Agenda & Speakers

Day One Panel Topics

  • Building an entrepreneurial ecosystem.
    Objective: Highlight government transparency, accountability, market institutions, and economic freedom needed for a business environment supportive of entrepreneurship.
  • Focus on successful entrepreneurs
    Objective: Discuss success stories of different types of entrepreneurs in the context of the need for institutional environment and support.
  • Developing young leaders through entrepreneurship education
    Objective: Discuss effective approaches to spreading the understanding of democratic values of entrepreneurial ways of thinking.
  • Policy solutions and advocacy approaches to fostering entrepreneurship
    Objective: Explore the types of policies that strengthen entrepreneurship and emphasize how small business participation in policy making through associations can shape entrepreneurial environments.

Day Two Panel Topics

  • Building entrepreneurial cities and communities
    Objective: Discuss examples of cooperation between the public and private sectors to create local environments supportive of entrepreneurs.
  • Financing and investment in entrepreneur initiatives
    Objective: Focus on what investors want, what barriers entrepreneurs face, and opportunities and  challenges in emerging markets.
  • How can donors, corporations, and foundations support entrepreneurship?
    Objective: Explore synergies between different approaches, relating back to CIPE's work around the world.

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Note that topics and speakers are subject to change.

Hernando de Soto

Keynote Address: Hernando de Soto

World famous democracy advocate Hernando de Soto is the president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Peru and the author of The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else. He has received numerous awards for his groundbreaking work on the informal sector, property rights, and legal reform. 

Featured Speakers:

Glenn F. Tilton

Glenn F. Tilton

Chairman of the Midwest, JPMorgan Chase, USA
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Jesus Estanislao

Dr. Jesus Estanislao

Chairman and CEO, Institute for Solidarity in Asia and Institute of Corporate Directors; former Finance Minister, Philippines
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Karen Kerrigan

Karen Kerrigan

CIPE Board Chair; President & CEO, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council; CEO, Women Entrepreneurs Inc., USA
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Sherwood Neiss

Sherwood Neiss

Partner, Crowdfund Capital Advisors, USA
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Linda Darragh

Linda Darragh

Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA
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Randall Tavierne

Randall Tavierne

Partner and Global Markets Leader for Strategic Growth Markets, Ernst & Young LLP, USA
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Jeff Ubois

Jeff Ubois

Program Manager, MacArthur Foundation, USA
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Mark Marich

Mark Marich

Executive Vice President, Global Entrepreneurship Week, USA
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Lynda de la Vina

Lynda Y. de la Viña

Executive Director, Center for Global Entrepreneurship and Peter Flawn Professor of Economics, University of Texas San Antonio, USA
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Dean DeBiase

Dean DeBiase

Chairman, Reboot Partners, USA
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Robert Dold

Robert Dold

Former U.S. Representative for Illinois's 10th congressional district, USA
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Derek Lindblom

Derek Lindblom

Chief of Staff, Mayor's Economic Council, City of Chicago, USA
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Michael Hershman

Michael Hershman

President and CEO, Fairfax Group and co-founder of Transparency International, USA
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Amy Wilkinson

Amy Wilkinson

Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, USA
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Kevin Willer

Kevin Willer

President and CEO, Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, USA
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F.K. Day

Frederick K. W. Day

Executive Vice President, SRAM Corporation, USA
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Osama Mourad

Osama Mourad

CEO, AgroGate AgroGate’s Dongola Argreen Highway Co., Egypt
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Jim O'Connor

James J. O'Connor

Managing Director, MVC Capital; Co-Chair, Chicago Entrepreneurial Center, USA
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Aurelio Concheso

Aurelio Concheso

Former President, Center for the Divulgation of Economic Information, Venezuela
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Ambassador (ret) J.D. Bindenagel

Ambassador (ret) J.D. Bindenagel

Senior Advisor to the President for International and Global Chicago Affairs, DePaul University, USA
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Robin Sitoula

Robin Sitoula

Executive Director, Samriddhi, Nepal
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Betsy Shields

Betsy Shields

Founder and President, Breakaway Technologies, USA
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Rami Shamma

Rami Shamma

Project Manager, Development for People and Nature Association, Lebanon
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Betty Maina

Betty Maina

Chief Executive, Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Kenya
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Daniel Cordova

Daniel Cordova

President, Instituto Invertir, Peru
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Jehan Ara

Jehan Ara

President, Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA), Pakistan
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Kenneth R. Sparks

Kenneth R. Sparks

President and CEO, Ken Sparks Associates LLC, USA
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Jean Rogers

Jean Rogers

Deputy Director, Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
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