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Monday, April 29, 2013

  9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Global Risk

Speakers:
Mathew Burrows , Counselor, National Intelligence Council, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Wesley Clark , Chairman and CEO, Wesley K. Clark & Associates; Army General (ret.) and former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO
Jane Harman , Director, President and CEO, Wilson Center; former Congresswoman
Larry Zimpleman , Chairman, President and CEO, Principal Financial Group

Moderator:
Joel Kurtzman , Senior Fellow and Executive Director, Milken Institute Senior Fellows Program; Publisher, Milken Institute Review

The world is changing rapidly - that's the only constant. What's different about how it's changing now? Europe is still mired in a debt crisis and economic slump. But the worst didn't happen and the euro zone is intact. China did slow down, but avoided the hard landing that many feared. And while the U.S. still faces mountains of debt, the economy is growing again and companies are hiring. On the other hand, North Korea threatened a nuclear attack on the U.S. and fired shells into the ocean near South Korea. A bloody civil war persists in Syria, while Egypt and much of the Arab world lurch to (and from) democracy. All the while, fears of energy scarcity are being replaced by visions of abundance. This panel will examine this new world and the tensions that keep policymakers up at night.

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  9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Two, Three, Many Middle Easts: A Region's Economic Prospects

Speakers:
Bob Casey , U.S. Senator
Heidi Crebo-Rediker , Chief Economist, U.S. Department of State
Usama Fayyad , Executive Chairman, Oasis500; Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, Blue Kangaroo
Saed Nashef , Founding Partner, Sadara Ventures
Christopher Schroeder , Technology Entrepreneur and Author, "Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East"

Moderator:
Glenn Yago , Senior Director, Israel Center; Senior Research Fellow; and Founder, Financial Innovations Labs, Milken Institute

Despite appearances, the economic story in the Middle East is more than a grouping of petrostates within a miasma of debt, slow growth, and explosive politics. Conditions that could lead to take-off are gathering: Education and healthcare are reaching more people and the region's demographics are favorable. Latent consumer demand is huge, and the infrastructure base, including Internet penetration, is expanding. Yet the Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa and the energy-producing states are almost economies unto themselves. Which areas will develop most swiftly? Can cultural offerings, services, and manufactured goods find a place in world markets along with resource exports? Our panel will assess the strengths of the regions that make up MENA and their potential for integration with the global economy.

  12:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch Panel: Global Overview

Introduction By:
Michael Klowden, CEO, Milken Institute

Speakers:
Pierre Beaudoin , President and CEO, Bombardier Inc.
Scott Minerd , Managing Partner and Global Chief Investment Officer, Guggenheim Partners
Nouriel Roubini , Chairman and Co-Founder, Roubini Global Economics; Professor of Economics and International Business, Stern School of Business, New York University
Geraldine Sundstrom , Partner and Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets Strategies Master Fund Limited, Brevan Howard

Moderator:
Paul Gigot , Editorial Page Editor and Vice President, The Wall Street Journal

As mid-2013 comes into view, the crisis sparked by the international mortgage meltdown is receding into memory, spreading a sense of relief. In the eurozone, the debate is about austerity versus spending, but not dissolution. Meanwhile, living conditions are rising in many parts of the globe as millions join a swelling middle class. The expanding availability of healthcare could have a profound effect as well. Yet some regions continue to struggle. In our annual big-picture look at the world economy, we'll discuss whether China and the U.S. can pull other players along and how the debt bomb can be defused. What are the most potent trends steering capital markets? Which industries are rising, which are fading, and what governments are demonstrating they know how to solve problems? Can the flare-up in the Middle East be contained and give way to democracy and economic growth?

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  2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

The Rise and Decline of Nations and Civilizations

Speakers:
Jared Diamond , Professor, Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles; Pulitzer Prize winner, "Guns, Germs, and Steel"
Niall Ferguson , Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
James Robinson , David Florence Professor of Government, Harvard University

Moderator:
William Bennett , Former U.S. Secretary of Education; Author, "Is College Worth It?"

Do nations, like a good drama, have a beginning, middle and end? Why do civilizations succeed, why do they fail? Is it culture, economics, geography, climate, or an interaction among them? Is reinvention and rejuvenation possible? Our panel of celebrated scholars will examine the forces that propel the lifecycles of empires and how they may apply in today's world. Many are asking whether the U.S. is past its peak and China will inevitably reclaim the preeminence it enjoyed centuries ago. More broadly, is the global center of gravity moving from West to East? This event may also yield insights for businesses - they don't live forever either.

