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May 5–8, 2024
Milken Institute Global Conference
The Beverly Hilton, Los Angeles
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Sunday, May 5, 2024
Monday, May 6, 2024
Tuesday, May 7, 2024
Wednesday, May 8, 2024
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AI, Innovation, & Technology
Business & Industry
Capital Access & Economic Opportunity
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Financial Markets
Health & Medical Research
Human Capital, Jobs, & Education
Philanthropy & Social Impact
Policy, Politics, & Regulation
Regions & Developing Markets
Security & Risk
Society & Culture
Sustainability & Environment

Global Conference Check-In
08:00 AM - 08:00 PM PDT

This inaugural gathering of leaders at Global Conference will bring together diverse perspectives to discuss the latest technology trends and, in particular, the tech trilemma of balancing innovation and competition with the need for safeguards. Current geopolitical realities have highlighted the importance of fostering and harnessing innovation in critical technologies to address socio-economic and security challenges. This off-the-record session will focus on cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and the need for right-sizing policy priorities and public-private coordination to ensure that the technology trilemma remains balanced. 

Moderator
Karen Kornbluh
Senior Advisor, Milken Institute; former US Ambassador to the OECD
Business & Industry AI, Innovation, & Technology

This annual welcome breakfast is hosted by Milken Institute Health and brings together senior members and stakeholders across our aging/longevity, public health, biomedical innovation, and food-focused work.

Health & Medical Research
What Matters Now (Invite only)
11:30 AM - 04:45 PM PDT

In this annual series of fireside chats, VIPs and C-suite representatives from among the world’s leading asset-owners and asset-management firms gather in a casual setting to join in open dialogue. 

Opening Remarks
Erin Lubitz
Associate Director, Business and Program Development, Milken Institute
Welcome Remarks
Michael Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute
Moderators
Gerard Baker
Editor-at-Large, The Wall Street Journal
Richard Ditizio
CEO, Milken Institute
Robin Hu
Vice Chairman, Asia and Operating Partner, Temasek; Chair, Asia, Milken Institute
Jo Ling Kent
Senior Business and Technology Correspondent, CBS News
Esther Krofah
Executive Vice President, MI Health, Milken Institute
Sumant Mandal
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, March Capital
Gadi Schwartz
Correspondent, NBC News
Speakers
Bill Cassidy
US Senator, Louisiana
John Chambers
CEO, JC2 Ventures; Prior Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems
Christopher Dodd
Special Presidential Advisor for the Americas, US Department of State
Eric Garcetti
Ambassador of the United States to India
Jin Liqun
President and Chair of the Board of Directors, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Yuriko Koike
Governor of Tokyo
Arvind Krishna
Chairman and CEO, IBM
Financial Markets Business & Industry Philanthropy & Social Impact

The Philanthropic Investors Forum is a highly curated, dynamic learning event which convenes family principals and heads of corporate and institutional philanthropies to help develop and implement transformational giving strategies. Sessions for the off-the-record half-day of programming will include modalities of philanthropic giving, the impact of philanthropy to better lives and livelihoods, and place-based giving strategies, among others.

Moderator
Melissa Stevens
Executive Vice President, MI Philanthropy, Milken Institute
Leaders in Health (Invite only)
12:30 PM - 02:30 PM PDT

This annual gathering of leaders at Global Conference will examine opportunities for accelerating advances in health across the health-care continuum. Advancing health requires fostering alignment and collaboration among the sectors that influence health, addressing areas where innovation and impact are needed (e.g., public health, food systems, disease prevention, biomedical research, technology and data, health financing), and spreading solutions that lead to sustainable, equitable, and transformed systems. During this off-the-record session, health leaders will discuss barriers to resolve, lessons learned, and novel steps that can be taken to improve the health of people and communities. 

Moderator
Esther Krofah
Executive Vice President, MI Health, Milken Institute
Business & Industry Health & Medical Research

This meeting brings together the FasterCures Advisory Groups—including the Board, Business Council, and Changemakers nonprofit advisory council—to discuss timely topics across the biomedical research ecosystem. 

Moderator
Gregory Simon
President, Simonovation
Speakers
Brian Anderson
CEO, Coalition for Health AI
Micky Tripathi
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, US Department of Health and Human Services
Renee Wegrzyn
Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H)
Health & Medical Research
Media Reception (Invite only)
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM PDT
Leaders in Finance (Invite only)
03:00 PM - 04:30 PM PDT

This annual gathering of leaders at the Global Conference will focus on policy priorities, investments, and approaches to regulation that can drive economic growth, strategic competitiveness, and financial innovation. This off-the-record session will bring together government officials and business leaders for an informative, candid dialogue focused on solutions to some of the most pressing economic challenges. 

Moderator
Michael Piwowar
Executive Vice President, MI Finance, Milken Institute
Financial Markets

Seeing is believing with the return of Hong Kong. Arising from its strategic position within key national initiatives, including the National 14th Five-Year Plan, the development of the Greater Bay Area, and the Belt and Road Initiative, Hong Kong’s recovery, relaunch, and reinvention reinforces its status as a key financial and trading center, but also as an emerging hub in green finance, high-tech innovation, and regional intellectual property trading. In this session, participants discuss how Hong Kong’s Three Rs will unfold, and where the bright spots and opportunity lies for industry leaders and investors.

Moderator
Victor Chu
Chairman and CEO, First Eastern Investment Group
Speakers
Margaret Fong
Executive Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Hung Ivan
Chair Professor, Infectious Diseases, The University of Hong Kong
Fred Lam
CEO, Airport Authority Hong Kong
Perry Wong
Managing Director, China, Milken Institute
Regions & Developing Markets
Private Welcome Reception Presented by Citadel Securities (Invite only)
04:30 PM - 06:00 PM PDT
Welcome Reception
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM PDT
Young Leaders Circle Welcome Reception (Invite only)
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM PDT

Double Espress-Om Yoga
06:00 AM - 06:45 AM PDT

Feeling the fatigue? Join us for an energized Vinyasa flow class designed to uplift and leave you focused and ready for your last day of Global Conference. Modifications are offered, and all levels are welcome.

Speaker
Sarah Ezrin
Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 500
Global Conference Check-In
06:00 AM - 08:30 PM PDT
Workout with DOGPOUND
06:30 AM - 07:15 AM PDT

This session will address full body conditioning movements designed to improve performance, enhance mobility, and build strength. You will leave each daily session feeling strong, energized, and balanced within body and mind. A complimentary shuttle will leave from the Wilshire entrance of the Beverly Hilton at 6:00am (SHARP) to the DOGPOUND, West Hollywood location (627 N. Robertson Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069) and return to the Beverly Hilton after class.

Associates Breakfast (Invite only)
07:00 AM - 08:00 AM PDT

Join us for a conversation with Bill Ackman, Founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management moderated by David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Carlyle.

Moderator
David M. Rubenstein
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Carlyle
Speaker
Bill Ackman
Founder and CEO, Pershing Square Capital Management L.P.
Business & Industry

Even in the most promising circumstances, the transition from vision to action presents formidable challenges. Research from Harvard Business School underscores this, revealing staggering failure rates of up to 90 percent in strategy and execution within today's business landscape. While scholars have long analyzed the underlying causes, one undeniable truth remains: vision alone rarely suffices. Recognizing this reality, our panel discussion brings together a distinguished group of leaders who will share their winning strategies for bridging the gap between vision and action to drive success. Throughout the session, our esteemed panelists will impart their expertise and acumen in crafting and owning a compelling, differentiating vision and provide the insight necessary to bring it to successful fruition. Through candid discussions and real-world examples, attendees will gain practical tools and inspiration to transform their own visions into tangible, thriving outcomes. 

Moderator
Dina DiLorenzo
President, Guggenheim Investments
Speakers
Desiree Gruber
CEO, Full Picture
Dawn Ostroff
Board of Directors, Mattel; Board of Directors, Paramount Global
Anastasia Soare
CEO, Anastasia Beverly Hills
Continental Breakfast
07:00 AM - 09:00 AM PDT

Structural transformations in the global economy are opening a new window of opportunity to catalyze investment and deepen economic integration across the Americas. This session will examine new efforts to mobilize capital, strengthen critical supply chains, and foster sustainable development including the Americas Partnership for Prosperity, the Americas Act, and the BID for Americas initiative. Discussants will identify concrete steps to leverage public-private partnerships, multilateral institutions, and tools to translate this policy vision into tangible results—creating new opportunities for cross-border trade, investment, and inclusive growth.

Moderator
Matthew Aleshire
Director, Global Government Affairs, Milken Institute
Speakers
Bill Cassidy
US Senator, Louisiana
Christopher Dodd
Special Presidential Advisor for the Americas, US Department of State
Ilan Goldfajn
President, Inter-American Development Bank
Regions & Developing Markets Capital Access & Economic Opportunity
The State of the Global Financial System
08:00 AM - 09:30 AM PDT
Opening Remarks
Richard Ditizio
CEO, Milken Institute
Guest
Kristalina Georgieva
Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Moderator
Zanny Minton Beddoes
Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
Financial Markets
Part 2: Global Capital Markets
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM PDT

Higher-for-longer interest rates, the golden age of private credit, Bitcoin ETFs, and others were all unfamiliar territories as recently as 2019. As markets emerged from the pandemic, they matured into the defining characteristics of our time as leaders continue to navigate a low-growth, soft-landing environment. Geopolitical risk has only compounded concerns for investors looking to negotiate a fragmented global economy. How can today’s investors uncover value and unlock opportunities in this unique set of circumstances? What are the burgeoning big ideas to pay attention to? Where do we go from here? 

Moderator
Zanny Minton Beddoes
Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
Speakers
His Excellency Mohammed El-Kuwaiz
Chairman of the Board, Capital Market Authority of Saudi Arabia
Jane Fraser
CEO, Citigroup
Mike Gitlin
President and CEO, Capital Group
Ron O'Hanley
Chairman and CEO, State Street
Harvey Schwartz
CEO, Carlyle
Financial Markets
Innovation in Action
08:00 AM - 09:30 AM PDT

With any number of seemingly intractable social and geopolitical issues in the news, the transformative power of strategic philanthropy has never been more needed. This conversation will bring together visionary leaders of our largest foundations and game-changing philanthropists to explore how philanthropy can be being harnessed and deployed to address our most urgent global challenges. We will explore how our most innovative philanthropies, whether through tech solutions or mechanisms such as impact investing, are transforming the landscape and approach to social and environmental issues. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on leveraging the power of philanthropy to create a more sustainable, inclusive, and equitable future.

Moderator
Melissa Stevens
Executive Vice President, MI Philanthropy, Milken Institute
Speakers
Pablo Legorreta
CEO and Founder, Royalty Pharma
Strive Masiyiwa
Founder and Executive Chairman, Econet Group; Co-Founder, Higherlife Foundation
Louise Richardson
President, The Carnegie Corporation of New York
Mark Walter
Founder and CEO, TWG Global; Founder and CEO, Guggenheim Partners
Philanthropy & Social Impact

Nearly a billion people worldwide are without access to electricity. The Milken-Motsepe Prize in Green Energy was launched to incentivize entrepreneurs around the globe to expand access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable electricity. Following a year+-long, in-depth, process that included 24 continuous hours of field testing in South Africa for each entrant, we will spotlight the five finalist companies and their innovations and announce the winner of the US$1 million grand prize. Join us in celebrating the power of ideas and innovation, advancements in energy access, and the shared vision of long-term economic growth and shared prosperity. 

Guests
Michael Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute
Patrice Motsepe
Chairman and Founder, African Rainbow Minerals; Co-Founder and Chairman, Motsepe Foundation
Moderator
Emily Church
Senior Director, MI Philanthropy, Milken Institute
Speakers
Randy Kabuya
Co-Founder, OMNIVAT
Derick Nwasor
CEO, Newdigit Technologies
Diana Orembe
CEO, NovFeed; 2023 Winner of the Milken-Motsepe Prize in AgriTech
Jordan Oxley
CEO, GEG Group of Companies
Zoë Slattery
Engineering Project Manager, Smart Villages
Jonathan Wilson
Project Lead and Lecturer, AfTrak- Micro Electric Agriculture for Africa
Sustainability & Environment Philanthropy & Social Impact
Shaping the Future of Health
08:00 AM - 09:30 AM PDT
Guest
Mandy Cohen
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Moderator
Michael Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute
Health & Medical Research Policy, Politics, & Regulation

Across the world, health systems are trying to improve care for their populations in an era of rising costs. As the cost increases prove unsustainable, leaders have been calling for prevention-focused strategies as well as more innovation in health delivery systems, creative financing, broader use of the latest technology, and value-based care that leads to improved patient outcomes. Join us for a discussion with health sector leaders to understand what this means for the future of health and how prevention and innovation can shape tomorrow.  

Moderator
Esther Krofah
Executive Vice President, MI Health, Milken Institute
Speakers
Robert Bradway
Chairman and CEO, Amgen Inc.
David Feinberg
Chairman, Oracle Health
Karen Knudsen
CEO, American Cancer Society, Inc.; American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
Meena Seshamani
Deputy Administrator and Director of Center for Medicare, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Health & Medical Research
Simulcast | The State of the Global Financial System | Part 1: A Conversation with IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva | Part 2: Global Capital Markets
08:00 AM - 09:30 AM PDT

The Federal Reserve is anticipating three interest rate cuts in 2024, foreshadowing other central banks possibly following suit. Yet, Japan's central bank is raising interest rates for the first time in 17 years, signaling divergence across central banks globally. At the same time, liquidity crunch is in effect all around, making private credit an attractive space that investors are pouring into in fervor. Is the era of Zero Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP) firmly behind us? What implications do these shifts in interest rates have for the broader credit markets? Will private credit continue to be in high demand?

Moderator
Kim Lew
CEO, Columbia Investment Management Company
Speakers
Ben Black
Founder, Managing Partner, Fortinbras Enterprises
Maite Irakoze Baur
Chief Investment Officer, Farmers Insurance
Ken Kencel
President and CEO, Churchill Asset Management
Kevin McLeod
Head of Fund Development, Cerberus Business Finance and Senior Managing Director, Cerberus Capital Management
Dylan Ross
Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Asset-Backed Finance, TCW
Financial Markets

Now more than ever, the real estate industry is in a state of continuous shift, shaped by various factors including economic evolution and market forces. Over the last few years, we have noticed a significant shift, affecting many different sectors within real estate. In this intimate discussion, we will discuss how the recent changes have uniquely influenced real estate in the United States. Ultimately, we aim to hear from top industry players what they consider challenges versus opportunities when looking at the current state of the market.  

Moderator
Eric Kaplan
Executive Vice President and President of Financial Literacy for All, Operation HOPE; Senior Advisor, Milken Institute
Speakers
Margaret Anadu
Senior Partner, Head of Real Estate, The Vistria Group
Sean Dobson
CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Amherst
Andrea Olshan
President and CEO, Seritage Growth Properties
Jeffrey Quicksilver
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Walton Street Capital, LLC
Business & Industry
Wellness Garden Healing Sessions
09:30 AM - 04:30 PM PDT

Please visit the Wellness Garden for immunity boosts, chair massages, relaxation sessions, reiki, and aromatherapy.

Guest
John Williams
President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Moderator
Brooke Masters
US Financial Editor, Financial Times
Financial Markets Policy, Politics, & Regulation
Guest
Ken Griffin
Founder and CEO, Citadel
Moderator
Sara Eisen
Anchor, CNBC
Financial Markets
The Asset Management Upheaval
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

Asset management is undergoing a tectonic shift across finance. Among the myriad disruptions transforming the industry are fee compression, voracious appetites for alternatives without adequate capacity to capture demand, and the increasing popularity of passive funds. All that, added to a high beta environment, has made alpha generation nearly impossible. How can the industry navigate these ongoing challenges to deliver value for clients? What changes remain on the horizon for this nearly US$100 trillion industry? Where are the high growth areas worth pursuing? 

Moderator
Matt Brown
Founder and CEO, CAIS
Speakers
Kamal Bhatia
President and CEO, Principal Asset Management
Dan Bienvenue
Deputy Chief Investment Officer, CalPERS
Kathryn Koch
President and CEO, The TCW Group, Inc.
Jose Minaya
CEO, Nuveen
Tony Minella
President, Eldridge Industries
Financial Markets
The Geopolitics of AI
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

The intensifying global competition surrounding AI has both geopolitical and economic implications worldwide. While there are power and market dynamics at play, opportunities for cooperation emerge among stakeholders seeking to develop and deploy AI amidst growing regulatory complexity and geopolitical bottlenecks along the AI value chain. As questions arise regarding the opportunities and risks of AI, how can global stakeholders navigate this evolving terrain to ensure favorable outcomes for corporations, states, and society alike? 

