Contrary to the all too common negative sentiments related to the future of our Country, David Petraeus, the most successful US general of his generation, argues that America could be on the threshold of a period of remarkable progress.

We are, he says, among the world leaders in several crucial areas—energy, manufacturing, life sciences and cloud computing. KKR’s Marc Lipschultz and Kevin Mandia join General Petraeus in a discussion about how, given these advantages, the US could be the one to pull the world out of the global economic slowdown. What’s needed now, Petraeus says, is not lamentation and finger-pointing—but optimism, and leadership!

 

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This event is part of the 7 Days of Genius series.

7 Days of Genius receives generous support from individuals and organizations, including the John Templeton Foundation.

Brief Bio

General (Ret) David H. Petraeus (Washington, DC) started working with KKR in 2013 and is Chairman of the KKR Global Institute. Gen. Petraeus is involved in the KKR investment process and oversees the Institute’s thought leadership platform focused on geopolitical and macro-economic trends, as well as environmental, social and governance issues. Prior to joining KKR, Gen. Petraeus served over 37 years in the U.S. military, including command of coalition forces in Iraq, command of U.S. Central Command and command of coalition forces in Afghanistan. Following his service in the military, Gen. Petraeus served as the Director of the CIA. Gen. Petraeus graduated with distinction from the U.S. Military Academy and subsequently earned MPA and Ph.D. degrees in international relations from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Gen Petraeus has received numerous U.S. military, State Department, NATO and United Nations medals and awards, and he has been decorated by 12 foreign countries. He also serves as a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, as a Judge Widney Professor at the Univ of Southern California and as a member of the advisory boards of a number of veterans’ organizations.

Marc Lipschultz (New York) joined KKR in 1995 and is the Global Head of KKR’s Energy and Infrastructure business. Mr. Lipschultz currently serves as a member of KKR’s Infrastructure Investment Committee and the Energy Investment Committee. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Lipschultz was with Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he was involved in a broad array of mergers and acquisitions as well as the firm’s principal investment activities. He received an A.B. with honors and distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, from Stanford University and an M.B.A. with high distinction, Baker Scholar, from Harvard Business School. Mr. Lipschultz is actively involved in a variety of non-profit organizations, serving as a trustee or board member of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Riverdale Country School and 92nd Street Y.

Kevin Mandia has served as senior vice president and chief operating officer of FireEye™ since December 2013 when FireEye acquired Mandiant, the company he founded in 2004 and had served as chief executive officer. Prior to Mandiant, Kevin served as the director of computer forensics at Foundstone (acquired by McAfee Corporation) from 2000 to 2003, and as the director of information security for Sytex (later acquired by Lockheed Martin) from 1998 to 2000. From 1993 to 1998, Kevin was an officer in the United States Air Force where he served in various capacities including as a computer security officer in the 7th Communications Group at the Pentagon, and later as a special agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). In 2011, Kevin was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Greater Washington area. He holds a bachelor of science in computer science from Lafayette College and a master’s of science in forensic science from The George Washington University.

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