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  3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Book Signing: Jared Diamond, "The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?"

  3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Book Signing: James Robinson, "Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty"

  3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Book Signing: Niall Ferguson, "The Great Degeneration"

  3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Investing in Our Future: Best Cities for Successful Aging

Speakers:
Laura Carstensen , Professor of Psychology and Founding Director, Stanford Center on Longevity
Henry Cisneros , Executive Chairman, City View; former Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; former San Antonio Mayor
Marc Freedman , CEO, Encore.org
Nancy LeaMond , Executive Vice President, State and National Group, AARP

Moderator:
Joseph Coughlin , Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab

The best cities of the future will provide us with the opportunity to age successfully in place - to remain healthy, active, enriched and engaged. With an aging U.S. population and a changing demographic mix, cities that plan, respond and invest wisely will thrive. Those that don't will wither. What will the city of the future look like? We'll need mixed-use housing, well-designed public transit, educational opportunities to keep us current and proficient, a wide range of primary and encore career opportunities to engage us well beyond traditional retirement age and health care that's effectively delivered. Which cities are headed in the right direction, which aren't, and why? And what can each of us - business and civic leaders, investors, philanthropists, educators, the media - do to create a brighter city future for our parents, our neighbors, our kids and ourselves?

  3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Emerging Markets: New Affluence and Influence

Speakers:
John Coombe , Executive Director, JANA Investment Advisers
Thomas Flohr , Founder and Chairman, VistaJet Holding SA
Chris Hoong , Managing Director, Far East Consortium International Limited
Jay Pelosky , Principal, J2Z Advisory LLC
Sara Zervos , Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of Global Debt, OFI Global Asset Management

Moderator:
Francesco Guerrera , Financial Editor, Wall Street Journal

As the developed world struggled to regain momentum in the wake of the 2008 meltdown, emerging markets posted healthy growth, rising in affluence and influence. How will the developed and developing economies interact in the coming years? The BRIC nations hold substantial stores of foreign exchange. Will they go on a corporate shopping spree in the West? What of the combat among currencies? Will the developing nations draw new capital to their financial markets and eventually mount credible challenges to the dollar? And how long will global oversight entities such as the World Bank be dominated by the powers of the last century? Our panel will discuss the transformation of emerging markets and its implications for the world economy and global investors.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

  7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Milken Institute Investing in Africa Working Group (By invitation only)

Speakers:
Maureen Harrington , Head, International Development Group, Standard Bank of South Africa
Strive Masiyiwa , Chairman and Founder, Econet Wireless
Mina Pacheco Nazemi , Partner, Customized Fund Investment Group, Credit Suisse
Vimal Shah , CEO, BIDCO Group
Sunny Verghese , Group Managing Director and CEO, Olam International Ltd.

Moderator:
David Rice , Africa Advisor, Milken Institute; Professor, New York University

The Milken Institute's Investing in Africa Working Group is exploring ways to facilitate private-sector investment in Africa to accelerate the continent's development and spread prosperity. Members of the Working Group include active or interested investors from private equity, structured finance, venture capital, traditional banking and the corporate sector. The group will play a key advisory role and help shape the Institute's Africa agenda.

  8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

U.S. Overview: First Recovery, Then Takeoff?

Speakers:
Abby Joseph Cohen , Senior Investment Strategist and President, Global Markets Institute, Goldman Sachs
Gary Loveman , Chairman, President and CEO, Caesars Entertainment Corporation
Raymond McGuire , Global Head, Corporate and Investment Banking, Citi
Jim Moffatt , Chairman and CEO, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Maggie Wilderotter , Chairman and CEO, Frontier Communications

Moderator:
Ross DeVol , Chief Research Officer, Milken Institute

The fundamentals of the U.S. economy seem to be improving. Corporate balance sheets are robust, banks have rebuilt capital buffers, consumers have shed debt, jobs are growing modestly, housing prices have stopped falling, and cheap natural gas has boosted competitiveness in energy-intensive industries. Washington, D.C., did its best to drive the economy over the fiscal cliff at the beginning of the year but veered away at the last minute. How much better might things be if Washington could reach a compromise on taxes and spending that will reduce the medium-term deficit but not cause too much pain in the near term? Can the U.S. recovery gain enough speed to slash the jobless rate despite the eurozone recession? When and how will the Federal Reserve shrink its balance sheet and ease up on asset purchases? Stocks have surged, but have equity markets gotten ahead of themselves and is there froth in high-yield corporate debt? Our panel will combine these issues into a view of the most important trends that lie ahead for the biggest player in the world economy.

