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May 2014

Associates Breakfast with William McMorrow, Chairman and CEO, Kennedy Wilson

Santa Monica

Identified as one of Southern California's "real estate icons," William McMorrow leads one of the most active global investors in real estate. Kennedy Wilson has made $11.5 billion worth of purchases since 2010 and has raised $8 billion of equity for its joint venture investments.

At this event for Milken Institute Associates, McMorrow will give his views on where commercial real estate and the economy are going.


William McMorrow is chairman and CEO of Kennedy Wilson, which he founded in 1988. Kennedy Wilson has 24 offices in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Spain and Japan with 400 corporate employees and 3,000 operating employees. It has assets under management of approximately $16 billion, including over 61 million square feet of office, retail and industrial properties and more than 18,000 multifamily units. In November 2009, the company went public and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

McMorrow and his company have been profiled in such publications as the New York Times, Irish Times, Estates Gazette, Los Angeles Business Journal and PERE. He serves on the executive board of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate and in 2014 endowed the William J. McMorrow Global Real Estate Program at the USC Marshall School of Business. He is involved in numerous Southern California charities, including Chrysalis, which honored him with the Spirit of Chrysalis Award in 2005, the Rape Treatment Center, the Village School and Loyola High School, which honored him with the Cahalan Award for Distinguished Alumni in 2010. Additionally, McMorrow is a member of the Loyola High School Board of Regents. McMorrow holds a bachelor's degree in business and an M.B.A. from USC.



May 2014

Conversation with Stephen Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder, Blackstone

New York

Whether in business or philanthropy, Stephen Schwarzman has always attempted to tackle big problems and find transformative solutions. Toward that end, the chairman, CEO and co-founder of Blackstone is an active philanthropist with a history of supporting education.

At this event for the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle and Associates, Schwarzman will discuss his philanthropic interests and his successful business career with moderator and Institute Chairman Michael Milken.


Stephen Schwarzman co-founded Blackstone in 1985. Today the firm is a leading global asset manager with $272 billion assets under management as of March 31, 2014. He is also the founder of Schwarzman Scholars, an international scholarship program at Tsinghua University in Beijing aimed at educating future leaders about China. Founded in 2013, the $350 million program is modeled on the Rhodes Scholarship and is the single largest philanthropic effort in China's history coming largely from international donors.

In 2007, Schwarzman donated $100 million to the New York Public Library, where he is a trustee. He is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, The Business Council, The Business Roundtable and The International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. Schwarzman serves on the boards of The Asia Society, The Board of Directors of The New York City Partnership and The Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University. He is a trustee of The Frick Collection in New York City and chairman emeritus of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

In 2007, Schwarzman was named one of Time's "100 Most Influential People." He was awarded the Legion d'Honneur of France in 2007 and promoted to officer in 2010. Schwarzman holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Yale School of Management and on the Harvard Business School Board of Dean's Advisors.



April 2014

Associates Breakfast with David Simon, Chairman and CEO, Simon Property Group

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Los Angeles

David Simon transformed the Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group from a regional mall operator into the world's largest real estate company. It's no wonder his name is consistently on the media's lists of top-performing CEOs.

At this event for Milken Institute Associates, Simon will talk about life, land and leadership with the Milken Institute's chief research officer, Ross DeVol.


David Simon is chairman and CEO of Simon Property Group Inc., an S&P 100 company and a leader in the global real estate industry. He joined the group in 1990 and in 1993 led the effort to take it public with a nearly $1 billion initial public offering. Simon became CEO in 1995. Since then, he has orchestrated more than $35 billion in acquisitions that have allowed the company to assemble a portfolio of top-tier shopping centers. Simon was previously a vice president of Wasserstein Perella & Co., a Wall Street firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions.

He has been named the top CEO in the real estate industry by Institutional Investor magazine every year from 2009 to 2012, was named the top-performing CEO in real estate investment trusts in 2014 and became a member of Institutional Investor's All-America Executive Team. In 2013, he was named one of the world's best CEOs by Barron's magazine. Simon holds a B.S. from Indiana University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.