Moderator
Erik Schatzker
Editorial Director, Bloomberg New Economy
Speakers
Karen Kornbluh
Senior Advisor, Milken Institute; former US Ambassador to the OECD
Eva Maydell
Member of the European Parliament, Bulgaria
Anne Neuberger
Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology, National Security Council, The White House
Karen Pierce
Ambassador of Britain to the US
Kevin Rudd
Ambassador, The Embassy of Australia to the United States; 26th Prime Minister of Australia
Security & Risk AI, Innovation, & Technology

A lifetime of hard work should translate into a dignified and secure retirement in America, yet economists project that 40 percent of Americans will run out of money during retirement. Many factors perpetuate the US retirement crisis, including economic inequality and wage stagnation, the lack of access to employer-sponsored retirement savings plans, and soaring health-care expenses. As 2024 represents the apex of baby boomers reaching age 65, there’s an urgent need for bold leadership, innovation, and action to advance lifetime financial security. The need is especially pressing for younger generations who face daunting obstacles to early saving. Join this panel to hear what our nation’s top financial leaders are doing to “retire inequality” and ensure that all Americans can enjoy a healthy, financially secure future. 

Moderator
Jennifer Ablan
Editor-in-Chief, Pensions and Investments
Speakers
Thasunda Brown Duckett
President and CEO, TIAA
John Carter
President and Chief Operating Officer, Nationwide Financial
Will Fuller
President and CEO, Transamerica
Penny Pennington
Managing Partner, Edward Jones
Financial Markets

For most of the post-WWII period, too many investors focused on returns without sufficient consideration for the social environment of their stakeholders. In recent decades, however, surging populism, increasing deglobalization attitudes, climate concerns, and widening income inequality have pushed investors to reexamine their approach. Demographic changes in the US and across the globe will drive the flow of consumers, talent, and capital over the next 50 years, presenting an opportunity for trillion-dollar wealth generation. How can inclusive capitalism ensure ballast for returns and reduce risk in uncertain times? Does an investing style that considers these factors stabilize returns in the long run? Our expert panelists will present options to demonstrate how investors can negotiate political and geopolitical uncertainty and continue to ensure long-term viability for their investments. 

Moderator
Troy Duffie
Director, Financial Markets, Milken Institute
Speakers
Nisha Biswal
Deputy CEO, US International Development Finance Corporation
Roger Ferguson
Immediate Past President and CEO, TIAA
Carla Harris
Senior Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Martin Nesbitt
Senior Partner, Co-Chairman, and Co-CEO, The Vistria Group
Regions & Developing Markets Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Capital Access & Economic Opportunity

As the world enters a new era, the trajectory of the economy is intrinsically tied to the sustainable management of our natural resources. Rainforests, savannahs, oceans, and tundras provide habitats for a rich tapestry of species, but are endangered by the consequences of human encroachment and climate change. Despite global commitments, biodiversity continues to decline at an alarming rate. Although numerous conservation initiatives exist, the challenge lies in bridging the gap between intention and effective implementation. How can we forge stronger connections between ecology and economics, ensuring that conservation efforts align seamlessly with development outcomes? 

Moderator
Justin Worland
Senior Correspondent, TIME
Speakers
Eron Bloomgarden
Founder and CEO, Emergent
His Excellency Iván Duque Márquez
33rd President, Republic of Colombia; Author, "Nuestro Futuro"
Jennifer Morris
CEO, The Nature Conservancy
Wendy Schmidt
President and Co-Founder, The Schmidt Family Foundation, Schmidt Ocean Institute
Sustainability & Environment
Guests
Christopher Dodd
Special Presidential Advisor for the Americas, US Department of State
Ilan Goldfajn
President, Inter-American Development Bank
Moderator
Jane Harman
Former Member of Congress; Chair, Commission on the National Defense Strategy
Financial Markets Regions & Developing Markets

As we continue to experience economic and financial volatility, it is crucial for society to be able to trust an inclusive financial system that supports entrepreneurship and middle-market companies in boosting economic growth and sustaining jobs. Join Raj Chetty, Professor of Economics at Harvard University and the Director of Opportunity Insights, as he shares how we can use big data to study the science of economic opportunity to enable social and economic mobility in the efforts to catalyze a brighter future for all.

Guest
Raj Chetty
William A. Ackman Professor of Economics, Harvard University; Director, Opportunity Insights
Moderator
Kevin Hassett
Managing Director, Milken Institute; Brent R. Nicklas Distinguished Fellow in Economics, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; former Senior Advisor to the President of the United States
Financial Markets

Experts in a vast field of opinions will explore the complex interplay between higher education, skills-based hiring, and the sometimes elusive value of a college degree in today's workforce. Join our panelists as they delve into the ongoing debate about the relevance of traditional degrees in a job market that increasingly emphasizes practical skills and competencies. They will address the emerging trend toward alternative skill-building pathways and assess how individuals can navigate the range of choices to align their educational experiences with their career goals. A critical factor in any decision: How are US college students and alumni tackling student debt? Listen to what university presidents, corporate executives, and government officials must contribute to this broader discourse on the changing landscape of higher education, as well as the multifaceted world of skills, degrees, and employability. 

Moderator
Jeff Selingo
Author and Journalist
Speakers
Eric Gertler
Executive Chairman and CEO, U.S. News & World Report
Daphne Kis
President, WorldQuant University
Michael Roth
President, Wesleyan University
Ben Sasse
President, University of Florida
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Human Capital, Jobs, & Education

Africa has the fastest growing, youngest population of any continent, and for this rising population set, it is second nature to turn to technology to solve the continent’s most pressing problems. Moreover, the wealth of free online coding boot camps, robotics lessons, and lectures is having a big impact, inspiring careers and seeding ideas for start-ups across Africa. According to ILO’s Global Employment Trends for Youth 2020: Africa, “...Africa is the only region where the youth bulge will continue to grow … presenting both an opportunity to reap the demographic dividend and an imminent …threat to social cohesion as well as massive migration in search of opportunities if appropriate policies are not implemented to harness the dividend.” With grit, resilience, creativity, and passion, Africa’s youth embraces the challenge to move their continent forward and create a better tomorrow collectively. How can the global community—policymakers, investors, corporates, and consumers—help enable this spirit for everyone’s benefit? 

Moderator
Dan Keeler
Founder and Editor, Frontier Markets News
Speakers
Ramadan Ameen
CEO, Americas and Central Asia, Ubuntu Global Holdings
Maya Horgan Famodu
Founder and Managing Director, Ingressive Capital
Yolanda Mabuto
Managing Director Africa, Divaine Growth Solutions
Walter Pacheco
CEO, Angolan Stock Exchange
Fred Swaniker
Founder and CEO, Sand Technologies
Regions & Developing Markets Capital Access & Economic Opportunity Human Capital, Jobs, & Education AI, Innovation, & Technology

Harnessing the body’s own immune system has revolutionized the treatment of several refractory cancers, from melanoma and lymphoma to certain lung and liver cancers. In 2018, Drs. James Allison, US, and Tasuku Honjo, Japan, shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries that led to the development of cancer therapy by a process termed inhibition of negative immune regulation, which enables a patient’s own immune system to block encroachment by certain malignancies. To date, immunotherapies have been shown effective in many cases of melanoma and about two dozen other cancer types. The armamentarium of immune therapies has also grown to include novel therapeutic mechanisms that may have antiviral applications. Expert panelists will range beyond the current treatment horizon to cover the next act in immunotherapy, including mRNA vaccines, cell-based approaches such as TIL cell and CAR-T therapy, and what these developments mean for patients, investors, the life-sciences industry, and the outlook for cancer treatments. 

Moderator
Marc Hurlbert
CEO, Melanoma Research Alliance
Speakers
Gina Carithers
President, Prostate Cancer Foundation
Friedrich Graf Finckenstein
Chief Medical Officer, Iovance Biotherapeutics
Anusha Kalbasi
Associate Professor, Robert L. and Mary Ellenburg Endowed Faculty Scholar, Department of Radiation Oncology, Stanford University School of Medicine
Connie Pfeiffer
Vice President of Medical Affairs, Immunocore
Sunil Verma
Senior Vice President, Global Medical Affairs, AstraZeneca
Health & Medical Research

Semiconductors are foundational to economic growth, technological innovation, and national security. Since passage of the $52.7 billion CHIPS and Science Act in 2022, the US has been working with allies and partners to build diverse, resilient, secure, and transparent semiconductor supply chains. This invitation-only private session will convene public, private, and civil-society leaders to review progress to date and identify further actions required to achieve shared priorities. Key topics will include a review of outstanding vulnerabilities, strategies to unlock private capital and promote regional ecosystems, and opportunities to improve the coordination of workforce development and R&D. 

Moderator
David Talbot
Executive Director, The Indo-Pacific Partnership for Prosperity
Speakers
Bruce Andrews
Chief Government Affairs Officer, Intel
Tammy Kiely
Senior Managing Director, Technology Investment Banking, Evercore
John Neuffer
President and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association
Ramin Toloui
Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs, US Department of State
Roberto Velasco Alvarez
Chief Officer for North America, Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs
Security & Risk Regions & Developing Markets AI, Innovation, & Technology

In 2023, organizations spent an estimated $188 billion globally on cybersecurity, and that figure is expected to rise to almost $215 billion in 2024. Cybercriminals are advancing quickly, and their attacks are becoming so sophisticated that cybersecurity experts are struggling to keep up, let alone get ahead of the next critical threat. As technology advances, and the data of our financial, tech, and government institutions becomes more and more valuable, how will cybersecurity leaders across these sectors work together to counter bad actors? Join us and our fellow thought leaders to discuss how high the stakes really are, and what they are doing to build institutional resilience and mitigate risk.

Moderator
Dmitri Alperovitch
Chairman, Silverado Policy Accelerator; Author, "World on the Brink: How America Can Beat China in the Race for the Twenty-First Century"
Speakers
Jen Easterly
Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
Michael Greenwald
Global Head, Financial Innovation and Digital Assets, Amazon Web Services
Rob Silvers
Under Secretary for Policy, US Department of Homeland Security
Security & Risk AI, Innovation, & Technology

Japan remains one of the most innovative and pioneering forces in technology, business, and finance in the world today. From cutting-edge electronics, robotics, and AI to sustainable and climate-linked investments, Japan, with Tokyo as its epicenter, has pushed the boundaries of what's possible and shaped the development of industries around the world. Alongside recent monetary and public policy shifts, Japan is gearing up for wider industrial, financial, and social reforms that leaders hope will drive a new growth paradigm for the country, while working to address structural and cyclical challenges. In this private session, we gather top leaders to discuss the business and investment opportunities in Tokyo and Japan and examine how companies can capitalize on the transformations underway to unlock new investment flows and build new partnerships. 

Opening Remarks
Laura Deal Lacey
Executive Vice President, MI International, Milken Institute
Moderator
Hiromichi Mizuno
Senior Advisor, Milken Institute
Speakers
Yuriko Koike
Governor of Tokyo
Hirowaka Murakami
Chief Investment Officer, Yamauchi-No.10 Family Office
Hiroshi Ozeki
President and CEO, Nissay Asset Management Corporation
Financial Markets Business & Industry Regions & Developing Markets

A decade after retiring from professional football, David Beckham has remained a household name through a variety of high-profile endorsement deals and transformative partnership with Authentic Brands Group. Join Beckham and Authentic Chairman and CEO Jamie Salter, who open up on scaling the athlete’s brand through strategic endorsements, innovative business models, compelling digital and media partnerships and more.

Guests
David Beckham
Partner and Shareholder, Authentic Brands Group; Co-Owner, Inter Miami CF; Global Brand Ambassador; Philanthropist
Jamie Salter
Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Authentic Brands Group
Moderator
Michael Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute
Business & Industry Society & Culture

Industry leaders and experts will dive into actionable planning strategies aimed to accelerate the shift towards energy transition; particularly focusing on the critical milestone of achieving decarbonization by 2050 while continuing to meet current energy demands. Public-private partnerships, corporate commitments, innovative technologies, and government incentives all contribute to industry transformation, creating a roadmap toward a more sustainable future, one actionable step at a time.

Guests
John Podesta
Senior Advisor to the President for International Climate Policy, The White House
Darren Woods
Chairman and CEO, Exxon Mobil Corporation
Moderator
David Westin
Anchor, Wall Street Week, Bloomberg
Business & Industry Sustainability & Environment
Guests
Joe Manchin
US Senator, West Virginia
Jigar Shah
Director, Loan Programs Office, US Department of Energy
Michael Wirth
Chairman and CEO, Chevron
Moderator
David Westin
Anchor, Wall Street Week, Bloomberg
Business & Industry Sustainability & Environment
Credit Markets Forging Ahead
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM PDT

Despite higher financing costs, less than accommodative monetary policies, and an unpredictable economic outlook, the credit market has held steadfast in 2023 in the face of unfavorable market headwinds. Bond issuance is on pace to increase throughout 2024; tightening spreads and a flattening yield curve, all indicate more favorable conditions ahead. Can credit investors finally catch their breath since the successive rate hikes? In anticipation of potential rate cuts, what is in store for the credit market? As a result, how might this impact other asset classes across ECM, M&A, and structured finance? 

Moderator
Will Caiger-Smith
Vice President, Content, 9fin
Speakers
Ashley Baum
Managing Director, Head of Special Opportunities, Texas Teachers
Michael Buchanan
Co-Chief Investment Officer, Western Asset
Lee Kruter
Partner and Head of Performing Credit, GoldenTree Asset Management LP
Michael Patterson
Governing Partner, HPS Investment Partners
Financial Markets
Transforming the Future of Work
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM PDT
Guest
Kathy Hochul
Governor, State of New York
Moderator
Jonathan Capehart
Anchor, "The Saturday/Sunday Show," MSNBC
Policy, Politics, & Regulation

Widely admired executives will share their perspectives on modern workforce dynamics—from digital transformation and technological disruption, to the evolving expectations of employers and employees regarding hybrid work. How are business leaders building robust talent pipelines through continuous upskilling and personalized learning paths driven by AI? What kinds of innovative strategies are available to adapt to the changing nature of work, the integration of emerging technologies, and the pivotal role of leadership in fostering a resilient workforce? This conversation will offer a glimpse into the visionary approaches executives are employing to keep up with today's workforce trends and anticipate the needs of tomorrow. 

Moderator
Maneet Ahuja
Editor-at-Large, Forbes Media
Speakers
Jason Buechel
CEO, Whole Foods Market
Debbie Dyson
CEO, OneTen
Lisa Gevelber
Founder and Head, Grow with Google
Ravin Jesuthasan
Author, Global Leader for Transformation Services, Mercer
Igor Tulchinsky
Founder, Chairman and CEO, WorldQuant
Business & Industry
Shaping the Future of Capital: Markets and Money
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM PDT
Guest
Rostin Behnam
Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Moderator
Michael Piwowar
Executive Vice President, MI Finance, Milken Institute
Financial Markets

The rising digital economy has reshaped our very idea of money. Innovative financial technologies and disrupters— like digital assets, tokenization, Stablecoin, and CBDCs— are shifting the landscape of global finance and capital markets. Join our panel of thought leaders, policymakers, and industry innovators as they consider how new money and money-like instruments will affect the global economy, enable access and inclusion, and transform how we live and conduct business. 

Moderator
Michael Piwowar
Executive Vice President, MI Finance, Milken Institute
Speakers
J. Christopher Giancarlo
Senior Counsel, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Adrienne Harris
Superintendent, NY State Department of Financial Services
Jelena McWilliams
Head of Financial Institutions Group (FIG) and Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Michael Sonnenshein
CEO, Grayscale Investments LLC
Ivan Soto-Wright
Co-Founder and CEO, MoonPay
Financial Markets

Today’s public is ascribing greater value to the identity of the CEO as an individual, alongside his or her role as a business leader. From among visionary strategists and business icons, cultural architects and social activists, we’ve convened a group of seasoned CEOs who will describe the diverse facets of leadership that they navigate daily. Join them to hear an insightful discussion on the challenges, opportunities, and transformative impact that CEOs can have—across organizations, industries, and society—in shaping the future of business. 

