Welcome to
21st Annual Wharton Private Equity Conference

On behalf of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, we are delighted to welcome you to the 21st annual Wharton Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference. This year’s conference, themed “Finding an edge in a world of High Valuations, Cheap Credit & Abundance of Capital”, will provide an opportunity to discuss successful investment and portfolio management strategies in today’s changing investment landscape and uncertain global economic environment. Learn more

The Union League
Philadelphia, USA
Friday, January 30
2015
16  Speakers
Finance  Specialists
400 Seats
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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

PANELS

  • Large Cap
    Large Cap
    Large Cap
    Large Cap
  • Middle Market
    Middle Market
    Middle Market
    Middle Market
  • Emerging Markets
    Emerging Markets
    Emerging Markets
    Emerging Markets
  • Early Stage Venture Capital Investing
    Early Stage Venture
    Capital Investing
    Early Stage Venture Capital Investing
    Early Stage Venture
    Capital Investing
  • Late Stage VC
    Late Stage VC
    Late Stage VC
    Late Stage VC
  • LP Perspectives
    LP Perspectives
    LP Perspectives
    LP Perspectives
  • Sourcing
    Sourcing
    Sourcing
    Sourcing
  • Value Creation
    Value Creation
    Value Creation
    Value Creation
  • Distressed & Special Situations
    Distressed & Special Situations
    Distressed & Special Situations
    Distressed & Special Situations

LOCATION

CONTACT

Conference events will take place at the:

The Union League of Philadelphia
140 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 563-6500

If you are interested in reserving a room at Hyatt (located nearby) at a discounted rate, please click here.

BY CAR

BY RAILS

Take Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor to 30th Street Station. For more information about Amtrak, log onto www.amtrak.com or call (800) USA-RAIL. Students with a Student Advantage card save 15% when purchasing an Amtrak ticket.

For cost-conscious students traveling from New York or New Jersey, NJ Transit and SEPTA offer a more affordable ticket. Take NJ Transit to Trenton. At Trenton, transfer to SEPTA. For more information about this alternative route, please log onto www.septa.org

OUR TEAM

Co-Chairs

Eugene Dayanghirang
Eugene Dayanghirang
Keynotes & Speakers Co-Chair

Eugene Dayanghirang is a second year MBA student at the Wharton School. Prior to Wharton, Eugene spent two years as an Associate at Riverside Partners, a Boston-based middle market private equity firm focused on healthcare and technology investments. Previously, Eugene was a Strategy Associate at American Securities’ Resources Group, where he conducted business and market due diligence on potential acquisitions, and helped portfolio companies develop and execute their strategies. He started his career with McKinsey & Company, serving clients in the pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and consumer goods industries. Eugene received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Economics from Wesleyan University.

Saki Tanaka
Saki Tanaka
Operations Co-Chair

Saki Tanaka is a second-year MBA student at Wharton, where she serves as Co-President of the Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Club. Prior to Wharton, Saki spent five years at Credit Suisse in both New York and Tokyo, where she advised clients in various sectors including TMT, FIG and Industrials on M&A and capital raising transactions. Saki spent her summer in the private equity team at KAUST Investment Management Company.

Saki graduated from Keio University, where she received a B.A. degree in Economics. She also studied abroad at the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley.

Kamran Mahmood
Kamran Mahmood
Marketing / Sponsorships Co-Chair

Kamran Mahmood is a 2015 MBA candidate at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and a 2015 MA candidate at the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies with a focus on Western Europe. Kamran spent his summer in the Diversified Industrials Group at Citibank London, where he advised clients on M&A and capital raising transactions.

Prior to Wharton, Kamran worked as an IT analyst at the Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Bank in Singapore and as an IT consultant at Maltem Consulting 3.5 years, advising top management of investment banks in financial technology space. Kamran graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2009 with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and speaks fluent German and French.

Scott Ames
Scott Ames
Keynotes & Speakers Co-Chair

Scott Ames is a second year MBA student at Wharton majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management. This past summer, Scott co-founded and led the day-to-day operations of Curbside Care, a healthcare IT focused start-up. Prior to Wharton, Scott spent two years at Trivest Partners, a Miami-based private equity firm focused on the middle market. Previously, Scott spent two years as an investment banking analyst in Raymond James’ Mergers & Acquisitions Group. His previous experience also includes a credit derivatives internship with Goldman Sachs & Co. Scott graduated from the University of Miami, cum laude, earning Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Biology.

