Northeastern University Center for Emerging MarketsCenter for Emerging Markets

Mission and Advisory Board

Mission

Northeastern University’s Center for Emerging Markets (CEM), founded in 2007, is dedicated to conducting research on how organizations can leverage high-growth emerging markets for global competitive advantage and to disseminating best practices to managers, policy makers, students, and academics

Advisory Board

CEM is guided by a seasoned group of executives, all of whom are deeply engaged in emerging markets on behalf of their own organizations. 

Nigel Burton

Nigel Burton

Nigel Burton is the Former Chief Marketing Officer for the Colgate-Palmolive Company. Nigel joined Colgate in 1979 in the Colgate-Palmolive’s U.K. Marketing department and held a series of positions of increasing responsibility. In 1988 he came to New York to work in the Oral Care group in Global Business Development, and two years later was promoted to General Manager, Oral Care for Colgate U.S. In 1994 Nigel was promoted to VP, Marketing, Colgate-Palmolive Canada, and then rotated through Spain and the UK to return to New York to become President of Global Oral Care. As CMO since 2011, Nigel has been responsible for all the Global Categories and brands as well as Global Insights, Global Advertising and Shopper Marketing on a worldwide basis. He was the keynote speaker at CEM’s 2012 Emerging Markets Symposium and has since served on its Advisory Board.p>

Dionysios Bouzos

Dionysios Bouzos

 Dionysios Bouzos is the Vice President, Emerging Markets for Merck Consumer Care. Dionysios has over 20 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, particularly emerging markets. After beginning his career with Merck in Moscow in 1992, he spent 15 years in Russia in several roles. Dionysios joined Novartis Consumer Health in 1998 and expanded the company’s presence in over a dozen new markets. In 2007, he established operations in China and turned around the India business. His scope increased to include North Africa, parts of Central Europe, Israel, and Korea. In 2010, Dionysios joined Merck Consumer Care and is responsible for Global Eastern Markets which includes Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific regions. Dionysios received his BA from Yale University and his MBA from The Wharton School.

Alberto Carvalho

Since 2012, Albert Carvalho has been General Manager, P&G Brazil, based in Sao Paulo He began his career with P&G in 1991 after obtaining his degree in aeronautical engineering from Brazil’s prestigious Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA). He then assumed responsibility for healthcare brands across Latin America, based in P&G’s regional headquarters in Venezuela. This was followed by stints in P&G’s corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, as Country Manager in Chile, and as General Manager for the Argentina-Chile-Paraguay-Uruguay cluster. From 2007-2012, he was VP Gillette for Emerging Markets, before returning to his roots in Brazil as GM of Latin America’s largest single market. He is the first Brazilian to run P&G Brazil. He has been on CEM’s Advisory Board since 2009.

Mukul Deoras

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Mukul Deoras is Chief Marketing Officer for the Colgate-Palmolive Company. Mukul joined Colgate in 2004 as Director, Special Projects for the Asia Pacific Division. Later that year he became Marketing Director Colgate Thailand and in 2006 he became General Manager. In 2008 Mukul was promoted to Vice President, Personal Care in Global Marketing responsible for managing and driving growth for our Personal Care Worldwide. In 2010 Mukul became Vice President/General Manager of Colgate India. In 2012 Mukul became President, Colgate Asia Division where his business insights and focus on building leading brands have contributed significantly to our strong volume and sales performance. In 2015 Mukul was promoted to his current role as Chief Marketing Officer.  Mukul is responsible for all the Global Categories and brands as well as Global Insights, Global Advertising and Shopper Marketing on a worldwide basis.  