Moderator
Andy Serwer
Editor at Large, Barron's; Dow Jones
Speakers
Carmine Di Sibio
Global Chairman and CEO, EY
David Zaslav
President and CEO, Warner Brothers Discovery
Business & Industry
The Power and Potential of AI
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM PDT
Guest
Brad Lightcap
Chief Operating Officer, OpenAI
Moderator
Julia Boorstin
Senior Media and Technology Correspondent, CNBC; Author, "When Women Lead"
AI, Innovation, & Technology

The economy’s intersection with tech and innovation has a tremendous impact on the way we live, connect, and work. As innovation, data sets, and computing capabilities continue to grow at exponential rates, many observers question the need for equitable access, regulation, and responsible adoption. How is the recent explosion of generative AI disrupting existing technology providers and creating compelling opportunities for investors? What’s next for AI's role in data-driven decision making and innovative workforce models? And how might leaders of finance lean into this AI revolution? With tech, AI, and machine learning so deeply pervasive in our everyday lives, business executives at the forefront of the digital age will contemplate the next step in realizing value in tech as it continues to redefine the world as we know it. 

Moderator
David Steinberg
Co-founder, Chairman, CEO, Zeta Global
Speakers
Greg Emerson
Managing Director and Partner, BCG
Andy Kreuz
Deputy Chief Investment Officer, WorldQuant; CEO, WorldQuant Millennium Advisors
Rebecca Lynn
General Partner, Canvas Ventures
Ravi Mhatre
Founder and Managing Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners
Monti Saroya
Senior Managing Director, Co-Head of Flagship Fund, Vista Equity Partners
Business & Industry AI, Innovation, & Technology

After the COP28 agreement to phase down oil and gas, all eyes are on corporations as they reassess and revamp their net zero strategies. The climate tech sector continues to attract first-time investors, underscoring the market’s staying power. As industries decarbonize, what are the challenges and opportunities in leveraging innovative financing instruments to stimulate private investment in sustainable solutions? What is the role of the capital markets in both spurring development of these technologies and supporting companies as they adopt and deploy them at scale? The Paris Summit for a New Global Financing Pact renewed financial commitments to support developing countries’ emissions targets. In light of this renewal, what systemic changes are needed to facilitate a sustainable business transition globally? 

Moderator
Leslie Kaufman
Senior Reporter, Bloomberg
Speakers
Ravina Advani
Head, Low Carbon Transition Group Americas, BNP Paribas
Kyle Baker
Head of Energy Transition, Americas Investment Banking, Jefferies
Matthieu Courtecuisse
CEO, Sia Partners
Matt Harris
Founding Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners
Connor Teskey
President, Brookfield Asset Management; CEO Renewable Power and Transition, Brookfield
Financial Markets Sustainability & Environment

Science has driven innovation for centuries. Serendipity contributed to many breakthroughs in the past. However, science has demonstrated that focused research initiatives with ambitious goals can solve some of society’s biggest questions while making new discoveries along the way. From the Human Genome Project mapping humankind’s genetic make-up, to the Apollo Program shooting for the moon and stars, philanthropy, government, and the private sector have much to learn from ambitious, collaborative initiatives to continue engineering breakthroughs in modern science. Panelists will glance back at scientific landmarks and look ahead to some of the goals waiting to be discovered around the scientific corner. 

Moderator
Susan Karlin
Science and Technology Correspondent, Fast Company
Speakers
Steve Altemus
President and CEO, Intuitive Machines, LLC
Cara Altimus
Managing Director, Science Philanthropy Accelerator for Research and Collaboration (SPARC), Milken Institute
Josh Denny
CEO, All of Us Research Program, National Institutes of Health
Reed Jobs
Founder, Yosemite
Kathryn North
Director, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, David Danks Professor of Child Health Research, University of Melbourne
Health & Medical Research Philanthropy & Social Impact

In this session panelists will first explore the economic and financial toll of health inequities in hindering access to affordable health care, including drugs and treatments as well as participation in clinical trials. Conversely, they will review measures that policymakers and industry—particularly within the C-suite—can take to effect meaningful change in making the health-care and research ecosystem more equitable and affordable. Participants will be encouraged to learn the role new investments can assume in driving meaningful change from the top decision makers. 

Moderator
Nicholas St. Fleur
Science Reporter, Associate Editorial Director of Events and Host of Color Code Podcast, STAT
Speakers
Bechara Choucair
Executive Vice President and Chief Health Officer, Kaiser Permanente
Stephanie Davis
Managing Director, US Healthcare Technology and Digital Health, Barclays
Darrick Hamilton
Founding Director, Institute on Race, Power and Political Economy, The New School
Deena Shakir
General Partner, Lux Capital
Ramita Tandon
Chief Clinical Trials Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance
Health & Medical Research Capital Access & Economic Opportunity

The pandemic accelerated the transformation of the workplace and elevated the opportunity for employers to assume a critical role in workforce and community health. Employers are finding a voice on critical issues such as promoting employees’ mental health and wellbeing. This accelerated redesign also illustrated the importance of a “whole person" approach, coupled with empathetic leadership, to influence productivity, enhance engagement, and effectively address the needs of five generations in the workforce. This invite-only discussion will focus on the emergent models of learning and innovation to optimize health for employees and organizations. Vital aspects to explore include the investments needed to pave the way for a healthy, engaged, and productive workforce. Fostering a resilient workforce is not only the right thing to do, it also makes business sense. 

Moderator
Esther Krofah
Executive Vice President, MI Health, Milken Institute
Speakers
Aneesh Chopra
President, CareJourney
Patrick Conway
CEO, Optum Rx
Joneigh S. Khaldun
Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer, CVS Health
David Ko
CEO, Calm
Tracy Layney
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Levi Strauss & Co.
Dan Mendelson
CEO, Morgan Health, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Business & Industry Health & Medical Research

Gather at the Milken Institute for a pivotal meeting of the Inclusive Capitalism Executive Council. Esteemed industry leaders converge to drive transformative conversations on fostering a more inclusive and equitable landscape within asset management. Engage in insightful discussions, share best practices, and strategize innovative approaches to enhance diversity across investment sectors. The council leverages collective expertise to reshape the future of asset management, ensuring that all voices are heard and valued. Join this influential assembly as it pioneers a paradigm shift towards a more diverse and inclusive future in the dynamic realm of asset management.

Speakers
Valerie Red-Horse Mohl
Co-Founder and President, Known Holdings
Michael Wee
Interim CIO, The California Endowment
Ashley Zohn
Vice President, Learning and Impact, Knight Foundation
Financial Markets Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Capital Access & Economic Opportunity

The global economy is entering a new and more volatile era shaped by a series of compounding dilemmas including the intensification of geopolitical competition, the escalation of the climate crisis, and the development of groundbreaking technologies. Board rooms and investment committees confronting this landscape are under growing pressure to build resilience and find new opportunities amid rising disorder. How can we strengthen supply chains and modernize global economic governance to address current challenges? How can we accelerate clean energy investment without exacerbating the burdens facing the communities most vulnerable to the effects of climate change? And how can we ensure that innovation responds to sustainable growth, national security, and social imperatives? 

Moderator
David Bohigian
Managing Partner, Pluribus Ventures
Speakers
Ekhosuehi Iyahen
Secretary General, Insurance Development Forum
Kristina Kloberdanz
Chief Sustainability Officer, Macquarie Asset Management
Spider Marks
Major General (Retired), Academy Securities
Eva Maydell
Member of the European Parliament, Bulgaria
Security & Risk

The young but vibrant venture capital ecosystem in the Middle East offers bright spots after a year of introspection for venture capitalists. For many, valuations fell to levels not seen in a decade, while investments made globally also sank by a quarter. Yet, against the backdrop of an improving macroeconomic environment, AI’s growing influence, and with over USD 300 billion in dry powder waiting to be deployed in the US alone, the industry is poised for a pivot. This begs the essential question for investors: Will mega-round financing continue to wane, with managers increasingly prioritizing smaller, more profitable and strategically positioned firms? We will explore which sectors will outperform and how trends will differ in developed and emerging economies. We will consider the government investing to diversify and develop local economies, including a discussion of Qatar’s recent announcement of a USD 1 billion fund for its national start-up and VC ecosystem. Join us as we chart the path forward for venture capital and the role that managers can play in emerging markets. 

Moderator
Nicole Valentine
Director, FinTech, Milken Institute
Speakers
Mohammed Al Sowaidi
Chief Investment Officer, Region Americas, QIA
Saleha Osmani
Managing Director, Falconbridge Advisors
Jack Selby
Managing Director, Thiel Capital
Financial Markets Business & Industry Regions & Developing Markets

We assume that the longer and harder we work, the more we will be able to generate. Performance optimization research has debunked this out-of-date myth. To produce the highest quality product, we need to balance work with rest and downtime. This workshop will explore nature's cycles, including our own, through a yogic lens. Learning to ride our individual circadian rhythms optimizes our performance quantity and quality. We will learn a number of micro-rest and nervous system reset practices that can be done anywhere throughout the day. You will come away from this presentation with tools to help you reach your highest potential—including a permission slip to rest.

Speaker
Sarah Ezrin
Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 500

Elaine Glass, author of Get Quiet, will take you on a transformative exploration to connect with the voice of your soul. You will gain valuable insights and wisdom in a step-by-step approach to tap into your soul's guidance through the ancient practice of labyrinth walking, each associated with specific energy points, and experience the profound power of self-healing. This journey will empower you to create a life of purpose and fulfillment.

Moderator
Scott Lazerson
Chairman, The Freedom Child Foundation
Speaker
Elaine Glass
Master Life Coach; Author; Founder, Nemus Code
Boxed Lunch Pickup
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM PDT
Lunch Program
12:30 PM - 02:00 PM PDT
Welcome Remarks
Conrad Kiechel
Executive Director, Global Programming and Events, Milken Institute
Guest
Javier Milei
President of Argentina
Regions & Developing Markets Policy, Politics, & Regulation

The history of the global political-economic order is one of constant change. Sometimes this change is imperceptible; at others, abrupt. Over two decades into the 21st century, the world has experienced a global pandemic, heightened tensions around re-globalization, a land war in Europe, and increasing political polarization—all of which threaten to accelerate international divergence. This threat comes at a time of looming global challenges—including extreme poverty, economic migration, public health, and climate change—that can only be solved through greater convergence toward shared responsibility and action. Join our panelists as they examine these tensions and challenges, and look to the opportunities that will shape our world in the decades ahead. 

Moderator
Nicholas Kristof
Op-Ed Columnist and Political Commentator; Author, “Chasing Hope: A Reporter’s Life”
Speakers
Xavier Bettel
Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg; 24th Prime Minister of Luxembourg
His Excellency Iván Duque Márquez
33rd President, Republic of Colombia; Author, "Nuestro Futuro"
Michael Froman
President, Council on Foreign Relations
Theresa May
54th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Admiral James Stavridis, (Ret.)
Partner and Vice Chair, Global Affairs, Carlyle; 16th Supreme Allied Commander of NATO
Security & Risk Policy, Politics, & Regulation

Join us for conversation with global industry leaders in health, finance, and technology as we delve into current and emerging trends and challenges shaping the landscape of 2024 and beyond. Moderated by Richard Ditizio, CEO of the Milken Institute, and featuring insights from Chairman Michael Milken, this conversation is an opportunity for CEOs to share their candid thoughts about today’s environment and how they are working to cultivate resilience, foster organizational culture, and propel sustainable growth in an ever-evolving marketplace.

Moderators
Richard Ditizio
CEO, Milken Institute
Michael Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute
Business & Industry
Stretch It Out with DOGPOUND
01:00 PM - 01:30 PM PDT

Let's get together to improve flexibility and mobility in muscles and joints. We will explore a variety of tailored exercises, easing into the middle of your day. Mobility is more than being flexible; it’s about control.

Speaker
Kirk Myers
Founder, Dogpound

Disagreement and conflict resolution are foundational elements of the United States’ system of governance; divergent views on federalism, checks and balances, the separation of powers, and other such norms have been present since the founding of the country. While there is partisan division on many critical issues facing the US, broad consensus in some areas continues to lead to the enactment of bipartisan policies. This panel will examine how political leadership can play a role in breaking through the divisive noise and what can be accomplished as we lead up to 2025 and beyond. 

Moderator
Alan Schwartz
Executive Chairman, Guggenheim Partners
Speakers
Bill Cassidy
US Senator, Louisiana
James Lankford
US Senator, Oklahoma
Joe Manchin
US Senator, West Virginia
Kyrsten Sinema
US Senator, Arizona
Policy, Politics, & Regulation
Opening Remarks
Karen Bass
Mayor, Los Angeles, California
AI: Hope, Hype, and Headwinds
01:05 PM - 02:00 PM PDT

As the hype and headwinds surrounding AI have cleared somewhat over the last year, hope and belief in this technology’s potential to transform the world as we know it remain as strong as ever—and with good reason. The latest advancements, while nascent, suggest AI will revolutionize not only how we work, live, and play, but even what it means to think and be human. While we must remain mindful of AI’s financial, environmental, and societal challenges, let’s look at how AI might surprise us with exciting possibilities and positive impact in the months ahead. 

Moderator
David Faber
Journalist and Anchor, CNBC
Speakers
Ashton Kutcher
General Partner, Sound Ventures
Clara Shih
CEO, Salesforce AI
Aravind Srinivas
CEO and Co-Founder, Perplexity
Matt Wood
Vice President, Artificial Intelligence Products, Amazon Web Services
AI, Innovation, & Technology

Critical minerals are building blocks of the global economy required for the green transition, advanced technologies, and modern defense systems. Demand for lithium, copper, nickel, rare earths, and other essential elements is surging at the same time as geopolitical competition heightens attention to resilience and diversification. How can governments work with the private sector to increase supplies and address national security concerns? What new technologies can be used to mitigate environmental and social challenges? Can alternatives such as recycling and deep-sea mining help meet the pressing need for critical minerals? 

Moderator
Ari Untracht
Senior Director, Eldridge Industries
Speakers
Amos Hochstein
Deputy Assistant and Senior Advisor to the President for Energy and Investment, National Security Council, The White House
Shauna McIntyre
CEO, Northvolt Cuberg
Zimi Meka
CEO, Ausenco
Amit Midha
Global CEO, Alat
Business & Industry

Since the terrorist attacks on October 7, 2023, the US and the world have been forced to reckon with a frightening upward trend in antisemitic sentiment and rhetoric, and even violent confrontations across public and private spaces. Persistent misinformation, extremism, and bias contribute to growing unease and tension. This session features leading religious figures, academics, and advocates who will pursue a thoughtful and action-oriented dialogue on combatting antisemitism and religious intolerance in the United States. Together, we’ll aim to build a future that’s more inclusive, tolerant, and safe. 

Moderator
Richard Sandler
Executive Vice President, Milken Family Foundation; Partner, Maron & Sandler; Author, "Witness to a Prosecution: The Myth of Michael Milken"
Speakers
Van Jones
Social Entrepreneur; Bestselling Author; CNN Host; and Founder, Dream Machine Innovation Lab
Daniel Lubetzky
Founder, Builders; KIND Snacks
Arielle Mokhtarzadeh
Co-President, 30 Years After
David Wolpe
Max Webb Emeritus Rabbi, Sinai Temple; Visiting Scholar, Harvard Divinity School

Visual storytelling is one of the most powerful media for bearing witness, documenting history, and inciting change. From the early 20th century, technology and public interest have driven talented photographers and documentarians—think of Robert Capa, Margaret Bourke-White, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange—to document momentous times such as the Great Depression, the World Wars, and other historic phenomena. Photography helps connect the personal with the global, the profane with the sacred, the joyful with the painful. Moving images transport us: first entering our homes as tv news bulletins, then via 24/7 cable news, and now with our devices on a constant loop. Photojournalism creates opportunities to sharpen awareness, protect communities, preserve habitat and conserve resources, and document vital cultures. Join our conversation with acclaimed visual storytellers who will share iconic photographic images with an eye toward hope and healing. 

Moderator
Jimmie Briggs
Principal, Justice and Equity, Skoll Foundation; Writer and Journalist
Speakers
Andrea Bruce
Photographer, National Geographic
Scott Harrison
Founder and CEO, charity:water
Yunghi Kim
Photojournalist, Contact Press Images
Eli Reed
Photographer and Photojournalist, Magnum Photos
Sustainability & Environment Society & Culture Philanthropy & Social Impact

We are at the cusp of a golden age in medicine. CRISPR tools and mRNA vaccines are among the many innovations that stand to revolutionize healthcare. Continuing advances in AI promise to accelerate further the development of new treatments and cures. In this session, experts will discuss the breakthroughs that will define the next decade and their implications for patients, health systems, and governments. 