Matteo Rattighieri
Matteo Rattighieri
Operations / Finance Co-Chair

Matteo Rattighieri is a Senior Associate at The Boston Consulting Group. Matteo joined BCG in May 2010 and he spent most of his career focusing on the Industrial Goods and Financial Services practices, across a wide range of functional topics (M&A, organization, sales-force effectiveness, etc.). Matteo is a 2015 MBA candidate at the Wharton School, majoring in Finance. He also holds a cum laude Master of Science in Corporate Finance and Accounting and a cum laude Bachelor in Business Administration from Bocconi University.

Directors

Victoria Ma
Victoria Ma
Operations Director

Victoria is a first-year MBA student at Wharton. Prior to Wharton, Victoria spent three years as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, with a focus on retail strategy, operations, restructuring, and transformation. Victoria graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and International Business, where she graduated with high honors and highest distinction.

Yasmin Tailor
Yasmin Tailor
Operations Director

Yasmin is a first-year MBA student at Wharton. Previously she spent five years in Bank of America’s Corporate Treasury group which is responsible for the firm’s funding, liquidity, and asset-liability management. Most recently as a Vice President in the Balance Sheet and Capital Management team, she managed the strategy for firm’s $1 trillion deposit portfolio by working with executives across the retail and corporate banking divisions to optimize client growth and pricing. Yasmin holds a B.S. in Business Administration, summa cum laude, from the University of South Carolina.

Jaime Fernández-Galiano
Jaime Fernández Galiano
Operations Director

Jaime Fernández-Galiano is a first-year MBA student at Wharton. Prior to Wharton, Jaime spent three years at McKinsey & Company, where he advised clients from multiple sectors in Madrid, Paris and London, and participated in several due diligences. Jaime also has experience in the TMT team of Credit Suisse’s Investment Banking Division. Jaime attended ESADE Barcelona in Spain and HEC Paris in France, where he received master’s degrees in management with concentrations in finance and economics.

Chris Dahan
Chris Dahan
Operations Director

Chris spent four years prior to Wharton as an attorney in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in their Mergers & Acquisitions group, where he advised clients in a variety of public and private company transactions. During that time, he also served on secondment as in-house counsel to Moelis & Company, a boutique investment bank with private equity and asset management affiliates. Chris received his B.A. from the University of Virginia with concentrations in Government and Middle East Studies, and has a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Jose Ruben Velarde
Jose Ruben Velarde
Operations Director

Jose Ruben Velarde is a second-year MBA student at Wharton, where she serves as Regional Director of Latin America in the Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Club. Prior to Wharton, Jose Ruben worked at Aquario Investment Group, a fund he co-founded that invests in distressed real estate assets. He spent his summer at Prudential Real Estate Investors - Latin America, a Real Estate Private Equity firm with $5bn AUM. Jose Ruben holds a B.S. degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the University of California Irvine.

Rohan Verma
Rohan Verma
Marketing Director

Rohan Verma is a first-year MBA student at the Wharton School, where he serves in the organizing board for the Wharton PEVC Conference. Prior to Wharton, Rohan spent two years as an M&A associate at Assurant, Inc., a New York based specialty insurance company, focused on enhancing Assurant’s proprietary and alternative sourcing channels for insurance and related investments. Previously, Rohan spent two years as an associate consultant at Bain & Company where he focused on providing due diligence support and M&A advisory to PE funds and corporate clients. Rohan graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology, summa cum laude, where he received a B.S. degree with a major in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Finance.

Dimpy Jindal
Dimpy Jindal
Marketing Director

Dimpy Jindal a 2016 MBA student at the Wharton School, where she serves as the Marketing coordinator for Private Equity and Venture Capital conference. Prior to Wharton, she worked as a consultant with McKinsey and Company for 3 years, where she advised clients across different industries in strategy and operations. She graduated with Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from University of Delhi and Chartered Accountancy from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. She has also recently cleared all the 3 levels of CFA exam.

Jenepher Schulte
Jenepher Schulte
Corporate & Media Sponsorships

Jenny is a second year student in the 3-year JD/MBA program at Wharton and Penn Law. Prior to Penn, she was an analyst for Unifund SA, where she focused on direct and fund investments, and PEX Global, Inc., focusing on the secondary market for fund investments. Jenny graduated from University of Washington, where she received a B.A. degree in Finance and International Business.

Anton Lysenko
Anton Lysenko
Corporate & Media Sponsorships Director

Anton Lysenko is a first year MBA student at Wharton majoring in Finance. Prior to Wharton, Anton spent three years as a management consultant at Delta Partners, where he provided strategic and operational support to the TMT companies in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Anton holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics, with honors, from MGIMO-university in Moscow and Masters in Management Degree from London Business School.

Bianca Ziccarelli
Bianca Ziccarelli
Corporate & Media Sponsorships Director

Bianca Ziccarelli is a 2016 MBA candidate at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a 2016 MA candidate at the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies with a focus on Latin America.

