Global Impact Speaker Series


The William Davidson Institute Global Impact Speaker Series features thought leaders, practitioners and innovators who work in emerging markets economies. It has brought highly successful business leaders from various organizations and companies to campus to share their experiences, provoke thought, and stimulate discussion around the opportunities and challenges of international development, specifically healthcare issues and poverty alleviation in emerging markets.  Past speakers include Dr. Tadataka (Tachi) Yamada, President of the Gates Foundation Global Health Program; Paul Farmer, the co-founder of Partners-In-Health; Dieter Zetsche, then CEO of DaimlerChrysler; William Foote, CEO and founder of Root Capital; Amie Batson, Chief Strategy Officer of PATH; and the late C.K. Prahalad.

The monthly series provides students an opportunity to meet, hear from and interact  with some of the people who have shaped and influenced development in emerging economies. Visiting speakers also have the opportunity to meet Ross School of Business MBA students and faculty in small group settings to further explore issues affecting international business and public policy.

2018-19 Schedule

Date:  October 1, 2018
Time:  5 – 6 pm EDT
Location:  R 2230, Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan St.
Speaker:  Daniella Ballou-Aares, Partner,  Dalberg Advisors

Date:   November 27, 2018
Time:   5 – 6 pm EST
Location:  R 2240, Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan St.
Speakers:  Tom Light, Managing Director, WaterEquity

Date:   January 29, 2019
Time:  5 – 6 pm EST
Location:  R 1220, Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan St.
Speaker:  Tami Kesselman, Founder, Aligned Investing Global

Date:   February 12, 2019
Time:  5 – 6 pm EST
Location:  R 0230, Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan St.
Speaker:  Sally Stephens, Chief Business Officer, Medicines360

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