We are kicking off the new academic year with a full slate of activities. We already hosted Mark Hutchinson, the President and CEO of GE China, who met with students interested in careers in emerging markets. This weekend we have twelve students arriving from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, who will be participating with Johnson students in the International Consulting Practicum, a class where the students work with global companies on real world business challenges. We will be visiting Kodak, Bausch & Lomb and Xerox in Rochester, as well as Alvarez & Marsal, New York City Economic Development Corporation, Jina Ventures, BNY Mellon, and NYSE Euronext in New York City.
On September 20, we will be presenting the second international conference “Brazil: A pathway into the future. Infrastructure as the backbone for Development and Prosperity in Brazil” at the Cornell Club in New York City. Our conference is being headlined by Humberto Ribeiro, Secretary of Commerce and Service in the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade. The lunchtime address will be delivered by David Neeleman, the founder and CEO of Jet Blue and Azul Linha Aereas. We have additional panelists from Citi, Goldman Sachs, BNY Mellon, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wal-Mart, Bain & Company, and Reckitt Benckiser, among others. Registration can be made here
Also coming to campus this semester are N. R. Narayana Murthy, one of the co-founders of Infosys; Mark Bissell, CEO of BISSELL Homecare, Inc.; Ron Shah, CEO of Jina Ventures; Paul Bruno, former Director of International Ethics for Wal-Mart and Newmont Mining; Zach Rogers from Deloitte Consulting; and Amy Hariani, Director and Legal Counsel for the U.S./India Business Council.
We are partnering with BNY Mellon in a survey of Investor Relations Managers to assess investor relations practices globally. We are seeking to understand how investor relations activities can ultimately affect liquidity and valuation, while gathering insight to support the development of capital-raising strategies for the future. There will be more on this as the results get finalized this fall.
This summer we awarded new grants to Johnson faculty and their collaborating partners at other universities for research in water allocation in India, Islamic finance, and securities trading behavior in China. We are also seeing initial papers emanating from research funded last year in the Indian retail sector and ethics in developing markets.
We will be recruiting a new class of Emerging Markets Fellows Candidates in October, to join the 22 students who are already enrolled in the Institute. Our students have recently returned from internships in a variety of sectors, such as private equity, real estate, healthcare consulting, and brand management, in locations spanning from Ghana to Indonesia to New York City. They are bringing a wealth of experience to the Institute, diversifying the student body andenhancing the overall educational experience at Johnson.
We continue to grow and influence graduate business education in emerging markets. We are looking forward to an engaging and rewarding semester!