Unilever Chaired Professor of Marketing
INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute
Our Mission & Expertise
The INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute (EMI) is a world class think-tank for the creation and dissemination of credible and timely information on issues related to business management, economic development and social progress in the emerging economies. This includes the development of cutting-edge pedagogical materials, research publications and data sets. INSEAD faculty have built up a significant body of academic and applied research on the emerging markets. Along with our Distinguished Fellows, they are also engaged in the development of pedagogical materials, research papers and documents related to the emerging markets.
Executive Director, INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute
Director, INSEAD Gender Initiative & Hoffman Global Institute for Business & Society, Asia
By 2050, the countries currently classified as 'emerging' are projected to dominate the list of the world's 10 largest economies and account for almost half of global GDP. Knowledge on these countries is an invaluable resource for leveraging their many opportunities. Based at the Asia campus in Singapore, and set up in partnership with the Economic Development Board of Singapore, EMI reflects the changing focus of global growth and emphasizes INSEAD's commitment to the region. INSEAD's three campuses in Fontainebleau, Singapore and Abu Dhabi provide the unique advantage of geographical proximity to emerging countries across the globe. We invite collaboration from other organisations, policy makers, corporations and academic institutes with a shared goal for the enhancement and dissemination of knowledge on the world's fastest growing economies.
In the Spotlight
EMI is a leading think tank on issues related to economic development and business management in the emerging economies. It creates research-based knowledge and disseminates it for practical application by corporations, governments and organisations that seek to leverage the opportunities offered by these growth markets. EMI aims at the development of cutting-edge pedagogical material, research publications and data sets related to emerging markets.
Capitalising on INSEAD’s geographical proximity to emerging countries around the world, EMI focuses on the collation, dissemination and certification of matters relevant to business management, economic and social development in growth economies.
Collecting credible primary and secondary information on growth markets is a priority for EMI.
INSEAD is at the heart of the dialogue around growth and development, advocating on business and employment creation as the platform for sustainable, long-term prosperity. Through a variety of conferences, seminars and workshops, EMI provides a platform for international policy makers, business leaders, investors and INSEAD faculty to share their insights on the global landscape, economic outlook of emerging markets and how companies need to adapt their business models. Also, there will be opportunities for guests and participants to network and meet people who would influence them and impact their businesses.
As a leading think tank on business management and economic development in emerging markets, EMI works with a panel of senior academics and experienced corporate executives engaged on research specific to these dynamic markets.
EMI features the Global Asia Fellowship Program which brings together leading academics and senior corporate executives plus policy makers to perform and guide research, particularly on topics related to the drivers, challenges and opportunities in Asian emerging markets.
EMI invites academicians, corporate executives and government leaders to collaborate with INSEAD’s vibrant research community for the creation, dissemination and certification of timely and credible knowledge on the emerging economies. Interested parties may contact EMI.
Emerging Markets Programmes
INSEAD programmes relevant to global emerging markets.
- Executive Degree Programme - TIEMBA
- Executive Education
- MBA electives
It is easy to overestimate the economic and technological changes of the presence as path-breaking and revolutionary. Only time will tell. But emerging markets do not have the luxury to wait. Capital markets will wax and wane and financial markets and industries adjust to whatever wins out in the the end. It is for this reason that policy makers, researchers, and industry leaders need to engage with each other often and frequently: they need to be part of a conversation on the changes seeming from Fintech, AI, and Big Data to ensure that stability and growth win out within the set of economic rules and economic that define markets in emerging Asia.
Director of the IMF – Singapore Regional Training Institute
The best examples of leapfrogging and digital transformation often times are born out of a combination of need and enterprise - an opportunity that is representative of several emerging markets.
Managing Director, Twitter Asia Pacific
The previous decades have witnessed a tremendous growth of new ventures in the emerging markets which lead innovations, ranging from new products to business models, from new organisation forms to market creation, from new ways of industry consolidation to social entrepreneurial activities. Knowledge from emerging markets would enlighten the Western world.
