Welcome to the Executive Speaker Night Series.

In following Regis University's tradition of Jesuit Education, the Executive Speaker Night Series aims to create a community of learners with a passion for transforming the world by examining the business ecosystem. The series was founded by Dr. Luka Powanga, a professor of economics and finance at Anderson College of Business and Computing, to serve as a platform to inform, enlighten and engage. It is designed to expose Regis students, community members and sponsoring partners to the first-hand experiences of select elite industry experts who work to improve and transform society – creating pathways for innovation. It is an excellent way for Regis students to expand their networks via LinkedIn and ask questions of the speakers to aid in planning their academic and professional career paths.

We are excited to present our lineup of global thought leaders through this virtual series. Dr. Powanga will lead the hour-long session, which includes time for an interactive Q&A. There are five sessions to the series throughout the year. I invite you to attend as many of the sessions as possible.

Speakers passionate about their work find this venue exceptionally suited to share their perspectives on often new and innovative topics. Speakers interested in presenting may contact Dr. Luka Powanga for more information at

Shari A. Plantz-Masters, Ph.D.
Academic Dean, Anderson College of Business and Computing
Regis University


Anderson College of Business and Computing

Programs in the Anderson College of Business and Computing integrate the latest developments in business and technology, providing students with business programs that combine an innovative business education with the technological foundation necessary in today's global marketplace and emphasize business acumen for those in the rapidly evolving computer science industry.

Upcoming Speakers


Vivek Lall
Event Details:

Date: October 26, 2021
Time: 6-7 p.m. MT

Offered online via Zoom

Vivek Lall

Vivek Lall, Ph.D., Chief Executive of General Atomics Global Corp., will speak about the role of innovative nuclear technologies for meeting global clean energy demands in a safe and sustainable manner.

Meet our guest speaker:

Vivek Lall, Ph.D., has recently been appointed Chief Executive of General Atomics Global Corp. based in San Diego, Calif. General Atomics is one of the world’s largest privately held nuclear and defense companies. GA and affiliated companies, which operate on five continents, produce a series of unmanned aircraft and provide electro-optical, radar, signals intelligence and automated airborne surveillance systems. GA is a leader in the development of next-generation nuclear fission and high-temperature materials technologies.

Dr. Lall recently was unanimously elected to both the Board of Directors of the U.S. Japan Business Council and the Global Board of Directors of the U.S. India Business Council in Washington, D.C. In January 2018, Dr. Lall was appointed Vice President of Aeronautics Strategy and Business Development at Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defense company. In August 2014, he was appointed Chief Executive in charge of U.S. and International Strategic Development at General Atomics. From 1996-2011, Dr. Lall held several marketing and engineering leadership roles with The Boeing Co. Vivek earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Carleton University in Canada and a Masters of Aeronautical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. He has a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University in Kansas; his MBA was earned at City University in Seattle. Dr. Lall has authored more than 100 articles for various journals.

Connect with Dr. Lall on LinkedIn


Dr. Luka Powanga was involved in pioneering the Online MBA Program, which grew from zero to over 4,000 students worldwide. He chaired the MBA program and helped develop the Physicians MBA program and joint graduate degrees with Management Concepts, the University of ITESO(Mexico) and Ulster (Ireland). He was a founding board member of the Sullivan Center for Entrepreneurship at Regis University.

Read Dr. Luka Powanga's Full Biography

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Energy Africa Conference is a sustaining partner of the Executive Speaker Night Series. The 14th Annual Energy Africa Conference will be held virtually on November 11-12, 2021. This year’s theme is Unlocking Africa's Energy Investments' Potential Providing Accessible, Affordable, Sustainable, Clean, and Resilient Energy Solutions to Catalyze Economic Development and Improve the Standard of Living in African Urban and Rural Communities.

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Contact Anderson College of Business and Computing for more information about the series.