Emerging Markets Roundtable

The Johnson Emerging Markets Institute completed its inaugural roundtable on Risk Management and Public-Private Partnerships on June 19, 2013 in New York City. Around 30 participants spanning across academia, industry, and professional services, attended the event.

Through sharing and discussing recent business cases, several main themes were identified, such as the importance of family business in emerging markets, separating and mitigating external and internal risks, as well as the management of currency risks.

Finally, Dean Soumitra Dutta wrapped up the event by addressing the participants on the state of the school, highlighting three foci of Cornell Johnson: New York City, Global Reach, and Cornell Connections.

Please see detailed proceedings attached here.

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  • Strategies for Risk Management
  • Building Public/Private Partnerships


  • 8:30 Registration
  • 9:00 Session I
  • 10:15 Break
  • 10:30 Session II
  • 11:45 Lunch
  • 12:45 Wrap Up
  • 1:00 Adjourn


Richard Coyle

Richard J. Coyle, Executive Director, Emerging Markets Institute, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

Richard J. Coyle is the executive director of the Emerging Markets Institute at Johnson. From 2007-10 he was a senior director for International Corporate Affairs for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in Bentonville, Arkansas, where he supported the European retail market and the Global Procurement organization with media and government relations. He has developed significant expertise in crisis communications as the corporate spokesperson for business practices and factory conditions in the world’s largest supply chain. Prior to this, he served as Maine’s state director of international trade and president of the Maine International Trade Center. In addition to his MBA from Johnson, Richard holds a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an Advanced Graduate Business Certificate from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University. He has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels at Southern New Hampshire University, and has served as chair of the Industry Advisory Board of the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business & Logistics at Maine Maritime Academy. He has also lectured at Binghamton University and American University, and has been a speaker at several industry conferences. Richard is the recipient of the Order of Merit, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the Federal Republic of Germany, in recognition of his efforts to advance international trade.

Lourdes Casanova

Lourdes Casanova, Senior Lecturer of Management, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

Lourdes Casanova, a Senior Lecturer at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, specializes in international business with a focus on Latin America and multinationals from emerging markets. A Fulbright Scholar with a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California and a PhD from the University of Barcelona. She taught at INSEAD from 1989 until 2012, was a visiting professor at Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and at the Latin American Centre at the University of Oxford in 2010. She is a visiting Faculty at the University of Zurich, Deusto Business School and Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and a consultant of the Inter-American Development Bank. She taught and directed executive programs at INSEAD for senior managers from global multinationals including Telefónica, BBVA and Cemex and the Brazilian Confederation of Industries (CNI). She is also a consultant of multinationals operating in Latin America.

She is the author of the book: ‘Global Latinas: Latin America’s emerging multinationals’ published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2009, coauthor of Innovalatino, Fostering Innovation in Latin America, published by Ariel in 2011 and has published numerous case studies, chapters in books and articles in journals including Beijing Business Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Business and Politics and Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica.

She is a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum of Latin America, a member of the Advisory Committee European Union/Brazil, the World Investment Network of the UNCTAD, the B20 task force on ICT and Innovation, a reviewer of Strategy Management Journal, was responsible at INSEAD of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 women initiative and co-leading the InnovaLatino research project on Innovation in Latin America, an OECD/INSEAD research project funded by Fundación Telefónica. She is a board member of a start-up Documenta, a member of the Network of Interdisciplinary Research in Family Firms and the Nominating committee of the World Innovation Summit (HIT Barcelona).