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Investing in Global Innovation

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On October 22, 2015, a large audience of alumni, students, and industry professionals gathered for the Investing in Global Innovation: The Role of Alternative Investments Conference in New York City, cosponsored by the Financial Times. Three panel discussions were led by notable speakers including Nasdaq’s Robert McCooey, Kenneth Miranda from the IMF, Peter Clare from the Carlyle Group, and Sean Klimczak of the Blackstone Group among others.

The first Panel, Innovation and Transformation for the Global Society, was moderated by Dr. Reena Aggarwal, Director of Georgetown University’s Center for Financial Markets and Policy. The objective of this panel was to look at important critical needs that global society is facing and to discuss the question ‘How can alternative investments play a role in addressing these issues?’

"In a world where you have very different levels of income across countries, there are fantastic opportunities to take part of portfolio through alternative investments, private equity, venture capital, and think where you want to allocate the money” – Kenneth Miranda, IMF

The second Panel, titled Nurturing Enterprises and Technology of the Future, was moderated by Sujeet Indap of the Financial Times.

“Alternative investments is a great industry. Think of the lower returns in fixed income, but increased allocations; there is plenty of growth yet to go, but due to dynamics of returns now it supports alternatives assets class. Still recommended.” –Peter Clare, Carlyle Group.

The third and final panel, Disruptive Innovation in Energy, was moderated by Financial Times’ Matthew Klein.

Regarding the Energy sector: “Invest highly in renewable energy. Some renewables - like wind in Mexico - require no governmental subsidies. We hold a relatively optimistic view on renewables that will require some level of government support but where the intent is to take those down to modest levels over time.” – Sean Klimczak, Blackstone.