INSEAD Associate Professor of Strategy
Emerging markets hold unique opportunities for agile yet execution focused companies. Innovative approaches that leverage the technology affinity of emerging market customers allow profitable growth while solving real consumer challenges. In some areas, e.g., mobile payments, emerging markets are global lead markets. Any company that wants to be relevant in the future must be able to compete and participate in these segments.
Senior Partner and Member of the Global Supervisory Board of Roland Berger Consultants
While advanced countries were ailing from the self-inflicted wounds of the global financial crisis, emerging markets showed resilience and maintained trade and growth. With advanced countries now succumbing to populism and navel-gazing, it will increasingly fall to emerging markets to take up the leadership, defend globalization and fight against nationalism and protectionism.
Beatrice Weder di Mauro
INSEAD EMI Distinguished Academic Fellow
Professor of Economics and the Chair of Economic Policy and International Macroeconomics at the University of Mainz, Germany
The European Financial Review
6 June 2018
In a Trade War, Europe Can Deal a Historic Blow to the U.S.
With the recent decision of President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum from Europe, Mexico and Canada, global tensions were quick to emerge as his protectionist measures could put a lot to jeopardy. Meanwhile, what strategies his closest allies can do in response to such policy are worth a closer look.
An article by Boris Liedtke, EMI Distinguished Executive Fellow and John Hulsman, American foreign policy expert
23 May 2018
Antonio Fatas, Professor of Economics at INSEAD, and Professor Beatrice Weder di Mauro, Distinguished Fellow at INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute, explore whether virtual currency will be an alternative to existing currency. They examine the influence of virtual currency technology on future banks and settlement systems.
Hospitality Biz India
30 April 2018
Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Hospitality, Entrepreneurship and Female Leadership Development
Excerpt from the article: According to a study by Universum, INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute, the HEAD Foundation and MIT Leadership, one in four Gen Z students and professionals worldwide is interested in starting their own business. In terms of leadership aspirations, the gender gap is also closing across this young generation, a trend that began with their Millennial predecessors. 61% of Gen Z and Millennial women and 63% of Gen Z and Millennial men say that becoming a leader is important to them, compared to 52% of Gen X women and 63% of Gen X men.
South China Morning Post
7 April 2018
How to Achieve Gender Balance at Work in Asia
V. Paddy Padmanabhan, Academic Director of the INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute and Vinika D. Rao, Executive Director of the INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute, write that while being cognisant of local norms and tailoring approaches to different parts of the region, leaders and organisations should also put men forward as champions of change to address gender inequality in Asia.
Centre for Economic Policy Research
16 March 2018
CEPR appoints its next President
The Board of Trustees of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) announced the appointment of Professor Beatrice Weder di Mauro, Distinguished Fellow at the INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute, as the next President of CEPR. She will take over from the current President, Professor Richard Baldwin, on 1 July 2018.
Live Television Interview with Vinika D. Rao, Executive Director of INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute on BBC World's Asia Business Report
8 March 2018
International Women’s Day/ INSEAD-Deutsche Bank Research Report on Gender Equality
INSEAD Press Release in Asia
5 March 2018
Gender Equality in Asian Corporate Leadership Is an Achievable Reality
New research by INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute reveals emergent themes and major implications for gender parity in Asian corporate leadership
Fund Management for Non-Profits
How charities can best manage their money in the long term
A series based on the forthcoming book Good Practices for Managing Funds for Non-Profit Organisations, by Boris N. Liedtke and Peter Lai.
EMI has been set up in partnership with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) who is the lead government agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global business centre. Their mission is to create sustainable economic growth with vibrant business and good job opportunities in Singapore.
Mr. Finn. Rausing, MBA’81
“I deeply care about making people understand and appreciate the interplay between history, culture, people, education and free enterprise in economic development which enables liberal society to develop and flourish. Through INSEAD and this Institute I feel like contributing to a worthwhile quest.”
EMI is proud to work in collaboration with reputed corporate partners.
EMI is proud to work in collaboration with reputed institutional partners.
EMI invites collaboration with other organisations, policy makers, corporations and academic institutes with a shared goal for the enhancement and dissemination of knowledge on the world's fastest growing economies which will shape the future. For more information, please email EMI.