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Leading Private Equity Experts Gather At Columbia Business School
Discussions Provide New Insights on Creating Value in Dynamic Markets

NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For more than 20 years, highly respected leaders in the private equity and venture capital community gather at Columbia Business School to discuss key trends and major challenges facing their industries. The annual conference has become the industry's pinnacle platform for discourse on private sector investments.

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"I am honored to continue my support of Columbia Business School's Private Equity Program," said David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group. "By sharing my experiences and perspectives on the industry, I hope to provide actionable insights to the next generation of Private Equity and Venture Capital professionals."

Hosted by the Private Equity & Venture Capital Club, one of over 100 student-led organizations at Columbia Business School, the conference convenes on February 19 at the New York Marriott Marquis. The theme for this year's conference is Creating Value in Dynamic Markets.

"A highly anticipated event, the annual conference engages over 500 industry professionals, alumni, students and faculty with an impressive roster of distinguished keynote speakers and panelists sharing their expertise on relevant landscape topics, building upon Columbia Business School's distinguished history and impact in the finance industry and reinforcing its commitment to linking theory with practice," said Donna Hitscherich, director, Private Equity Program.

Several of the distinguished keynote speakers include:

  • Molly Ashby, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Solera Capital
  • Wayne Berman, Senior Advisor for Global Government Affairs, The Blackstone Group
  • Anton Levey '03, Managing Director, Head of Global Internet & Technology Sector, General Atlantic
  • Arif Naqvi, Founder and Group Chief Executive, The Abraaj Group
  • David Rubinstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group

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To learn more about Columbia Business School's Private Equity Program, visit

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