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  9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Plotting a Course for Post-Crisis Europe

Speakers:
Paul Coulson , Chairman, Ardagh Group
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg , Former Minister of Defense and Former Minister of Economics and Technology, Germany; Distinguished Statesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Erik Nielsen , Global Chief Economist, UniCredit Bank AG
Keith Savard , Senior Managing Economist, Milken Institute
Josef Stadler , Global Head UHNW, UBS AG

Moderator:
Anatole Kaletsky , Columnist, Reuters

Despite prolonged anxiety and recent events in Cyprus, the euro zone has held together thus far. Global financial authorities are breathing a bit easier. What can its member countries - and their external partners - do to avert a relapse and strengthen the underpinnings of growth? By and large, governments are adhering to austerity programs to restore fiscal balance, but dissenting factions remain influential. Will the resistance in Italy derail aid from the European Central Bank and perhaps fan anti-cutback movements in other countries? How does Germany see its role as underwriter of stability, and will the fall election transform its stance? This panel will also discuss the prospects for renewing overseas investment in Europe and the future of the welfare state as well as the still serious risk of departures from the alliance.

  10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Africa: Opportunities for Business and Investment

Speakers:
Paul Hinks , CEO, Symbion Power; Chairman, Corporate Council on Africa
Jay Ireland , President and CEO, GE Africa
Sam Nwanze , Chief Investment Officer, Heirs Holdings
V. Shankar , Group Executive Director and CEO, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas, Standard Chartered Bank
Seth Terkper , Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Republic of Ghana

Moderator:
Ernest Wilson III , Dean and Walter H. Annenberg Chair in Communication, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California

Africa has raised its investment profile over the last decade, benefiting from an improving macroeconomic environment, reductions in armed conflict and the spread of democratic institutions. Although the surge of global capital flowing to Africa has been concentrated in natural resources, there are exciting opportunities in renewable energy, infrastructure, agriculture and education. Despite measurable progress, however, Africa is still grappling with challenges that include the need for higher-quality workforce training, more effective partnership models and new ways to facilitate access to capital.

  10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Bridging Gaps in Development Finance: New Platforms for Frontier Markets

Speakers:
Anne Heyman , Philanthropist and Founder, Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village
Netanel Oded , Senior Economist, National Economic Council, Israeli Prime Minister's Office
Eytan Stibbe , Founding Partner, Vital Capital Fund
Tally Zingher , Attorney and former Co-Founding Managing Director, MENA Investment Network

Moderator:
Steve Zecher , Project Director, Regional Development and Finance Research, Milken Institute Israel Center

Youthful demographics, rising productivity and changing technology in emerging and frontier markets create enormous investment opportunities but also necessitate systemic change in structuring development finance. Great creativity is required for delivering solutions and expanding the necessary systems. This is especially true in the crucial areas of energy, health, water and food. Technologies need to be customized, financed and deployed on massive scales to make a difference in the lives of the vulnerable poor. Gaps also exist in financing tools and programs, including loans, equity support, insurance and more. Bridging them will require scientific proficiency, fresh business models, smart incentive structures, the tailoring of technology to local conditions and geographic and cultural awareness. In this roundtable, we'll discuss social and financial innovations in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia aimed at expanding growth.

  10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

A Conversation with Najib Ghadbian: Syria's Choices

Speaker:
Najib Ghadbian , Special Representative to the United States, National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces

Interviewer:
Skip Rimer, Executive Director, Programs and Communications, Milken Institute

As a brutal civil war continues in Syria, Najib Ghadbian is waging a peaceful battle to make Americans understand what is at stake. The University of Arkansas professor, now the Syrian opposition's top representative in this country, will discuss prospects for ending the violence and inaugurating a democratic era in his homeland. Iran is an ally of the dictatorship - could regime change also change the geopolitics of the region? In the end, will the democratic forces Ghadbian represents be strong enough to marginalize the Islamic extremists who are also in the fight? Is there a plan for economic development or guarantees of women's rights?

