Students in the EMG are interested in exploring the important issues facing the world’s developing countries. Many members either have worked in or are considering working in an emerging market, and others are simply eager to learn more about emerging markets.
Throughout the school year, the Emerging Markets Group hosts a year-long speaker series, job search discussions, treks to meet with companies focused on emerging markets, and various and fun social events. Major annual events you don’t want to miss are the Annual Emerging Market Conference (January 13th this year), the Annual Spring Trek to an exciting emerging region (this year, Africa), as well as our capstone event in the spring, the Chicago Microfinance conference.
Joining the Emerging Markets Group:
Membership fees are $50 for one year, $80 for two years, payable via check written to the University of Chicago, with Emerging Markets Group written in the memo line. Checks can be dropped off in the Emerging Markets Group mail folder (in the Hyde Park Center business school).
Membership benefits include:
- Email announcements of relevant job opportunities.
- Free admission to our speaker series events or lunches.
- Discount admission to the microfinance conference.
- Invites to our social events.
For more information about joining, please contact one of the co-chairs.
Innovations in risk mitigation strategies
Investing in emerging markets presents several unique challenges that are usually largely mitigated in sophisticated developed markets. This panel will focus on understanding the new and emerging risk themes in emerging markets and the various strategies that practitioners are employing to mitigate such risks to maximize returns.
Innovative models at the heart of promoting investment in emerging markets.
Infrastructure building is a key driver to promotion of economic development in emerging economies. Starting at the most basic levels, ensuring businesses have reliable power and transportation systems is essential for sustainable economic growth. This panel will highlight the key investors in energy and infrastructure in emerging markets, the inter-play of public and private investment into energy & infrastructure projects, new forms of energy and targeted areas of energy & infrastructure development, returns analysis as well as the immense impact of infrastructure development in emerging markets.
Innovative approaches and drivers of the emerging market growth strategy
As the significance of emerging and frontier markets grows globally, most corporations have developed specific strategies to capture value in these economies. In most cases companies have had to adjust their approaches to different aspects of the value chain be it production, distribution, marketing etc. The panel will include leaders from major global corporations discussing their organization’s approach to capturing value in emerging markets, key drivers of success in those regions as well as views on the sustainability of that success and what the future holds.
Driving economic development in emerging markets
This panel discussion will focus on case studies of private equity deals executed in two different emerging market regions. Private equity deal flow in emerging markets continues to increase annually and contribute to the development of emerging market economies. Specifically, in the past year we have observed several private equity shops add subsidiaries in emerging market economies. “According to the EMPEA’s database of private equity activity across the emerging markets, 119 funds raised US$32.3 billion through 30 September 2011, versus US$23.5 billion raised in all of 2010″. However, the process of fund raising, deal sourcing, due diligence, execution and management is different in most such economies and has called for investors to be innovative in their approaches to managing deals in different regions. The discussion will provide a deeper level understanding of the process and execution dynamics in managing private equity deals in emerging markets, related return expectations and the best practices that will continue to support growth these regions.
The product showcase provides a unique setting to entrepreneurs to showcase an innovative product development in an emerging market. The product showcase entrepreneurs will each enjoy 15 minutes of dedicated conference time to address the entire audience. Each entrepreneur will share with the audience details of their business, any opportunities to work on unique projects within the company and address any questions that the audience will have.
Spotlight on the Executive Suite in Emerging Markets
This panel will allow for an intimate discussion with leading professionals in emerging markets. It is an opportunity to learn firsthand from individuals that have and are still walking the emerging market path. The panel will focus on and learn of the evolution of trends in emerging markets they have specifically experienced, current themes and what the future holds