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26th Annual Venture Capital Private Equity Conference at HBS

Saturday, February 8, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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The Venture Capital & Private Equity Club, a student club at Harvard Business School, will hold its 26th annual Venture Capital & Private Equity Conference on February 8, 2020 at Harvard Business School. One of Harvard Business School’s most anticipated student-run conferences, the one-day event last year has brought together 1,000+ venture capital and private equity professionals, academics, and students to engage in educational discourse and thought leadership around the most prominent issues in today’s alternative investing space.

2020 Conference Panel Sessions

More than 90 partners and principals from leading private equity and venture capital firms from around the country will participate in the conference.

Private Equity Panels

State of PE Panel

Barry Volpert, Co-Founder & CEO, Crestview Partners

Nicolo Saidelli, Head of Ardian Italy, Ardian

Scott Sperling, Co-President, THL Partners

Frank Dunlevy, Counselor to the CEO and President; Vice President of Investment Funds, USDFC

Consumer Panel

Alex Mehfar, Partner, AEA Investors

Adam Nebesar, Managing Director, Bain Capital

Jenny Baxter Moser, Managing Director, TSG Consumer Partners

Matt Lischick, Principal, L Catterton

Mark Schwartz, CEO, Palladin Consumer Retail Partners

Energy & Infrastructure Panel

Peter Taylor, Co-Head of Carlyle Global Infrastructure, The Carlyle Group

Edward Herring, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Tailwater Capital

Healthcare Panel

John Weber, Managing Partner, Court Square

Carmine Petrone, Managing Director, Advent International

Constantine (Dean) Mihas, Managing Director, GTCR

Andrew Kaplan, Principal, Bain Capital

Technology Panel

Greg Williams, Managing Director, Accel-KKR

Richard Wells, Managing Director, Insight Partners

Darren Abrahamson, Managing Director, Bain Capital Tech Opportunities

Umang Kajaria, Partner, Apax Partners

Brian Chang, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus

China Panel

Yu Long, MD from Betelsmann China

Gang Qin, partner from lighthouse capital management

Wendy Yu, founder and MD from Yu Holdings

Wen Zhou, co founder and CEO of Philip Lim

First Time Funds Panel

Shaia Hosseinzadeh, Managing Partner, OnyxPoint Global Management

Hollie Haynes, Founder & Managing Partner, Luminate Capital Partners

Lori Whelan, Co-Founder & CFO, Silversmith Capital Partners

Jesse Draper, Founding Partner, Halogen Ventures

Devin Mathews, Partner, ParkerGale Capital

Distressed & Special Situations Panel

Michael Carruthers, Managing Director, GSO Capital

Michael Gatto, Partner, Silver Point Capital

Ted Burdick, Managing Director, SVPGlobal

Patrick Cook, Managing Director, Baupost

Greg Olafson, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Portfolio Companies Panel

James Ho, Partner, AEA Investors

Jeremy Andrus, CEO, Traeger Grills

Grant Palmer, Partner, Trilantic Capital Partners

Tim Kelleher, CEO, Taymax

Young Lee, Managing Director, Audax Private Equity

Geoff Ligibel, CEO, 42 North Dental

Venture Capital Panels

State of VC Panel

Alex Taussig, General Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Rick Lewis, General Partner, U.S. Venture Partners

Payal Agrawal Divakaran, Partner, .406 Ventures

Seed Fund Panel

Rob Go, Co-Founder & Partner, NextView Ventures

Billy Draper, Partner, Draper Associates

Lily Lyman, Principal, Underscore VC

Samuel Clemens, Partner, Accomplice VC

Sarah Hodges, Partner, Pillar VC

Frontier Technologies Panel

Adam Draper, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Boost VC

Dr. Chris Boshuizen, Operating Partner, Data Collective VC

Sana Fathima, Investment Manager, Lockheed Martin Ventures

Coppelia Marincovic, Investment Manager, Solvay Ventures

Brandon Reeves, Principal, Lux Capital

Health & Life Sciences Panel

Sara Nayeem, Partner, New Enterprise Associates

Camille Samuels, Partner, Venrock

Carl Gordon, Managing Partner, OrbiMed Advisors

Stephen Bloch, Partner, Canaan Partners

Food Innovation Panel

Lisa Feria, CEO, Stray Dog Capital

Alex Malamatinas, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Nebari Ventures

Gareth Asten, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Acre Venture Partners

Seth Bannon, Founding Partner, Fifty Years

John Giannuzzi, Founder and Managing Partner, Sherbrooke Capital

Ron Meeusen, PhD, Managing Partner, Cultivian Sandbox Ventures

Mobility Panel

Reilly Brennan, Founding General Partner, Trucks Venture Capital

Bennett Cohen, Partner, Piva

Susan Choe, Founder & Managing Partner, Katalyst Ventures

Robin Li, Principal, GGV Capital


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Saturday, February 8, 2020
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Harvard Business School (Spangler Auditorium)

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