February 2014

Conversation with Fashion Icon Diane von Furstenberg, Founder and Co-Chairman, DVF

Los Angeles

Diane von Furstenberg entered the fashion world in 1972 with a suitcase full of jersey dresses. Two years later, she created the wrap dress, which came to symbolize power and independence for an entire generation of women. By 1976, she had sold over 1 million of the dresses and was featured on the cover of Newsweek.

In 1997, after a hiatus from fashion, she re-launched the iconic dress that started it all, re-establishing her company as a global luxury lifestyle brand and expanding to a full collection of ready-to-wear and accessories as well as luggage, eyewear, and home furnishings. DVF is now sold in over 55 countries.

At this event for members of the Milken Institute Associates and the Young Leaders Circle, von Furstenberg will discuss her impact on fashion; her work with Vital Voices, a non-governmental organization that supports female leaders and entrepreneurs around the world; and the DBF Awards that honor and provide grants to women who display leadership, strength and courage in their commitment to their causes.

Von Furstenberg is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, of which she is now president. In this role, she is dedicated to fostering emerging talent and helping to establish the Design Piracy Prohibition Act, which protects designers from counterfeit reproductions of their work. In 2012, she was named the most powerful woman in fashion by Forbes magazine.




December 2013

Conversation with Angela Ahrendts, CEO, Burberry

New York

CEO Angela Ahrendts has led Burberry through a period of extraordinary global growth. Since she joined the luxury brand in 2006, revenues have tripled to more than $3.2 billion. Recognized for its creative digital and social media approach, Burberry is No. 2 on Fast Company's list of the world's most innovative companies in retail. In 2014, Ahrendts will take that stellar record to her new post as head of retail at the world's most valuable company: Apple Inc.

At this private event for members of the Milken Institute Associates and Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle, Ahrendts discussed her approach to leadership, her record at Burberry and her future with Apple.

Prior to joining Burberry, Ahrendts was executive vice president at Liz Claiborne Inc., overseeing nearly half of the $5 billion revenue through its 20 contemporary and men's brands. Previously she was president of Donna Karan International in New York.

A dame commander of the British Empire, Ahrendts serves as a member of the U.K. Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council. She has been recognized repeatedly as one of Fortune's Businesspeople of the Year, one of Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women and one of the Financial Times' Top 50 Women in Business. Ahrendts earned her marketing and merchandising degree from Ball State University.

For more information about the Milken Institute Associates or this event, please contact Sarah Sandler at or (310) 570-4613.



November 2013

Associates Event with Mary Ellen Callahan, Former Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Homeland Security, and Sarah Quinlan, Head of Market Insights, MasterCard Advisors

New York

Industrial and commercial data mining is exploding, tracking everything from online activity to buying patterns. Join us for a discussion on the market and the implications of increasingly powerful analytics tools that are being used to map trends and predict consumer behavior. How is this information used by market participants, investors, and others to advise clients and make business decisions?

At this event for Milken Institute Associates, panelists Mary Ellen Callahan, a partner at Jenner & Block LLP, and Sarah Quinlan, group head and senior vice president at MasterCard Advisors, will delve into the riddles of using Big Data effectively, profitably and responsibly. Skip Rimer, the Milken Institute's executive director of programs and communications, will moderate.


Mary Ellen Callahan, a nationally recognized privacy attorney, has an extensive background in consumer protection law. She is the founder and chair of Jenner & Block's privacy and information governance practice. Formerly the Department of Homeland Security's longest-serving chief privacy officer, Callahan has unique background in privacy protection and civil liberties in the age of cybersecurity and national security concerns. At Homeland Security, she also served as chief Freedom of Information Act officer, responsible for centralizing FOIA and Privacy Act operations to provide policy and programmatic oversight and support across the department.

Sarah Quinlan is responsible for Market Insights at MasterCard Advisors. Her team develops products that utilize the MasterCard's aggregated, anonymous data to identify actionable trends. Previously she was the founder and chief investment officer of global macro hedge fund manager Katen Capital; chief investment officer and head of alternatives for Saad Financial Services, S.A.; and portfolio manager at UBS and Lloyds TSB. She was co-founder and portfolio manager of TwentyFirst Century Advisors, a small and mid-cap long/short hedge fund, and the co-founder and chief operating officer of ClienTec, a thin client computer company that was sold in 2000.

