Dear Friends of the Campus for Finance – WHU Private Equity Conference 2018,
It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you on behalf of WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management to this unique gathering.
Despite its short history, the WHU Private Equity Conference has quickly become an internationally acknowledged forum for exchanging and cultivating ideas on hot button issues, key opportunities and major challenges confronting private equity and venture capital - the twin engines of a growth economy. This accomplishment would not have been possible without the relentless dedication and energy of our student organizers. I would also liketo pay tribute to all past speakers, sponsors and attendees. Their contributions and support have made the conference a rich intellectual experience, an exceptional setting for professional development, and an ideal place for networking.
The world we are entering is a world of stunted global growth and lower returns on risky assets. The theme of this year’s event reflects growing recognition that this new normal calls for a fundamental reset in expectations and a radical reassessment of the value propositions and key processes in private equity and venture capital. The conference places particular emphasis on how to adapt and succeed in this new era. An impressive cadre of thought leaders – the list is too long to list here – will provide fresh perspectives, deep insights and innovative solutions. I look forward to two days of inspiring talks, lively panel discussions and enlightening break out sessions.
Once again, we are honored that WHU can offer a venue for this important gathering. I wish all of you an amazing time at the Campus for Finance – WHU Private Equity Conference 2018.
Prof. Serden Ozcan
Chair of Innovation and Corporate Transformation
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
Campus for Finance conferences are entirely organized by students of the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. The organizing student team of each conference invests huge amounts of their time to create this unique and wonderful experience at our conferences.
The WHU Private Equity Conference brings together students, academics, corporate representatives and politicians to create a unique platform for discussing current topics in the private equity sector.
The Campus for Finance e.V. was founded 2004 by current and former members of the student teams and Prof. Dr. Markus Rudolf. As one of many student associations at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, the CFF e.V. provides the organizational structure for the whole CFF family and is the legal organizer of the CFF conference series together with the WHU.
The aim is to assist the student teams organizing the different CFF conferences and to foster the knowledge exchange between the student teams themselves and with the CFF alumni.
Members of the association are the current teams, the former student organizers and people who supported the Campus for Finance in an extraordinary manner.
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management is an internationally oriented and privately financed business school based in Vallendar and Düsseldorf. Founded in 1984 WHU is now one of the most renowned German Business Schools with a strong international reputation.
Since its establishment WHU has proved itself to be a paragon of future-oriented research and teaching in business administration. The range of courses includes a Bachelor and Master of Science Program, a Full-Time MBA Program, a Part-Time MBA Program, the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA-Program as well as the Bucerius-WHU Master of Law and Business-Joachim Herz Program (MLB). The business school now attracts 1300 participants in all programs each year including the doctoral students. In addition, WHU Executive Education offers customized programs for companies as well as open enrollment programs for individual participants.
WHU also has the authority to award PhDs and professorships. Its international network includes more than 195 partner universities on all continents with which there are exchanges of lecturers and students, as well as cooperation in research in Germany and worldwide. WHU is regularly certified by EFMD (EQUIS), FIBAA and AASCB, which guarantees the excellent standard of research and academic programs as well as a high degree of internationalization.
In addition, WHU is the only private business school in Germany, which is a member of the German Research Association (DFG). In both national and international rankings WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management continues to occupy leading positions, most recently in the "Recruiters University Ranking" 2014 of the magazine WirtschaftsWoche, in the Financial Times Ranking 2014 as well as the CHE – University Ranking 2015/2016.
In the future, WHU will continue to pursue a strategy of growth. WHU's ultimate aim is to strengthen its position among the top business schools in Europe.