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“Founded in 2010, EMI made 7 Emerging Market Multinational Reports, 12 Annual Conferences, the launch of the pitch and case competitions, and the graduation more than 60 EMI Fellows every year. None of this would be possible without a great EMI team, the generous support of alumni, faculty, and Johnson community at large. I feel grateful and privileged to be part of the EMI family, and I am confident that EMI is just beginning its second decade of excellence.” Lourdes Casanova, Gail and Rob Cañizares Director, EMI



EMI Graduation Celebration Class of 2024

Congratulations to the 71 EMI Fellows who have successfully built bridges and completed their journey! May your futures be filled with exciting opportunities, innovative ideas, and continued growth.

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EMI PhD Research Day

The Emerging Markets Institute hosted the PhD Research Day at Cornell Johnson’s campus in Ithaca, with the Smith Family Business Initiative, from Thursday to Saturday, May 2 – 4. 24 speakers from 18 universities, including outside-U.S., joined us. Thanks to Andrew Foley for coordinating the organization.

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Cornell EMI Mark Mobius Pitch Competition 2024

The V Cornell EMI Mark Mobius Pitch Competition has been launched. 36 startups are registered, and 5 finalists will be announced in the middle of May to pitch their companies at the EMI Conference 2024, in NYC, in November.

EMI Report 2023 cover page with a world map highlighting in red the E20+1, main emerging market economies according to EMI.

The Emerging Market Multinationals Report 2023

The Emerging Market Multinationals Report 2023 – Risks and Realignments, presented during the last EMI Conference, has been launched and presented during the EMI Webinar Series on March 8.

This report reaffirms a commitment to building bridges, as risks spill over and as potential realignments draw close.

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NY State Assembly Recognition of EMI as an Outstanding Institution

During the EMI conference 2023, EMI was recognized by the New York State Assembly as an ‘outstanding institution worthy of the esteem of both the Community and the Great State of New York’. This recognition would not have been possible without the hard work of the EMI team, EMI fellows, volunteers, alumni, EMI advisory council, colleagues and EMI’s networks. Thanks, Steven Raga, member of the NYS Assembly, who signed the recognition.

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Inaugural Cornell EMI Distinguished Fellows Program

The inaugural EMI Distinguished Fellows will be awarded to Iván Duque, Former President of Colombia (2018-2022). The program aims to recognize excellence and foster meaningful engagement between students, academia and leaders from emerging markets. Congratulations to Iván Duque!

Cornell EMI 2023 Annual Conference: Risks and Realignments

EMI held the EMI Conference 2023 at Bloomberg Auditorium, Cornell Tech, NYC, on November 3rd, 2023. Congratulations to SatellitesOnFires for winning the EMI Mark Mobius Pitch Competition, to team SIMulation from Corvinus University of Budapest for winning the EMI Corning Case Competition, and big thanks to the speakers, moderators, and committee members. Nearly 500 attendees joined the conference this year, find and download pictures here.

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Cañizares Award Alumni in International Business and Emerging Markets

Heather Henyon ’03 was awarded the 2023 Cañizares Annual Award for Distinguished Alumni in International Business and Emerging Markets received the record of nominations for the award. The award recognizes outstanding S.C. Johnson School of Management Alumni who have dedicated their careers to international business & emerging markets with the goal to engage Alumni with the EMI to benefit its mission & students and raise awareness that Cornell University & Cornell S.C. Johnson of Business have a long history of contributing to global business.

Meet the Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 Cornell EMI Corning Case Competition and the 2023 Cornell EMI Mark Mobius Pitch Competition! Your hard work, innovation, and strategic thinking have truly paid off.

2023 Cornell EMI Mark Mobius Pitch Competition

1st Prize: $10,000: Team SatellitesOnFire, Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina

2023 Cornell EMI Corning Case Competition

1st prize: $6,000: Team SIMulation, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

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Emerging Markets Institute Year In Review 2022-2023

The past academic year has been eventful for EMI: 73 fellows graduated last May, an annual conference and numerous seminars, published the 6th annual report, and so much more! Join EMI in reflecting back on the past year’s events and achievements by reading the 2022-2023 Year in Review!

EMGP Joining EMI

Welcome, Emerging Markets Global Players (EMGP)

The Emerging Markets Global Players (EMGP), previously under Columbia University, is joining EMI network and management. EMGP‘s website is in the process of reactivation and all the great research and reports produced by the team will be made available soon. The EMGP research group and its Fellows have resumed meeting and will be included in EMI’s activities, going forward. A special thank you to Lisa Sachs, Director of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment.

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Innovation from Emerging Markets: From Copycats to Leaders

EMI is  proud to announce that its newly released book “Innovation from Emerging Markets: From Copycats to Leaders” is now available to buy from Cambridge University Press and Amazon in hardback and ebook format. This book aims to examine innovation and the leadership of noteworthy EMs countries and EMNCs. Thanks to the Emerging Multinationals Network, the joint efforts of various institutions around the world, comprised in this book.


$1.8M Gift to Support EMI

A $1.8 million gift from Gail and Roberto Cañizares ’71, MBA ’74 will establish the Emerging Markets Institute Fellows Case Writing Program pilot fund and the Cañizares Award for Distinguished Alumni in International Business and Emerging Markets.

Thank you Gail and Roberto Cañizares! Read more about their generous gift! 

EMI Year in Review in Numbers


EMI Fellows Graduated in 2023

from 14 Johnson Graduate Programs


Conference attendees


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