Faculty & Staff

Academic Director

Lourdes S. Casanova

Senior Lecturer of Management Academic Director of the Emerging Markets Institute

Global Steering Committee

Ya-Ru Chen
Faculty Director of China Executive Education Programs
Nicholas H. Noyes Professor of Management
Professor of Management and Organizations

Professor Chen's research focuses on cross-cultural differences and similarities in employees' behaviors and attitudes. She has compared the ways in which employees in different cultures react to performance feedback, relate to their own groups and other groups, and negotiate with their business counterparts. Her recent work examines how employees obtain, maintain, and experience status and power in their different cultural environments, and in globally diverse settings.

Nagesh Gavirneni
Area Coordinator of Operations Management
Emerson Professor of Manufacturing Management
Associate Professor of Operations Management

Professor Gavirneni's research interests are in the areas of supply chain management, inventory control, production scheduling, simulation, and optimization.

Ming Huang
Professor of Finance, Cornell , and China Europe International Business School Shanghai, China

Professor Huang's current research is on behavioral finance as applied to pricing of financial assets. He has also worked on credit risk and derivatives, on the effects of illiquidity on asset prices, and on the application of auction theory to takeovers.

Warren B. Bailey
Professor of Finance

Professor Bailey's interests include international finance, international securities markets, and investments. He has a special interest in emerging capital markets, particularly in Asia.

Vithala R. Rao
Deane W. Malott Professor of Management
Professor of Marketing

Professor Rao's interests lie in the development and application of analytical models for marketing strategy. His publications have dealt with dynamic pricing, the application of models for market structure analysis, brand equity, and acquisition. His research is of great relevance to key marketing challenges posed by emerging markets.

Institute Academic Fellow

Eswar Prasad Eswar Prasad

Tolani Senior Professor of International Trade Policy, Cornell University
Senior Fellow and New Century Chair, Brookings Institution
Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research

Professor Prasad was previously chief of the Financial Studies Division in the International Monetary Fund’s Research Department and, before that, was the head of the IMF’s China Division. He has co-authored and edited numerous books and monographs, including many on China, Hong Kong, and India. His current research interests include the macroeconomics of financial globalization, monetary and exchange-rate policies in emerging markets, and the Chinese and Indian economies. Prasad's latest book, Emerging Markets: Resilience and Growth Amid Global Turmoil (with M. Ayhan Kose; Brookings Institution Press), was published in December 2010.

Anne Miroux

Visiting Scholar

Dr Miroux has over thirty years of global experience in international trade, debt, foreign direct investment, technology and innovation for development. Until late 2015, she was Director for Technology and Logistics at UNCTAD, and Head of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development Secretariat. Previously, she headed UNCTAD’s team on FDI statistics, and led its annual World Investment Reports (WIR). She has published many papers and articles, leading numerous research and technical assistance projects on, inter alia, debt; FDI and multinational corporations; and technology and innovation policies. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Technology and Management Centre for Development at Oxford University.

Contributing Faculty Members

Randy L. Allen, A.B., Physics, Cornell University - Teaching interests project courses with multi-national companies, Significant international consulting and management experience with Deloitte Consulting.

Lourdes Casanova, Ph.D., University of Barcelona - Specializes in international business with a focus on Latin America and multinationals from emerging markets.

Ya-Ru Chen, Ph.D., Columbia University - Research focuses on cross-cultural differences and similarities in employees' behaviors and attitudes.  She also looks at how status concerns affect leadership effectiveness and influence business interactions across cultures.

James R. Detert, Ph.D., Harvard University – Research interests: 1) the antecedents, processes, and outcomes of improvement-oriented voice from subordinates to authorities in work organizations; 2) leadership processes, behaviors, and outcomes; and 3) ethical decision making and behavior, particularly the sociocognitive processes and mechanisms of moral disengagement.

Glen W. S. Dowell, Ph.D., University of Michigan – Research interests: the interaction of firms with their natural, institutional, and competitive environments.

Vishaul Gaur, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania – Research interests: retail operations and supply chain management, including topics such as inventory management, product variety, distribution logistics, and linking operations to financial performance.

Melvin H. Goldman, MPA, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs - Research interests: international venture capital, industrial technology development and policy, and institutions of economic growth and development

Elizabeth A. Mannix, Ph.D., University of Chicago – Research interests: Effective performance in managerial teams, diversity in organizations and teams, power and alliances, negotiation and conflict, and organizational change and renewal.