Spencer Fung

Spencer Fung
Spencer Fung was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer in July 2014 and is Li & Fung’s seventh CEO since its establishment in 1906. Spencer has been an Executive Director since 2008. Previously, he was the Group Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for building the company’s global infrastructure. Since joining Li & Fung as a merchandiser, Spencer has been involved in all aspects of the group’s operations, from liaising with factories across Asia and conducting quality control inspections to serving customers across three continents and managing acquisitions and integrations in over 20 countries. During his time as President of LF Europe, Spencer built the largest European Principal Trading business. Spencer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and a Master of Science in Accounting and Master in Business Administration from Northeastern University. He is a US Certified Public Accountant. Born in 1973, Spencer is the eldest son of Victor Fung, Honorary Chairman of Li & Fung, and a nephew of Group Chairman, William Fung. He is the fourth generation of the Fung family to lead the business. He lives in Hong Kong. Previously, he has lived in the US, Spain, Japan, China and the UK. Spencer began his career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with PwC in Boston. He then co-founded HelloAsia.com, a Silicon Valley startup with $30 million of venture capital funding and created one of the first pan-Asian online marketing platforms. Spencer is a member of the Board of Trustees at Northeastern University. He has been on NU’s Center for Emerging Markets advisory board since 2008.

Jean-Michel Halfon

Jean-Michel Halfon

Jean-Michel Halfon is a Director on the Board of Israel's Teva Pharmaceuticals and is based in Tel Aviv. He was previously President and General Manager of the Emerging Markets business unit at Pfizer Inc. based in its New York headquarters. At Pfizer, Jean-Michel launched the Emerging Markets Business Unit in January of 2009, and for two years dedicated himself to establishing the optimum organization to spearhead Pfizer's growth in a critical area of business, establishing commercial hubs across five international regions and more than 70 countries, and ensuring strong business growth. He also served on the advisory boards of a Canadian generic drug company and a major healthcare distribution company in Asia and continues to be involved with a Tokyo-based mobile healthcare company. He worked at Pfizer from 1977-1987, then moved to Merck, where he served as marketing director in France. After returning to Pfizer he worked as Country Manager of Pfizer-Canada, where he helped increase the company's competitiveness and access to medicines for patients. Under Halfon, Pfizer-Canada grew from a $500 million to a $2.3 billion business. Additionally, Halfon has served as chair of Rx&D, the Canada research-based pharmaceutical association, and has also served as Chairman of the Canada PhRMA Committee and Vice Chair of the Latin America PhRMA Committee. He has been a member of CEM's Advisory Board since 2010.

Mitchell Habib

Mitchell Habib

Mitchell Habib was Chief Operating Officer of Nielsen, where he headed a global organization of 40,000 people in more than 100 countries. Mitchell was responsible for wide-ranging services that provide consumer insights, including statistical methodologies, product engineering, technology, business process reengineering, product leadership, operations and several corporate functions. He worked with industry-leading advertising, media and consumer packaged goods companies to deliver innovative technology solutions that provided unparalleled consumer insights. Prior to joining Nielsen, Mitchell held leadership positions at several prominent global firms, including Ernst & Young, General Electric and Citigroup. Community involvement has been a top priority for Mitchell throughout his career. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Underground Freedom Center in Cincinnati, an organization focused on educating the public about America’s struggle for freedom and the impact a fully participating society can have on the world. He joined the Center for Emerging Markets' Advisory Board in 2011 and was a featured speaker at the Center's 2011 Emerging Markets Symposium.

Joe Hamilton

Joe Hamilton

Joe Hamilton is the Executive Vice President and Chief Business Development and Strategy Officer at Liberty Mutual International in Boston, MA.

Syed Jafry

Syed Jafry

Syed Jafry is the President of Asia Pacific and Emerging Markets at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Jafry joined the company in March 2005 as the General Manager and Vice President of the Air Quality Instruments business. He was promoted to President of Thermo Fisher China in January 2008, based in Shanghai, China, and one year later, became President of the Environmental Instruments Division, also based in Shanghai. In October 2009, Syed was named Senior Vice President of Customer and Commercial Excellence and relocated to our corporate office in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Sanjay Mirchandani

Sanjay Mirchandani

Sanjay Mirchandani is Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific and Japan, at VMware, based in Singapore. He was earlier Chief Information Officer and COO at EMC Corporation, where he led EMC's award-winning IT organization to further operational excellence and drive business agility to support the ever-evolving needs of the company and its more than 53,000 employees. Since taking the helm as CIO, Sanjay helped the company save more than $100 million in equipment, power, space and operational expenditures on its journey to the cloud.