For more information about the Milken Institute Associates or this event, please contact Sarah Sandler at or (310) 570-4613.


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November 2013

Conversation with Edmund Phelps, Director, Center on Capitalism and Society, Columbia University 

Santa Monica

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How do economies, and individuals, thrive? It's largely a matter of values and motivations, in the view of Nobel laureate Edmund Phelps. At this private Milken Institute event, presented in partnership with RAND Corporation, the renowned economist will offer a sweeping argument about what makes nations prosper and why those sources of affluence are in jeopardy. That argument fills the pages of Phelps' new book, "Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change."

Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change.

Phelps credits the Western world's prosperity to what he terms "modern" values, such as the desire to create, explore and meet challenges. That explosion of innovation and productivity gave rise to not only unprecedented wealth, but "flourishing"--meaningful work, self-expression and personal growth. Yet the West's vigor is waning, threatened, he believes, by the return of values that stifle individual aspirations. Phelps asks whether industrialized nations will recommit themselves to modernity, grassroots dynamism and widespread personal fulfillment, or will only a few in those societies flourish.

Peter Passell, editor of the Milken Institute Review, will moderate.

Edmund Phelps Nobel Prize-winning economist Edmund Phelps is director of the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University as well as dean of New Huadu Business School at Minjiang University in Fuzhou, China. His work attempts to put "people as we know them" back into economic models, accounting for the incompleteness of their information and studying how their expectations affect the market. He began his career as an economist at the RAND Corporation. His newest book is "Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change."
Peter Passell Peter Passell is editor of The Milken Institute Review, the Institute's economic quarterly. He joined the Institute as a senior fellow after eight years as an economics columnist for The New York Times. He previously served on the Times' editorial board and was an assistant professor at Columbia University's Graduate Department of Economics. Passell's research interests include international finance and trade, economic history, and the economics of crime. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.



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October 2013

Associates Breakfast with Bill Richardson, Former Governor, New Mexico

Santa Monica

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A celebrated author as well as a former Cabinet official, U.N. ambassador and two-term governor, Bill Richardson earned fame as the man to turn to when diplomacy isn't enough. Richardson's new book, "How to Sweet-Talk a Shark," details his successes and failures in delicate but tough bargaining with the likes of Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, the Taliban and two generations of North Korean leaders.

How to Sweet-Talk a Shark

At this breakfast for Milken Institute Associates and invited guests, presented in partnership with the RAND Corp., Richardson will recall the highlights and lowlights of his experiences leading high-stakes negotiations in some of the world's most hostile places. The discussion will be moderated by Ambassador Charles Ries, a RAND senior fellow who has represented the United States in Iraq, Greece and Europe.

Bill Richardson About Bill Richardson: A two-term governor of New Mexico, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and former secretary of energy, Richardson spent 15 years in Congress, serving as deputy majority whip and chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Native American Affairs. A five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Richardson won the release of hostages, American servicemen and prisoners in North Korea, Iraq, Cuba and Sudan.
Charles Ries About Ambassador Charles Ries: Ries is vice president, international, at RAND Corp. and a senior fellow whose research has focused on the economics of development. Ries' three decades in the U.S. diplomatic service included the role of coordinator for economic transition in Iraq, ambassador to Greece and principal deputy assistant secretary of state for European affairs.

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July 2013

Associates Lunch with Congressman Ted Deutch

Santa Monica

Congressman Ted Deutch recently returned from Israel, where a congressional delegation met with senior Israeli and Palestinian leadership. At this private, off-the-record lunch for Milken Institute Associates, Congressman Deutch will share his perspective on the current state of affairs in Israel. Institute President Paul Irving will lead the discussion, and Deutch will take questions from the audience.

About the Congressman: Ted Deutch is serving his third term representing South Florida's 21st District in the U.S. House of Representatives. An assistant whip to Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, he has been called a rising young voice in the House Democratic Caucus by the Washington newspaper Roll Call. Deutch is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where he has written and passed into law measures cracking down on Iran's nuclear weapons program. Deutch first gained national recognition in the Florida State Senate when he wrote and passed the nation's first law divesting state pension funds from companies that do business in Iran.

