COVID-19 Conference Call Series

COVID-19 Conference Call Series

In light of current events, the Milken Institute has shifted its focus to six essential areas: education, prevention, testing, treatment, cures, and financial assistance. The Institute is engaged in efforts to help:

  • Mitigate the spread of COVID-19

  • Expedite the discovery and rollout of tests, treatments, and cures

  • Consult with economic and policy leaders to provide information and expertise that can help companies and their employees weather the current conditions

By leveraging our broad network of experts across all sectors, we aim to effectively disseminate information related to this unprecedented public health emergency.
 

Latest Conference Call Sessions


North Korea: The Knowns and Unknowns Inside the Hermit Kingdom | May 22, 2020»

How COVID-19 Tests Will Help Reopen America | May 19, 2020»

China Opportunities: Insights from Business Leaders | May 15, 2020»

How COVID-19 is Shaping the Future of Retail Banking | May 12, 2020»

The Role of the Media in COVID-19 Response | May 8, 2020»

Addressing Mental Health Challenges and Access During COVID-19 | May 5, 2020»

Silver Linings for Business | April 30, 2020»

Leadership in the New Normal: Business Leaders Respond to COVID-19 | April 30, 2020»

Retirement Security in the Wake of COVID-19 | April 28, 2020»

The Impact of COVID-19 on Real Estate Investment | April 24, 2020 »

Feeding the Nation During COVID-19: Food, Hope, and Recovery | April 21, 2020»

The Global Credit Crunch | April 17, 2020»

Philanthropy and COVID-19: From Relief to Recovery | April 14, 2020»

How Isolationist Responses Lead to Nationalist Policies | April 3, 2020»

Capital and COVID-19 | March 30, 2020»

Unraveling the Immediate Effects of COVID-19 | March 19, 2020»

 


 

 North Korea: The Knowns and Unknowns Inside the Hermit Kingdom

Friday, May 22 | 8:30 am - 9:15 am SGT
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Last month’s media frenzy surrounding the health and possible death of North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has reiterated how tightly the country controls information and how difficult it is for the international press to confirm speculations. Despite Kim’s first public appearance in nearly three weeks on May 1, these events are a reminder that the world’s most secretive nation could easily face a leadership crisis. What does this development reveal about the stability and longevity of Chairman Kim’s regime? What’s next for US-North Korea relations in the lead-up to the 2020 US elections, and how will it impact Northeast Asia’s geopolitical dynamics? Click the orange button below to join the call and use the password welcome.
 

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Introduction
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Laura Deal Lacey
Executive Director, Asia Center, Milken Institute


Moderator
James Crabtree

James Crabtree
Associate Professor in Practice and Senior Fellow, Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy


Panel Experts and Speakers
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Anna Fifield
Beijing Bureau Chief at The Washington Post and author of The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong-un
 

Robert Kelly

Prof. Robert Kelly
Professor in Political Science, Pusan National University Yasuhide Nakayama, Member, House of Representatives, Japan; Former State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan
 

John Park

Dr. John Park
Director of the Korea Project, Harvard Kennedy School 

 

 


 

 How COVID-19 Tests Will Help Reopen America

Tuesday, May 19 | 8 am
hand with gloves providing test to person in car

There is widespread recognition that our ability to efficiently perform testing for COVID-19 on a large scale—whether to diagnose current cases or determine who might have immunity—is key to restarting economic activity in the US. How close are we to where we need to be in terms of the numbers and types of tests, our capacity to process results, and our ability to trace contacts of those infected? What are the practicalities of getting this infrastructure up and running across the country? And what are the risks of reopening if we don’t have it in place?

Following the comments from our experts, we will open the call to Q&A. We are delighted to share that this discussion will be conducted via video conference - please join the call via Webex to submit questions and view the conversation amongst our panelists for an optimized experience.
 


Moderator
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Esther Krofah
Executive Director, FasterCures, Milken Institute
 


Panel Experts and Speakers

 

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Gina Raimondo
Governor, State of Rhode Island

 

 

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Adam Schechter
President and CEO, LabCorp


 


 

 China Opportunities: Insights from Business Leaders

Friday, May 15, 2020 | 8:30 am (Singapore Time)
The China Rebound

COVID-19 is being contained in China as the number of reported infections continues to fall. But how will the world’s second-largest economy rebound after a disastrous Q1 and much of the world still in lockdown? During the pandemic, the development and deployment of education, e-commerce, and virtual communication technologies accelerated rapidly, creating troves of data ready to be analyzed.