  2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Indonesia: The Emerging Secret

Speakers:
Dino Patti Djalal , Indonesian Ambassador to the United States
Achmad Kurniadi , Deputy Chairman for Investment Cooperation, Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM)
Luhut Pandjaitan , Former Minister of Trade and Industry, Indonesia; Founder, Toba Sejahtra Group
Patrick Walujo , Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Northstar Pacific Partners

Moderator:
Robert Gelbard , Former U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia and Indonesia; President, Gelbard International Consulting

Indonesia, the world's fourth-largest nation by population and the largest Muslim country, has been transformed since 1998, when its economy collapsed during the Southeast Asian financial crisis and Gen. Suharto's 32-year dictatorship came to an end. Although democratic institutions are still evolving, free elections since 1999 and a free media point to sustained stability and serve as an example within Asia and the rest of the world. Now the Indonesian economy is booming, with average growth rates above 6% and an expanding middle class. This panel will discuss this period of remarkable change in Indonesia and the future of this promising nation.

  2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Partners in Africa's Development (By invitation only)

Speakers:
Shari Berenbach , President and CEO, United States African Development Foundation
Anne Heyman , Philanthropist and Founder, Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village
Ken Jaffe , President and Executive Director, International Child Resource Institute
Eytan Stibbe , Founding Partner, Vital Capital Fund
Nick Thompson , Chief Executive, Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative

Moderator:
June Sarpong , Broadcaster and Co-Founder, Women: Inspiration & Enterprise

Africa is poised to enjoy an unprecedented period of widespread economic growth, but significant challenges threaten the continent's development. More than one-third of Africans remain in extreme poverty, infrastructure is very limited and corruption is pervasive. These and other issues need to be addressed for Africa's economic engine to run efficiently, which will require partnerships among the public, private, philanthropic and nongovernmental sectors. This private roundtable will engage leaders from various sectors to share the challenges and opportunities involved, find areas of common concern, forge new relationships and explore areas for collective endeavor.

  3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Access to Global Capital: Investing in Growth

Speakers:
David Bonderman , Founding Partner, TPG Capital
Dino Patti Djalal , Indonesian Ambassador to the United States
Jay Ireland , President and CEO, GE Africa
Seth Merrin , Founder and CEO, Liquidnet
William Pearce , Acting Head, Investment Funds Department, OPIC

Moderator:
Mindy Silverstein , Managing Director, Milken Institute

Financial capital is the lifeblood of our globalized economy. The ease with which it flows across borders and markets influences the attractiveness of investment and business opportunities. Emerging and developing countries in particular hold great promise for high returns for various stakeholders -- including multinational corporations, mid-market companies, general and limited partners. The success stories of Singapore and South Korea are compelling examples of how open and competitive policy and regulatory environments can attract foreign direct investment and spur growth that not only benefits investors and stakeholders but accelerates the evolution of countries and regions into sophisticated economies. The Milken Institute's Access to Global Capital Initiative tries to advance these ideas. This session will identify current and emerging opportunities for investment, delve into the best practices of nations leading the world in attracting capital and offer insights on improving the efficiency of flows around the world.

  3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Gaining a Foothold in Russia

Speakers:
Sean Glodek , Director and Board Member, Russian Direct Investment Fund
Steven Hellman , Managing Director and CEO, Russia and CIS, Credit Suisse
Paul Heth , CEO, Karo Film
Mark Stiles , President and CEO, AVICA Property Investors

Moderator:
Alexander Kovaler , Founder and Chairman, Nathan's Famous Russia and Central Asia

Russia is a complex but potentially rewarding landscape for American businesses. A mainstay of the world energy and minerals trade, the country boasts a large consumer market, high technology and much more. What do companies need to know to help them get an initial foothold or expand their operations? Where can local capital be accessed, and how does a company navigate the legal, currency and capital markets terrain? This panel will offer the insights of entrepreneurs who have succeeded in the Russian marketplace.

  3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Which Model for Latin American Prosperity?

