April 14, 2018

Emerging Markets Summit


2018 Emerging Markets Summit
"Navigating Emerging Markets in a World of Transition"

April 14, 2018 | Harper Center

Over the past year, the global climate has shifted dramatically. Emerging markets have experienced commodity shocks, political instability, and technology dispersion impacting their path of progress. On top of that globalization has fallen out of favor in certain developed regions, leaving emerging markets wondering where they fit in. Many questions arise in this new environment - How will paths of traditional economies such as India and China fare compared to frontier markets like Ukraine and Vietnam? How will the slowdown in US and Europe impact prospects for emerging market growth? We hope to explore these questions at the 2018 Booth Emerging Markets Summit by bringing together government leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, executives and academics from multiple regions and disciplines for a day of spirited conversation. We will explore issues in the areas of business, politics, and social inclusion allowing attendees to discover and discuss how emerging markets will continue on their path of growth.


2018 Agenda and Speakers to be announced.

Select Speakers From Prior Years


Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Professor of Finance

Professor Raghuram Rajan


Emerging Markets Advisor and Social Impact Investor

Lisa Thomas, '06


Managing Director and World Bank Group Chief Financial Officer

Joaquim Levy, PHD '92


Author of The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa

Dayo Olopade


Partner and Former Head of Global Markets, The Abraaj Group

Tom Speechley


Founding Partner, Ajumogobia & Okeke; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria

H. Odein Ajumogobia

2017 Agenda

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM: WELCOME

  • 8:00 - Breakfast
  • 8:30 - Welcome Remarks - Associate Dean Julie Morton

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM: Fireside Chat With Professor Raghuram Rajan and Viktor Kats

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM: Morning Breakout 1

  • Middle East / North Africa Track: Doing Business in MENA: Perspectives of Local Players
  • Russia Track: Debunking Myths about Doing Business in Russia
  • India / South Asia Track: India's Evolution: Entrepreneurship and the Economy

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM: Morning Breakout 2

  • Middle East / North Africa Track: Microfinance and Fintech in Africa: Innovating for Sustained Intercontinental Impact
  • Latin America Track: Investing in Latin America: Challenges and Opportunities
  • China / South East Asia Track:Cultural and Business Practices in the East vs the West

12:00 PM - 1:15: Lunch

  • Breakout Lunch Session: Working Attitudes in South Africa sponsored by Bain & Co

1:30 PM: 2:30 PM: Afternoon Roundtable - Private Equity in Emerging Markets

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM: Afternoon Breakout

  • Africa Track: “The Next Superpower?” Uncovering the Truth about Entrepreneurship and Investment in Africa
  • Greater China / South East Asia Track: Corporate Governance and Cross-Border Transactions in Asia Pacific
  • India Track: Building for Billions

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Closing Roundtable - INNOVATION IN FRONTIER MARKETS

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Reception

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors

2017 Gold sponsor

2017 Silver Sponsors

2017 Friends of EMS