Thunderbird hosts Global Private Equity Conference

The Thunderbird Private equity center (TPEC) will be hosting the 8th annual  Global Private Equity Conference on campus next week. This conference will be focused on the various opportunities arising in emerging markets. Current trends in the market places especially the BRIC nations will be one of the prime areas of discussion.


“As private equity fund managers are pressured to deploy their Fund’s capital or “dry powder,” their limited partners (LPs), particularly the pension funds, are anxious for liquidity events to meet their increasingly unfunded liabilities under the Direct Benefit (DB) plans,” said  Gary Gibbons, Ph.D. TPEC’s academic director. “The conference offers an intimate environment to meet some of the most influential market participants who invest in and who shape the world of private equity.”

Thunderbird’s Global Private Equity Center has become an international resource for new research and trends in the industry.  Part of the Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship, TPEC believes in the restorative economic power of global private equity investing. The center strives to be the leading globally recognized thought leadership platform for business executives, investors, alumni and students to enhance understanding and advance knowledge on the key issues and trends facing private equity investing worldwide.

Notable speakers that will participate include:

  • Craig Barrett, Retired CEO and Chairman of the Board, Intel Corp.
  • Sandra Darville ’83, Chief of the Development Effectiveness Unit, Multilateral Investment Fund, IMDB
  • Peter Tropper, Chief Investment Officer, Private Equity Group, International Finance Corp
  • Jay Koh, Head of Investment Funds and Chief Investment Strategist, OPIC
  • Robert Grady, Chairman, New Jersey Investment Council and Managing Director, Cheyenne Capital
  • Mark O’Hare, Founder and Chief Executive, Preqin Ltd
  • Joseph Quinlan, Managing Director and Chief Market Strategist, U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Thunderbird has a robust private equity, venture capital and investment club on campus. Many MBA, MS and MA students attend the conference, and several volunteer and interact closely with the speakers. Some of these students, such as Loan Ma, ’11take advantage. of these resources when they move into a career. After graduation, Ma, along with two other classmates, started Auxesia Holdings, a private equity consulting company in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.


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