Prior to Wharton, Bianca was an associate at Banco Santander’s proprietary private equity division, where she was responsible for sourcing, analyzing and executing transactions in the Brazilian infrastructure industry. Before that, Bianca worked at Patria Investimentos, a leading Brazilian private equity fund associated with The Blackstone Group, where she evaluated investments across a broad range of industries.

Bianca holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas.

Panel Managers

Maciej Golebiewski
Maciej Golebiewski
Large Cap Private Equity Panel Manager

Maciej Golebiewski is a first-year MBA student at Wharton. Prior to Wharton, Maciej was a private equity Associate at Bain Capital based in London, United Kingdom, focused on investments in Europe. Previously, Maciej was an investment banking Analyst at Morgan Stanley in London within the Firm’s generalist M&A, as well as Natural Resources – Basic Materials, groups. Over this past summer, Maciej interned at Morgan Stanley Infrastructure, within Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Maciej holds a Master of Arts in Finance and Banking from Warsaw School of Economics and a Master’s in International Management from CEMS Global Alliance in Management Education.

Prateek Puri
Prateek Puri
Large Cap Panel Manager

Prateek is a first-year MBA student at Wharton. Prior to Wharton, Prateek spent two years as an Investment Associate at CHAMP Private Equity, a $3 billion fund in Australia, where he focused on investments in Industrials, Consumer and Mining Services sectors across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. Previously, Prateek spent two years as a Strategy Associate at Booz & Company across the UK, Australia and South East Asia. Prateek has an MPhil in Economic Policy and Engineering, jointly graduating from the University of Cambridge, UK and the Australian National University.

Roger Chen
Roger Chen
Early Stage VC Panel Manager

Roger Chen is a first-year MBA student at Wharton, where he is currently developing an investment thesis around mobile internet businesses with Warburg Pincus. Prior to Wharton, Roger worked at Fontinalis Partners, a venture capital firm focused on next-generation mobility technology. Previously, he spent three years at Google building the Maps product. Since 2012, he has also served on the board of LeaderShape, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to development in leadership and ethics. Roger has a B.S. in Math and History from the University of Michigan.

Greg Nemeth
Greg Nemeth
Early Stage VC Panel Manager

Greg Nemeth is a first-year MBA student at Wharton, where he serves as a Principle at Wharton Venture Partners and as Vice President of Venture Capital in the Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Club. Prior to Wharton, Greg founded a startup that received investment from Y Combinator, which he ran for four years before exiting to a strategic investor. Greg graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University, where he received a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy.

Jordan P. Carter
Jordan P. Carter
Sourcing / Search Funds Panel Manager

Jordan Carter recently joined The Wharton School full-time MBA Class of 2016. Prior to Wharton, Jordan was a Private Equity Associate at J.F. Lehman & Company in New York City, focusing on sourcing, acquisition execution, and portfolio company management. Prior to J.F. Lehman, Jordan worked in mergers and acquisitions advisory across multiple sectors at Centerview Partners and UBS. Jordan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern Methodist University, where he received his B.B.A. in Finance and B.S. Economics.

Gordon Auduong
Gordon Auduong
Sourcing / Search Funds Panel Manager

Gordon Auduong is a first-year MBA student at Wharton. Prior to Wharton, Gordon spent three years as an associate at Court Square Capital Partners, a middle-market private equity firm based in New York. Previously, Gordon spent three years with Deutsche Bank, where he worked as an investment banking analyst in the Consumer and Business Services Group, focusing on M&A and financing activities. Gordon graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.B.A. in Finance.

Ankur Rathi
Ankur Rathi
Middle Market Panel Manager

Ankur Rathi is a first-year MBA student at Wharton. Prior to Wharton, Ankur spent two years as an Associate at Riverside Partners, a Boston based middle market private equity firm focused on healthcare and technology investing. Prior to Riverside, Ankur worked as an Associate at Allstate Investments, focused on global primary and secondary private equity fund investments. Ankur began his career at BMO Capital Markets where he specialized in Mergers & Acquisitions. Ankur graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a B.S. in Accountancy and a B.S. in Finance.

Jeff Machlin
Jeff Machlin
Middle Market Panel Manager

Jeff Machlin is a MBA candidate at The Wharton School. Previously he was an associate with TA Associates in Menlo Park where he helped lead the firm's investments in financial technology, business services, and financial services. Prior to TA, he was an investment banker with Citigroup Global Markets in New York where he focused on M&A and capital raising for asset managers, financial exchanges, and payment processors. He graduated from the University of Miami with departmental honors in finance.