Moderator
Alice Park
Senior Health Correspondent, TIME
Speakers
Noubar Afeyan
CEO and Founder, Flagship Pioneering; Founder and Chairman, Moderna
Aloe Blacc
Co-Founder, Major Inc.; Recording Artist; Biotech Entrepreneur
Daphne Koller
Founder and CEO, insitro
Samarth Kulkarni
CEO and Chairman of the Board, CRISPR Therapeutics
Pablo Legorreta
CEO and Founder, Royalty Pharma
Health & Medical Research AI, Innovation, & Technology

Expectations were high that China would drive global economic recovery after its re-opening in early 2023. Instead, economic activity throughout much of 2023 remained subdued on account of muted domestic and global demand; restructuring among technology companies; and significant challenges to its real estate sector. What are investors’ sentiments towards investment opportunities in China? As government efforts to inject stability and confidence flow throughout the economy, what are the opportunities for investors to find returns? What sectors are well suited for greater participation from both domestic and international investors as the economy continues its slow, but steady recovery? 

Moderator
Susan Li
Business Correspondent, Fox Business Network
Speakers
Shenglin Ben
Professor and Dean, Zhejiang University International Business School (ZIBS)
Goodwin Gaw
Founder, Chairman, and Managing Principal, Gaw Capital
Fred Hu
Founder and Chairman, Primavera Capital Group
Weijian Shan
Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, PAG
Lu Zhang
Founder and Managing Partner, Fusion Fund
Financial Markets Business & Industry Regions & Developing Markets

Innovation has never taken place in a vacuum: inventors and entrepreneurs have always had patrons and providers of the infrastructure needed to dream up new technologies and bring new products to market. The internet might never have been possible without the Pentagon; DNA was discovered in a Cambridge University lab; and Bell Labs remains famous for the technological advances that it spawned. The sociology of innovation—how we can best arrange people and platforms to encourage breakthroughs—has become a hot topic, examining the ideal role of government, corporate and university spinouts, incentives and rewards, and the other factors needed to spur economic growth in the most efficient, sustainable way. In this panel we bring together innovators, policymakers, public intellectuals, and new organizations to help us understand how genius should best be organized to benefit us all. 

Moderator
Simon Radford
Director, European Policy and Programming, Milken Institute
Speakers
Jano Costard
Challenge Officer, SPRIND
Steffi Czerny
Co-Founder and Curator, DLD Conferences
Thomas Fink
Director, London Institute of Mathematical Sciences
Albert Read
Author, "The Imagination Muscle"; Former Managing Director, Conde Nast Britain
Business & Industry AI, Innovation, & Technology

Emerging markets and developing economies (EMDEs) are processing a new paradigm as the global economy grapples with protectionist legislation affecting supply chains and trade alliances that prioritize geopolitical interest. Questions loom large regarding pivotal electoral outcomes and market access between the world's two largest economies, as persistent slow growth from China runs concurrently with a rise in productivity from India. These complexities are compounded by persistently higher interest rates and the impacts of inflation—navigating them successfully is paramount if EMDEs are to achieve sustainable growth. Despite these challenges, many developing economies are witnessing a productivity spike driven in part by shifting demographics and population growth. How can EMDEs steer a path through this complex set of macro conditions? Where are investors seeing opportunity globally, and what factors are they assessing to make investment decisions? 

Moderator
Angela Rodell
Founder, Rodell Consulting
Speakers
Anthony Bisegna
Executive Vice President, Head of State Street Global Markets, State Street
Andrew Cross
Chief Financial Officer, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Komal Sri-Kumar
Founder and President, Sri-Kumar Global Strategies, Inc.
Yana Watson Kakar
Managing Director and Head of Americas, CDPQ
Financial Markets

After many years of prosperity, growth, high valuations, and unlimited dry powder, private markets now face serious challenges from geopolitical uncertainty, inflation, and rising interest rates. What are the consequences and who are the benefactors of stricter market policies and regulations on the global flows of capital and returns? How can GPs and LPs collaborate and co-invest more effectively, and with greater transparency, while incorporating impact into their risk-adjusted return analyses? How are asset managers adapting their strategies to navigate evolving market conditions and capitalize on emerging opportunities within private markets? This roundtable of leading asset owners will be an opportunity for frank exchange about the future of the industry.

Opening Remarks
Petra Freddi
Managing Director, Europe, Milken Institute
Moderator
Scott Hart
CEO, StepStone Group
Speakers
Janne Gustafsson
Senior Portfolio Manager, Structured Credit, Ilmarinen
Elena Manola-Bonthond
Chief Investment Officer, CERN Pension Fund
Anton Orlich
Managing Investment Director, Private Equity, CalPERS
Wil S. Warren
Partner and President, Lexington Partners

As American companies face increasing stress in the search for skilled workers, especially in areas of advanced manufacturing, finance, research, and health care, there’s a clear opportunity to take advantage of the talents and workforce training of military veterans. This approach would enable employers to address key skills needs while providing both companies and veterans with opportunities to grow and address challenges together. This private session will address ways to create better economic opportunity and mobility for veterans by translating and matching their skills to the needs of businesses in key industries and economic sectors. 

Moderator
Kevin Klowden
Executive Director, MI Finance, Milken Institute
Speakers
Maury Bradsher
Chairman and CEO, District Equity, LLC
Mona Dexter
Vice President, Military and Veteran Affairs, Comcast NBCUniversal
Anthony Hassan
President and CEO, Cohen Veterans Network
Patrick J Murphy
Lecturer, Wharton; 32nd Army Under Secretary
Steve Schwab
CEO, Elizabeth Dole Foundation
Capital Access & Economic Opportunity Human Capital, Jobs, & Education

When nonprofit organizations and philanthropists set out on their philanthropic journey, they are seeking to generate impact or a high rate of return on their investment. However, the impact generated through the deployment of traditional vehicles of gifts and grants is not always tangible or defined. The integration of venture philanthropy and impact investments into a philanthropic portfolio provides philanthropists with the opportunity to generate alpha across both financial and impact metrics. During this private roundtable discussion, we will hear from leading venture philanthropists on how they structure their investment practices to enhance their philanthropy. 

Moderator
Melissa Stevens
Executive Vice President, MI Philanthropy, Milken Institute
Speakers
Matt Onek
President and CEO, Mission Investors Exchange
Alice Pomponio
Managing Director, BrightEdge, American Cancer Society
Bahiyah Robinson
Founder and Chief Executive, VC Include
Lisa Sobrato Sonsini
Founding Board Chair, Sobrato Family Foundation
Philanthropy & Social Impact
The Untapped Power of Vital Force
01:30 PM - 02:00 PM PDT

Did you know that a regular practice of the brief, contemplative mental pause can recharge, energize, and optimize your mind-body complex more deeply than sleep? Discover how you can benefit from quickly quieting your mind. Reduce stress at the cellular level, so you can remember and reconnect with who you really are at the core—not the overwhelmed, over-functioning you…the real you. Tapping into the power of the mental pause will make it possible for you to accomplish more with less stress and a greater sense of calm. 

Speaker
Rajshree Patel
Coach and Self Awareness Trainer, Art of Living Foundation
Meet the Author: Ali Velshi "Small Acts of Courage: A Legacy of Endurance and the Fight for Democracy"
01:30 PM - 02:00 PM PDT
Speaker
Ali Velshi
Host, “Velshi” and Chief Correspondent, MSNBC; Author, “Small Acts of Courage: A Legacy of Endurance and the Fight for Democracy”
Global Humanitarian Overview
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM PDT
Opening Remarks
Kevin Herglotz
Executive Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Milken Institute
Guest
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Moderator
Ali Velshi
Host, “Velshi” and Chief Correspondent, MSNBC; Author, “Small Acts of Courage: A Legacy of Endurance and the Fight for Democracy”
Security & Risk Regions & Developing Markets
Guests
Cindy McCain
Executive Director, World Food Programme
Ann Veneman
Former UNICEF Executive Director and USDA Secretary
Moderator
Nicholas Kristof
Op-Ed Columnist and Political Commentator; Author, “Chasing Hope: A Reporter’s Life”
Security & Risk Sustainability & Environment Policy, Politics, & Regulation

Talk of trouble in the private equity industry is unrelenting. High costs of capital, a gloomy outlook, and a lackluster IPO market have threatened private equity investors’ ability to deliver favorable IRRs and execute transformational investments. Yet some investors have continued quietly toiling away. Poised between worries about buying into a recession, on one hand, and fading recession risks, on the other, capital-constrained environments have created opportunities for those with dry powder to deploy selectively. Faced with the undoubted current market headwinds, who is still deploying dry powder right now? How will managers continue to generate returns for their LPs, deliver value across their portfolios, and navigate structural uncertainty in the years ahead? What core tenets in their investment strategies have they remained steadfast to? 

Moderator
Mark Thierfelder
Co-Chair and Partner, Dechert
Speakers
Joe Baratta
Global Head of Private Equity, Blackstone
Anne-Marie Fink
Chief Investment Officer, Private Markets and Funds Alpha, State of Wisconsin Investment Board
Patrick Healy
CEO, Hellman & Friedman
Jonathan D. Sokoloff
Managing Partner, Leonard Green & Partners
Pete Stavros
Co-Head, Global Private Equity, KKR
Financial Markets

In today's dynamic business landscape, leaders at the helm of corporations are skillfully steering through a myriad of simultaneous challenges. From crafting innovative growth strategies and developing modern-day workforces, to meeting evolving customer expectations while navigating ongoing global macroeconomic uncertainties—and now, the new world of generative AI. What are the ways in which corporations and industries are developing, experimenting, and learning with generative AI to protect and benefit businesses, their customers, employees, and broader society? What are the essential leadership elements and strategies that CEOs employ to propel their companies towards success—particularly in an era characterized by disruptive and emerging technologies? Join seasoned business leaders across sectors as we explore the opportunities of generative AI, and the multifaceted role of executives in fostering growth, effective leadership, and innovative transformation in the AI revolution. 

Moderator
Sara Eisen
Anchor, CNBC
Speakers
Greg Brown
Chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions Inc.
Arvind Krishna
Chairman and CEO, IBM
Thomas Kurian
CEO, Google Cloud
Janet Truncale
Global Chair and CEO-Elect, EY
Business & Industry
2024 US Election Insights
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM PDT

The 2024 US elections are shaping up to be a rematch between President Biden and President Trump; however, the issues that are front and center today are distinct from the pandemic-dominated 2020 elections. From border security and immigration to the defense of democracy and US policy choices for navigating geo-political turbulence, the issues driving the 2024 elections are causing significant shifts in partisan allegiances and driving political fragmentation in new ways. Join political experts as they discuss the critical issues that will reverberate across the partisan divide, impacting voters in battleground states crucial to determining the Senate and House majorities—and delivering the electoral votes for the presidency.

Moderator
Gerard Baker
Editor-at-Large, The Wall Street Journal
Speakers
Kellyanne Conway
#1 NYT Best Selling Author; President of KAConsulting LLC; Former Senior Counselor to the President
Van Jones
Social Entrepreneur; Bestselling Author; CNN Host; and Founder, Dream Machine Innovation Lab
Chris Liddell
Author, "Year Zero: The Five-Year Presidency"; Former White House Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff
Jim Messina
CEO, The Messina Group; former Obama 2012 Campaign Manager, White House Deputy Chief of Staff
Paul Ryan
54th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; Vice Chairman, Teneo; Partner, Solamere Capital
Policy, Politics, & Regulation

Global debt maturities will rise from nearly $2 trillion in 2024 to a peak of $2.78 trillion in 2026. Faced with continuing higher-for-longer interest rates, even despite potential rate cuts, companies will confront tougher loan covenants than ever before in the next round of refinancing. What is the likely impact of higher interest expense on labor, capital expenditures, and—potentially—earnings? Are there contagion risks across the credit landscape? What new solutions are credit investors devising in their playbooks to stay ahead of their peers?

Moderator
Staci Warden
CEO, Algorand Foundation
Speakers
Steve Brown
Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income, Guggenheim Partners
Jean Hsu
Managing Investment Director, Private Debt, CalPERS
Jeff Meli
Managing Director and Global Head of Research, Barclays
Meghan Neenan
Managing Director, North America Head, Non-Bank Financial Institutions, Fitch Ratings
Financial Markets

Draw an arc from policy frameworks to innovative solutions, and discover how we can rapidly shift towards a sustainable energy future. Join us in our common goal: the push for a cleaner, greener world. Our panelists are experts in harnessing the power of renewables to enhancing energy efficiency and fostering resilient infrastructure. Follow along with them as they delve into key challenges and opportunities facing the energy sector, shedding light on policy frameworks, investment priorities, and regulatory mechanisms crucial for driving systemic change.

Moderator
Brian Sullivan
Anchor and Senior National Correspondent, CNBC
Speakers
Jason Bordoff
Founding Director, The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA
Vanessa Chan
Chief Commercialization Officer and Director of the Office of Technology Transitions, U.S. Department of Energy
Joseph McMonigle
Secretary General, International Energy Forum
Sustainability & Environment

The private credit market has grown remarkably: from $875 billion in 2020 to approximately $1.4 trillion at the start of 2023. It is now projected to reach $2.3 trillion by 2027. Although mega funds contributed almost half of new capital raised, traditional lenders and smaller institutions have also entered the market in search of the ideal targets. The abundance of capital supply has thus far been met by the demand of corporate borrowers seeking breathing room amid high costs and stricter lending by banks, but it remains to be seen whether supply will outpace demand. How are private credit investors, big and small, finding the right deals? What roles can the banks still play? Finally, how long can we expect this golden age of private credit to last? 

Moderator
John Bowman
President and Incoming CEO, CAIA Association
Speakers
Jeffrey Aronson
Managing Principal and Co-Founder, Centerbridge Partners
Marianna Fassinotti
Head of Private Credit, The D. E. Shaw Group
Gregory Geiling
Co-Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, Bayview Asset Management
Peter Gleysteen
CEO and Chief Investment Officer, AGL Credit Management
Drew McKnight
Co-CEO, Fortress; Managing Partner and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Fortress Credit Funds
Financial Markets

Pricing material risks into asset class allocation is a standard practice across industries. Over the past decade, these factors have expanded to include climate risks like natural disasters as well as social risks like migration and labor. A 2023 FTSE Russell survey of 350 asset owners globally indicated that approximately eighty percent have implemented or are considering implementing sustainability considerations in their investment strategies. More than half say they are responding to demands from stakeholders and/or are adopting a strategy to mitigate long-term risks. Between the SEC’s regulations requiring publicly listed companies to report climate-related financial impact and the EU’s climate disclosure requirements, how are institutional investors shifting their investment priorities and allocations to meet fiduciary duties while also addressing climate and social risks? Is the current ESG framework still sufficient? How are investors navigating a political landscape that is now more critical of ESG integration? Are asset owners uncovering opportunities to maintain diverse and balanced portfolios?

Moderator
Cara Williams
Global Head of ESG, Climate and Sustainability, Mercer
Speakers
Ahmed Saeed Al Calily
Chief Strategy and Risk Officer, Mubadala Investment Company
Hershel Harper
Chief Investment Officer, UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust
Derek Rozycki
Executive Director, Head of Responsible Investing, Mubadala Investment Company
Andrew Siwo
Head of Sustainable Investments and Climate Solutions, New York State Common Retirement Fund
Carine Smith Ihenacho
Chief Governance and Compliance Officer, Norges Bank Investment Management
Rossitsa Stoyanova
Chief Investment Officer, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario
Financial Markets Sustainability & Environment

Children today are spending more time on screens than ever before. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, youth spend an average of more than seven hours per day engaged in screen-based entertainment, totaling up to 114 full days spent in front of screens annually. This session will delve into the mental health implications of digital media consumption on young people, spanning from early developmental stages to the cultivation of critical thinking skills amidst the proliferation of misinformation online. Panelists will explore how digital media can serve both as an educational tool and a contributor to mental health challenges such as body dysmorphia, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. The discussion will also address the role of policy in creating safer digital environments for youth and how protective measures and proactive interventions can bolster youth mental health. Through this conversation, we aim to shed light on the complex interplay between digital media and youth mental health while advocating for strategies to mitigate potential harm and promote positive well-being. 

