Academic and Research Conferences


In October, UCLA hosted a symposium that focused on Chinese and Indian immigrant entrepreneurship in a global era and brought together students, academics and entrepreneurs. Through inter-center, interdisciplinary collaboration and comparative case studies of the two largest immigrant groups in the United States ― Chinese and Indian people — the symposium examined the changing nature of immigrant entrepreneurship in the context of globalization. How do social networks among the Indian and Chinese diasporas shape the formation of entrepreneurial cultures? Conversely, how do entrepreneurial activities shape the formation of diasporic communities and networks? The symposium reviewed the global and local forces that have transformed how immigrants start and run their own business, the importance of local and transnational networks in business and how entrepreneurs and scholars understand the phenomenon. The symposium was co-organized by the UCLA Asia Pacific Center and Center for India and South Asia. The CGM was a sponsor of the event.


In January, the CGM sponsored the fourth annual Los Angeles Global Health Conference at UCLA’s Carnesale Commons. “Transcending Borders and Transforming Paradigms: Shaping a Future That Unites Us” brought together around 400 people from various disciplines across academia, NGOs, business and the public sector to discuss the current status of world health, providing an interactive educational forum that addressed innovative ways to tackle health disparities — locally and globally. The opening keynote address, “Women in Global Health Leadership: The Hard Facts While Debunking Some Myths,” was delivered by Michele Barry, M.D., FACP, FASTMH, professor of medicine and tropical diseases at Stanford University. The closing keynote, “Global Health: Keep the Vision Alive” was delivered by Haile T. Debas, M.D., FACS, who is internationally recognized for his contributions to academic medicine and widely consulted on issues associated with global health. The day also included numerous breakout sessions that explored topics such as: immigration, displacement and vulnerable populations; planetary health and disaster relief; innovation, change and priority setting; and health along the continuum.

The LAGHC is a student-led project of the Global Health Interest group at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. The UCLA Center for World Health and USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Heath also hosted the conference, which was sponsored by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA International Institute and the CGM.


In February, the 23rd annual UCLA Health Care Symposium, whose 2019 theme was “Immigration and Health Care: Status, Access and Bridging the Disparity,” explored the relationship between immigration and the health care system, and addressed how social justice is a means to improving access to health care among immigrants in the United States. The symposium brought together students, physicians, administrators, public health leaders and members of the local community. It helped to increase awareness of immigration as a public health issue and encouraged discussion on working together to end barriers to health care access and finding solutions to the health care disparities. The symposium is an expression of interest and excitement on the part of UCLA medical students ― who believe that students of all levels can be valuable contributors to the conversations that are reshaping our health care system and, consequently, our health. The CGM was a sponsor of the symposium, together with various cross-campus units such as UCLA Health, the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, the Fielding School of Public Health and the UCLA International Institute.


In May 2018, UCLA hosted the inaugural international and interdisciplinary conference, “Water in the Middle East and Africa: A Nexus of Cooperation and Conflict.” The event brought together scholars and practitioners to address one of the most critical challenges of our time: water security. It was organized around three broad topics — food security, health and environment, and the geopolitics of water — with an understanding that these issues overlap and intersect. Speakers contributed a breadth of expertise and perspectives, from the vantages of engineering, earth system science, urban planning, public health, law, international relations and conflict resolution. The conference was open to students and scholars, professionals from industry and nonprofit organizations, government officials, and members of the general public interested in enriching their knowledge of the issues surrounding water scarcity and the innovative technology and policy solutions that will help to ensure a water-secure future. The keynote address on “Climate Change, Oceans and Human Health” was delivered by Distinguished University Professor Rita Colwell, whose interests at the University of Maryland College Park and as an adjunct professor at John Hopkins University are focused on global infectious diseases, water, and health.

The conference was organized by a variety of cross-campus partners, led by the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israeli Studies. Partners included the Center for Global Management, UCLA Africa Studies Center, UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration, UCLA Center for Middle East Development, UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the Luskin Center for Innovation, as well as the UCLA Water Resources Group and the UCLA Water Technology Research Center.