Speakers:
Cate Ambrose , President and Executive Director, Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association
David Dreier , Chairman, Annenberg-Dreier Commission; former U.S. Congressman
Carlos Elizondo , Professor, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics
Eduardo Moron , Director, Economic Studies, Latin American Reserve Fund

Moderator:
Duncan Wood , Director, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

What is the new model for Latin America? For the past decade, Brazil has captured worldwide attention as it joined the ranks of the planet's 10 top economies and was rewarded with the Olympics and the World Cup. However, Brazil's growth has stalled, and Mexico has reasserted itself as the fastest-growing of Latin America's large economies, despite its own internal issues. Meanwhile, Colombia has enjoyed a tremendous resurgence, heralded by a free-trade pact with the U.S. At the same time, the Castro-Chavez model has spread from Cuba and Venezuela to Bolivia. Our panel will consider the region's best bet to promote further growth. Should it follow a strategy of trade blocs, protected industries and social programs driven by natural resource riches, or free-trade agreements and luring foreign investment with an increasingly competitive workforce?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

  7:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Impact Investing in Israel Roundtable

Speakers:
Lorin Fife , Chairman Emeritus, Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles
Alan Hoffmann , CEO and Director General, Jewish Agency for Israel
Carl Kaplan , Managing Director, Koret Israel Economic Development Funds
Yaron Neudorfer , CEO, Social Finance Israel
Izzy Tapoohi , President and CEO, Israel Bonds

Moderator:
Davida Lachman-Messer , Senior Fellow, Milken Institute Israel Center

Israel's economic growth has been inadequate and shared unequally. Social cohesion is a key aspect of Israel's national security, yet charitable giving has fallen off and the new government faces growing deficits with insufficient resources to bridge dangerous social and economic gaps. To face these challenges, Israel needs a novel, flexible and efficient system to channel capital into projects with social and regional impact. In this roundtable, we will explore the use of charitable and government funds leveraged by private capital through matching and structured finance to solve pressing social, community and environmental challenges. The focus will be creating double bottom line returns via social investment funds and intermediaries and social impact bonds.

  8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Chinese Market Culture: How Well Can You Know a Company?

Speakers:
David Bonderman , Founding Partner, TPG Capital
Howard Chao , Senior Partner for Asia, O'Melveny & Myers
Benjamin Fanger , Co-Founder and Managing Director, Shoreline Capital
John Pattar , Managing Director, CLSA Capital Partners

Moderator:
James McGregor , Senior Counselor, APCO Worldwide

Despite China's importance on the global business stage, its financial markets are rarely called investor-friendly. Companies tend to have short histories, so investors seeking track records will be frustrated. On top of that, company data is not always available or reliable in an environment that lacks transparency. Creditworthiness is sometimes influenced by political ties, especially among state-owned enterprises. Our panel will tackle the logical question: How well can you know a Chinese company? We'll discuss how financial instruments are packaged, bought and sold in China, and how they work politically as well as financially. We'll offer guidance on finding higher-quality information and consider how recent cases reflect on the prospects for greater openness and reliability as these markets mature.

  8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

India: How Long a Pause?

Speakers:
Sam Gupta , CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Grand Trunk Capital Management, LP
Nandita Agarwal Parker , Founder and Managing Partner, Karma Capital Management LLC
Sanjay Patel , Managing Partner, Head of International Private Equity, Apollo Management International LLP
Rashesh Shah , Chairman and CEO, Edelweiss Group
Man Jit Singh , CEO, Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd.

Moderator:
Komal Sri-Kumar , Senior Fellow, Milken Institute; President, Sri-Kumar Global Strategies, Inc.

In recent years, India's economic growth has been disappointing, hurt by infrastructure shortages, corruption and bureaucratic barriers. Multinational companies considering direct investment have been stymied by shifting government approval policies. Yet India, a stable democracy for 25 years, claims a wealth of promising attributes. It has a youthful population that yields the world's largest number of college graduates each year, and it continues to raise its profile in the global economy. Which face of India will dominate in the coming years? Is growth likely to quicken soon? The experts assembled for this event will help investors and others navigate India's complex economic landscape.