Mirchandani is a member of the Leadership Council for Information Advantage. He earned his MBA from the U. of Pittsburgh and BA from Drew U. Mirchandani received Drew University's prestigious Achievement in Business award in September 2011, and was recognized as one of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders and the Boston Business Journal's CIOs of the Year in 2012. He has served on CEM’s Advisory Board since 2009.

David Nardone

David Nardone

David R. Nardone is President and CEO and an Executive Director of Hemaraj Land and Development Co. Ltd., which is Thailand’s leading developer of industrial estates, utilities, electric power, ready-built factories, logistics warehouses, and property solutions. Industrial customers include companies such as Ford, Mazda, GM, Suzuki, and SAIC MG. Industrial customer investment in Hemaraj’s eight industrial estates is estimate at USD $26 billion. Prior to joining Hemaraj in 1993, David held senior financial and manufacturing management positions over 14 years in the computer industry while residing in the U.S.A., Thailand, and Hong Kong. An expert on ASEAN and Thai economy, he is a frequent guest on CNBC and Bloomberg. He has served as a governor and VP of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, and serves currently on AMCHAM’s Automotive Council. He completed a BSBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship and MBA at Northeastern University’s D’Amore McKim School of Business. As a result to this day he is an incurable Red Sox fan. David Nardone’s generous support to the Center for Emerging Markets (CEM) has made possible the “David R Nardone Seminar Series,” which brings leading scholars and practitioners to speak at CEM.

Jack Perkowski

jackJack Perkowski is the founder of JFP Holdings, a company specializing in helping global companies develop and implement their China strategies, providing infrastructure support and access to capital as needed, and to assist Chinese companies to develop global footprints. Jack is a graduate of Yale and Harvard Business School. He spent 21 years as an investment banket at Paine Webber until deciding to make the move out east to China. In 1994, he founded AMISCO, an automotive company based in Beijing, China, where it was twice named one of the "Ten Best Employers in China."

Ozires Silva

Ozires Silva

Ozires Silva is the founder of Embraer and a famous Brazilian entrepreneur. Ozires graduated at Escola de Aeronáutica do Campo dos Afonsos (Rio de Janeiro) as a military pilot. He then served the Brazilian Air Force for 4 years in the Amazon rainforest region. In 1962, Ozires graduated on Aeronautics Technological Institute (ITA) as an aeronautical engineer. He was immediately hired by the Brazilian General Command for Aerospace Technology (CTA), where he would become part of the IPD - Instituto de Pesquisas e Desenvolvimento (current IAE - Instituto de Aeronáutica e Espaço). He soon became the lead engineer of the Bandeirante project. The first Bandeirante prototype flew on October 26, 1968. After that, Ozires attempted to convince private industries to produce the Bandeirante in series, without success.

His efforts, however, contributed to the creation of a government-owned aircraft manufacturer, the Embraer, which he become president on July 29, 1969. On 1986, Ozires left Embraer. He became president of Petrobras for a short time, and also became Minister of Infra-Structure from March 15, 1990 to March 27, 1991. He returned to Embraer from 1991 to 1995 to conduct the privatization process. He was also president of Varig from 2000 to 2002. Ozires is also former (2004) Director of Technology of AVAMAX, Executive Vice-President of Academia Brasileira de Estudos Avançados "Dr. Adolfo Bezerra de Menezes Cavalcanti", and President of Pele Nova, a biotechnology company and President at World Trade Center Advisory Board. He is currently dean of Unimonte, an important private university in Brazil.

Ron Somers

Ron Somers

Ron Somers, an American businessman, is former President of the U.S.-India Business Council. He played a lead role in coordinating the passage of the Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement and is widely regarded as a prominent figure in U.S.-India relations. Somers has over 30 years of experience in major infrastructure development in the United States and Asia—starting in the oil and gas industry on the drilling rigs of West Texas, transitioning to hydroelectric and IPP development, and then onwards to senior management for international companies of upstream, midstream, and downstream energy and power assets. Somers holds an M.A. from the Bread Loaf Graduate School, where he studied at Lincoln College, Oxford University, and an Honors B.A. from Middlebury College in Vermont. Somers has been a member of CEM’s Advisory Board since 2010, when he participated in the second annual CEM Symposium on Emerging Markets.

