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Global Conferences


Jack Ma mugChina's Alibaba Wants to Acquire Yahoo, Says Jack Ma
Jack Ma, chairman of China's Alibaba internet giant, told a Stanford audience his firm is "very interested" in acquiring Yahoo. Ma was one of the speakers at the "China 2.0" conference sponsored by the Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Sept. 30.

Valdis Dombrovskis photoBridging the Innovation Gap: From Latvia to Silicon Valley

How does innovation become part of local culture? Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis spoke at Stanford on Friday about the future of technological and entrepreneurial collaboration between Latvia and Silicon Valley.

Bridging the Innovation Gap: From Latvia to Silicon Valley

How does innovation become part of local culture? Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis spoke at Stanford on Friday about the future of technological and entrepreneurial collaboration between Latvia and Silicon Valley.

Africa, the Next Frontier for Entrepreneurs: Business Opportunities in the Neglected Continent

By 2040 Africa will have a larger workforce than China or India, speakers told a Stanford Africa Forum 2011 conference, exploring opportunities for business development in the 50-plus nations of that continent whose business opportunities are often overlooked.

Africa: A Good Investment, Say Experts

A shortage of middle management talent is slowing business development in Africa, but the continent still offers opportunities for entrepreneurs who recognize the differences between Nairobi and Silicon Valley, say business school conference speakers.


2010 Conference: Political Economy Research Conference

CGBE, the Stanford Center for International Development, the University of the West Indies, and the Caribbean Policy Research Institute hosted a political economy research conference in Kingston, Jamaica.


2007 International Development Conference: Being Socially Responsible Offers Opportunities, Says Nike's Hannah Jones
Businesses can provide a source for massive social change, Nike VP Hannah Jones told a day-long conference. Finding solutions to social or environmental problems should be viewed as a business opportunity. (April 2007)

2007 International Development Conference: Energy in the Developing Countries Poses Global Challenges
China built enough power plants in 2006 to outstrip the total generating capacity of the United Kingdom. Keeping the lights burning in China and other nations around the world poses challenges to the world's health and natural resources, said speakers at the annual Stanford International Development Conference. (March 2007)

A Global Fine Line Challenges Marketing Today
Cultural differences, languages, and simply the use of words can make all the difference in marketing globally. Just ask the folks who market shampoo or computers. (February 2007)


Conference Asks: What Drives Innovation?
The impact of the internet on industry and society is still unfolding, Google CEO Eric Schmidt told the Roads to Innovation Conference, and it offers huge opportunities. (November 2006)
Video File, (42:42 minutes)

2006 International Development Conference: Entrepreneurship Helps Education in Developing Countries
The entrepreneurial spirit is vital to education in developing countries, and innovative programs are yielding dividends for the future of children and youth, said participants in Stanford's fifth annual international development conference, hosted April 15 by the Graduate School of Business International Development Club and the Stanford Association for International Development. (April 2006)

Keynote Address
Dr. Cream Wright

Panel: Challenges in Education Panel

Joel Samoff, Moderator
Professor of African Studies and Political Science, Stanford University

Jeanne Moulton
USAID Basic Education and Policy Support Activity

Augustine Mahiga
Ambassador of Tanzania to the United Nations

Budd Mackenzie
Trust in Education

Panel: Funding and Allocation—Prioritizing Educational Goals

Martin Carnoy, Moderator
Professor of Education and Economics

Robert Prouty
Acting Manager, Fast Track initiative

Maya Ajmera
Global Fund for Children

Lynn Murphy
Hewlett Foundation

Ken Lee, Senior Advisor
USAID Higher Education and Workforce Development Team


2005 International Development Conference: Shortages of Health Services, Abundance of Red Tape Hamper AIDS/HIV Battle
Understaffed and inadequate internal health-care systems and red tape are major roadblocks to fighting the spread of AIDS/HIV in developing countries, speakers told a conference on international development. (February 2005)

Keynote Address
Debrework Zewdie

Panel: Delivery Innovations

Judith Justice, Moderator
Associate Professor, University of California, San Francisco

Ophelia Dahl
President and Executive Director, Partners in Health

Jack Higgins
Digital Vision Fellow, Global Telemedicine Project

Vikram Kumar
Director, Dimagi, Inc.

Tony Carroll
Consultant, Merck and Co.

Panel: Funding Innovations

Donovan Cook, Moderator
Western Region Director of Development, Save the Children, Palo Alto, Calif.

Timothy Goodman
Assistant Director for Global Policy, Pfizer Inc.

Srividya Prakash
Global Health Group, McKinsey & Co., San Francisco

David Green
CEO, Project Impact, Berkeley, Calif.

Panel: Medical Innovations

Vera Kulmyer, Moderator
Consulting Professor, Stanford Medical School Department of Neurosurgery; Founder and Managing Partner, Equity for Health

Douglas Holtzman
Program officer for Infectious Diseases, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

George Rutherford
Interim Director, UCSF Institute for Global Health

Katherine Woo
Director of Scientific Affairs, One World Health

Nzeera Ketter
Director, Efficacy Trials, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative


Business School Hosts First Global Business, Global Poverty Conference
The inaugural conference drew business, government, and nonprofit speakers from around the world. Sponsored by the Center for Global Business and the Economy. (May 2004)

Mukesh Ambani
Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Ltd., India

"Fighting Poverty Disarms Terrorism"
Transcript of Remarks

Edward Barnholt
Chairman, President, and CEO, Agilent Technologies

"With Globalization Here to Stay, Giving Back to Local Communities Makes Good Business Sense"
Transcript of Remarks

David Brady
Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science and Leadership Values, Stanford Graduate School of Business

"When Is "Doing Good" Good Enough Internationally?"
Transcript of Remarks

John Browne, Lord Browne of Madingley, MS '81
Group Chief Executive, BP p.l.c.

"Business Can Help End Poverty, Says BP's John Browne"
Transcript of Speech

John Gunn, MBA '72
President and CIO, Dodge & Cox

Vinod Khosla, MBA '80
General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

"Microlending: An Anti-Poverty Success Story"
Transcript of Remarks

Daniel Litvin
Author and Founder, Percept Risk and Strategy Ltd.

"Ignoring Social and Political Reality Can Sink Global Companies"
Transcript of Remarks

Trevor Manuel
Minister of Finance, South Africa

"Rich Nations Inhibit Growth for Developing Countries, Says South African Finance Minister"
Transcript of Remarks

Raymond Offenheiser
President, Oxfam America

"Oxfam Leader Calls for Global Effort to Alleviate Poverty, Transfer Technology"
Transcript of Remarks

Muhammad Yunus
Economist and Founder, Grameen Bank of Bangladesh

"Visionary Economist Muhammad Yunus Shares Microlending Success Stories"
Transcript of Remarks