Jimmy Zhu
Jimmy Zhu
Late Stage VC Panel Manager

Before starting at The Wharton School, Jimmy was an investment professional with Canaan Partners in their New York office, looking at venture investment deals in technology. Before that, Jimmy was a Product Marketing Manager on the Monetization Product Marketing team at Facebook, responsible for both the auto-play video ads as well as mobile ad units. Before, he led Facebook's Pricing and Yield Management as part of the Monetization Analytics team focused on the US business, with experience in Canada and Latin America.

Jimmy has a S.B. in Mathematics and a S.B. in Management Science from MIT.

Andrew Wilkinson
Andrew Wilkinson
Late Stage VC Panel Manager

Andrew is a first year MBA student at Wharton concentrating in Finance and Strategy. He spent his pre Wharton career developing growth strategies for large technology companies as an Analyst at Keystone Strategy, and building an amazing tech startup while at OpenX. As part of his passion for technology, he started and sits on the board of a the nonprofit,StudentDonate.com. Andrew has a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering from Duke University.

Luke Bateman
Luke Bateman
CEO / Value Creation Panel Manager

Luke is a first-year MBA student at Wharton, where he is an active member of the Private Equity / Venture Capital and Men’s Rugby clubs. Prior to Wharton, Luke was a Senior Associate at Insight Equity, a private equity firm focused on generating operational improvement for asset-intensive, middle-market companies. Previously, Luke was an Associate at Lone Star Investment Advisors, a Dallas based private equity firm, where he focused on oilfield services companies. Prior to Lone Star, Luke was a Financial Analyst with Cogent Partners, an investment bank focused on the private equity secondary market. Luke graduated from Harvard University with an AB in Philosophy and a secondary concentration in Government.

Luke Bateman
Brian Finnie
CEO / Value Creation Panel Manager

Brian Finnie is a first-year MBA student at Wharton, where he serves as Vice President of Alumni Relations for the Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Club. Prior to Wharton, Brian spent two years as an associate at Industrial Growth Partners, a San Francisco-based private equity firm investing in the manufacturing and industrial services sectors. Previously, Brian spent two years as an investment banking analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co. where he specialized in Mergers & Acquisitions. Brian graduated from Marquette University, where he received a B.S. degree with majors in Finance and Accounting.

Erica Hall
Erica Hall
Emerging Market Panel Manager

Erica is a first-year MBA and Masters in International Studies student at Wharton majoring in Finance. Prior to Wharton, Erica worked at Developing World Markets (DWM), a private debt and private equity fund manager investing in financial institutions in emerging and frontier markets. Prior to DWM, Erica was a Capital Markets Analyst at Cowen and Company in New York. Erica graduated from Bucknell University with a B.S. in Business Administration.

Amrith Krushnakumaar
Amrith Krushnakumaar
Emerging Market Panel Manager

Amrith Krushnakumaar is a first year MBA student at the Wharton School. Prior to Wharton, Amrith worked for nearly six years at 57 Stars, an emerging markets focused private equity (PE) fund-of-funds with assets under management of nearly USD 2 billion. At 57 Stars, Amrith was responsible for helping lead and execute over USD 140 million of commitments to PE funds and co-investments in Latin America, Southeast Asia and Turkey. Previously, Amrith worked as an investment banking analyst at Deutsche Bank in New York where he specialized in financial institutions. Amrith graduated from Duke University with a B.S. with Distinction in Computer Science and Economics, and a Minor in Mathematics, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Nichole Kim
Nichole Kim
LP Perspectives Panel Manager

Nichole Kim is a first year MBA student at Wharton. Prior to Wharton, Nichole was an investment associate at Coller Capital, a private equity secondaries firm, in the New York office. Previously, Nichole was an investment banking analyst at Cain Brothers, an investment bank focusing on healthcare. Nichole graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics.

Nichole Kim
Jessica London
LP Perspectives Panel Manager

Jessica London is a first-year MBA student at Wharton, where she serves as VP of Social of the Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Club. Prior to Wharton, Jessica spent six years at J.P. Morgan, most recently in their Private Bank as an Associate in the Alternative Investments Group in New York. In this role, Jessica worked with private equity sponsors and hedge fund managers to raise capital for private investment funds from high-net-worth individuals. Previously, Jessica was a rotational analyst in J.P. Morgan’s Corporate Development Program. Jessica graduated from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, where she received a BBA degree with concentrations in Finance and Accounting.

Vrej V. Tajirian
Vrej V. Tajirian
Distressed & Special Sit. Panel Manager

Vrej Tajirian is a first year MBA student at Wharton. Prior to Wharton, Vrej was a partner at Kazazian Asset Management, a long/short fund where he researched and traded equity and fixed income securities as a generalist. Vrej holds a BA in Biology from Yale University and is a CFA charterholder.

Chris Martyn
Distressed & Special Sit. Panel Manager

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