About Paul Irving: Irving is president of the Milken Institute. In addition to executive leadership, he leads the Institute's Longevity Initiative, focused on improving aging lives across America and the world. He also heads programs to enhance philanthropic engagement and impact, and to expand capital access and opportunity. Irving is a member of the boards of directors of East West Bancorp, and Operation Hope, the board of counselors of the USC Davis School of Gerontology and the national advisory board on aging of Partners for Livable Communities. Previously, he was an advanced leadership fellow at Harvard University and chairman, CEO, managing partner and head of the financial services group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a prominent law and consulting firm.

For more information about the Milken Institute Associates or this event, please contact Sarah Sandler at or (310) 570-4613.


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April 2013

Associates Breakfast with James McCaughan, CEO and President, Principal Global Investors

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Los Angeles

Jim McCaughan, CEO of Principal Global Investors, shared insights about the global economic environment and financial markets at this breakfast for Milken Institute Associates. The breakfast was during the annual Milken Institute Global Conference, where McCaughan was a panelist.

McCaughan is CEO of Principal Global Investors and president of global asset management for the Principal Financial Group. He oversees investment activities across asset classes and market regions, with primary responsibility for the strategic development of Principal's asset management business globally.

McCaughan has three decades of experience in the investment management industry. Prior to joining Principal Global Investors, he was CEO, Americas, with Credit Suisse Asset Management. Before that, he was president and chief operating officer of Oppenheimer Capital. Previously McCaughan was with Phillips & Drew/UBS Asset Management in London, Zurich and New York, serving as CEO for institutional asset management in North America, head of international business and portfolio manager specializing in the management of UK, Japanese and diversified international equity portfolios, primarily for institutional clients. A fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, McCaughan graduated in mathematics from the University of Cambridge.


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March 2013

Associates Event with A.G. Lafley, Chairman, President and CEO, Procter and Gamble (Ret.), and Roger Martin, Dean, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Santa Monica

The brands are familiar, but the approach is brand new. In "Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works," two of today's best-known business thinkers explain how strategic planning helped Procter & Gamble double its sales, quadruple its profits and increase its market value by more than $100 billion in just 10 years.

At this event for Milken Institute Associates, authors A.G. Lafley (P&G's former CEO) and Roger Martin (dean of Toronto's Rotman School of Management) will explain the strategy behind one of the most successful corporate turnarounds of the century and how leaders of companies big and small can use these techniques in their own organizations.


A.G. Lafley retired from his position as the chairman, president and CEO of Procter & Gamble in 2010. He is credited with revitalizing P&G under the mantra "Consumer is Boss," with a focus on billion-dollar brands like Crest, Tide and Pampers. He also brought in new brands like Swiffer and Febreze by merging P&G's internal resources with outside "open" innovation, referred to as Connect + Develop. Today, Lafley consults on business and innovation strategy; advises on CEO succession and executive leadership development; and coaches experienced, new and potential CEOs. He is a special advisor to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a private equity partnership. He also serves as director at General Electric and Legendary Pictures and as chairman of Hamilton College.

Roger Martin has been dean of the Rotman School of Management since 1998. He advises CEOs of global corporations on strategy and contributes regularly to the Washington Post's On Leadership blog and the Financial Times' Judgment Call column. In addition to "Playing to Win," he has published several books, most recently "Fixing the Game: Bubbles, Crashes, and What Capitalism Can Learn From the NFL," "Dia-Minds" (with Mihnea Moldoveanu) and "The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage." Thinkers 50 named him the sixth top management thinker in the world (2011), and BusinessWeek called him one of the 27 most influential designers (2010). He serves on the boards of Thomson Reuters and Research in Motion.

For more information about the Milken Institute Associates or this event, please contact Sarah Sandler at or (310) 570-4613.


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February 2013

Associates Breakfast With Ron Baron, Founder, Baron Capital

New York

Ron Baron, CEO, chief investment officer, portfolio manager, and trustee of Baron Capital, is the featured speaker at this event for Milken Institute Associates.

Baron will share his insight and views of the markets. Richard Ditizio, the Milken Institute's executive director of business and program development, will lead what promises to be a highly insightful event.