  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Reform 3.0: China's Next Direction

Speakers:
Evan Feigenbaum , Vice Chairman, The Paulson Institute
Robert Hormats , Under Secretary, Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, U.S. Department of State
James McGregor , Senior Counselor, APCO Worldwide
Perry Wong , Director of Research, Milken Institute

Moderator:
Mei Fong , Director, Asia Global Programs, and Adjunct Professor, University of Southern California Annenberg School

China's post-Mao history has been marked by sea changes in economic policy. In 1979, a modernization and reform agenda paved the way for growth over political ideology. The leadership deepened and broadened the market economy in 1992, facilitating its integration into the world system. Today, China is embarking on a more complex development path, requiring hard decisions to sustain its growth and stability over the long term. Things may change again, not only in the economy but in the political and human development spheres. What can be expected from the new coterie at the top? Our panel will pinpoint these critical issues and assess the likely pace of reform - or whether the status quo will endure. Which way Beijing?

  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Israel: The Ingenuity Society as Global Laboratory

Speakers:
Yosef Abramowitz , President, Arava Power Company; CEO, Energiya Global Capital
Mark Kahn , Partner, Omnivore Partners
Andrew Neff , Director, Israel Finance Institute
Amir Peleg , Founder and CEO, TaKaDu Ltd.; Chairman, SWAN-Smart Water Networks Forum
Eyal Rosner , Chairman and Director of Administration, Alternative Fuels Initiative, Israeli Prime Minister's Office

Moderator:
Eugene Kandel , Head of the National Economic Council, Israeli Prime Minister's Office

The scarcity that Israel once faced in food, water, energy, and health now plagues many countries around the world. Before the century is out, the planet's population will cross the 10-billion mark. How will resources be allocated to sustain humanity without denying billions an acceptable standard of living or ravaging the environment? In each of these core problems, Israel has pioneered breakthrough technologies that lower prices, increase productivity and transform markets. In short, they create abundance from scarcity. Were these innovations to be globalized, they would hold great promise for developing nations in the areas of water management, reforestation, renewable energy and health services, among others. How can sufficient capital be deployed for commercialization? What type of partnerships can diffuse these innovations fast enough to make a difference? This panel will examine the challenges and solutions for a range of applications.

  11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Book Signing: Karen Elliott House, "On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines - and Future"

  11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Creative California: Where the World Comes to Innovate

Speakers:
Darren Jamison , President and CEO, Capstone Turbine
Joe Kiani , CEO and Chairman, Masimo
Gavin Newsom , Lt. Governor, State of California
Peter Platzer , CEO, NanoSatisfi
Kim Polese , Chairman, ClearStreet, Inc.

Moderator:
Kevin Klowden , Director, California Center, and Managing Economist, Milken Institute

California's position as a global leader in innovation derives from not only the ideas generated by the people who live and work in the state, but its partnerships with global innovators based in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. Numerous international firms have located large-scale research and development operations in the state or acquired companies that do so, in fields ranging from pharmaceuticals and vehicles to cell phones and software. What advantages have led companies and inventive individuals to collaborate with California? What advantages can California firms boast when collaborating overseas? What can be done to extend these strengths, and what does the state still need to work on?

  11:15 AM - 12:15 AM

The United States and Mexico: Redefining the Relationship

Speakers:
John Feeley , Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Arturo Sarukhan , Chairman, Global Solutions/A Podesta Company; former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.
Jorge Suarez-Velez , Founding Partner, SP Capital
Duncan Wood , Director, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Moderator:
Leon Krauze , Anchor, Univision KMEX, Los Angeles

New national leadership in Mexico, and renewed national leadership in the United States, create the conditions for redefining the two countries' relationship. In recent months, the headlines about drug violence and corruption have been superseded by a narrative about the thriving Mexican economy, the "Aztec Tiger." Current political trends in the U.S. have raised expectations of progress on the issues of migration and cross-border security. Amid this opening, our panel will focus on the economic alliance between the U.S. and Mexico, with a special emphasis on the energy and financial sectors. What kinds of business collaborations and financial initiatives can promote further prosperity in both countries, which already trade $1.5 billion in goods each day?

  11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Asia Rising: A New Competitive Landscape

Speakers:
Curtis S. Chin , Senior Fellow and Executive-in-Residence, Asian Institute of Technology; former U.S. Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank
Timothy Dattels , Senior Partner, TPG Capital
Yoshito Hori , President and Dean, Globis University; Managing Partner, Globis Capital Partners
Sunny Verghese , Group Managing Director and CEO, Olam International Ltd.

