Thunderbird Private Equity Center to host Mumbai event

March 1, 2011

Conference focuses on Indian Education Sector

The Thunderbird Private Equity Center will hold its first investing conference in India on March 9, 2011 at the Vivanta by Taj President Hotel in Mumbai.

 The event, which is co-sponsored by Private Equity Pro Partners, will focus on joint venture and financing opportunities in the Indian education sector.  More than 150 entrepreneurs and private equity investors are expected.

A panel of experts, including notable speakers Shantanu Prakash, Founder & Managing Director of Educomp Solutions Ltd; Khozem Merchant, President of Pearson India; and Indu Shahani, Sheriff of Mumbai, Member, Board of Governors, IBO, Geneva will discuss:

• Role of Private Equity in Creating Value in Education
• Joint Venturing with Foreign Partners in the Educational Sector
• Disruptive Change/Socially Responsible Investing
• Structuring Private Equity Investments in Education: Navigating the Regulatory Environment
• Raising Private Equity Capital: Challenges for Fund Managers and Entrepreneurs

The Thunderbird Private Equity Center is a center within Thunderbird School of Global Management, the world’s Number 1- ranked school of international business with more than 60 years’ experience in developing global leaders. Several Thunderbird alumni working in India’s education sector are helping to put the event on.

Education is a key driver for escaping poverty across India—indeed the world.  This realization and the demand for educational services within India has lead many global investors to consider investment opportunities and joint ventures in the Indian education sector.  This program presents a unique opportunity for Indian education entrepreneurs and investors to learn about the latest trends in education investing, and to meet the global partners to joint venture with for success.