San Francisco to Serve as First-Ever U.S. Host for Wharton Global Alumni Forum, June 22-24

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Hundreds of alumni, more than 70 global executives and Wharton faculty to discuss important issues at three-day event


SAN FRANCISCO & PHILADELPHIA–The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania today announced the speakers at its 40th Global Alumni Forum, taking place in San Francisco on June 22–24, 2011 at the Westin St Francis Hotel. The Forum in San Francisco, Wharton’s 40th, is the first ever to take place in the United States.

The 2011 Global Alumni Forum will center on the theme, “Creative Solutions to Global Challenges,” and aims to develop new solutions to emerging political, economic and environmental issues. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with key players who are driving these changes both during the Forum as well as at evening networking events.

Since 1993, 39 Wharton School Global Alumni Forums have been held in some of the world’s leading cities across five continents including Shanghai, Mumbai, London, Beijing, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Bogota, Dubai and Paris. This year the Forum will also serve as a celebration of the tenth anniversary of Wharton | San Francisco, the School’s academic home on the West Coast. Wharton | San Francisco offers Wharton’s Executive MBA program as well as Executive Education courses, conferences, and custom programs for individual companies.

Business leaders from prominent global organizations such as Facebook, China International Capital Corp Ltd, Oracle, Investor AB, KKR and eBay will join nearly 20 Wharton faculty members led by Thomas S. Robertson, Dean of the Wharton School, in a range of panel discussions and talks. Co-chairs of the conference are S.A. Ibrahim, Wharton MBA ’78 and David S. Pottruck, University of Pennsylvania ’70 / Wharton MBA, ’72.

Keynote speakers include Wharton Prof. Jeremy J. Siegel, the Russell E. Palmer Professor of Finance; Jacob Wallenberg, Chairman of Investor AB, Wharton undergraduate, ’80 / Wharton MBA, ’81; Craig Venter, biologist and entrepreneur famous for his role in sequencing the human genome; Levin Zhu, President of China International Capital Corporation Limited/Chairman of Management Committee of CICC; and Carlos Pires de Oliveira Dias, Chairman of the Board, Drogasil, Board Member, Camargo Correa Group, São Paulo.

Others speakers include:

• Jack Abraham, Director, eBay Marketplaces, Wharton undergraduate ‘08

• Ari Ariwibowo, GP, Fairways Indonesia Fund I, Jakarta, Univ of Penn School of Engineering’95/Wharton undergraduate ’95/Wharton MBA,’01

• Ethan Beard, Global Director of Partnerships, Facebook, Wharton undergraduate ‘94

• Jeb Dasteel, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, Oracle Corporation

• Connie K. Duckworth, Founder and CEO, ARZU, Inc., Wharton MBA ‘79

• James H. Greene, Jr., Partner, KKR & Co., Wharton undergraduate ‘72

• Bill Schlough, Senior Vice President and CIO, San Francisco Giants, Wharton MBA ‘89

• Ashmeet Sidana, Partner, Foundation Capital, Wharton MBA ‘03

• Rosanna Ramos Velita, Presidente del Directorio & Chairman, Caja Rural Los Andes/Perú, Univ of Penn PhD, ’92; Wharton MBA ‘92

Panel topics include global private equity, innovation, sustainability, retail, emerging economies, the role of women in the 21st century, social media and investment strategies. A full list of speakers and panels can be found here:

Wharton alumni have a significant presence on the U.S. West Coast, contributing both new talent and senior leadership to virtually every industry. Currently there are five different Wharton alumni clubs and many thousands of Wharton alumni residing in the region.

About the Wharton School

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania— founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school — is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. The most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world, Wharton bridges research and practice through its broad engagement with the global business community. The School has more than 4,800 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and an alumni network of 86,000 graduates

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