Moderator:
Ray Kwong , President, SIG Asia; Senior Advisor, US-China Institute, University of Southern California

Will the 21st century be the Asian century? With its varied cultures and emphasis on education, self-reliance and upward mobility, Asia may overtake the West as the world's economic engine. Japan is already a leading advanced economy, while Singapore is a regional supercenter for trade, global banking and R&D. Neighboring Malaysia is transforming its industrial structure and climbing the technology ladder. China, Taiwan and South Korea are innovating beyond expert manufacturing. India has strong capital markets and education, though it has work to do on infrastructure. Even Myanmar, in the midst of a political opening, offers raw materials, youthful demographics and access to the Indian Ocean. This panel looks at the region's economic potential, its swelling middle class and the consequences of its rising prosperity.

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  2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Arab Spring: Hope, Then Upheaval, Then What?

Speakers:
Ayaan Hirsi Ali , Fellow, Belfer Center for the Future of Diplomacy, Harvard Kennedy School; Founder, AHA Foundation
Darin Johnson , Chief of Staff, Office of Middle East Transitions, U.S. Department of State
Ahmed Maher , Founder and General Coordinator, Egypt's April 6 Youth Movement
William McCants , Research Scientist, Strategic Studies, Center for Naval Analyses

Moderator:
Karen Elliott House , Former Publisher, The Wall Street Journal; Author, "On Saudi Arabia"

Two years ago, the front-page scenes from the Arab world illustrated aspirations for democracy and collective dignity. Now they are filled with turmoil and violence. Islam has claimed vast political terrain and jihadist extremism has emerged as a potent force in Syria and elsewhere, making would-be Western allies hesitant to support change. All the while, economies in the region continue to deteriorate amid the instability. Can the passions driving politics be channeled into dialogue and peaceful transition? Will women's rights be respected and their roles elevated, or will new theocracies dash hopes for equality? Will the Saudi monarchy, a linchpin in the geopolitics of energy and a close U.S. ally, emerge unscathed when it's all over? The experts on this panel will examine the clashing forces and potential outcomes in a region in which we all have a stake.

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  2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Financing Ideas: Reinventing Israel's Capital Markets

Introduction By:
Yuval Steinitz, Minister of International Relations, Intelligence and Strategic Affairs, Israel

Speakers:
David Gershon , Chairman and CEO, Superderivatives
Shmuel Hauser , Chairman, Israel Securities Authority
Anath Levin , Head, Financial Markets Division, and Member, Board of Management, Bank Hapoalim
Oded Sarig , Commissioner of Capital Markets, Insurance and Savings, Ministry of Finance, Israel

Moderator:
Roger Stein , Managing Director, Research and Academic Relations, Moody's Corporation; Research Affiliate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

How can Israel advance from startup nation to scale-up nation? Finance could hold the key. The creation and commercialization of disruptive technology is the Israeli economy's hallmark and a core contributor to its growth. However, tech companies face a shortage of both late-stage and public market funding and often find themselves prey to foreign multinationals. Consequently, Israel can claim only a minor position in the global technology value chain. How can Israeli capital markets become an active partner in the launch of new technologies? How can they provide local and foreign investors access to innovation without the companies being forced into premature IPOs or mergers? Our panel will discuss the elements of a new corporate and public finance model for Israel and consider what lessons can be adopted beyond its borders and what it can learn from abroad.

  4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Investing in African Prosperity

Speakers:
Tony Blair , Former Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Bill Gates , Co-Chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
H.E. Paul Kagame , President of the Republic of Rwanda
Strive Masiyiwa , Chairman and Founder, Econet Wireless
Rhonda Zygocki , Executive Vice President, Policy and Planning, Chevron

Moderator:
Michael Milken , Chairman, Milken Institute

Africa is home to six of the 10 fastest-growing economies, driven largely by surging foreign investment flows. FDI is expected to reach $150 billion in 2015 - double the amount received last year and six times more than in 2000. Africa is also home to the world's largest concentration of impoverished people, and the considerable gap between rich and poor continues to widen. For Africa's natural resource sector - target of 90 percent of foreign investment - to spread prosperity, reduce inequality and underwrite gains in human development, a new, collaborative approach to investment is essential. There are important roles for a range of players: investors, corporations, governments, development agencies, NGOs and foundations. This panel of global leaders will discuss innovative and untraditional ways to expand health care, build institutions and broaden the economic base on the continent.

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