In February 2018, Christian Dippel, assistant professor of economics and past recipient of numerous CGM global research and course development awards, organized a two-day academic conference at UCLA Anderson on “Populism’s New Wave: Comparative and Historical Perspectives.” The conference showcased cutting-edge research on populism and included a historical angle, too. Around 40 researchers from many UC campuses, as well as Stanford and some international institutions, gathered together at UCLA to present and discuss their research. The conference was co-sponsored by the Center for Global Management and the All-University of California Group in Economic History. Dippel also presented his research on “Does Civic Leadership Matter? Evidence from the Forty-Eighters in the U.S.” with Professor Stephan Heblich from Bristol University, U.K. Romain Wacziarg, professor of economics and Hans Hufschmid Chair in Management, and Singapore Management University’s Professor Klaus Desmet also presented their research on “The Cultural Divide.” UCLA Anderson students interested in global management were invited to join the two sessions.

The conference is a demonstration of UCLA Anderson’s strong commitment to studying and teaching issues of global economic relevance and demonstrated the academic excellence of UCLA’s vibrant group of academic economists. UCLA Anderson Review, launched in 2017 as a window into cutting-edge work by the expert faculty who are drawn to the school from around the globe, has published award-winning journalists’ articles about the CGM-supported research by Dippel and Wacziarg.


In February 2018, the CGM sponsored the third annual Los Angeles Global Health Conference at UCLA’s Covel Commons. “Looking In, Looking Out: Balancing Global and Local Priorities in the Current Political Climate” brought together around 400 people from various disciplines across academia, NGOs, business and the public sector to discuss the current status of world health, providing an interactive educational forum that addressed innovative ways to tackle health disparities — locally and globally. The opening keynote address, “Megatrends: Challenges and Opportunities in Global Health,” was delivered by the Hon. Mark Dybul, M.D., professor of medicine at Georgetown University, former executive director of the Global Fund to FIGHT AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and one of the founding architects in the formation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The day also included numerous breakout sessions that explored topics such as how technology can help achieve universal health coverage, health care in the wake of international and domestic disasters, integrating mental health into primary care and into the global agenda, and addressing violence through a public health lens.

The conference was hosted by the UCLA Center for World Health and sponsored by the USC Institute for Global Health, the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, the UCLA AIDS Institute, UCLA School of Nursing, UCLA International Institute and the Center for Global Management.


In January 2017, the CGM sponsored the second annual Los Angeles Global Health Conference at UCLA’s Covel Commons. The event brought together around 400 people from various disciplines across academia, NGOs, business and the public sector. The conference provided an interactive forum where students, faculty and community members joined together to learn about global health research and emerging solutions to solve world health problems and provided a platform to discuss innovative ways to tackle health disparities — locally and globally. This year’s conference, “Re-Designing Global Health: Innovation and Sustainability,” highlighted the myriad current global health challenges that we face today. The closing keynote was delivered by Peter Laugharn, president and CEO of the Conrad Hilton Foundation. The day included numerous breakout sessions that focused on the key themes of cross-disciplinary approaches to innovations and sustainability.

Joshua Bivins and Sarah Broadbent, pictured here, from the full-time MBA class of 2017 were joined by their faculty advisor, Professor Emeritus Victor Tabbush, for a breakout session on “Business Perspectives on Health Care Innovation.” They discussed elements of their CGM-supported AMR field study project with the Human Sciences Research Council, where they were tasked with identifying a sustainable, scalable business model to provide screening, treatment and education on non-communicable diseases to an underserved rural community in South Africa. Their presentation explained How business school students approach issues of global health. The audience provided valuable guidance for their project and much food for thought in terms of the convergence of business and health care. The session highlighted how students can use their business school skills, knowledge and frameworks to develop sustainable business models that help with NCD screening and deliver an implementation plan that makes a positive impact in the area of global health. The conference was hosted by the UCLA Center for World Health and sponsored by the USC Institute for Global Health, the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, the CGM and the UCLA International Institute, with support from the UC San Diego Global Heath Institute and the UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health.


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.

Can the U.S. Be Competitive in a Globalized World?

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).    

How Long is the Shadow of History: The Long Term Persistence of Economic Outcomes

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 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.

Improving Jobs for the Global Informal Workforce

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 California-China Relationship: Partners or Competitors?

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 Receives Research Support from the Center

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.

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