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Emerging Markets Institute


V. Paddy Padmanabhan    

Unilever Chaired Professor of Marketing
Academic Director
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.

Vinika Devasar Rao    

Executive Director, INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute & Gender Initiative

Director, INSEAD Hoffman Global Institute for Business & Society, Asia


By 2050, the countries currently classified as “emerging” are projected to dominate the world's ten largest economies by GDP and purchasing power parity. 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


Research & Activities 


Emerging Markets Programmes


INSEAD programmes relevant to global emerging markets.

  • Executive Degree Programme - TIEMBA
  • Executive Education
  • MBA electives

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Leadership Quotes

Views expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of INSEAD EMI 



INSEAD Knowledge




Founding Partner

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.

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Founding Partner

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.”


Corporate Partners

EMI is proud to work in collaboration with reputed corporate partners.

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Institutional Collaborations

EMI is proud to work in collaboration with reputed institutional partners.

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Who We Are


Core Team


V. Paddy Padmanabhan

Academic Director

Vinika Devasar Rao

Executive Director


Wai Yee Fong

Executive Assistant



Emerging Markets Alumni Interest Group

Suhina Singh


Vincent Tordo

Faculty Relations & Compliance

Harald Eltvedt

Corporate Partnerships


Aishwarya Sridharan

Marketing & Communication

Nick Lall


Anjali Chhabra

Operations & Governance



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