity industries. It will also explore the impact that economic, political, and social policies have had on growth and society.

  • Marcelo Montero - President, Salt, Cargill (Bio)
  • Renzo Casilla - COO, Wal-mart Mexico and Central America (Bio)
  • Juan Lorenzo - Vice President, Goldman Sachs (Bio)

Innovation and Entrepreneurship as Engines for Growth

How small actors and large institutions are partnering to create social economic values in innovative ways The goal of this panel is to understand how different actors such as NGOs, Financial Institutions, Government, Investors help emerging markets to grow via the funding or the investment in small ventures and innovative products or systems.

  • LeAnn Chapleau Clark - International Trade Policy, US Department of Commerce (Bio)
  • Ashraf Fahmy - Founder of Fablab, Egypt
  • Lily Bowles - Global Operations Manager, Village Capital

Organizing clubs & Contact

Following Darden affinity clubs have been working together to present this first ever Global Conference

  • International Business Society (IBS)
  • Asia Business Club at Darden (ABCD)
  • Darden African Business Organization (DABO)
  • Darden South Asia Society (DSAS)
  • Darden Emerging Marketing Development Club (EMDC)
  • European Society (ES)
  • Latin American Student Association (LASA)

If you have any question, please contact Jie Cao or Maribel Garcia

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