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Milken Institute

April 27, 2012 20:45 ET

Milken Institute Global Conference Convenes Leaders From Around the World

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 27, 2012) - The 15th Milken Institute Global Conference, April 29-May 2 at The Beverly Hilton, brings together many of today's most innovative minds and distinguished leaders to focus on finding solutions to the world's most pressing issues.

More than 550 speakers, including major investors, CEOs, government officials, Nobel laureates, scientists, educators, philanthropists, and journalists will take part in more than 140 sessions. The wide-ranging topics include how to fight global poverty, where economic growth will come from, and how to accelerate innovation in the bioscience industry.

"The Milken Institute utilizes its unique ability to convene leaders from across sectors and continents to extend our work addressing the core issues of access to capital, improving health care, and spurring job creation," says Mike Klowden, President and CEO. "More than 3,000 participants -- people with the means and the mind to get things done -- will come together in the next few days. Our ability to bridge the words of business, finance and policy has never been more vital -- and never more in demand than during the Global Conference."

Among this year's speakers:

  • President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States
  • Eike Batista, Chairman and CEO, EBX Group
  • Leon Black, Founding Partner, Apollo Management, LP
  • David Bonderman, Founding Partner, TPG Capital
  • Eli Broad, Founder, The Broad Foundations; Founder, KB Home and SunAmerica
  • Chase Carey, Deputy Chairman, President and Chief Operating Officer, News Corp.
  • Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health
  • Mitch Daniels, Governor, State of Indiana
  • Shaun Donovan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Esther Dyson, Chairman, EDventure Holdings
  • Mohamed El-Erian, CEO and Co-Chief Investment Officer, PIMCO
  • Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
  • David Foster, Producer and Songwriter; Chairman, Verve Music Group
  • Xi-Qing Gao, Vice Chairman and President, China Investment Corp.
  • Kristin Gillibrand, U.S. Senator
  • Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Chairman and CEO, Magic Johnson Enterprises; NBA Hall of Famer; future Co-Owner, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners
  • Sherry Lansing, CEO, The Sherry Lansing Foundation; Founder, EnCorps Teachers Program
  • George Lucas, Filmmaker; Chairman of the Board, Lucasfilm Ltd.
  • Dambisa Moyo, Author and Economist
  • Ana Palacio, Member, Spanish Council of State; former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spain
  • T. Boone Pickens, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist; Founder, BP Capital
  • Lionel Richie, Founder, The Lionel Richie Foundation; Entertainer, Composer, Producer and Humanitarian
  • Nouriel Roubini, Chairman and Co-Founder, Roubini Global Economics; Professor of Economics and International Business, Stern School of Business, New York University
  • Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO, AT&T Inc.
  • Chris Viehbacher, CEO, Sanofi

This year, in addition to blog posts and videos of panels appearing on the Institute's site, Global Conference session proceedings will be relayed to the world on Twitter (#2012GC).

Complete information about the Global Conference, including a full program and a list of speakers confirmed to date, is available at

Note to media: Credentialed press wishing to cover the Global Conference must use the media registration form on the website's registration page ( You are not registered until your application has been approved and you receive email confirmation.

About the Milken Institute
A nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, the Milken Institute believes in the power of capital markets to solve urgent social and economic challenges. Its mission is to improve lives around the world by advancing innovative economic and policy solutions that create jobs, widen access to capital and enhance health. #2012GC @milkeninstitute

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