Can these technologies provide the jump-start the economy needs to recover post-COVID-19? How can companies utilize this data to create more tailored, user-centric solutions to facilitate the social and economic activities that will enable China’s rebound? 
 

A video of the call can be viewed on our website.
 

Introduction
Petra Freddi

Petra Freddi
Senior Director, Business and Program Development, Asia Center



Moderator
Donald Lacey

Donald Lacey
Chief Operating Officer, Ping An Global Voyager Fund



Panel Experts and Speakers

 

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Kai-Fu Lee
Chairman and CEO, Sinovation Ventures
 

 

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Cindy Mi
Founder and CEO, VIPKid

 

 


 

 How COVID-19 is Shaping the Future of Retail Banking

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 | 8 am PT
How COVID-19 is Shaping the Future of Retail Banking

The COVID-19 crisis will fundamentally alter the relationships people have with their banks. In this webinar, experts will address the challenges of navigating a crisis that is accelerating and changing trends in the retail banking industry. They will also discuss how the federal government is relying on banks to be the primary source of applications for the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). In the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, banks were part of the problem; now, they are part of the solution.  

A video of the call can be viewed on our website.


Moderator
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Michael Piwowar
Executive Director, Center for Financial Markets, Milken Institute



Panel Experts and Speakers
Mary Mack

Mary Mack
Senior Executive Vice President and CEO of Consumer & Small Business Banking, Wells Fargo & Company

 

Daniel Sheehan

Daniel Sheehan
Chairman and CEO, Professional Holding Corp and Professional Bank

 

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Chris Zingo
Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Americas, Finastra




 


 

 The Role of the Media in COVID-19 Response

Friday, May 8, 2020 | 8:30 – 9:00 AM (Singapore time)
The Role of Media

With more than half of the world staying at home and the economic impact of COVID-19 growing, examining the role of media both during and after the pandemic is more important than ever.

How can the news media ensure factual, verifiable information is delivered to the public? What proactive actions should the media—and the social media platforms through which many access the news—take to curb the rise of "fake news" and disinformation? And what is the responsibility of consumers of media? A video of the call, with slides, can be viewed on our website.

Introduction 
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Laura Deal Lacey
Executive Director, Milken Institute Asia Center


 
Moderator 
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Curtis Chin
Milken Institute Asia Fellow; Former US Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank


 
Speakers 
Steve Herman

Steve Herman
White House Bureau Chief, Voice of America

 

Gary Liu

Gary Liu
CEO, South China Morning Post

 

Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa
CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler Inc

 

 

 

 Addressing Mental Health Challenges and Access During COVID-19

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | 10 am PT
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The uncertainty, fear, and changes in daily life caused by COVID-19 have drastically affected people’s mental health and exacerbated the systemic challenges of treatment and resource availability.

This webinar convenes experts and advocates to address the rapid increase in demand for mental health services and barriers to affordable care. Panelists will also discuss concrete actions that communities and organizations can take to partner with individuals and advocates to provide much needed services across all life stages.  A video of the call, with slides, can be viewed on our website.


Moderator
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Melissa Stevens
Executive Director, Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy



Panel Experts and Speakers
Jerome Bettis

Jerome Bettis
2005 NFL Super Bowl Champion; 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame; Founder, Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation

 

Josh Gordon

Dr. Joshua Gordon
Director, National Institute of Mental Health


 

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Nancy Lublin
CEO, Crisis Text Line

 

 


 Silver Linings for Business

April 30, 2020 | 8:30 – 9:00 AM (Singapore time)
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Around the world, founders and entrepreneurs aren’t just responding to the COVID-19 crisis, but using it as a launchpad to reinvigorate their companies to come out stronger than yesterday. What opportunities did they see even before market activity seized up? How are they balancing their efforts to address upfront shortfalls with their long-term growth plans? In what ways has this pandemic altered or accelerated existing business strategies? A video of the call, with slides, can be viewed on our website.

 


Welcome and Introduction
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Laura Deal Lacey
Executive Director, Milken Institute Asia Center

 


Moderator
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Oriel Morrison
Former Anchor, CNBC International




Panel Experts and Speakers
Raj Ganguly

Raj Ganguly
Co-Founder and Partner, B Capital Group

 

Magnus Grimeland

Magnus Grimeland
Founder and CEO, Antler

 

Chatri Sityodtong

Chatri Sityodtong
Founder, Chairman and CEO, ONE Championship
 

 


 Leadership in the New Normal: Business Leaders Respond to COVID-19

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 8 am PT
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During this webinar, leaders across industries will discuss how CEOs are adapting and leading their businesses during this time of unprecedented challenge. A video of the call, with slides, can be viewed on our website.

