Newswise — CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — 14 April 2014 — Two of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business’ research Centers of Excellence, the Center for Global Initiatives and Center for Asset Management, will convene the first Shanghai Investing Summit 9 May 2014 in Shanghai, China.

From one of Asia’s most dynamic cities, asset management experts and leaders in the field ― hosted by Darden’s top-ranked faculty ― will identify the next best investments in both the large, core emerging markets and in new pockets of performance. Attendees will leave the summit with actionable investing ideas on new opportunities and trends, based on active discussion with leaders in the field.

Asset managers, investors and MBA students can register via the Darden Shanghai Investing Summit website ( The event will take place 9 May 2014 at the Shanghai Marriott Hotel Centre, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

“From one of the world’s most energetic financial centers, we’ll delve into the investment ideas that will help investors thrive in this challenging global environment,” said Darden Dean Robert F. Bruner.

The Shanghai Investing Summit is a synergistic collaboration between two of Darden’s research Centers of Excellence. The Center for Global Initiatives strengthens and expands Darden’s global community through educational opportunities and building partnerships, while the Center for Asset Management generates thought leadership and provides professional development opportunities in the field of asset management.

The summit will showcase speakers from the Shanghai region and around the world. Keynote speakers will include:

• Robert F. Bruner, Dean, University of Virginia Darden School of Business• Yifei Li, China Chair, Man Group

Industry experts will explore three topics:

Hedge Fund and Alternatives Outlook in Emerging Markets PanelModerator — John Macfarlane III, Founding Partner and Chair, Vinci Zafferano Capital• Patrik Edsparr, CIO & Co-Founder, Tor Investment Management• Hua Fan, Ph.D., Head of Fixed Income and Absolute Return Investment Department, China Investment Corporation• Fanglu Wang, Senior Managing Director, CITIC Capital

Large Institutional Investors' Perspectives on Global Opportunity Panel

Moderator — Larry Kochard, CEO & CIO, University of Virginia Investment Management Company• Mark Machin, Senior Vice President & Head of International, President, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Asia• Ichiro Suzuki, Senior Portfolio Manager, Nomura Asset Management

New Investing Opportunities Panel

• Qing Shan Liu, CEO, Manulife TEDA Fund Management Co. Shanghai United Media Group is the official media sponsor. Corporate sponsors include CFA China and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. The event is open to the public; registration fees apply. For more information and to register, please visit the Darden Shanghai Investing Summit website ( The summit forms part of Darden’s third annual Global Leadership Forum, which takes place 9-10 May 2014. The forum leverages Darden’s powerful alumni network as participants pinpoint the best next global investment opportunities.

About the Darden School of BusinessThe University of Virginia Darden School of Business is one of the world's leading business schools, offering MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Education programs. The unique Darden experience combines the case study method, top-ranked faculty whose research advances global managerial practice and business education, and a tight-knit learning environment to develop responsible and complete leaders who are ready to make an impact.

About the Darden Center for Global InitiativesThe Darden Center for Global Initiatives strengthens and expands Darden’s global community, in Charlottesville and around the world, by providing educational opportunities and by building partnerships. The center designs and provides transformational global academic experiences for MBA students, develops and manages global partner school networks, supports student co-curricular activity that is globally-focused, and serves as a hub for global activity at the Darden School.

About the Darden Center for Asset Management The Darden Center for Asset Management serves as a hub of thought leadership and professional development for faculty, students, alumni and business practitioners in the field of asset management. The center prepares future leaders for the industry and delivers a steady stream of research exploring the full spectrum of asset classes in this important field: equities, fixed income, cash, currency, real estate, infrastructure, hedge funds and private equity.

Press ContactMatt CharlesDirector of Media RelationsDarden School of BusinessUniversity of Virginia[email protected]+1-434-924-7502

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