Venkat Srinivasan

Venkat Srinivasan

Venkat Srinivasan is the Chairman and CEO of Rage Frameworks, Inc. He brings his rich academic background in finance and technology along with his entrepreneurial successes to lead RAGE Frameworks as its Chairman and CEO. Venkat founded Rage Frameworks, Inc., to enable the creation of intelligent, live, business process automation solutions [LiveBPA™] including semantic intelligence based products [RealTimeIntelligence™]. Venkat founded RAGE Frameworks with the idea of creating and leveraging a knowledge-based business process automation platform to incubate capital efficient, process aware and intelligent business and to provide businesses with flexible, adaptable, business process automation solutions. Prior to RAGE Frameworks, Venkat was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of eCredit.com, the leading provider of credit, financing and receivables management solutions for business-to-business and business-to-consumer commerce. Venkat is an expert in knowledge-based systems architectures, computational linguistics for business process automation. Venkat has spent the last 25 years contributing his research and acting as a thought leader to both the business community and the academic world. Prior to founding eCredit.com in 1993, Venkat served as an Associate Professor of Finance at Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Business in Boston, MA. Venkat holds a PhD. In Finance from the university of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Wiebe Tinga

Tinga Wiebe

Wiebe Tinga is the Chief Commercial Officer of Hasbro, a global toy and games company based in Pawtucket, RI. He was earlier Hasbro’s President of Asia Pacific and Latin America Sales and Marketing, and prior to that served as president of Hasbro Canada from 2004-2006. From 1993-2003, Tinga served as General Manager of Hasbro Northern and Central European Region, before joining Hasbro Benelux. Wiebe Tinga has been on CEM’s board since 2008. He was the keynote speaker at the 2010 Emerging Markets Symposium organized by CEM at Northeastern University in August 2010, and has spoken frequently to Professor Ramamurti's Executive MBA students during their visit to Hasbro’s HQ in Rhode Island.

Ravi Uppal

Ravi Uppal

Ravi Uppal is Managing Director and CEO of Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. (JSPL), a $3.3 billion company Indian multinational that is part of the $18 billion OP Jindal Group. JSPL has several operations in India as well as in Australia, Oman, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mauritania, and Indonesia. Prior to JSPL, Uppal was Managing Director of Larsen & Toubro’s Power Division. Before L&T, Uppal spent 22 years with the ABB Group and was their President—Global Markets and Member of the ABB Group Executive Committee based in Switzerland. From 2001 to 2007, he served was Vice-Chairman & Managing Director of ABB in India and during his tenure, the operations saw a meteoric, seven-fold growth. Under his leadership, ABB was placed among India's leading companies and won many accolades. Preceding this tenure with ABB, he built Volvo's operations in India from scratch as its Managing Director & Country Manager. Uppal obtained his engineering degree from the IIT- Delhi and his MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad. He joined CEM’s Advisory Board in 2011.

Michael Cannon-Brookes

Michael Cannon-Brookes

Michael Cannon-Brookes was IBM’s Vice President, Global Strategy for Growth Markets, based out of the company’s Asia Pacific office in Shanghai, China. He took up this position in March 2005, when his specific focus was on China and India. In mid-2007, the scope of his responsibilities was enlarged to cover all emerging markets around the world. Cannon-Brookes was a member of the company’s Senior Leadership Team. Before joining IBM in 1997, Cannon-Brookes had twenty six years of banking experience, the majority of which was with Citibank, where he held senior leadership roles in Europe, the US, Asia and Australia. Cannon-Brookes, a UK citizen, took Australian citizenship in 1994. He graduated with Honors in Law from Cambridge University. He lives with his wife in Sydney. He joined CEM’s Advisory Board in 2009 and has spoken to Northeastern University’s Executive MBA students during their field-study trips to China.