Roni Michaely, Ph.D., New York University – Research: corporate finance, capital markets and valuation. His current research focuses on conflict of interest in the capital markets, corporations payout policy, and the pricing and optimal trading mechanisms of IPOs.

Mark B. Milstein, Ph.D., University of North Carolina – Research: how and why firms generate new business growth opportunities by treating social and environmental challenges as unmet market needs. His work includes private sector approaches to poverty alleviation and technology commercialization strategies to catalyze sustainable innovation.

Maureen O’Hara, Ph.D., Northwestern University - issues in market microstructure, and she is the author of numerous journal articles as well as the book Market Microstructure Theory.

Young-Hoon Park, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania – Research interests: analysis of behavioral data to understand and forecast customer shopping/purchasing activities, and to conduct customer relationship management.

Wesley D. Sine, Ph.D, Cornell University- Research focuses on the emergence of new economic sectors. He explores issues related to institutional change, industry and technology evolution, technology entrepreneurship, and new venture structure and strategy. He is currently researching entrepreneurship in emerging markets.

Jan H. Suwinski, MBA, Cornell University – Teaching: Strategic Operations Immersion as well as courses in Strategy and Strategic Alliances.

Robert J. Swieringa, Ph.D., University of Illinois – Teaching: corporate financial reporting, corporate governance, and the use of accounting information for decision making and performance evaluation.


Lourdes CasanovaLourdes Casanova

Senior Lecturer of Management and Academic Director of the Emerging Markets Institute

Lourdes Casanova, a Senior Lecturer and Academic Director of the Emerging Markets Institute at the Johnson School of Business at Cornell University, formerly at INSEAD, specializes in international business with a focus on emerging markets multinationals. A Fulbright Scholar with a Masters degree from the University of Southern California and a PhD from the University of Barcelona. Visiting professor at Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, Judge Business School at University of Cambridge and at the Latin American Centre at the University of Oxford, University of Zurich, and Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona and consultant of the Inter-American Development Bank. Taught and directed executive programs at INSEAD for senior managers from multinationals including Telefonica, BBVA and Cemex and the Brazilian Confederation of Industries.   Co-author with Julian Kassum of: The Political Economy of an Emerging Global Power: In Search of the Brazil Dream, forthcoming in 2014, Palgrave Macmillan, author of Global Latinas: Latin America's emerging multinationals', 2009, Palgrave Macmillan, co author of Innovalatino, Fostering Innovation in Latin America, 2011, Ariel and articles in journals including Beijing Business Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Business and Politics and Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica.  Member of Latin America Global Agenda Council and the Competitiveness in Latin America task force of the World Economic Forum, Advisory Committee European Union/ Brazil, World Investment Network at UNCTAD, the B20 Task Force on ICT and Innovation in Los Cabos, responsible at INSEAD of Goldman Sachs 10,000 women initiative and co-leading InnovaLatino on Innovation in Latin America. Board member of the Boyce Thompson Institute, the start-up Documenta, founding Board Member of the Societe des Amis du Chateau de Fontainebleau and member of the Advisory Council of the Tompkins Public Library.

Samantha Rull├ínSamantha Rullán

Assistant Director

Joined the Emerging Markets Institute as the Assistant Director in September 2015. Visiting Scholar at the Latin American Studies Program, Cornell University (2014-to date). Advisor to the President of Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico on International and European affairs, and strategic projects for 11 years (2002-2013), Visiting Scholar at INSEAD France (2007-2008) and INSEAD Singapore (2008-2009). Since 2002, she has tenure as a full time researcher at the Institute of Economic and Social Studies at Universidad Veracruzana. Member of the National Researchers System (SNI) in Mexico and the Research Group “Strategic and International Studies”. Samantha holds a J.D. from the Tec de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey in Mexico, a M.A. in History of French Law from Université de Poitiers, France, a M.A. in Geopolitics and International Relations from Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Toulouse, France a M.A. in European Law from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium and a PhD. in International Relations and European Integration with the "European Doctor" Mention for her Doctoral Thesis from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain. Her research interests are: Innovation, Mobile telephones in Latin America, internationalization of Latin American businesses and European integration.

