In January 2016, business professionals, high-level government representatives, think tanks, lobby groups, university administrators, academics and students gathered together for a high-level foreign policy dialogue to discuss areas of future cooperation, such as: defense and security; trade and investment; natural resources and the environment; education; and innovation. Following welcome remarks by Cindy Fan, vice provost of UCLA’s International Institute, and Chelsey Martin, Consul-General of the Australian Consulate-General in Los Angeles, the conference featured an interview with the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Honorable Julie Bishop MP, moderated by Kal Raustiala, director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations. Expert panel discussions focused on: the 2016 U.S. election and implications for the Asia-Pacific region; managing the tensions in the South China Sea; terrorism; and the U.S.-Australian Alliance and the strategic implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The event was organized with UCLA as part of the G’Day USA program. Conference sponsors included the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, UCLA International Institute, UCLA Law’s International and Comparative Law Program and the CGM.
In February 2016, the CGM sponsored the inaugural Los Angeles Global Health Conference, which drew over 400 people from academia, NGOs, business and the public sector who gathered in Covel Commons to discuss pressing health issues, both local and global. The theme, “Transdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health,” brought together individuals from various disciplines in global health who work in creating conceptual, methodological and translational innovations that move beyond discipline-specific approaches. The opening keynote address, “A Vaccine for Africa: The Power of Partnership to Solve Global Health Problems,” was delivered by Christopher Elias, M.D., MPH, president of the global development program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The day included numerous breakout sessions around health in academia and health in practice. In the afternoon, current UCLA students presented global health case studies. The first annual conference, hosted by the UCLA Center for World Health, was a collaboration among UCLA, USC and the Charles Drew University.
In May 2016, the CGM sponsored the First Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference on South Asia at UCLA at the Charles E. Young Research Library Conference Center. The conference attracted undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty members from across UCLA and neighboring universities. The inaugural conference was aimed at fostering greater cross-disciplinary conversations among graduate student researchers and faculty working on South Asia at both UCLA and other universities. It also provided an opportunity for master’s and doctoral students from different departments at various stages of their programs to exhibit their work in an accessible manner to a broad multidisciplinary audience. Topics included: “The Social Acceptance of New Energy Technology in Developing Countries: A Framing Experiment in Rural India” and “Discourses of Nature in 19th-Century Islamic Thought.” Mrinalini Sinha, Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History from the University of Michigan, delivered the keynote address, titled, “Gandhi’s Forgotten Campaign: The Abolition of Indenture and the Mahatma.” The conference was sponsored by the UCLA Center for India and South Asia and the CGM, among others.
In addition to partnering with UCLA Anderson student organizations, the CGM collaborates with other areas at UCLA Anderson and entities across the UCLA campus, as well as with external partners on conferences that have a global focus.
Across the globe, countries have been trying to dig out of recession and slow growth with export-oriented policies but not every country can achieve this goal, as some have to be more import-dependent. In recent decades, the U.S. has run large trade deficits and, to correct this imbalance, has to have larger net exports - but can this be achieved in a globalized world? The Center for Global Management sponsored the UCLA Anderson Forecast March 2013 Economic Outlook: "Can the U.S. Be Competitive in a Globalized World?" which addressed issues surrounding this question.
The event was held in Korn Convocation Hall on March 13 and attracted around 200 business and governmental leaders, faculty and students. Keynote addresses were provided by Mickey Kantor, former secretary of commerce and trade representative; and Sebastian Edwards, Henry Ford II Chair in International Management and faculty director of the CGM, who talked about global currency issues.The keynotes were followed by discussions on productivity, skills and human capital and an executive panel that addressed the overarching theme of the conference, moderated by Jerry Nickelsburg, senior economist of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, and featured Ricardo Bernardes, executive vice president, California Steel Industries; Peter Matheson, economic counselor to the Embassy of the U.K.; Carlos Valderrama, senior vice president, global initiatives, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce; and Dov Charney, CEO and president of American Apparel (pictured above).
An academic conference, How Long is the Shadow of History: The Long Term Persistence of Economic Outcomes, was held at UCLA Anderson on May 18-19, 2012. The conference was co-sponsored by UCLA Anderson's Center for Global Management and co-organized by Professor Romain Wacziarg (pictured here). It brought to UCLA Anderson over 50 top scholars from internationally renowned institutions, including UCLA, Harvard, Stanford, NYU, Brown, Chicago and Berkeley, to discuss emerging research evaluating the long-run sources of variation in economic performance across countries. Taking a long view, this research seeks to understand economic development by going back far in history - even as far as the Neolithic period - to understand the geographic and cultural factors that facilitate or impede the growth of emerging market economies. The conference program, including links to the papers that were presented, can be found here. The conference demonstrated UCLA Anderson's strong commitment to studying and teaching issues of global economic relevance, including subjects related to the growing economic influence of emerging markets, and demonstrated the academic excellence of UCLA Anderson's vibrant group of academic economists.
A research grant was also awarded to Chris Tilly, director of UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and professor in the urban planning department, to support a recent academic conference, Improving Jobs for the Global Informal Workforce: Brazil, Canada, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, and the United States. Held at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center in Los Angeles on April 20-21, 2012, the conference brought together top scholars from the eight countries mentioned in the title, including distinguished researchers from Peking University (China), the University of Campinas (Brazil), the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), and others, along with U.S. researchers from UCLA and other institutions. Participants discussed how new patterns of global economic flow have intensified the problem of informal work and suggested strategies for improving informal jobs. The conference included a one and a half-day invitation-only workshop of 25 researchers and a public evening event that attracted an audience of around 100. Sponsors of the conference included the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education and UCLA CIBER.
The Center for Global Management was the main sponsor of UCLA Anderson's December 2011 Quarterly Economic Forecast Conference: The California-China Relationship: Partners or Competitors? held in Korn Convocation Hall on December 7, 2011. The event attracted almost 200 attendees and brought together a group of experts who shared a diverse set of viewpoints on U.S.-China relations.
William Yu (lower right photo), economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, presented a macro-economic overview of the Chinese economy, Understanding the Risks to China's Economy, which was followed by two panel discussions. Jerry Nickelsburg (left photo), senior economist of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, moderated the first panel, Hard or Soft Landing for China's Economy, with panelists Cindy Fan, professor of geography and Asian American studies at UCLA; Peter Navarro, professor of economics and public policy at The Paul Merage School of Business of the University of California, Irvine; Charles Wolf,
Distinguished Corporate Chair in International Economics at The RAND Corporation and professor at The Pardee RAND Graduate School; and Jeff Wasserstrom, professor of history at University of California, Irvine.
The second panel focused on Intellectual Property Protection and California Exports and was moderated by Lance Yang, patent and trademark attorney at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP; with panelists Alan Chu, partner and Leader of China Business Network, PwC; Thomas T. Chan, partner at Fox Rothschild LLP; Jason Childs, vice president of sales and marketing at Staco Systems; and Michael Christensen, deputy executive director of development at the Port of Los Angeles.
Financial Access at Birth (FAB) is a program developed by Bhagwan Chowdhry, a professor of finance at UCLA Anderson. It is a social and economic innovation that seeks financial inclusion. Chowdhry's idea is to convince the world's nations to contribute one-fiftieth of one percent of their gross domestic product - the sum of all goods and services produced within a nation's borders to create a fund that would give every child born in the world $100 in a savings account that would be opened when his or her birth is officially registered. Chowdhry's initiative is being hosted by the Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI), an international collaboration aimed at advancing the commercial model of microfinance. In addition to providing a grant to support FAB, the center also supported the recent CFI board meeting in March that was held at UCLA Anderson. MBA students also have worked on research projects supported by the center to study the feasibility of testing the idea in one country.