Robertson Lecture Series on Global Business Leadership with George Roberts, Co-Founder of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) “Lessons from Four Decades of Investing and Providing Market-Oriented Solutions to Social Issues”
What an amazing year! The UCLA Anderson Center for Global Management has served more students, engaged with more projects and witnessed student visits to more countries than could ever have been imagined. We are making significant progress in all kinds of new areas, establishing a variety of partnerships and continuing our important role in deepening the global roots of the school.
Growth in internal and external partnerships, promotion of student-faculty collaboration, enhanced engagement with board members and alumni, and investment in global research have helped to strengthen intellectual and social connections. Our signature conferences experienced record attendance. The annual Wilbur K. Woo Conference brought together U.S. and Chinese business leaders, investors and academics for discussions on transforming cross-border business and investment. The Latin American Conference explored development of the region through three lenses: leadership, society and globalization with alumni from Chile, Brazil and Mexico. We brought together business, law and policy students and hosted influential global business leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, authors, economists, ambassadors and former ministers who shared insights and perspectives on topics ranging from Germany's role in the European Union to Africa's position as the next investment frontier. We launched the World Today Discussion Series to engage students with faculty around current affairs that transcend borders. Board members played a crucial role in guiding and shaping the next generation of global leaders through tremendous engagement in our programs and continuous mentorship of our students. We connected students to the global community through our partnership with the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, where students heard from internationally renowned leaders that included President Bill Clinton.
Our global immersion courses expanded to include Global Executive MBA students and alumni, greatly enhancing networking opportunities across programs. Over 850 students enrolled in global management and immersion courses that took students to Argentina, South Africa, Japan, Peru, Hong Kong and Chengdu/Chongqing, China. Almost one third of the full-time MBA students completed an international Applied Management Research field study project. CGM continued to support projects focused on community impact and entrepreneurial development in emerging markets such as Brazil, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kenya, Morocco, Peru, Uganda and Vietnam. We realized our vision to provide students with opportunities to apply learning from the MBA program, to the execution of UCLA Anderson's executive education business in India and the Middle East and expanded institutional partnerships with top schools in Chile, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain and Switzerland for our global management seminars. New alumni chapters were established in Japan and India, strengthening the international reach and reputation of UCLA Anderson.
Our international culture and diversity enrich the UCLA Anderson experience for everyone. We are energized by and grateful for the generous support and tremendous engagement among board members, faculty, students and alumni around the world and we look forward to continuing to provide a vital and innovative platform on which to engage, network and feel connected to the world around us.
Sebastian Edwards and Lucy E. Allard ('06)
Faculty Director and Executive Director, Center for Global Management