Andrea SherwoodAndrea Sherwood

Institute Coordinator

Andrea joined the Emerging Markets Institute as the Institute Coordinator in November 2012. Her responsibilities include organizing daily administrative, operational and fellows candidate activities, in addition to managing conferences, seminars and other events. She has twenty-four years of Cornell experience.  Andrea spent eleven years in the Admissions and Financial Aid office here at Johnson assisting prospective students through the application process, handling office administration and serving as Assistant to the Assistant Dean of Admissions.  Prior to that, she worked in Cornell's Office of Government and Community Relations and Facilities Services Administration here at Cornell.  Before coming to Cornell, Andrea worked for The Pyramid Companies as Assistant Construction Manager.  In her free time, Andrea enjoys fly fishing, traveling and cooking.

Sidney Costa

Chen Chen

Research Assistant

Chen Chen is a PhD candidate from Tsinghua University, China, and holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from Nankai University, China. Her research interests focus on Foreign Direct Investment in emerging markets like China and Latin America. She is also a research assistant in Center for the China-Latin America Management Studies of Tsinghua University. Chen Chen has participated in several research projects, for example, “FDI Impact on China's Ability of Outward Investment” funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China, “Location Advantage Research on Latin America and Major Countries based on Inward and Outward FDI”, funded by the Center for China-Latin America Management Studies. She has already published several articles on FDI in the emerging markets. As part of her doctoral research, Chen Chen is now a visiting scholar at the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, funded by China Scholarship Council under the Ministry of Education of the P. R. China.

Eudes Prado LopesEudes Prado Lopes

Research Assistant

Eudes is a cultural anthropology PhD student at Cornell University and holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology and public policy at Princeton University. His research interests focus on the cultural relevance of economic thought and its embeddedness in the financial markets. He localizes his research in Brazil where the conflicting knowledge demands of powerful public and private financial institutions make visible (in distinctive ways) shifting geopolitical paradigms. Eudes has been involved in the development of several academic programs at Cornell University such as the Global Finance Initiative at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and the Meridian 180 project at the Cornell Law School. More recently, he has participated in research projects with the Economics Institute at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). Eudes' current dissertation research involves ongoing field-based studies with the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES), the Brazilian capital markets and the Brazilian Central Bank.

Maria SolodovaMaria Solodova


Maria has more than 8 years of experience in Human Resources. In her last role she led a team as the Head of HR Project Management Office at ROSATOM (Russian State Nuclear Corporation). Maria was responsible for employee engagement and internal communications in the Nuclear industry in Russia (more than 120 companies, 250 000 employees). As a result of Maria's team efforts, employee engagement increased by 25% in four years resulting considerable improvement of industry's performance indicators. Earlier, as a Training & Development Manager, Maria implemented KPI- and competency-based Performance Management System for the part of ROSATOM (18 000 people). Prior to ROSATOM, Maria worked for KPMG as a Training & Development Senior Specialist. She managed professional education and certifications in Audit for all of the firm's auditors. While working for KPMG, she also delivered trainings on performance management. Maria graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2006 with major in Social Psychology.

Thathipat VippiieThathipat Vippiie


Thathipat holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from a top university in Thailand and was awarded Cum Laude Honor. Her Bachelor thesis focused on the incentive of Thai people's human capital investment in higher education. Thathipat also holds a Master’s degree in Finance with Merit from Lancaster University in the UK. Her dissertation was about stock valuation using accounting numbers. In 2014, Thathipat worked within the investment banking area in the Leveraged Loan Syndication team at UniCredit Bank AG in London, UK. She joined the Emerging Markets Institute based on her keen interest in  the field of business development in emerging markets, accounting and finance, and global economy. Thathipat wishes to develop in-depth understanding of the performance of emerging markets and to further enhance her future plan in entrepreneurial path.

Danielle CharpentierDanielle Charpentier

Research Assistant

Danielle Charpentier is a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences, majoring in Economics with minors in Business, International Relations and French. On campus, she is the Managing Director of the Cornell Consulting Group, former Recruitment Chair of Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity, Executive Board Member of the Women's Resource Center and member of a social sorority. Last summer, she worked at Accenture as a Strategy Analyst in the Communications, Media & Technology sector. This summer, she will work at J.P. Morgan in the Investment Banking Division.

Sachin Gupta, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

“The Emerging Markets Institute has attracted outstanding faculty who are true leaders in their fields of study.”

- Sachin Gupta, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs