Ursula Burns has extensive international experience in large companies confronting technology change. In June 2017 Burns was appointed Chairman of Veon Ltd. Burns became Chairman and CEO in December 2018 until June 2020.Burns joined Xerox as an intern in 1980. Burns was named President in 2007, CEO from 2009 to 2016 and Chairman of the Board from 2010 to 2017. President Barack Obama appointed Burns to lead the White House national program on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) from 2009-2016.Burns served as Chair of the President’s Export Council from 2015-2016, after serving as Vice Chair from 2010-2015. Burns also provides leadership counsel to several other community, educational and non-profit organizations. Burns, who regularly appears on Fortune’s and Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful women, is a board Director of Exxon Mobil and Uber. Burns is the Executive Chairman of PLUM Acquisition Corp I /Special Purpose Acquisition Company and a founding partner of Integrum Holdings, a private-equity firm. In addition, Burns is on three Pre-IPO boards – Waystar, IHS Towers and Hear.com (Auris Netherlands IV N.V.)Burns is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Royal Academy of Engineering and the Gender Equity Advisory Council of the G7 (GEAC).Burns’ book “Where You Are Is Not Who You Are” published in June 2021.
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Extends the reach and impact of the Milken Institute to the Asia-Pacific region
Center for Financial Markets
Conducts research and constructs programs designed to facilitate smooth and efficient operation of financial markets
Center for the Future of Aging
Advances healthy longevity and financial security for all through high-impact policies, research, convenings, and multisector partnerships.
Center for Public Health
Develops research, programs, and initiatives designed to envision and activate sustainable solutions leading to better health for individuals and communities worldwide.
Center for Regional Economics and California Center
Analyzes the dynamics that drive job creation and promote industry expansion
Center for Strategic Philanthropy
Empowers philanthropists to effectively address some of the world's most urgent problems
Clears roadblocks that prevent medical breakthroughs from reaching patients sooner
Financial Innovations Labs
Addressing society's greatest challenges through a financial lens
Global Market Development
Working with government partners in emerging and developing economies to build strong, domestic financial markets.
Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream
Anyone with a dream should have the opportunity to make it come true—through determination and an economic system that works for all
Addressing global policy issues on Health Economics, International Finance, and Regional Economics
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