 

 

Moderator
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Kevin Klowden
Executive Director, Center for Regional Economics, Milken Institute



Panel Experts and Speakers
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Jane Fraser
President, Citigroup and CEO, Global Consumer Banking, Citi
 

 

Barbara Humpton

Barbara Humpton
President and CEO, Siemens USA

 

Michael Milken

Michael Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute

 

 


 Retirement Security in the Wake of COVID-19

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 8 am PT 


 

A video of the call can be viewed on our website.
 

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As the coronavirus pandemic has progressed, older adults have seen a dramatic drop in their retirement savings. Market losses and uncertain prospects for stability and work have led to deep anxieties about the future. Younger workers, also stressed, have time and the power of compounding on their side. But retirees and pre-retirees face critical near-term decisions about their financial futures, all while grappling with the immediate health threats of the pandemic. In this discussion, a panel of experts addresses how the crisis may transform retirement and investment. A video of the call, with slides, can be viewed on our website.

Moderator
Paul-Irving

Paul Irving, Chairman
Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging



Panel Experts and Speakers
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Marcie Frost
CEO, CalPERS


 

Michael Milken

Michael Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute


 

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Penny Pennington
Managing Partner, Edward Jones 


 

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Michelle Seitz
Chairman and CEO, Russell Investments


 


 The Impact of COVID-19 on Real Estate Investment

April 24, 2020 | 8:30 – 9:15 AM (Singapore time)
 

The Impact of COVID-19 on Real Estate Investment

The effects of COVID-19 have upended the way we live, work, and play. New trends, including flexible working arrangements, have been established, while assets previously viewed as alternatives have come to the fore. From aligning physical spaces with the demands of an emerging workforce to rethinking newly in-demand assets, commercial real estate companies are well-positioned to capitalize on these trends. But what risks are involved? And how will investors re-examine their strategies post COVID-19?

Welcome and Introduction
laura-deal-lacey

Laura Deal Lacey
Executive Director, Milken Institute Asia Center

 

Moderator
Peggy Sito

Peggy Sito
Deputy Business Editor, South China Morning Post

 

Panel Experts and Speakers
 
Hugh Andrew

Hugh Andrew
Managing Director and Head of Asset Management Real Estate - Asia Pacific, BlackRock

 

Stuart Crow

Stuart Crow
Chief Executive Officer, Capital Markets, Asia Pacific, JLL

 

Kenneth Gaw

Kenneth Gaw
President & Managing Partner, Gaw Capital

 

Abhinav Ram Reddy

Abhinav Ram Reddy
Executive Director, GAR Corporation



 


 Feeding the Nation During COVID-19: Food, Hope, and Recovery

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | 8 am PT
 
Feeding the Nation

The United States is facing an unprecedented food security crisis. As unemployment has risen and schools have closed, millions of Americans are in need of food assistance. Yet while demand surges, supplies are dwindling, creating a perfect storm for our neighbors most in need. This special discussion convenes a panel of industry experts and thought leaders to address the options for strengthening an ailing food system. A video of the call, with slides, can be viewed on our website.

Moderator
Ryan Shadrick Wilson

Ryan Shadrick Wilson
Senior Advisor, Milken Institute




Panel Experts and Speakers
José Andrés

Chef José Andrés
Humanitarian and Founder of World Central Kitchen


 

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot
CEO, Feeding America


 

Michael Milken

Michael Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute

 

 


 

The Global Credit Crunch

Friday, April 17 | 8:30 am (Singapore Time) 
 
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In just four weeks, COVID-19 has thrown the credit markets into disarray. The US 10-year treasury yield dropped below 1%, central banks have lowered interest rates to near zero, credit ratings of numerous institutions have been downgraded, and defaults of leveraged entities are on the rise. With stresses on credit markets intensifying amid cash-flow disruptions, what additional measures could be taken to stimulate economic activity? What impact will record-high debt levels have on credit markets and will they still be a reliable source of liquidity? How should institutions position themselves to invest once the dust settles?

