Lourdes 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 taskforce 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 Tompson Insititute, 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.

Andrea Sherwood

Andrea 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 CostaChen 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.

Humberto Luiz RibeiroHumberto Luiz Ribeiro

Visiting Scholar

Humberto Luiz Ribeiro is a Brazilian entrepreneur, who has started up numerous ventures in the information technology, business process management & outsourcing, and biocapacity sectors. In 2011, he was appointed as the Secretary of Commerce and Services within the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade. While there, he streamlined processes for establishing corporations from 120 days to 48 hours, and helped create 4 million new businesses. He created the Brazilian Official Catalog for Investment Opportunities, helping to attract a record $180 billion in foreign direct investment, and was directly involved in public policies to foster entrepreneurship and achieve the lowest unemployment rate in Brazil since 1998. In August, 2014 he joined Johnson @ Cornell as a Visiting Scholar and will be focusing his research on the growth of services sector in emerging markets.

Humberto holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Brasilia, an MBA in Government Administration and has participated in executive programs at MIT, INSEAD, the Wharton School, and Georgetown University. He has been a member of the National Leaders Forum Brazil since 2001. The World Economic Forum nominated Humberto as Global Leader for Tomorrow in 2002, recognized one of his companies as a Global Growth Company in 2007, and asked him to serve as a Global Council Member in 2012. He is a recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including the Federal Medal of Victory from Brazil in 2014.

Sukriti JainSukriti Jain

Research Assistant

Sukriti Jain is a Research Assistant at the Emerging Markets Institute at Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University. She has keen interest in the field of finance, emerging markets and sustainability. She holds a Master in Business Administration in International Business from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and a Bachelor of Business Studies from University of Delhi, India.

Sukriti has extensive experience in commercial banking, investment advisory research and economic analysis. She has worked as a relationship manager with Yes Bank, which is India's 4th largest private sector bank. In this role, she worked on credit sanctions, new business development and servicing end-to-end banking requirements of clients. She also has experience in economic research, specializing in Middle East and North Africa region, and in investment analysis for hedge funds, fund of funds and agri-commodities. In one of her previous roles, she served as Assistant Director at India's apex industry chamber - The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), where she worked on relationship management with government and industry and development of advisory reports submitted to the Prime Minister's office, Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Defense, Government of India.

Samantha Rull├ínSamantha Rullán

Research Fellow

Samantha Rullán holds a J.D. from TEC de Monterrey in Mexico, a M.A. in History of French Law (Université de Poitiers, France), a M.A in Geopolitics and International Relations (IEP, Toulouse, France), M.A. in European Law (College of Europe) and a PhD in International Relations and European Integration with the “European Doctor” Mention of the Doctoral Thesis (UAB, Spain). Since 2002, she has tenure as a full time researcher at the Institute of Economic and Social Studies at Universidad Veracruzana and is currently a visiting Scholar at Cornell University (2014- present). Member of the National Researchers System (SNI) in Mexico and the Research Group “Strategic and International Studies.” Her research interests are: Innovation, Mobile telephones in Latin America, internationalization of Latin American businesses and European integration.

Rebecca Derven

Rebecca Derven

Research Assistant

Rebecca Derven received her B.S. from the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University in Fall 2014. As an undergraduate, Rebecca was a researcher with the Laboratory of Rational Decision Making, under the direction of Dr. Valerie Reyna. Rebecca’s research focus was studying how people make choices about risk.

She joined the Emerging Markets Institute based on her interest in how the global economy is changing as new markets develop and the impact of the financial crisis. Rebecca is excited to be working with Dr. Casanova and learn more about emerging multinationals and wants to apply her research capabilities to study risk in emerging markets.