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2007.05.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO, Creighton to Co-Host Globalization Lecture

Omaha - Omaha’s two major universities will co-host a breakfast lecture on globalization with Bharat Desai, chairman and chief executive officer of Syntel, on Thursday, May 24, at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.  A free continental breakfast will start at 7:30 a.m.  Desai’s presentation, “Globalization 2020,” will begin at 8 a.m.

The Creighton University Joe Ricketts Center and the UNO College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) are the event’s co-sponsors.

“We are excited to have Mr. Desai speak, and his topic is one that every business in our metropolitan area needs to hear about,” said Deepak Khazanchi, UNO associate dean of IS&T.   

Desai co-founded Syntel in 1980 in Troy, Mich., with a $2,000 investment.  Today, Syntel is a global provider of information technology and business process outsourcing services, and employs more than 8,300 people globally.  The company has a market capitalization in excess of $1 billion.

“The Joe Ricketts Center is pleased to co-sponsor this event with The Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) at UNO. Mr. Desai's topic of globalization and its implications is an important issue,” said Ravi Nath, director of the Joe Ricketts Center and Jack and Joan McGraw Endowed Chair in Information Technology Management at Creighton University.

Desai was named Entrepreneur of the Year by The University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and won the IIT Alumnus of the Year Award from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai.  He was also the recipient of the Michigan Entrepreneur Award from the Harvard Business School and recognized as Entrepreneur Of the Year by USA Today and NASDAQ.

While the event is free, reservations are required and need to be made by Tuesday, May 22.  Registrations can by made on the Web at http://joericketts.creighton.edu or by phone at (402) 280-5520.

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