Ron Baron founded Baron Capital in 1982 and has 43 years of research experience. From 1970 to 1982, Baron worked for several brokerage firms as an institutional securities analyst, and from 1966 to 1969, he was a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent Office while attending George Washington University Law School. After graduating from Bucknell University with a B.A. in chemistry in 1965, he was a teaching fellow in biochemistry at Georgetown University.

Richard Ditizio is executive director of business and program development at the Milken Institute. A 25-year veteran of the banking industry, Ditizio most recently served as CEO of Citi Private Bank, an 1,100-employee unit of Citigroup. Previously he ran the bank's North American UHNW practice, counseling clients on issues including business succession, philanthropy and raising children amid affluence. His work with UHNW families has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Lifestyles, CNBC and Reuters, and he has been the featured speaker at engagements for the Jewish Funders Network, Tiger 21 and others. A recipient of the NSFRE Corporate Executive award, Ditizio is involved with numerous nonprofit boards and charitable organizations.

For more information about the Milken Institute Associates or this event, please contact Sarah Sandler at or (310) 570-4613.

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November 2012

Associates Event with Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow, Milken Institute; Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Former Chief Economist and Chief Economic Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden; and Phillip L. Swagel, Senior Fellow, Milken Institute; Professor of International Economic Policy, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

New York

Jared Bernstein was on President Obama's economic team. Phillip Swagel worked in the Bush administration as an advisor to the Treasury secretary. Now fellows at the Milken Institute, both have a deep understanding of the U.S. economy.

At this discussion and reception for Milken Institute Associates - just one week after the general election - these two experts are sure to have strong opinions about where the victor's priorities might take the country and what economic pitfalls may lay ahead. They will also discuss the continuing European debt crisis and the impact on both developed and emerging economies.

Few people are better qualified to look into the economic crystal ball.

Bernstein, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, was the chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden and executive director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class. Previously he was a senior economist and the director of the Living Standards Program at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., and deputy chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. He is the author and co-author of numerous books, including "Crunch: Why Do I Feel So Squeezed?" and nine editions of "The State of Working America." He also hosts

Professor Swagel teaches international economics at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and is an academic fellow at the Center for Financial Policy at the university's Robert H. Smith School of Business. Swagel, who was assistant secretary for economic policy at the Treasury Department from 2006 to 2009, served as a member of the TARP investment committee. He previously worked at the American Enterprise Institute, the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the International Monetary Fund and the Federal Reserve. In addition, he taught at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and Georgetown.

This event is open only to Milken Institute Associates, and pre-registration is required. To register, join the Associates or learn more about the program, please contact Sarah Sandler at (310) 570-4613 or

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October 2012

Associates Breakfast with Thomas Mayer, Author of "Europe's Unfinished Currency: The Political Economics of the Euro"

Santa Monica

How can the European Monetary Union step up to resolve its debt crisis? Ask author and economist Thomas Mayer.

At this event for Milken Institute Associates, Mayer, the author of "Europe's Unfinished Currency: The Political Economics of the Euro," will give his views about the future of the EMU. Mayer, a prominent economist, is also a senior fellow at the Center of Financial Studies at Goethe Universitat Frankfurt and a senior advisor to Deutsche Bank.

Conceived as a means of politically unifying Europe, the euro has fallen victim to historical events, and the will for full political union has faded. What should the new architecture of the EMU look like? For one thing, Mayer proposes a European Monetary Fund that, in cooperation with the European Central Bank, would act as the lender of last resort to member nations. He will share his ideas about how the EMU could work - and how things might evolve in case of failure.

Mayer has published numerous articles on international and European economic issues in professional journals and is frequently quoted in the media. From 2010 to 2012, he was chief economist of Deutsche Bank Group and head of Deutsche Bank Research. From 2002 to 2009, he was chief European economist at Deutsche Bank in London and co-head of its Global Economics Group. Before joining Deutsche Bank, he worked for Goldman Sachs in Frankfurt and London, Salomon Brothers in London, the International Monetary Fund and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Kiel and is a CFA charterholder.