Moderator
Jacob Ward
Technology Journalist
Speakers
Kenneth Cole
Founder, The Mental Health Coalition
Bill Ready
CEO, Pinterest
Jennifer Siebel Newsom
First Partner of California
Ashwin Vasan
Health Commissioner, City of New York
Sherrie Westin
President and Interim CEO, Sesame Workshop
Health & Medical Research AI, Innovation, & Technology

AI tools are at the frontier of scientific innovation with significant potential to accelerate biomedical discovery. Research across academia and big tech, along with biotech/pharma investments and philanthropic capital, continue to push the limits of these technologies. How can we ensure the potential benefits to society, including improvements in health and health care, are realized responsibly and equitably? This session will highlight trailblazing ideas and initiatives that are leveraging the power of AI, combined with big data and science, with the ultimate goal of improving the health and well-being of people globally. 

Moderator
Rick Berke
Co-Founder and Executive Editor, STAT
Speakers
Ramin Bastani
CEO, Healthvana
Sanjit Biswas
Founder, Biswas Family Foundation
Caroline Chung
Vice President and Chief Data Officer, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Beth Meagher
Vice Chair, US Federal Health Sector Leader, Deloitte
Health & Medical Research Philanthropy & Social Impact AI, Innovation, & Technology

The transition to clean energy is one of the biggest investment opportunities globally—and one that is heavily dependent on mining. When confronted with unique geographic concentrations of minerals and metals, a lack of viable substitutes, and monopolistic trends in processing, it is critical to forge new partnerships in financing and investment to ensure access and dependable supply. Those invited to this session will discuss new routes to capitalize on this revenue-stream opportunity in a climate-driven world. Participants will explore new strategic financing and investment approaches, taking account of the challenges unique to the field. 

Financial Markets Sustainability & Environment

Extreme weather and oil and gas subsidies are costing taxpayers billions of dollars a year, money that could be spent to save human lives, protect property and infrastructure, and fund greenhouse gas mitigation projects. Re-calibrating climate finance is essential if we’re to scale up truly catalytic capital deployment in the next decade. We wouldn’t be starting from scratch. New investment priorities focused on net zero, nature, and national debt offer opportunities for focused action in the Global North. Rising demands in the Global South for regional strategies and support for de-risking the project pipeline will succeed if the climate finance community can re-tool institutional mechanisms from the bottom up. This private session will examine the state of current churn on climate finance and review a new Milken Institute strategy document for effective action from 2025-2035. 

Moderator
Dan Carol
Senior Director, MI Finance, Milken Institute
Speakers
J. Kyle Bass
Founder and CEO, Conservation Equity Management LP
Katherine Keating
Managing Partner, SOUNDWaves
Zach Knight
CEO, Blue Forest
Linda-Eling Lee
Founding Director and Head, MSCI Sustainability Institute
Gayle Miller
Senior Advisor, Transition and Institutional Relationships, Brookfield
Financial Markets Sustainability & Environment

Even as global investors have pared down Asian investments, the region still has plenty of opportunities, especially in the sectors of sustainable infrastructure, climate resilience, and energy transition financing. As these funding demands grow, multinational development banks are in a unique position to raise fresh capital, structure co-investments with private institutions to offset risks, and incentivize projects that accelerate the transition to clean and renewable energy. In this private discussion, President Jin Liqun will discuss the long-term investment opportunities throughout Asia, the specific sectors that present significant potential, and how his and other development finance institutions are working with the private sector to attract more investment capital and mitigate risks. 

Guest
Jin Liqun
President and Chair of the Board of Directors, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Moderator
Kevin Lu
Partner, Chairman of Asia and Global Executive Board Member, Partners Group
Financial Markets Business & Industry Regions & Developing Markets

In the wake of last summer’s affirmative action decision and a slew of litigations against racial equity focused initiatives, the landscape of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives has undergone significant shifts, sparking intense debates and pushback. The decision has reignited contentious discussions surrounding race-conscious admissions policies, exposing deep-rooted societal divisions and raising critical questions about fairness, meritocracy, and the pursuit of diversity in educational institutions and in the workplace. While some view the decision as a victory for equal treatment and merit-based selection, others argue that it undermines efforts to address systemic inequalities and perpetuates exclusionary practices based on race or sexuality. This far-reaching discussion will take a data-driven approach to access what has worked and what hasn’t in DEI efforts.

Moderator
Richard Ditizio
CEO, Milken Institute
Speakers
Bill Ackman
Founder and CEO, Pershing Square Capital Management L.P.
John Hope Bryant
Chairman and CEO, Operation HOPE, Inc.
Dina DiLorenzo
President, Guggenheim Investments
Jarvis V. Hollingsworth
Chair, Teacher Retirement System of Texas; Vice Chairman, Irradiant Partners, LP
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Global Investors’ View: Argentina (Invite only)
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM PDT
Financial Markets Regions & Developing Markets
Wellness Garden Puppy Time
02:30 PM - 04:00 PM PDT

Please make time to meet your new fur friends…maybe you will even adopt a puppy? 

Meet the Author: Chris Liddell "Year Zero: The Five-Year Presidency"
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM PDT
Speaker
Chris Liddell
Author, "Year Zero: The Five-Year Presidency"; Former White House Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff
Meet the Author: Nicholas Kristof "Chasing Hope: A Reporter's Life"
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM PDT
Speaker
Nicholas Kristof
Op-Ed Columnist and Political Commentator; Author, “Chasing Hope: A Reporter’s Life”

US equities appreciated 23 percent in 2023, adding more than US$9 trillion in market capitalization. Yet 70 percent of that growth (approximately US$6.2 trillion) is disproportionately attributable to just six American technology companies. With the number of private equity companies in the US outnumbering public companies twofold, where do investors look for diversification? Despite potential future rate cuts, the cost of capital will likely remain high. Where are investors doubling down for continued growth? What’s left in veteran investors’ playbooks? Join our panel and hear from expert investors who have succeeded over many credit cycles and where they see future opportunities.

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Moderator
Michael Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute
Speakers
Joshua Friedman
Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Canyon Partners, LLC
Dan Ivascyn
Group Chief Investment Officer, Pacific Investment Management Company
Steven Tananbaum
Founder, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, GoldenTree Asset Management
Anne Walsh
Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer, Guggenheim Partners
Tony Yoseloff
Managing Partner, Davidson Kempner Capital Management
Financial Markets
Global Markets at Inflection
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM PDT

The global capital markets have continued to navigate choppy waters with shifting tides of interest rates and macroeconomic currents at the center of forces shaping investment horizons. Digitalization has renewed opportunities for growth and inflation is cooling. Yet the cost of capital will remain high for the foreseeable future and the US IPO market is still waiting for its rebound. On the ground, consumer and business trends are changing in real time, keeping business leaders on their toes. Juggling contradictory macro signals and consequent business adaptations, how are luminaries navigating the crossroads of global finance? What are the mega-forces shaping their vision and decisions? Where are global opportunities and untapped markets not to be overlooked?

Moderator
Gerard Baker
Editor-at-Large, The Wall Street Journal
Speakers
Andre Esteves
Chairman and Senior Partner, BTG Pactual
Bruce Flatt
CEO, Brookfield Asset Management
Jenny Johnson
President and CEO, Franklin Templeton
Charlie Scharf
CEO, Wells Fargo
Financial Markets
The Future of Mobility
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM PDT

In a world where transportation is rapidly evolving, the future of mobility promises to reshape our cities, lifestyles, and the way we connect with one another. Exploring autonomous vehicles, alternative fuels, cutting-edge commercial technologies, and more, this panel brings together visionaries, innovators, legacy brands, and thought leaders at the forefront of the mobility revolution to explore the trends, technologies, and challenges shaping the landscape of tomorrow. 

Moderator
Diane Brady
Executive Director, Fortune Live Media; Editorial Director, Fortune CEO Initiative
Speakers
Pablo Di Si
President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America; CEO, VW NAR
Stella Li
Executive Vice President, BYD Company Limited; CEO, BYD Americas
Andrew Littlefair
President and CEO, Clean Energy
Éric Martel
President and CEO, Bombardier
Shauna McIntyre
CEO, Northvolt Cuberg
Sustainability & Environment AI, Innovation, & Technology

Disruptive and critical technologies from artificial intelligence algorithms to semiconductor design are essential to the strength of US businesses and government. Efforts by international and non-state actors to illegally acquire such technologies and sensitive data pose a significant threat to US security and economy. The US employs a broad range of tools to defend against hostile foreign actors. Join national security experts as they discuss the risks and opportunities as we expand the frontier of critical technologies. 

Moderator
Gideon Rose
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Speakers
Matthew Axelrod
Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, Bureau of Industry and Security, US Department of Commerce
Jen Easterly
Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
Mike Gallagher
Former US Representative, Wisconsin; Former Chairman, US House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party
Paul Rosen
Assistant Secretary for Investment Security, US Department of the Treasury
Security & Risk Policy, Politics, & Regulation
New Realities in Asset Management
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM PDT

The only constant in life is change. This has never been more true than for investors today. From technological disruptions to climate activism and geoeconomic fragmentation, traditional business models have been put to the test. What does active fund management mean today? What are new business models for today's generation of fund management, and what might those models signify for the future? How are top asset managers setting themselves apart from their peers while staying innovative and relevant? 

Moderator
Harriet Agnew
Asset Management Editor, Financial Times
Speakers
Terry Burgess
Managing Partner, Wellington Management
Scott Chan
Deputy Chief Investment Officer, California State Teachers' Retirement System
Jonathan Hausman
Chief Strategy Officer, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
Joanna Welsh
Chief Risk Officer, Citadel
Financial Markets

In an era when truthful information is key, panelists taking part in this conversation will explore how data can unlock doors to prosperity. Everybody agrees that data is important, but why? And how? What are the specific data-driven insights reshaping economic landscapes and clearing a path for people to pursue their aspirations? Join our experts as they discuss how data is leveraged across sectors to bridge gaps and ensure a more inclusive and equitable society. The discussion will examine the role of data in the development of products and policy, which continues to expand access to the American Dream. 

Moderator
Rachel Goslins
Executive Director and Chief Creative Officer, Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream
Speakers
Raj Chetty
William A. Ackman Professor of Economics, Harvard University; Director, Opportunity Insights
Jon Clifton
CEO, Gallup
Brian Hooks
Chairman and CEO, Stand Together
Poppy MacDonald
President, USAFacts
Policy, Politics, & Regulation Capital Access & Economic Opportunity

Celebrating the cinematic phenomenon of the Barbie movie and Taylor Swift’s wildly successful Eras Tour, 2023 secured the title, “Year of the Woman.” But while cultural juggernauts may inspire girls all over the world, there’s still much to be done for women in key job sectors. The number of women running Fortune 500 companies has reached an all-time high of nearly 11 percent, but industries critical to global economic success—such as STEM, trade, infrastructure, and finance—are still heavily lacking in female representation and entrepreneurship. Join our panel of top leaders from a variety of industries for a conversation on the investments and initiatives that will help unlock women’s potential in leading the workforce of the future.

Moderator
Katie O'Reilly
Managing Director, Prosek Partners
Speakers
John Claisse
CEO, Albourne
Nicola Mendelsohn
Head, Global Business Group, Meta
Christopher Perry
President, Broadridge Financial Solutions
Caryn Seidman-Becker
Chairman and CEO, CLEAR
Doniel Sutton
Chief People Officer, Pinterest
Business & Industry Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
International Scoreboard: The Future of Global Sports
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM PDT
Moderator
Jim Gray
Sportscaster, Fox, SiriusXM and Amazon Prime; Author, "Talking to GOATs"
Speaker
Gianni Infantino
President, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
Business & Industry Society & Culture

The world of sports is evolving to meet the moment with advances in technology and viewership. Super Bowl LVIII shattered records as the most watched telecast in history, reaching more than 123 million viewers. From cultural shifts in where and how fans consume sports to innovations in technology and new models of investment, this discussion will examine the world of sports from the viewpoints of key stakeholders: owners, managers, athletes, and other experts. Join us as we examine how powerhouse sports figures are changing the state of play—as we used to know it—and revolutionizing the industry.

Moderator
Heather Brooks Karatz
CEO, Hextec, Inc.; Owner, Angel City Football Club
Speakers
Michele Kang
Founder and CEO, Cognosante; Majority Owner, Washington Spirit
Marc Lasry
Chairman and CEO, Avenue Capital Group; Former Co-Owner, Milwaukee Bucks
Candace Parker
Basketball Player, Las Vegas Aces, Women's National Basketball Association
Ryan Spoon
President, Yahoo! Sports
Masai Ujiri
Vice-Chairman and President, Toronto Raptors; Founder, Giants of Africa; Founder, Zaria Group
Business & Industry Society & Culture
The Future of Food Retail
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM PDT

The food retail landscape is undergoing a transformation. Food retailers are stepping up as private-sector partners in revolutionizing health-care delivery, supply-chain digitization, e-commerce, and bold climate action. No longer just food sellers, food retailers have been transformed into access points for care: from distributing vaccines and filling prescriptions to offering consultations with registered dieticians. The industry is also refreshing its digital offerings—including online grocery-delivery platforms and groundbreaking supply-chain traceability software—to improve safety, reliability, and convenience for consumers. And there’s more: Food retailers have committed to future-minded climate goals that address sustainability across the supply chain. This session will highlight the sweeping transformation of the food retail industry and envision the many opportunities and innovations that lie ahead. 

Moderator
Holly Freishtat
Senior Director, Feeding Change, Milken Institute
Speakers
Jason Buechel
CEO, Whole Foods Market
Nancy Dalton
Director, Amazon Access External Affairs, Marketing and Social Impact, Amazon
Rodney McMullen
Chairman and CEO, The Kroger Co.
Leslie Sarasin
President and CEO, The Food Industry Association
Business & Industry Sustainability & Environment

Employers must remain innovative and resilient to compete in an ever-changing business landscape. Workforce health and wellness are at the heart of achieving and maintaining organizational success. With almost half the population obtaining health insurance through the workplace, employers have the unique opportunity to drive innovation while improving their communities. Though a healthier workforce ultimately creates a healthier economy, employers are challenged with containing healthcare costs, especially with growing chronic disease rates. Employers are looking beyond traditional offerings, providing holistic benefits that support whole-person health. The public sector is positioned to partner across sectors while driving healthcare cost containment, caregiving, and housing policies to support a resilient workforce. This panel will examine how employers can support employee well-being through value-driven, whole-person care that treats both physical and mental health equally. How are companies making employee well-being a business priority? Where can investment drive innovation? How might the private and public sectors partner together to enhance workforce engagement while improving health outcomes?

Moderator
Nicholas St. Fleur
Science Reporter, Associate Editorial Director of Events and Host of Color Code Podcast, STAT
Speakers
Shereef Elnahal
Under Secretary for Health, US Department of Veterans Affairs
Tracy Layney
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Levi Strauss & Co.
Dan Mendelson
CEO, Morgan Health, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Johnny Taylor, Jr.
President and CEO, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Business & Industry Health & Medical Research

Faster and more profoundly than ever, AI is on the cusp of transforming finance, manufacturing, retail, entertainment, healthcare, warfare, and every sector in between. In the face of these changes, businesses need a coherent AI-centered strategy, a retrained or upskilled workforce, and transparent communication. How can public and private sectors collaborate to ensure an AI future that helps more than it harms? Given market trends and ethical considerations, what risks and rewards exist in the applications of AI and investment in it? Join leaders at the forefront of this topic for a conversation on how to best prepare for a promising if unpredictable AI future.

Moderator
Benjamin Parr
Co-Founder and President, Octane AI; Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Theory Forge Ventures
Speakers
Lisa Gevelber
Founder and Head, Grow with Google
Arvind Jain
Founder and CEO, Glean
Paul Kedrosky
Partner and Research Fellow, SK Ventures
Robert M. Schwartz
Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
AI, Innovation, & Technology

ESG disclosure regulations in the United States and European Union may prove to be a challenge for investors, corporations, and global markets. The expansion of the EU’s disclosure requirements through its Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) last year introduced mandated third-party verifications and a phased implementation timeline for non-EU entities operating in the EU. The US Securities and Exchange Commission has taken similar actions, requiring publicly listed companies to report climate-related risks to their businesses along with Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions for larger companies. How will divergences in ESG reporting standards affect international investment activity and the competitive landscape for companies with a global presence? What are the potential challenges and solutions to standardizing third-party verifications across regions? How can investors leverage ESG disclosures to identify new investment opportunities and achieve higher returns, particularly within industries with significant long-term ESG risks and impact? 