Welcome Introduction
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Laura Deal Lacey
Executive Director, Milken Institute Asia Center

 

Moderator
Liew

Tzu Mi Liew
Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income, GIC



Panel Experts and Speakers
Ilfryn

Ilfryn Carstairs
Partner, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, Värde Partners

 

Michael Milken

Michael Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute


 

Roman

Emmanuel Roman
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, PIMCO


 


 Philanthropy and COVID-19: From Relief to Recovery

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | 8 am PT
 
Philanthropy and COVID

Hosted by the Milken Institute's Center for Strategic Philanthropy, individual and institutional philanthropists discussed their current relief efforts supporting crucial health, social, and economic initiatives, as well as the philanthropic approaches required for long-term recovery. 



 


Moderator
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Melissa Stevens
Executive Director, Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy




Panel Experts and Speakers
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Precious Moloi-Motsepe
Co-Chair, Motsepe Foundation


 

Clara Wu

Clara Wu Tsai
Founder, The Clara Wu and Joe Tsai Foundation


 

Elizabeth Cousens

Elizabeth Cousens
President and CEO, UN Foundation


 

Tom Kalil

Tom Kalil
Chief Innovation Officer, Schmidt Futures


 

Michael Milken

Michael Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute

 

 


 How Isolationist Responses Lead to Nationalist Policies

How Isolationist Responses Lead to Nationalist Policies

 

Friday, April 3 | 8:30 am (Singapore Time)
 
COVID-19 Conference - April 3

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our way of life, but humanity will survive, and societies will rebound. To prepare for the new normal after these disruptions, the Milken Institute’s Asia Center is hosting a series on “the world post-COVID-19.” In these discussions, we convene industry leaders, government officials, and health experts to talk about how this crisis will transform global economic, financial, and social relationships, and what opportunities will be presented in this new world order.
 


Welcome and Introduction Remarks
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Laura Deal Lacey
Executive Director, Milken Institute Asia Center




Moderator
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Oriel Morrison
Former Anchor, CNBC International

 


Panel Experts and Speakers
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The Honorable Steven Ciobo
Former Minister of Trade, Tourism, and Investment of Australia and former Member, Australian House of Representatives; Milken Institute Asia Fellow
 

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Parag Khanna
Founder and Managing Partner, FutureMap and best-selling author of “The Future is Asian” and “Connectography: Mapping the Global Network Revolution”
 

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Jonathan McClory
General Manager, Asia, Portland Communications and author of “The Soft Power 30”
 

 


 Capital and COVID-19

Monday, March 30, 2020 | 7:30 am PT
 
Capital and COVID-19 - March 30

Our latest conference call focused on the market implications of COVID-19. Moderated by Michael Piwowar, executive director of the Center for Financial Markets, a panel of leading figures from the financial sector discussed the ongoing challenges facing employees, the impact of the crisis on small businesses, and the wider effect on the global economy.
 

 


Moderator
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Michael Piwowar
Executive Director, Center for Financial Markets, Milken Institute

 


Panel Experts and Speakers
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Christopher Ailman
Chief Investment Officer, California State Teachers' Retirement System; Co-Chair, Global Capital Markets Advisory Council, Milken Institute

 

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Dr. Nannette Hechler-Fayd’herbe
Head of Global Economics & Research, Chief Investment Officer of International Wealth Management, Credit Suisse

 

David Hunt Headshot

David Hunt
President and CEO, PGIM, The Investment Management Business of Prudential


 

Matt King Headshot

Matt King
Global Markets Strategist, Citi


 

Michael Milken

Michael Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute

 

 


 Unraveling the Immediate Effects of COVID-19

Thursday, March 19, 2020 | 4:30 pm PT
 
COVID-19 Conference - March 19

The Institute begins a series of conference calls with experts from various industries to speak to COVID-19 health and economic implications.



 

 


Moderators
Michael Milken

Michael Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute


 

O'Reilly, Katie

Katie O'Reilly
Executive Director, Business and Program Development, Milken Institute

 


Panel Experts and Speakers
Krofah, Esther Headshot

Esther Krofah
Executive Director, FasterCures, a Center of the Milken Institute

 

Jeremy Lim Headshot

Dr. Jeremy Lim
Public Health Expert and Partner, Oliver Wyman (Singapore)

 

Dr. Mark McClellan Headshot

Dr. Mark McClellan
Director and Robert J. Margolis M.D. Professor of Business, Medicine, and Policy, Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and former Commissioner of the US FDA
 

Dr. Jonathan Simons

Dr. Jonathan Simons
Chief Executive Officer, Prostate Cancer Foundation