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July 2012

Associates Breakfast with Keith Savard, Fellow, Milken Institute; Komal Sri-Kumar, Senior Fellow, Milken Institute; President, Global Strategies, Inc.; and Perry Wong, Managing Director, Research, Milken Institute

Santa Monica

Keith Savard (left), Komal Sri-Kumar (center) and Perry Wong discussed the latest in the European debt crisis during their wide-ranging conversation.

One of the Institute's keys to success is its ability to bring together experts in some of the world's most pressing topics for thoughtful, practical conversations that focus on solutions to challenges -- often financial and economic matters that affect how the world's markets operate.

That's once again the case with this private breakfast for Milken Institute Associates -- featuring a discussion among Perry Wong, the Institute's director of research; Keith Savard, senior managing economist; and Komal Sri-Kumar ("Sri"), MI senior fellow and chief global strategist of Trust Company of the West (TCW).

These experts will offer their views on what's behind the slowing U.S. economy , its implications for the presidential election based upon current research displaying the strong historical relationships, and the continuing European debt crisis, including impacts on the emerging economies. Institute Associates will have an opportunity to hear what they have to say and ask questions.

Wong helps lead the Institute's research projects. He is an expert on regional economics, development and econometric forecasting, and specializes in analyzing the structure, industry mix, development and public policies of a regional economy.

Savard brings to the Institute his expertise in evaluating the interrelationship between economic fundamentals and activity in global financial and commodity markets. He also has a background in sovereign risk analysis and applying a disciplined economic approach to investment-portfolio decision-making.

Sri-Kumar serves as chairman of TCW's Comprehensive Asset Allocation portfolio and is an Institute senior fellow. At TCW, Sri-Kumar has been key to raising assets for a number of TCW strategies from sovereign wealth funds, international agencies, corporate and public pension funds, and retail investors. He frequently contributes to the Institute's blog, Currency of Ideas.

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May 2012

Associates Breakfast with Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health

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March 2012

Associates Breakfast with Robert Ford, U.S. Ambassador to Syria

Santa Monica

Robert Ford, the U.S. ambassador to Syria, gives a detailed picture of circumstances in Syria during an off-the-record discussion.

As the U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford knows first-hand about the dramatic revolution and government counter-offensive taking place there.

At this private breakfast for Milken Institute Associates, Ford discussed U.S. policy toward Syria, engagement with the Syrian opposition movements, and efforts to achieve consensus at the United Nations and alleviate the humanitarian crisis precipitated by the brutality of the Syrian regime.

Ford's appearance came at the one-year mark of the revolution in Syria, where his visits to protests and the funeral of a slain activist drew sharp criticism from the state-run media last year — and an alarming attack on his motorcade. Since his evacuation from Syria in late October 2011, Ford has continued to criticize the regime.

Ambassador Ford is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. Previously he served as the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad as well as political counselor in 2008-2009 and 2004-2006. He worked on three rounds of Iraqi elections and the preparation of the new Iraq Constitution. In 2006-2008 he served as ambassador to Algeria, and in 2001-2004 he was deputy chief of mission to Bahrain, helping to negotiate a free trade agreement.

Fluent in French and Arabic, Ford joined the Foreign Service in 1985 and has also served in Turkey, Egypt and Cameroon. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco from 1980-1982. Ford has received numerous honor awards from the Department of State and from the Department of Defense for his service in Iraq. He holds a master's degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

This event was open only to Milken Institute Associates. To join the Associates or learn more about the program, please contact Mindy Silverstein, managing director of the Associates, at (310) 570-4634 or

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February 2012

Associates Breakfast with Peter Lowy, CEO, Westfield Group

Santa Monica

The Internet was supposed to be the death of brick-and-mortar stores, but Peter Lowy says his malls are making free wi-fi and other technologies work for them instead of against them.

What are consumers thinking? No one knows better than Peter Lowy, CEO of the Westfield Group.

Named one of the 100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World by the Harvard Business Review, Lowy leads the biggest operator of shopping centers on the globe. With 124 centers in the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand, Lowy has his ear to the ground when it comes to retail and real estate trends.

At this breakfast for Milken Institute Associates, Lowy gave his take on what's ahead for retail, how the commercial real estate market is shaping up, the future of the U.S. economy and a host of other issues.