Moderator
Wendy Cromwell
Vice Chair; Director, Sustainable Investment, Wellington Management
Speakers
Daniel Fibiger
Head of Global Sustainability and President, Gap Foundation
Jingdong Hua
Vice-Chair, International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB)
Linda-Eling Lee
Founding Director and Head, MSCI Sustainability Institute
Mark Uyeda
Commissioner, US Securities and Exchange Commission
Sustainability & Environment

Advancing the scientific research landscape for a specific disease or condition, especially to develop a cure or therapeutic, can be especially challenging. Learnings from broader scientific endeavors and disease-agnostic advancements can strategically inform science philanthropy. One such endeavor is the AI revolution, which has the potential to transform the health of people around the globe. Join the Science Philanthropy Accelerator for Research and Collaboration (SPARC) Philanthropic Leadership Collective for a private roundtable discussion, exploring how to guide investment to leverage technology at the intersection of AI and health care. 

Moderator
Sylvie Raver
Director, SPARC: Science Philanthropy Accelerator for Research and Collaboration, Milken Institute
Speakers
Sanjit Biswas
Founder, Biswas Family Foundation
Patrick Brannelly
CEO, The 10,000 Brains Project
Andrew Hickl
Chief Technology Officer, Allen Institute
Philanthropy & Social Impact AI, Innovation, & Technology

AI offers enormous potential to accelerate biomedical research and improve care delivery. But AI systems and tools may not be without harm. With the adoption of AI becoming more widespread, the responsible and ethical use of AI is top of mind for governments. In this private session, we will bring together AI technology developers, investors, and end users with the Coalition for Health AI (CHAI), a group that is creating guidelines and standards in support of the U.S. government’s commitment to ensure AI is deployed safely and responsibly. This session will offer the opportunity to provide input into CHAI's efforts and foster a conversation on how to bring greater trust and transparency to AI systems. 

Moderator
Sung Hee Choe
Managing Director, MI Health, Milken Institute
Speakers
Brian Anderson
CEO, Coalition for Health AI
Jennifer Goldsack
CEO, Digital Medicine Society
John Halamka
President, Mayo Clinic Platform, The Mayo Clinic
Micky Tripathi
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, US Department of Health and Human Services
Health & Medical Research AI, Innovation, & Technology

Africa’s demographics are both wildly compelling and daunting. By 2050, 90 cities in Africa will be home to over a million people, and the continent will hold six of the world’s mega cities—those with more than 10 million residents. The continent’s median is age today is 19, and by 2050, one in four people on the planet will be African. These demographics, coupled with the urgent need for healthcare-, education- and climate-focused investments, are signals that Africa is a region of opportunity, ready for investors’ capital. From infrastructure, agriculture, supply chains and minerals to entertainment, sports, and financial technology, Africa is awash in ambition and potential.

In Africa and abroad, how can policymakers, businesses, investors and development partners best come together to seize the upside of this demographic story? What is needed to foster a vibrant private sector in Africa, where innovators can access reliable financial markets and tap into the continent’s tremendous potential? What are the most pressing priorities, to help ensure that growth is sustainable and inclusive, and that employment opportunities are unlocked in the world’s youngest and fastest-growing countries? Please join us for a private session focused on the world’s next major economic powerhouse and which will gather the Milken Institute’s Global Financial Scholars as well as inaugural members of the Milken Institute's Africa Leaders Business Council - corporate leaders committed to supporting the Milken Institute's efforts to accelerate these opportunities across Africa. The session will be followed by an invitation-only reception to highlight the launch of Milken Institute’s Africa Leaders Business Council.

Moderator
Shannon Stroud
Director, Global Market Development, Milken Institute
Speakers
Isaac Barnes
CEO and Founding Partner, Unified State Group
Obiageli "Oby" Ezekwesili
Founder and President, Human Capital Africa (HCA); Board Chair, Women Political Leaders (WPL); Former World Bank Vice President, Africa Region
John Gandolfo
Vice President and Treasurer, International Finance Corporation
Paul Hinks
Chairman and CEO, The Symbion Group; Chairman, Invest Africa US
Mary Ellen Iskenderian
President and CEO, Women's World Banking
Financial Markets Regions & Developing Markets
Sound Bath and Guided Meditation
04:30 PM - 05:00 PM PDT

A Sound Bath is a deeply relaxing, healing experience in which we use specifically tuned vibrational instruments. These sounds create different tones and frequencies that rebalance your physical body, clear your chakras, and activate your higher states of consciousness. The healing benefits of a Sound Bath are to relieve stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Couple this Sound Meditation with a spacious guided meditation, and you will feel relaxed, restored, rejuvenated, and completely Crystal Clear. 

Speakers
Shekar Sugar Panbehchi
Founder, Be Crystal Clear Health and Wellness
Rajshree Patel
Coach and Self Awareness Trainer, Art of Living Foundation
A Conversation with Elon Musk
05:00 PM - 05:30 PM PDT
Guest
Elon Musk
Co-Founder and Technoking, Tesla; Owner, X Holdings Corp.
Moderator
Michael Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute
AI, Innovation, & Technology
Reception for Investors in Australia (Invite only)
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM PDT
Welcome Remarks
Kevin Rudd
Ambassador, The Embassy of Australia to the United States; 26th Prime Minister of Australia
Reception for Speakers and Sponsors (Invite only)
05:30 PM - 06:30 PM PDT

Get ready for an unforgettable evening of laughter and soulful R&B! Our late-night bash will feature an outstanding stand-up comedy set by a to-be-announced comedian followed by a live performance by Grammy-nominated singer Aloe Blacc.

Host
Bryan Quinan
Senior Director, Events, Milken Institute
Performers
Aloe Blacc
Co-Founder, Major Inc.; Recording Artist; Biotech Entrepreneur
Reggie Watts
Musician, Comedian, Writer, and Actor

Begin your day with a transformative morning kundalini yoga class. This session is crafted to invigorate your body, sharpen your mind, and elevate your spirit, ensuring you're fully energized and focused for the day ahead. Through a harmonious blend of breathwork, movements, and meditations tailored for professionals, you'll unlock new levels of clarity and creativity, setting a powerful tone for insightful interactions and innovative ideas. No prior yoga experience is needed; come prepared to explore your vast potential. Join us to enhance your conference experience and empower your professional journey.

Speaker
Nina Anand
Senior Associate, Global Programming, Milken Institute
Global Conference Check-In
06:00 AM - 07:00 PM PDT
Workout with DOGPOUND
06:30 AM - 07:15 AM PDT

This session will address full body conditioning movements designed to improve performance, enhance mobility, and build strength. You will leave each daily session feeling strong, energized, and balanced within body and mind. A complimentary shuttle will leave from the Wilshire entrance of the Beverly Hilton at 6:00am (SHARP) to the DOGPOUND, West Hollywood location (627 N. Robertson Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069) and return to the Beverly Hilton after class.

Continental Breakfast
07:00 AM - 09:00 AM PDT

The Global Capital Markets Advisory Council, representing more than $28 trillion in AUM, will gather for its annual meeting. This is an opportunity to exchange ideas and break down silos between investors from pension plans, endowments and foundations, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, state and corporate treasuries, and single-family offices. Drawing on collective knowledge, CIOs and CEOs from around the world will consider the most compelling ways to navigate the changing macroeconomic landscape and address the most pressing questions these corporate officers face. How are asset owners accounting for risk in their portfolios? In what ways are allocators adjusting their investment strategies to account for a persistent higher-interest–rate environment? How are investment offices considering the use of artificial intelligence? What role are upcoming elections and changing demographics likely to play in investment strategies? How are investors negotiating geopolitical risk and geographical diversification? 

Opening Remarks
Erin Lubitz
Associate Director, Business and Program Development, Milken Institute
Welcome Remarks
Michael Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute
Speakers
Christopher Ailman
Chief Investment Officer, Investments, California State Teachers' Retirement System
Jase Auby
Chief Investment Officer, Teacher Retirement System of Texas
Kim Lew
CEO, Columbia Investment Management Company
Financial Markets

Start your conference day with intention! MindTravel creator and composer Murray Hidary performs his signature improvised, live-piano compositions, creating an experience where music and mindfulness meet.

Speaker
Murray Hidary
Creator and Composer, MindTravel
Society & Culture
US Economic Overview
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM PDT
Guest
Neel Kashkari
President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Moderator
Jeanna Smialek
Federal Reserve and Economics Reporter, The New York Times
Financial Markets Policy, Politics, & Regulation
Part 2: Countering Warning Signs
08:50 AM - 09:30 AM PDT

The future financial conditions and overall health of the US economy remain an open-ended question with direct implications on global financial markets. Following the steep acceleration of inflation and the US Federal Reserve’s tightening policy, persistent predictions of a recession, with mixed reviews on severity, have kept market participants on edge. The Fed’s upcoming interest rate policies and accompanying economic policies will determine the investment environment ahead. Just as diversification across geographies and asset classes is crucial for mitigating over concentrated exposure, how should investors be safeguarding against systemic risks while capitalizing on opportunities through the increasingly polarized economic cycles? How is the US economy’s path influencing global markets? Will the alternative markets play an even bigger role in the portfolios of the future?

Moderator
Josh Barro
Writer and Podcast Host, Very Serious
Speakers
Mark Lindbloom
Head of Broad Markets, Western Asset
Raymond McGuire
President, Lazard
Asutosh Padhi
Senior Partner, North American Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
Seema Shah
Chief Global Strategist, Principal Asset Management
Jeffrey Solomon
President, TD Cowen
Financial Markets Policy, Politics, & Regulation

From finding recovery since the COVID19 pandemic to geopolitical outbreaks, investors have rolled with the punches stemming from volatile conditions across market cycles. Despite signs of resilience and optimism, global growth forecasts have been uneven across emerging markets, developing economies, and advanced economies. Foundational tenets of neoliberalism have repeatedly been called into question amid intensifying geopolitical tensions and unrest, such as G10 interest rate coordination, comparative advantage-based trade, and supranational corporate interests prioritizing global supply chains over geopolitical interests. What are the broader economic and market implications of increased geo-economic fragmentation? Is there still room for multilateralism against such a fragmented backdrop? What remains of challenges faced by policy makers, corporate executives, and asset managers alike? Are we experiencing a recurrence of history or rewriting the chapter of our times? 

Moderator
David Westin
Anchor, Wall Street Week, Bloomberg
Speakers
Andrew Junkin
Chief Investment Officer, Virginia Retirement System
Karen Karniol-Tambour
Co-Chief Investment Officer, Bridgewater Associates, LP
Rohit Sipahimalani
Chief Investment Officer, Temasek
Max Stone
Executive Committee Member, The D. E. Shaw Group
Financial Markets
M&A: Moving On and Up
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM PDT

Plagued by price discrepancy, rising costs of capital, volatility in equity markets, and uncertain earnings and growth forecasts, M&A deal values and volumes fell in 2023 down 16 percent in dollar terms. Halfway into 2024 with markets pricing in future rate cuts, how might M&A rebound across an uncertain landscape. Will headwinds from private equity such as distributions to paid-in capital influence more exits? And how might all-time high dry powder impact the rise we see in take-private deals? Finally, how might management priorities for AI dominance influence consolidation and acquisition across an industry that already tops $200 billion in private valuation?  

Moderator
Romaine Bostick
TV Anchor, Bloomberg
Speakers
Anu Aiyengar
Global Head, Mergers and Acquisitions, J.P. Morgan
Andrew Bednar
Partner and CEO, Perella Weinberg
Ron Eliasek
Chairman of Global Technology, Media, & Telecom Investment Banking, Jefferies Financial Group
Andrea Guerzoni
EY Global Vice Chair, Strategy and Transactions, EY
Alan Tannenbaum
CEO and Group Head, BMO Capital Markets
Financial Markets
Investments for a Changing World
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM PDT

Capital is flocking to alternative asset classes as a hedge against market volatility. Infrastructure and natural assets, for instance, have emerged as stable investment opportunities with reliable appreciation over time. Efforts to combat rapid warming of the planet and manage an efficient global transition will require investment in areas beyond wind and solar. And as the AI data boom ushers in a new era of computational power and connectivity, concerns about its growing environmental footprint have arisen. Cutting-edge climate-smart technologies, resilience projects, and nature-based solutions can accelerate progress towards decarbonization and adaptation goals as well as deliver long-term value to investors. To build these asset classes truly to scale, however, industry needs public sector funding and policy incentives to realign the economy after a century of oil and gas subsidies. Capital markets have a significant role in future-proofing their portfolios and, in turn, the planet. Can targeted private investment and advocacy within portfolio companies scale up promising climate solutions in alternative asset classes and sectors? Because public capital is limited, what policies or paradigm shifts could enable essential climate adaptation technologies? How can companies continue toward a sustainable transition amid the growing importance of resilience and adaptation? 

Moderator
Leslie Kaufman
Senior Reporter, Bloomberg
Speakers
Robbie Diamond
President and CEO, SAFE
Oscar Fahlgren
Chief Investment Officer, Mubadala Capital
Christopher James
Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Engine No. 1
Jennifer Pryce
President and CEO, Calvert Impact
Jason Scott
Entrepreneur in Residence and Partner, Spring Lane Capital; Co-Chair, CREO Syndicate
Sustainability & Environment

How is marketing in 2024 different? Barbie, Taylor, and Beyonce dominated – Entertainment continues to be an important vehicle. The hottest year on record? Brands are expected to step it up for the Environment. And of course, it’s an Election year. Whether ensuring the accurate dissemination of news or encouraging voting, brands have a critical role to play. This panel will explore how brand loyalty, influencers and record spending and colliding, while marketers are still fighting to keep their narrative top-of-mind.

Moderator
Michelle Stevenson
Executive Director, Marketing and Communications, Milken Institute
Speakers
Kathy Baird
Chief Communications Officer, The Washington Post
Joe Gagliese
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Viral Nation
Ella Kieran
Senior Vice President of Marketing, WPP Events
Kenny Mitchell
Global Chief Marketing Officer, LS&Co.
Raja Rajamannar
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Mastercard
Amy Tunick
Chief Marketing Officer, National CineMedia
Business & Industry Society & Culture

We live in a world that often values output, busyness, and economic growth over subjective outcomes such as human joy. This panel explores the sustainability of economic growth from the perspective of happiness, discussing ways in which employers, investors, and communities can shift their approach to growth to achieve long-term, lasting human well-being. We take a scientific approach to happiness, incorporating lessons from economics, psychiatry, and neuroscience to discuss concerns such as sustainability, mental health, and societal changes resulting in growing loneliness and isolation. This panel will explore practical changes to our definition of outcomes and success, as well as daily strategies we can use to achieve a meaningful life and sustainable happiness as individuals and communities.

Moderator
Maggie Switek
Senior Director, Research, Milken Institute
Speakers
Jen Fisher
Human Sustainability Leader, Deloitte
Hal Hershfield
Professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles
Mariano Rojas
Professor of Economics, Tecnológico Nacional de México
Robert Waldinger
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Director, Harvard Study of Adult Development, Massachusetts General Hospital
Sustainability & Environment Society & Culture

India is hot on investors’ minds. Currently the world’s fifth largest economy and set to overtake Japan and Germany by 2030, India is especially notable given its favorable labor force, demography, technological innovations and digitalization, and other characteristics. Many challenges to greater market participation remain, however, including bureaucratic red tape, deficient infrastructure, and political unpredictability, among others. What opportunities exist for business executives and investors in India given the subdued global economy? How can they deepen their business activities throughout the economy? How quickly can India move to become the Global Lion it envisions itself to be? 

Moderator
Angela Chitkara
Founder and CEO, US-India Corridor
Speakers
Harshal Chaudhari
President and Chief Investments Officer, GE Asset Management
Eric Garcetti
Ambassador of the United States to India
Radhika Gupta
Managing Director and CEO, Edelweiss Mutual Fund
Asha Jadeja
President, Motwani Jadeja Family Foundation
S. Sriniwasan
Managing Director, Kotak Alternate Asset Managers
Business & Industry Regions & Developing Markets Capital Access & Economic Opportunity

The world, we're told, faces a “polycrisis” - concurrent environmental, economic, social, public health and geopolitical crises, whose complex and compounding relationships are poorly understood but affect us nonetheless. Developing and emerging markets, in particular, are gripped by social unrest, climate change, geopolitical tensions, and demographic and public health pressures. Governments, investors, and the donor community struggle to effectively determine how to tackle these interlocking challenges. Artificial intelligence holds the potential for us to better forecast polycrisis consequences (such as social or economic unrest); more precisely identify location-specific drivers; and design smarter, holistic interventions that mitigate risks and more effectively advance inclusive development. At the same time, AI also poses a range of significant risks, including potential perpetuation (and exaggeration) of bias, with discriminatory and destabilizing outcomes. With implications for policymakers, donors and investors alike, this panel will illuminate AI's advances – and potential risks – as a tool for bolstering resilience and inclusive growth in developing and emerging markets.

