On November 26, Ed Grefenstette, CEO/Chief Investment Officer of The Dietrich Foundation, will speak in 161 Mendoza from 3:30-5:00pm regarding the exploding role of private equity/venture capital in emerging global markets, with an emphasis on China VC. Among U.S. institutions, The Dietrich Foundation has been at the forefront of VC investing in China since 2005, with its investment team spending ~10 weeks a year on the ground in Greater China conducting market/VC manager due diligence. Through its VC relationships, the Foundation has been an early investor in such leading Chinese companies as Alibaba (NYSE: BABA), Xiaomi (HK: 1810), Didi Chuxing, Musical.ly, DJI, and Pinduoduo (NASDAQ: PDD).
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Mr. Grefenstette serves as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of The Dietrich Foundation. Prior to joining the Dietrich Charitable Trusts in April 2010 (now The Dietrich Foundation), he served as Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He previously co-founded Commonwealth Capital Group, L.P., a small-cap private equity fund, following seven years in investment banking and law. He earned his AB in Economics with honors from Georgetown University, a JD with honors from Georgetown University Law Center, and an MBA in Finance and Strategy with honors from Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to serving as a Trustee of The Dietrich Foundation, he also serves as a trustee and member of the Investment Committee of Carnegie Mellon University, a trustee and member of the Investment Committee of the University of Pittsburgh, a member of the investment committee of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), a trustee of the Hillman Family Foundations and a director of The Hillman Company.
About Dietrich Foundation:
Based in Pittsburgh, The Dietrich Foundation is a Pennsylvania charitable trust created through the extraordinary charitable vision and generosity of William (Bill) S. Dietrich II, who passed away in October 2011. For more information, visit their website.
Originally published at ndigi.nd.edu.