Lowy has spent 28 years in the retail and REIT industry, joining Westfield Group in 1983 and becoming a managing director in 1997. Last year he and his brother Steven took the reins at Westfield as patriarch Frank Lowy stepped down and assumed the role of nonexecutive chairman.

Westfield is expanding its presence with new ventures in Brazil and Italy - its first new markets since 2000. But Lowy has expressed caution about further growth: "History is littered with companies rushing into new markets overseas without doing their homework. We're not running to open new markets until we can see the real investment returns."

Before the Westfield Group, Lowy worked in investment banking in London and New York. He sits on the boards of the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Australia, the RAND Corp. and the Homeland Security Advisory Council as well as the Executive Committee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Now a resident of Los Angeles and a U.S. citizen, Lowy holds a bachelor's degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

This event was open only to Milken Institute Associates. To join the Associates or learn more about the program, please contact Mindy Silverstein, managing director of the Associates, at (310) 570-4634 or

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February 2012

Associates Breakfast with Eike Batista, Chairman and CEO, EBX Group

Santa Monica

Abundant natural resources, transparent markets and supportive government policies have led to tremendous opportunities in Brazil, according to Eike Batista, the nation's most prominent entrepreneur.

Eike Batista hopes his success story will inspire a new generation of Brazilian entrepreneurs and eventually transform the country, both socially and economically. "We don't need to only have the best soccer players in the world," he said recently. "Why not have the best entrepreneurs in the world?"

Recently named one of the 50 most influential people on the planet by Bloomberg Businessweek, the billionaire Batista feels a responsibility to help fellow Brazilians improve their quality of life. He helps fund a police program to eradicate drug gangs from the slums, and he has pledged millions more toward the 2016 Summer Olympics that will put the country in the international spotlight.

At this private breakfast for Milken Institute Associates, Batista gave his take on how to solve Brazil's social challenges, what's ahead for the commodities and metals market, and what is being done to improve infrastructure to handle not only Brazil's sizzling economic expansion but also the influx of visitors for the Olympics and 2014 World Cup.

Batista is also contributing to the infrastructure boom, building a $2 billion "superport" in Rio that will handle some 350 million tons of imports and exports a year, including crude from the gigantic Brazilian oil discovery that he has called a "trillion-dollar story."

Batista is chairman and CEO of the EBX Group, a holding company for a number of subsidiary firms focused on mining, energy, oil and gas, logistics and offshore exploration. EBX companies have built ports, power plants and drilling operations, as well as hospitality and entertainment projects in Rio de Janeiro. Batista, who was a world champion powerboat racer, engages regularly with his more than 550,000 Twitter followers.

This event was open only to Milken Institute Associates, and pre-registration is required. To register, join the Associates or learn more about the program, please contact Mindy Silverstein, managing director of the Associates program, at (310) 570-4634 or

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January 2012

Associates Breakfast with Peter Orszag, Vice Chairman, Global Banking, Citigroup

New York

Peter Orszag, left, with Milken Institute CEO Mike Klowden, gives the audience his views on the elections and what′s happening inside the Beltway.

During his two years as budget director, Peter Orszag played a key role in some of the Obama administration's most significant initiatives.

Today, he has a much different role as vice chairman of global banking for Citigroup.

At this intimate breakfast for Milken Institute Associates - our very first to be held in New York City - Dr. Orszag gave his informed analysis of what the future may hold for the economy, the markets and the Beltway, followed by a Q&A with participants. Few people are better qualified to offer an insightful assessment of these issues.

Prior to joining the administration, Orszag was the director of the Congressional Budget Office, which provides objective analyses of economic and budgetary issues. Before joining the CBO, he was the Joseph A. Pechman Senior Fellow and deputy director of economic studies at the Brookings Institution. During the Clinton administration, Orszag held several positions, including special assistant to the president for economic policy and senior economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisers. Orszag also founded and subsequently sold an economics consulting firm.

A contributor to Bloomberg News and former columnist at The New York Times, Orszag has co-authored or co-edited a number of books, most recently "Protecting the Homeland." He is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences. A summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, Orszag holds a Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics, where he was a Marshall Scholar.

This event was open only to Milken Institute Associates. To learn more about the program, please contact Mindy Silverstein, Director of the Associates, at (310) 570-4634 or

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