Brandeis International Business School

All-Alumni Reunion Weekend Schedule

Reunion registration is now closed. Please join us at Levin Ballroom on Friday or Lemberg Academic Center on Saturday morning to register and pay to attend. We hope to see you there! You can email with any questions.

Friday, September 20, 2019

4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. — Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center
Reunion Weekend registration opens 
Alumni reception

5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. — Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center 
Global Growth discussion

  • Carol Osler, Martin and Ahuva Gross Professor of Financial Markets and Institutions, Moderator
  • Thomas Racky, MA ’90, Managing Director, Strategic Family Office Advisors GmbH
  • Olaf Unteroberdoerster, MS ’98, PhD ’98, Division Chief, International Monetary Fund
  • Bree Neff, MA '07, Associate Director, Asia-Pacific Economics, IHS Markit

7:30 p.m.
Private alumni group dinners, self-organized
List of potential venues provided

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Exhibits throughout the day:

  • Field projects
  • Real estate projects
  • New building renderings
  • Maker Lab demo table

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. — World Court, Lemberg Academic Center
Continental breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — World Court, Lemberg Academic Center
Registration re-opens

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. — Wasserman Cinematheque, Sachar International Center
Dean's Panel: Brandeis International Business School, Past, Present and Future

  • Lisa Lynch, Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs of Brandeis University, Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy, Moderator
  • Kathryn Graddy, Dean of Brandeis International Business School, Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Professor in Economics
  • Amy Kessler ’89, MA ’90, Senior Vice President and Head of Longevity Risk Transfer, Prudential Retirement      
  • Peter Petri, Founding Dean of Brandeis International Business School, Carl Shapiro Professor of International Finance
  • Erica Ma ’18, MSF ’20, President, Brandeis International Business School Student Association

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent programs

Trade, Technology & Geopolitics — International Hall, Sachar International Center
  • Sponsored by The Asia-Pacific Center for Economics and Business
  • Peter Petri, Founding Dean of Brandeis International Business School, Carl Shapiro Professor of International Finance, Moderator
  • Chad Bown, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Lan Xue '90, MA '91, Founding Partner, Trivest Advisors
  • Carolina Pan MS '12, PhD '17, Research Fellow, Growth Lab, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Alexander Bespalov, MSF '19
The State of Asset Management — Lee Hall, Lemberg Academic Center
  • Sponsored by The Rosenberg Institute of Global Finance
  • Debarshi Nandy, Barbara and Richard M. Rosenberg Professor of Global Finance at Brandeis International Business School and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Moderator
  • Alfredo Rios, MSF '06, Client Service Executive, Western Asset Management
  • Perry Traquina '78, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Wellington Management Company LLP; Corporate Board Member; Chair, Brandeis University Board of Trustees, 2013-2016; Chair, Brandeis International Business School Asset Management Board
  • Pia McCusker '92, MSF '00, Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Cash Management, State Street Global Advisors
  • Daniel Bergstresser, Associate Professor of Finance, Chair of the Undergraduate Business Program
Influence, Power & Identity — Lemberg Academic Center, 54
  • Sponsored by The Perlmutter Institute for Global Business Leadership
  • Sandra Cha, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Moderator
  • Roger Berkowitz, P ’07, President and Chief Executive Officer, Legal Sea Foods
  • Barbara Clarke, MA ’91, Founding Principal of The Impact Seat
  • Shan Hua’96, MA ’97, Director, Global Practices and Products, Bain & Company
Climate Change & Alternative Energy — Lemberg Academic Center, 55
  • Sponsored by The Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship
  • Ben Gomes-Casseres ’76, Peter A. Petri Professor of Business and Society, Moderator
  • Joram Cukierman ’98, MA ’99, Managing Director, Commodities, Goldman Sachs
  • Fiona Ng ’99, MA ’00, Vice President, Commodities, Morgan Stanley
  • Galen Karlan-Mason ’16, MBA’17, Founder and CEO, GreenChoice
  • Eugenia "Jane" Shlimovich '04, MA '05, Vice President and Corporate Counsel, Safari Energy

12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. — Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center 
International food lunch and kids' activities

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Spingold Theater
A conversation with Janet L. Yellen, Distinguished Fellow in Residence at The Brookings Institution, and Professor Stephen G. Cecchetti, Rosen Family Chair in International Finance at Brandeis International Business School.
Introduction by President Ron Liebowitz

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Reception with Janet Yellen hosted by Brandeis President Ron Liebowitz (Invitation Only)

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Lee Hall, Lemberg Academic Center
Micro courses (25 minutes each) 

Machine Learning

  • Blake LeBaron, Abram L. and Thelma Sachar Professor of International Economics; Program Director, Master of Science in Business Analytics

Design Thinking Applications to Business

  • Aldo Musacchio, Associate Professor of Business


  • Anna Scherbina, Associate Professor of Finance

5:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Buses leave for Boston

6:30 p.m.
25th Anniversary Celebration
State Street Pavilion, Fenway Park [21+]

Sunday, September 22, 2019

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Faculty Club

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. — Rose Art Museum
Group tour of the Rose Art Museum
Remarks by Luis Croquer, Henry & Lois Foster Director & Chief Curator
Rose Art Museum and Brandeis University Senior Leadership