Moderator
Nicol Turner Lee
Senior Fellow, Governance Studies and Director, Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution
Speakers
Jalak Jobanputra
Founder and Managing Partner, Future\Perfect Ventures
Chris Mahony
Co-Founder and CEO, Peloria
Roya Rahmani
Chair of Delphos International, Delphos
Bartlett Russell
Deputy Director, Defense Sciences Office, US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Security & Risk Policy, Politics, & Regulation AI, Innovation, & Technology

Integrative health is a holistic approach focusing on the whole person rather than any disease that may be present. The approach combines conventional medicine with complementary therapies—such as acupuncture, yoga, and herbal medicine—to promote overall wellness. Key to this approach is an emphasis on the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient. It focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and uses all appropriate therapeutic modalities to achieve optimal healing and health. Panelists will cover various aspects of integrative health, including its benefits, challenges, and potential strategies for implementation.

Moderator
Max Lugavere
Host, The Genius Life Podcast
Speakers
Radhi Devlukia
Nutritionist; Co-Founder, Juni; NYT Best-Selling Author
Gabrielle Francis
Founder, The Herban Alchemist; Author, "The Rockstar Remedy"
Steven Gundry
Director, The Centers of Restorative Medicine; New York Times Bestselling Author; Host, The Dr. Gundry Podcast; Founder, Gundry MD
Molly Maloof
CEO, Adamo Bioscience; Concierge Doctor and Author, "The Spark Factor"
Stacie Stephenson
National Best Selling Author; Integrative Medicine Doctor; Vibrant Doc and Vice Chair, Gateway for Cancer Research
Health & Medical Research

The recent Hamas terror attack and Israel's subsequent response have brought Israel-Palestine relations to a critical juncture. Join us for a focused discussion on the ‘day after’, touching on cooperation and regional economic integration between Israel and other Arab states, the possibility of a two-state solution, and assessing the role of the private sector and international recognition in paving the way for the initial stages of a lasting resolution.

Welcome Remarks
Sarah Yaseen
Associate Director, Milken Institute
Moderator
Glenn Yago
Senior Fellow, Milken Institute; Founder, Financial Innovation Lab, Milken Innovation Center
Speakers
Hiba Husseini
Managing Partner, Husseini and Husseini
James Prince
Executive Director, The Democracy Council
Taufiq Rahim
Principal, 2040 Advisory; Senior Fellow, New America
Yaniv Tepper
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Angeleno Group
Tally Zingher
Managing Partner, Blue Laurel
Security & Risk Regions & Developing Markets Policy, Politics, & Regulation

Despite trade disruptions, inflation, and political shifts, investor optimism in Latin America remains high. Over the past two decades, the region has seen significant development and attracted substantial foreign investment, while also making strides in reducing poverty and improving infrastructure. Latin America now stands as a more connected and prosperous region than ever before, with a large and youthful population increasingly engaged in the global economy. With promising opportunities for growth and innovation, particularly in the technology sector, Latin America is poised to become a major player in the global market. Join us for an exclusive session to explore the investment opportunities in Latin America, where, despite global challenges, the potential for success is abundant. 

Moderator
Adalberto Palma Gómez
Senior Partner, Aperture SC; Senior Fellow, Mexico, Milken Institute
Speakers
Altagracia Gomez
Chairperson of the Board, Grupo Minsa
Sara Moreno
Managing Director, Jennison Associates
Salim Samaha
Partner, Global Head of Energy, Global Infrastructure Partners
Abdiel Santiago
CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Panama Sovereign Wealth Fund
Financial Markets Regions & Developing Markets

Amidst broad geopolitical tension, exponential growth of artificial intelligence, the impending turbulence of an election season, and lingering uncertainty of interest rates, the asset management industry finds itself navigating a series of unknowns. In the face of this, prudent managers must adapt their strategies to capitalize on emerging trends and opportunities. Where in the world can managers find long-term opportunity? How disruptive will AI be, and what will its effects be? What investment strategies are managers employing to address the uncertainty of interest rates? 

Moderator
Kristina Koutrakos
Director, Portfolio Strategies, Virginia Retirement System
Speakers
Michael Chae
Chief Financial Officer, Blackstone
Natalie Jenkins Sorrell
Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Dallas Employees' Retirement Fund
Timothy Reese
CEO, Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System
Eric Taylor
CEO and Chief Investments Officer, Trident
Financial Markets

Recent years have brought unprecedented global challenges spanning economics, politics, and health. Emerging from these challenges, we’ve witnessed an explosion of misinformation that's readily accessible, promoted, and pervasive. This wave has contributed to a rising distrust of leaders and institutions—in some cases, rightfully so. How has misinformation contributed to this lack of trust, and what steps can leaders take to rebuild the deficit? How can leaders hold themselves accountable by escaping their echo chambers, sourcing accurate and diverse information, and actively promoting accurate information? How can institutions serve as conduits to improve societal trust and confidence in the information surrounding them? 

Moderator
Amy Wilkinson
CEO, Ingenuity
Speakers
Nazanin Ash
CEO, Welcome.US
Jon Clifton
CEO, Gallup
Dina DiLorenzo
President, Guggenheim Investments
Karen Kornbluh
Senior Advisor, Milken Institute; former US Ambassador to the OECD
Society & Culture
Wellness Garden Healing Sessions
09:30 AM - 04:30 PM PDT

Please visit the Wellness Garden for immunity boosts, chair massages, relaxation sessions, reiki, and aromatherapy.

Credit Outlook
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

From investment-grade to high yield, investors and allocators are grappling with a less-than-robust medium-term monetary outlook that shows few signs of abatement, despite cooling inflation, productivity gains, and relative resilience in asset classes such as private debt. With 10-plus years since the global financial crisis and the last 3 years marked by extreme financial stimulus, borrowers and lenders have had to acclimate to unfamiliar territory characterized by a higher cost of capital, an ever-changing regulatory environment, and technological disruptions. What are the lessons of the past decade? Where are markets headed next? What appears compelling today and has potential for tomorrow? Finally, what more can be done to keep capital accessible and ensure prosperity for all?

Moderator
Michael Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute
Speakers
James Keenan
Chief Investment Officer and Global Head of Credit, BlackRock
Victor Khosla
Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Strategic Value Partners
Marc Lipschultz
Co-CEO, Blue Owl Capital
Purnima Puri
Governing Partner and Head of Liquid Credit, HPS Investment Partners
Financial Markets

The protracted conflict between Russia and Ukraine has precipitated much speculation about what the end of the conflict might look like, when it might come, how long any cessation of hostilities might last, as well as how a post-war Ukraine might recover. This panel of noted experts will assess the current military dynamic, the prospects for a diplomatic breakthrough, US and Western support for Ukraine during and following the war, and the sustainability of any territorial settlement between the two sides. The panel will assess the feasibility of a Ukrainian victory and the prospects of Russian strategic patience outlasting Western commitment. Is a sustainable peace achievable under the current circumstances, and if so, what might it look like? What are the implications of a prolonged conflict for the region and the world at large? How do the actions of global players shape the prospects for an end to this war?

Moderator
Gideon Rose
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Speakers
Dmitri Alperovitch
Chairman, Silverado Policy Accelerator; Author, "World on the Brink: How America Can Beat China in the Race for the Twenty-First Century"
Bill Browder
CEO and Founder, Hermitage Capital Management; Head, Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign; "Author, Red Notice" and "Freezing Order"
Evelyn Farkas
Executive Director, McCain Institute
Ilya Ponomarev
Chairman, Congress of People's Deputies of Russia
Liev Schreiber
Co-Founder, BlueCheck Ukraine
Security & Risk Regions & Developing Markets Policy, Politics, & Regulation

Despite an increase in life span over the last century, most people spend the extra years in poor health. The future of health care is set to undergo a significant transformation, emphasizing a healthier and more active aging process. Looking ahead, prioritizing "health span" will help us make the most of the opportunities that come with longer lives. During this discussion, experts will share practical approaches to increase the number of healthy years we experience, highlighting the positive impact a healthier population can have on both the economy and society. 

Moderator
Allison Aubrey
Health Correspondent, NPR News
Speakers
James Bethell
Former Minister and Member, The UK House of Lords
Dan Buettner
Founder, Blue Zones, LLC
Peter Diamandis
Founder and Executive Chairman, XPRIZE
Kristen Fortney
Co-Founder and CEO, BioAge Labs
Lloyd Minor
Dean, Stanford University School of Medicine; Vice President for Medical Affairs, Stanford University
Health & Medical Research
Guest
Kevin McCarthy
55th Speaker of the US House of Representatives
Moderator
Gerard Baker
Editor-at-Large, The Wall Street Journal
Policy, Politics, & Regulation

The US economy has benefited from the resiliency of its financial system. However, the US just experienced its first bank failure of the year, and concerns about the health of large regional banks still linger after a string of failures last year. Record Treasury issuance and uncertainty about interest rates continue to test Treasury market liquidity. US public capital markets struggle to compete with private equity markets and international stock exchanges for new listings. Current and former market and banking regulators and officials offer their insights into the current state of US financial markets and institutions and the ability of the US financial system to weather future shocks.

Moderator
Michael Piwowar
Executive Vice President, MI Finance, Milken Institute
Speakers
Josh Frost
Assistant Secretary, Office of Financial Markets, U.S. Treasury
Eugene Ludwig
27th Comptroller of the Currency; Founder and CEO, Ludwig Advisors
Jelena McWilliams
Head of Financial Institutions Group (FIG) and Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Mark Uyeda
Commissioner, US Securities and Exchange Commission
Financial Markets Policy, Politics, & Regulation

In a society divided by differing views on public safety and gun ownership, there is a pressing need to find innovative solutions to address gun violence and promote community safety, while breaking through societal and political stalemates and finding common ground. By exploring collaborative approaches and community-driven initiatives, stakeholders from diverse sectors will share their insights on how to navigate challenges and foster constructive dialogue. The discussion will highlight successful examples of bridging divides, fostering greater understanding, utilizing tech-forward approaches, and working towards shared goals to make our cities and communities safer.

Moderator
Richard Ditizio
CEO, Milken Institute
Speakers
Ellen S. Alberding
President and CEO, The Joyce Foundation
Ralph Clark
President and CEO, SoundThinking, Inc.
Shereef Elnahal
Under Secretary for Health, US Department of Veterans Affairs
Nicole Hockley
Co-Founder and CEO, Sandy Hook Promise
Francis Suarez
Mayor, Miami, Florida
Health & Medical Research AI, Innovation, & Technology
Climate Resilience and Global Health
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

In this session, Sesame Workshop President and Interim CEO Sherrie Westin, Save the Children US President and CEO Janti Soeripto, and the loveable Grover announced a new partnership to support a generation of children and their caregivers to cope and thrive in the face of the climate crisis. This new climate response initiative aims to ensure continuity of learning amid climate disruptions, protect children's physical and emotional well-being, and improve the ability of families, communities, and governments to prepare for and adapt to the impacts of the climate crisis. As two of the world’s leading organizations for children, Sesame Workshop—the global impact nonprofit behind Sesame Street—and Save the Children, the world’s leading child rights organization, have over 150 years of combined experience centering the needs of children.

Moderator
Willow Bay
Dean, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California
Speakers
Grover
Everybody’s lovable, cute and furry pal from Sesame Street
Janti Soeripto
President and CEO, Save the Children US
Sherrie Westin
President and Interim CEO, Sesame Workshop
Sustainability & Environment Health & Medical Research

Climate change is emerging as the greatest health challenge of the 21st century, and its devastating impacts on human health and well-being are only accelerating, particularly amongst the world’s most vulnerable populations. Climate change is placing significant strains on global health-system infrastructure, increasing the demand for health services whilst also impairing the system’s ability to respond. Urgent action is needed to mitigate and adapt to this complex challenge and increased investment in resilient health systems must be made. This session is aimed toward developing cross-sector solutions, building global consensus for climate-health action, and investment in a healthier, more equitable future worldwide.

Moderator
Willow Bay
Dean, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California
Speakers
Cynthia Cardona
Vice President, Social Impact, Eli Lilly & Company; President, Lilly Foundation
Sheila Davis
CEO, Partners In Health
Githinji Gitahi
Group CEO, Amref Health Africa
Josh Green
Governor, State of Hawaii
Neil Buddy Shah
CEO, Clinton Health Access Initiative
Ali Zaidi
Assistant to the President and National Climate Advisor, The White House
Sustainability & Environment Health & Medical Research Regions & Developing Markets
Embracing Economic Transformation
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

Geopolitical competition leading to new geo-economic tensions amid relentless global challenges have kept global leaders on their toes. In the wake of policy outcomes following the COVID-19 pandemic, G20 economies have grappled with servicing the largest peace-time deficits in history. The world has adapted and recovered unevenly. While the US has recovered somewhat robustly, its global peers have diverged from their pre-COVID policy responses as they seek to balance growth, inflation, solvency and employment. Where is the state of the world headed amid the current set of global challenges that require vast collective responses? Is this time different? Can we still look to the US for global economic leadership? And what does this mean for global coordination (or lack thereof)? Facing a globally divergent economic landscape for the first time in a decade, how can the US leverage its relative strength to ensure that a soft landing is not disrupted by global economic turbulence? 

Moderator
Jo Ling Kent
Senior Business and Technology Correspondent, CBS News
Speakers
Afsaneh Beschloss
Founder and CEO, Rock Creek Group
Jeffrey Jaensubhakij
Group Chief Investment Officer, GIC
David M. Rubenstein
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Carlyle
Financial Markets Policy, Politics, & Regulation
The Business of Wellness
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

People around the world are channeling more time and resources into their health and well-being, transforming the wellness industry into a multi-billion-dollar arena. This dynamic discussion will feature CEOs and founders from leading wellness companies, who will illuminate the latest trends, ground-breaking products, and revolutionary services designed to keep us feeling our best and turn back the clock. This is a unique opportunity to hear directly from the trendsetters and visionaries at the forefront of this industry, providing insights on how they are tapping into the quest for the proverbial fountain of youth. Join this session to uncover the secrets behind the wellness industry's success and its lucrative investment opportunities. 

Moderator
Alexia Brue
Co-Founder, Well+Good
Speakers
Dave Asprey
Founder, Bulletproof, Upgrade Labs, 40 Years of Zen and Danger Coffee
Katie Kaps
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, HigherDOSE
David Ko
CEO, Calm
Nanea Reeves
CEO and Founder, TRIPP
Zak Williams
CEO and Co-Founder, PYM
Business & Industry Health & Medical Research AI, Innovation, & Technology

As the Berlin Wall collapsed and the Cold War ended, the theory that free markets produced free people reached its zenith. As countries become richer and markets freer, the story went, the more likely it was that democracy would emerge and take hold. Far from capitalism being its own gravedigger, as Marx had predicted, the creative destruction of markets guarded against the concentration of unearned power. More recently though, political upheavals in numerous countries have led some to warn that liberal democracy could be a phase more than a destination. As evidence, they point to the rise of the populist backlash by those who feel pushed aside by more favored—and more diverse—groups, and economically excluded by, in their eyes, the rent-seeking, financially privileged. For western societies to secure liberal democracy as a governing philosophy, we must examine the written and unwritten rules of how it should gain and keep the consent of those it governs. This panel brings together thinkers, writers, and policymakers at the forefront of the debate of what liberal democracy is and what we must do to preserve it. 

