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Milken Institute | Newsroom: Press Release | Global leaders gather in Los Angeles to address unprecedented economic challenges and search for solutions at Milken Institute Global Conference
Global leaders gather in Los Angeles to address unprecedented economic challenges and search for solutions at Milken Institute Global Conference

For Immediate Release
April 6, 2009

LOS ANGELES — At this extraordinary moment in financial and economic history, hundreds of CEOs, elected leaders, Nobel Prize winners, scientists, educators, philanthropists and global decision-makers are bringing their expertise and ideas to the 12th Milken Institute Global Conference to offer solutions to the urgent challenges facing the world — from the economy and health care to energy and education.

Some 3,000 attendees from around the world gather for this event, to be held April 27 -29 at The Beverly Hilton, as an opportunity to envision a new future for the connected global economy. The conference, which includes more than 120 panels featuring about 400 speakers, regularly sells out (registration closes April 10).

Attendees include leading investors, financial executives, business leaders, policymakers and innovators together in one location. They come to hear what the world′s business and financial leaders are saying about where we are headed and how we can turn things around. They seek new ways to bring together the seemingly disparate interests of industries, health/medical researchers, regulators, educators, financiers, energy/climate specialists and business.

Speaker highlights:

  • Christopher Ailman, Chief Investment Officer, CalSTRS
  • Leon Black, Founding Partner, Apollo Management LP
  • Larry Brilliant, Chief Philanthropy Evangelist,
  • Paul Calello, CEO, Investment Bank, Credit Suisse
  • Pete Carroll, Head Football Coach, University of Southern California
  • David Davis, Member of British Parliament
  • Joseph Dear, Chief Investment Officer, CalPERS
  • Douglas Elmendorf, Director, Congressional Budget Office
  • John Ensign, U.S. Senator (R-Nevada)
  • Jim Goodnight, CEO, SAS
  • Kris Gopalakrishnan, CEO and Managing Director, Infosys Technologies Ltd.
  • Dan Hesse, CEO, Sprint Nextel Corp.
  • Susan Hockfield, President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Benjamin Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP
  • Lady Barbara Thomas Judge, Chairman, United Kingdom Atomic Energy
  • Vinod Khosla, Founder, Khosla Ventures
  • Thomas Lee, President and CEO, Thomas H. Lee Capital LLC
  • Mike McCallister, President and CEO, Humana Inc.
  • Jamie McCourt, CEO, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO, News Corp.
  • Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corp.
  • Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo Inc.
  • Sumner Redstone, Executive Chairman, Viacom Inc.
  • Henry Waxman, U.S. Congressman (D-California)
  • Sam Zell, Chairman and CEO, Tribune Company

    Conference panels include:

    • Mohamed El-Erian of PIMCO, Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group, John Micklethwait of The Economist and Steve Forbes tackle the how and when of financial recovery.
    • A panel of U.S. governors will address the economic challenges at the state level and the tools available to address them.
    • Nobel laureates Gary Becker, Roger Myerson and Myron Scholes debate the future of capitalism.
    • Susan Hockfield of MIT, John Lechleiter of Eli Lilly and Elias Zerhouni of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation look at the future of health.
    • Former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, Thomas Kinton, Jr. of the Massachusetts Port Authority, State Treasurer Nancy Kopp of Maryland and Martin Koffel, Chairman and CEO of URS Corp., discuss infrastructure as economic stimulus.
    • Today′s immigration debate cannot overlook the potential for high-skilled immigrants to revitalize the economy. Gary Shilling, Richard LeFrak, Vivek Wadhwa and John Lechleiter lay out the pros and cons.
    • What is going to take to jump-start the housing market? Jeffrey Mezger of KB Home, Richard Smith of Realogy and Donald Brownstein of Structured Portfolio Management look at the options.
    • Harold Ford, Jr. , Karl Rove and other top opinion leaders discuss politics over dinner.
    • A panel of former Treasury officials give an inside-out look at TARP.
    • Bill Bennett, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, Lowell Milken and others discuss strategies to invest and reap returns from federal stimulus money in our education system.
    • Sports superstars Andre Agassi, Tony Hawk, Annika Sorenstam, and Mia Hamm join a panel of athletes who have found success off the playing field through effective philanthropy.

      Complete information about the Global Conference, including a full program and an up-to-date list of all speakers, is available at

      Note to media: Credentialed press wishing to cover the 2009 Global Conference must use the media registration form on the web site′s registration page. You are not registered until your application has been approved and you receive confirmation.

      Jeff Monford, Interim Director of Communications
      (310) 570-4623

      About the Milken Institute
      A nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, the Milken Institute believes in the power of capital markets to solve urgent social and economic challenges. Its mission is to improve lives around the world by advancing innovative economic and policy solutions that create jobs, widen access to capital and enhance health. (

Members of the press may direct inquiries to:

Conrad Kiechel
Director of Communications
Phone: (310) 570-4668

Jeff Monford
Communications Consultant
Phone (310) 570.4623

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