Classes have wrapped up here in Sage Hall, and the Institute has had another full year. After recruiting a new crop of 26 fellows, we launched into a hosting a conference on “Innovation in Latin America” in New York City in the fall, followed by a series of premiere speakers on campus, such as
o Mark Hutchinson, President and CEO, GE China
o Beth Keck, Sr. Director, Corporate Affairs, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
o Roberto Perli, Partner, Policy Research, Cornerstone Macro
o Dr. Eswar Prasad – EMI Academic Fellow, Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy at Cornell University, and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Author of “The Dollar Trap: How the U.S. Dollar Tightened Its Grip on Global Finance”.
o Leora Klapper, Lead Economist in the Finance and Private Sector Research Team of the Development Research Group at the World Bank
o H.E. Elena Poptodorova, Ambassador of Hungary to the United States
o H.E. Sandra Fuentes-Berain, Consul General of Mexico to New York
o Logan Cheek, AB ’60, Sr. Managing Director, Trailblazers Management and PV Partners
o Daniel Levites, Principal, EY Financial Services Advisory
o H.E. Karoly Dan, Consul General of Hungary to New York
o Danil Kerimi, Director, Head of ICT Government Community, World Economic Forum USA
On the research front, one of our grants yielded a Ph.D. dissertation which earned awards. Sean Martin, Ph.D. ’14, studied “Business and Behavioral Ethics in Developing Markets” with a grant from the Emerging Markets Institute. His resulting dissertation won Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business Excellence in Ethics Best Dissertation Proposal Award, and the Duke COLE Center of Leadership and Ethics Best Dissertation Proposal Award. The dissertation was additionally nominated for the Organization Science Best Dissertation Proposal Award, and further evolved into a manuscript which is being evaluated for publication by the Academy of Management Journal.
We graduated 18 students from our Emerging Markets Fellows Program. Graduates have opportunities lined up in the United States and abroad with firms such as McKinsey, Genentech, Wal-Mart, EY, Groupon, Bayer, and Bank of America. Graduation included a reception at my house for friends and family.
Looking forward into the summer months, we are planning an Emerging Market Roundtable event on August 21 in New York City, followed by a conference on Chinese global investment in October. We look forward to welcoming the students back on campus at summer’s end.