Moderator
Matthew Bishop
Chairman, Global Impact Leaders, Sorenson Institute
Speakers
Daniella Ballou-Aares
CEO and Co-Founder, Leadership Now Project
Hein De Haas
Director, International Migration Institute; Author, "How Migration Really Works”
María Teresa Kumar
President and CEO, Voto Latino
Armen Sarkissian
Fourth President of Republic of Armenia; Chairman, ATOM
Lucan Way
Distinguished Professor of Democracy, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
Policy, Politics, & Regulation

The 2024 UN World Water Development Report highlights a stark reality: approximately 2 billion people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water. As climate change exacerbates droughts, this figure continues to climb. Recent initiatives, like the US federal government’s $50 billion allocation to the EPA for improved water infrastructure under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and USAID’s $1.2 billion investment in water security and sanitation across Asia, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa, offer hope. Yet, they raise crucial questions about optimal fund deployment and the role of private investment. How can we scale water conservation, build resilient watersheds, implement storm water capture and reuse initiatives, and catalyze sustainable water management and treatment solutions to maximize impact? What role should corporates play as water users and stewards? How do we ensure equitable access to clean drinking water amidst competition from different industry sectors and high costs of implementing new systems? This panel will bring together corporates, investors, government officials, water conservation experts, and sustainability leaders to chart a financially viable and environmentally sustainable path forward for water security.

Moderator
Gadi Schwartz
Correspondent, NBC News
Speakers
Joey Bergstein
CEO, BlueTriton Brands
Wade Crowfoot
Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
André Gustavo Salcedo Teixeira Mendes
CEO, Sabesp – Cia. of Basic Sanitation of the State of São Paulo
Melissa Ho
Senior Vice President, Freshwater and Food, World Wildlife Fund
Mary Jane Melendez
Chief Sustainability and Global Impact Officer, General Mills Inc.
Sustainability & Environment

Europe is undergoing a period of profound political and economic transformation. While this has produced challenges to Europe's political status quo, corporate leaders and to Europe's own citizens and consumers, it has presented an opportunity to reset old certainties. Political and business leaders continue to debate how Europe can regain an economic dynamism to generate the growth needed to maintain a welfare system relied upon by a greying population, while also rethinking how to make its supply chains more resilient in the light of growing geopolitical challenges. Europe must also effectively balance advocating for its own political interests amidst potential challenges from other continents while remaining receptive to expanding global markets elsewhere in the world. Key to both renewed dynamism and global competition is the question of how Europe can nurture the next generation of leading companies in AI and tech, clean energy, and other emerging sectors: not just becoming a regulator of choice in these industries but a global market leader in its own right. This private session brings together corporate leaders and investors from both within and outside Europe to debate the big issues confronting the continent, debating the risks to Europe's prosperity and identifying opportunities at a moment of great change.

Opening Remarks
Petra Freddi
Managing Director, Europe, Milken Institute
Moderator
Anne McElvoy
Executive Editor and Podcast Host, Politico
Speakers
John Aylward
Chief Investment Officer and Founder, Sona Asset Management
Alex Baldock
Group Chief Executive, Currys
Johan Brand
Founder, Kahoot
Klaus Hommels
Founder and Chairman, Lakestar; Chairman, NATO Innovation Fund
Financial Markets Regions & Developing Markets

With acute labor shortages, cyberattacks, increasing denials from insurance payers, and cancelled elective surgeries, healthcare institutions have faced immense challenges in the aftermath of COVID-19. As a result, hospital investment offices have been met with unique, sizable, and volatile demands in areas like budgets and objectives to subsidize hospital operations, while still aiming to produce strong returns. In the face of continued pressures, how are hospital and health-care investment offices adapting to serve the needs of their institutions? In what ways have oversight bodies and committees responded to recent challenges? How are investment offices changing structures, technologies, allocations, and pools to meet these new needs? And how can allocators effectively utilize the right mix of internal and external resources for the best possible long-term outcome?

Moderator
Jason Klein
Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Speakers
Jenny Chan
Chief Investment Officer, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Rudy Hobson
Senior Managing Director, The Colorado Health Foundation
Darrel Pfeifauf
Vice President, Asset Allocation and Risk, Advocate Health
Alyssa Rieder
Chief Investment Officer, CommonSpirit Health
Financial Markets Business & Industry Health & Medical Research

Korea has emerged as a compelling destination for global investors seeking growth opportunities among advanced economies. With its high-tech, export-led companies, booming entertainment industry, steady consumer demand, and increasingly dynamic capital markets, Korea is well-positioned to provide new avenues to global business and financial institutions as the region continues to undergo transformations. But it is not without headwinds, including political disruptions, waning global demand, higher prices, and security concerns. Will Korea be able to align its advanced technology sectors with the next wave of innovations? How can global investors seize the opportunities in Korea’s evolving economy amid global headwinds?

Opening Remarks
Junghee Oh
Senior Associate, Business and Program Development, Asia, Milken Institute
Moderator
Heenam Choi
Global Fellow, Milken Institute; CEO and President, CKD Holdings
Speakers
David Lee
Head, Samsung Next; Executive Vice President, Samsung Electronics
Samuel Rhee
Co-Founder and Chairman, Endowus; Board Member, Naver Corp.
Songyee Yoon
President, NCSOFT; Founder, PVP
Business & Industry Regions & Developing Markets Capital Access & Economic Opportunity

Despite myriad new federal funding opportunities, underserved communities in rural, urban, and tribal areas continue to struggle for access to the capital and capacity needed to advance their projects. This session will bring together community leaders, capital providers, impact investors, and philanthropic leaders committed to collaborative policy, finance, and technological strategies designed to build a stronger pipeline of shovel-worthy and investment-ready projects. The goal is to deliver climate resilience and equitable development outcomes in the years ahead. 

Moderator
Dan Carol
Senior Director, MI Finance, Milken Institute
Speakers
Margot Brandenburg
Senior Program Officer, Ford Foundation
Steven Reed
Mayor, Montgomery Alabama; Incoming Chair, African-American Mayors Association
Rebecca Roose
Infrastructure Advisor, Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
Ashley Swearengin
President and CEO, Central Valley Community Foundation
Philanthropy & Social Impact
Meet the Author: Dmitri Alperovitch "World on the Brink: How America Can Beat China in the Race for the Twenty-First Century"
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM PDT
Speaker
Dmitri Alperovitch
Chairman, Silverado Policy Accelerator; Author, "World on the Brink: How America Can Beat China in the Race for the Twenty-First Century"
Guest
Richard Sandler
Executive Vice President, Milken Family Foundation; Partner, Maron & Sandler; Author, "Witness to a Prosecution: The Myth of Michael Milken"
Moderator
Mary Hart
Former Host of Entertainment Tonight
Society & Culture

The $84-trillion transfer of wealth from the Baby Boom generation to its heirs is underway, and as younger investors enter the market, their investment preferences are shaping the financial landscape. From Millennials to Gen Zs, what are the generational implications of issues like technological advances, risk appetite, DEI, and sustainability that each generation bears uniquely? How do investors’ views and convictions differ and influence their decision-making, and how, consequently, will that impact the great wealth transfer of the coming years?  

Moderator
Hiromichi Mizuno
Senior Advisor, Milken Institute
Speakers
Raphael Arndt
CEO, Future Fund
Jonathan Goldstein
CEO, Cain International
Saira Malik
Chief Investment Officer, Nuveen
Andy Sieg
Head of Wealth, Citi
Financial Markets

The entertainment industry is evolving to meet the demands of consumers. A 2023 Deloitte study revealed that 68 percent of consumers pay for either a TV subscription or live streaming alongside their streaming video-on-demand subscriptions. As viewers navigate this rich landscape, the industry's willingness to offer options for every taste and preference promises a vibrant future for creatives and audiences. How are studios, creators, and talent employing advances in technology, AI, and the influencer economy to drive revenue and enhance market share while maintaining focus on customer retention? Join us for a conversation with luminaries from entertainment and technology on shaping the future of an industry poised for an overhaul across content and monetary generation.

Moderator
Matthew Belloni
Founding Partner, PUCK
Speakers
Justin Baldoni
Filmmaker; Author; Co-Founder, Wayfarer Studios
Brian Grazer
Executive Chairman and Founder, Imagine Entertainment
Lisa Joy
Founder, Kilter Films; Screenwriter, Director, and Producer
Jeffrey Katzenberg
Former Chairman, Walt Disney Studio; Founding Partner, WndrCo.
Ynon Kreiz
Chairman and CEO, Mattel
Janine Sherman Barrois
Showrunner; Writer; Founder, Folding Chair Productions
Business & Industry Society & Culture Human Capital, Jobs, & Education
Traversing Real Estate Realities
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM PDT

The real estate industry is changing. Having weathered unprecedented changes following a high in pandemic-era spending which drove up real estate valuations followed by inflation and interest rates hikes, there has undoubtedly been differential dislocations across sectors in the real estate market. The combination of rapid rise in interest rates coupled with regional U.S. bank exposure to commercial real estate led to several bank failures. With banks tightening on lending across the board, how does this present opportunities across the real estate capital stack? On the flipside for residential real estate, as high rates and massive housing shortage place pressure on new buyers, what are the long-term implications for an economy in transition from home buyers to long-term renters? How are astute real estate investors navigating the dispersion across sectors when the cement settles in real estate?

Moderator
Ted Seides
Founder, Capital Allocators
Speakers
Jase Auby
Chief Investment Officer, Teacher Retirement System of Texas
Maggie Coleman
Chief Investment Officer, Real Estate Equity, Global Co-Head Portfolio Management, Manulife Investment Management
Joshua Morris
Partner, Global Real Estate, Davidson Kempner Capital Management
Tim Sloan
Vice Chairman, Fortress Investment Group
Joshua Weintraub
CEO, Residential Opportunities, Senior Managing Director, Cerberus Capital Management
Financial Markets

Historically, global investment flows to the Asia Pacific were aimed at leveraging the growth potential of diverse emerging and advanced economies. Over the last decade, global asset managers and institutional investors have been able to generate strong and stable returns from various asset classes by taking advantage of low capital costs, booming consumer markets, technological innovations, and improved regulatory and governance environments. While few would doubt the region’s ability to generate returns, the subdued global economy and a strong US dollar have impacted the availability of capital for companies to grow. Our experts will analyze the investment outlook throughout the Asia Pacific, from Australia to ASEAN, and North and East Asia. Which asset classes are still pulling in fresh capital? Might weaker local currencies and higher interest rates spur greater capital inflows?

Moderator
Sarah Williamson
CEO, FCLTGlobal
Speakers
Andrew Cross
Chief Financial Officer, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
David Elia
CEO, Hostplus
Kate Galvin
CEO, Victorian Funds Management Corporation
Hazman Hilmi Sallahuddin
Chief Investment Officer, Kumpulan Wang Persaraan
Financial Markets Business & Industry Regions & Developing Markets

Studies reveal that many Americans are not living a financially secure life. Research further indicates marked shortfalls in savings along with lack of any retirement savings on the part of at least 25 percent of workers. Levels of financial education and fluency are tied to financial security. How do we enhance engagement with finance and investing so that all Americans have the financial stability and security to live the American dream? Innovative programs that encourage earners at every level to turn towards finance, serve to educate potential investors, and stand with those who need assistance in developing a financial plan are on the rise. Hear from experts developing creative solutions and others who are considering how to enhance financial knowledge and long-term saving. Join the discussion of ways to ensure that all Americans can build the life they want. 

Moderator
Cheryl Evans
Director, MI Finance, Milken Institute
Speakers
Kahlil Byrd
Founder and CEO, Shur
Teresa Ghilarducci
Irene and Bernard L Schwartz Professor of Economics and Policy Analysis, The New School
Alex Rodriguez
Founder and CEO, A-Rod Corp
Adam Roseman
Co-Founder, SteadyIQ
Gerri Walsh
President, FINRA Investor Education Foundation; Senior Vice President, Investor Education, FINRA
Financial Markets Capital Access & Economic Opportunity

Join this discussion as panelists share insights on how visionary leadership and sustainable development practices are integral to addressing challenges such as housing affordability and advanced infrastructure. The discussion is designed to provide a multifaceted perspective on driving urban success—from fostering economic resilience to prioritizing community engagement. The outcome will present valuable insights for city officials, urban developers, and business leaders interested in the transformative trends now shaping America's urban landscapes. 

Moderator
Eugene Daniels
Playbook Author and White House Correspondent, Politico
Speakers
Michelle Kaufusi
Mayor, Provo, Utah
Levar Stoney
Mayor, Richmond, Virginia
Maggie Switek
Senior Director, Research, Milken Institute
Kirk Watson
Mayor, Austin, Texas
Policy, Politics, & Regulation Capital Access & Economic Opportunity Human Capital, Jobs, & Education
Private Equity Delivering Value
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM PDT

Coming off a euphoric year for private equity in 2021, higher costs of debt—thanks to higher yields—necessitated a quality bias in deal selection. Private equity sponsors today lean toward covenant-lite private debt financing rather than burdensome and unmanageable leverage to adapt to higher-for-longer interest rates. New, creative financing solutions have helped improve margins, empower management teams, and strengthen market share. As we enter uncertain public-equity markets, what must fund managers do to ready their portfolios for strategic acquisitions? How might this differ from public market exits? What value-improvements should managers aim to deliver to improve earnings and justify prices? Experts on our panel can surely suggest some of the strategies to achieve these goals.

Moderator
John Bowman
President and Incoming CEO, CAIA Association
Speakers
Chris Emanuel
Head, Technology Investment Group, GIC
Martin Escobari
Co-President and Head of Global Growth Equity, General Atlantic
Jacob Kotzubei
Co-President, Platinum Equity
Collin Roche
Co-CEO, GTCR
Bridget Walsh
Global Private Equity Leader, EY
Financial Markets

Women make up more than half the US population, and yet, women’s health—particularly female-specific conditions—has been chronically underfunded and understudied. At long last, the US seems to have reached an inflection point, with the White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research to bolster transformative investment in research areas ranging from heart attacks in women to menopause management. Could revitalized research and investment begin to address historic disparities and inequities in women’s health? Can we translate scientific and research breakthroughs into clinical practice? Which conditions need urgent attention and where does care begin? This panel of health-care leaders will examine how the combined power of the public, private, and philanthropic sectors can advance research, prevention, treatment, and innovation in women’s health to improve the lives of women globally. 

Moderator
Sheryl WuDunn
Co-Founder, FullSky Partners
Speakers
Nancy Brown
CEO, American Heart Association
Jocelyn Frye
President, National Partnership for Women & Families
Kate Ryder
CEO and Founder, Maven Clinic
Maria Toler
Founding and Managing Partner, SteelSky Ventures
Olivia Walton
Founder and CEO, Ingeborg Investments
Health & Medical Research Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
What's Trending in MedTech?
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM PDT

This panel will explore a range of emerging issues in medtech (medical device, diagnostics, and digital health), including how medtech products and innovations are transforming care delivery and access to care, how patients and caregivers are playing a key role in impacting medtech investing strategies and product development approaches, and what factors are the biggest drivers of change and innovation in the next generation of medtech solutions. We will explore how the medtech ecosystem is evolving to impact care delivery, patient access and engagement, investor approaches, and developer strategies, where the challenges lie, and what's needed to support continued advancement that aligns with what matters most to patients and caregivers.

Moderator
Conor Hale
Senior Editor, Fierce Medtech
Speakers
Kelvin Baggett
Managing Director, Head of Patient Impact and Chair of the EMPIRIC Institute, Patient Square Capital
Andrew Fish
President and CEO, Medical Device Innovation Consortium
Nada Hanafi
Founder and Manager, MedTech Strategy Advisors, LLC; Founder, MedTech Color
Ryan Lakin
Divisional Vice President for Medical Devices and Digital Solutions, Abbott
Michelle Tarver
Deputy Center Director, Chief Transformation Officer, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, US Food and Drug Administration
Health & Medical Research

Explore Mexico's pivotal role as a prime Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) destination, fueled by the burgeoning nearshoring trend. Join our experts in developing critical themes: navigating economic and policy challenges, unraveling the landscape of capital investment and market expansion, and charting the transformation of supply chains and their future implications. Further, they will survey embedding sustainable energy practices in infrastructure, harnessing human capital to its fullest potential while championing women's inclusion in the workforce, and embracing the emerging technologies driving service accessibility throughout Latin America. In this session, panelists will illuminate Mexico's strategic advantage in attracting FDI and the multifaceted dynamics shaping the country’s position in the regional and global economy. 

Opening Remarks
Ana Céspedes Cantú
Associate Director, Latin America, Milken Institute
Moderator
Alex González Ormerod
Founder, The Mexico Political Economist
Speakers
Diana Alarcon
Foreign Policy Coordinator, "Diálogos por la Transformacion"
Ricardo Fernández-Mazarambroz
Head of Commercial Banking, BBVA Mexico
Luis Gutierrez
Chairman of the Board, Prologis Mexico