University of Virginia Investing Conference to Tackle Investing in the Current Geopolitical Landscape


The Darden School of Business will host the 2011 University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC) 10-11 November on Darden Grounds, in the Abbott Center Auditorium. UVIC will explore the impact of global, political change and financial turmoil on the investing environment. A highly informed and distinguished group of experts will answer today’s most important investing questions.

The event begins Thursday, 10 November, with a look at the origins of economic meltdowns.

  • Liaquat Ahamed, author of the critically acclaimed best-seller Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World, will discuss “The History of Financial Crises and Their Aftermath.”
  • Darden’s Dean Bob Bruner will conduct an interview with George Tenet, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and current managing director at Allen & Company. Tenet will discuss the state of the global political environment.

On Friday, 11 November, UVIC resumes with:

  • A roundtable talk featuring Strategas Research Partners: Daniel Clifton, partner and head of policy research; Donald Rissmiller, partner and chief economist; and Jason Trennert, managing partner chief investment strategist. They will discuss “Macro Economy: Fiscal and Monetary Environment.” Tom Keene, editor-at-large for Bloomberg News, will serve as moderator.
  • Featured speaker Vincent Reinhart, resident scholar at American Enterprise Institute, will present “Risks and Opportunities in the Global Economic Outlook.” Darden Professor Frank Warnock will introduce Reinhart and moderate the question and answer segment. Featured speaker Paul Singer, founder, CEO and co-chief investment officer for Elliott Management Corporation, will follow. He will present “A Safer or More Brittle Financial System?” McIntire School of Commerce Professor David Smith will welcome Singer and facilitate the question and answer segment.
  • A second panel discussion will feature Lawrence Kochard, CEO of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company; Richard Mayo, founder and chairman of Mayo Capital Partners; Afsaneh Beschloss, president and CEO of The Rock Creek Group; and Nina Scherago, deputy chief investment officer for The Investment Fund for Foundations. They will present “Investing in This Environment.” Bloomberg’s Keene will also moderate this discussion.
  • Three featured speakers will present on Friday afternoon. Steve Galbraith, partner of Maverick Capital, will discuss “Markets Are Global but Politics Are Local.” Peter Fisher, senior managing director and head of fixed income at BlackRock, will present “Three Transitions for the Global Economy — Three Sources of Volatility.” Kyle Bass, managing partner of Hayman Capital Management LP, will report on “Debt Sustainability: Which Countries Are Beyond the Point of Return and Why.” Darden Professors Rich Evans, Yiorgos Allayannis and Ken Eades will provide introductions and moderate the question and answer segments, respectively.

Registration is required. For more information, please send an email to or call +1-434-924-4922 or +1-434-982-2915.


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