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Thriving in Volatile Emerging Markets

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Northeastern University's Center for Emerging Markets

in association with Cornell University's Emerging Markets Institute invites you to the 7th Annual Symposium on

Thriving in Volatile Emerging Markets

June 7, 2016, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Raytheon Amphitheater, Northeastern University Campus

Economic and political turbulence has increased in emerging markets. Find out how companies are coping with - or even thriving - in this volatile environment. 


Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Registration includes breakfast and a light lunch.

Speakers (see bios below):

Nariman Behravesh, Chief Economist, IHS Global Insight
Alberto Carvalho, President, Proctor & Gamble - Brazil
Lourdes Casanova, Director, Emerging Markets Institute, Cornell U.
Aravind Cherukuri, Managing Director-Asia, Ocean Spray Int'l
Ashish Chugh, Managing Director, Wellington Management
Stephen Hayes, President & CEO, Corporate Council on Africa
David Nardone, President & CEO, Hemaraj Land & Dev. Co., Thailand
Karim Smadi, Managing Director, Reda Industrial Materials, Dubai

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 About the Speakers

Nariman Behraveshbehravesh

Dr. Nariman Behravesh is Chief Economist of IHS where he oversees the work of more than 400 professionals and directs the entire economic forecasting process. He is responsible for developing the economic outlook and risk analysis for the United States, Europe, Japan, China and emerging markets. He has been covering the global economy for nearly 40 years.  Dr. Behravesh is frequently cited by leading business publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, Business Week, Newsweek, Fortune, Forbes, and US News & World Report. He also appears regularly on national radio and television programs, including BBC World Business Report, NBC Nightly News, CNN Headline News, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS), Fox News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Radio, All Things Considered and Marketplace on National Public Radio. Dr. Behravesh obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from MIT as well as a Master’s and a PhD  in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Spin-Free Economics: A No-Nonsense, Nonpartisan Guide to Today’s Global Economic Debates 

Albert Carvalhocarvalho

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.

 Lourdes Casanova

Lourdes Casanova is Senior Lecturer and Academic Director of the Emerging Markets Institute, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University. She was formerly at INSEAD, France. She specializes in international business, with a focus on emerging-market multinationals. In 2014, she was recognized by Esglobal as one of the 50 most influential Iberoamerican intellectuals. A Fulbright scholar, Prof. Casanova got her Master’s degree from U. of Southern California and her PhD from the U. of Barcelona. She has been a visiting professor at UC-Berkeley, U. of Cambridge, and U. of Oxford. She has directed executive programs for senior managers from several multinationals, including Telefónica, BBVA, and Cemex. 

Prof. Casanova is author or co-author of The Political Economy of an Emerging Global Power: In Search of the Brazil Dream (Palgrave, 2014), Global Latinas: Latin America’s emerging multinationals (Palgrave, 2009), and Innovalatino, Fostering Innovation in Latin America (Ariel, 2011) as well as numerous journal articles. 

Prof. Casanova is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s task force on Competitiveness in Latin America, the Advisory Committee European Union/Brazil, World Investment Network at UNCTAD, and the B20 Task Force on ICT and Innovation in Los Cabos. She serves on the board of many nonprofit organizations and was responsible at INSEAD for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 women initiative. 

Aravind Cherukuriaravind 

Aravind Cherukuri is the Managing Director for the Asia Pacific region of Ocean Stray Cranberries and a Vice President at Ocean Spray International. In this role he oversees all the sales and marketing of the branded beverage and foods business of Ocean Spray in the region. The Asia Pacific Region is the fastest growing geography for Ocean Spray’s branded business with China and Korea markets at the epicenter of growth. Aravind remains passionate about the “Goodness of Cranberries” and strongly believes that the healthfulness of this native North American super fruit will greatly benefit Asian consumers.  

Aravind has been with Ocean Spray for seven years now and he started his career with Ocean Spray managing the manufacturing and supply chain operations for the Company in the Asia Pacific and Latin American geographies. Aravind was also instrumental in Ocean Spray’s recent acquisition of Cran Chile where he managed the acquisition and integration of the only cranberry processing and dried cranberry production operation in the southern hemisphere that established Ocean Spray’s counter seasonal fruit supply for its global expansion strategy. 

Prior to joining Ocean Spray, Aravind was the co-founder and chief operating officer of a venture capital founded functional foods company in Boston, MA. He has 10 years of experience in the functional foods industry and supply chain management in the consumer packaged goods industry. Aravind holds a Master of Science degree in Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering from Boston University and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mathematics from the University at Stony Brook in New York.


Ashish Chugh


Ashish Chugh is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Bay Pond Partners, a $6B hedge fund within the Wellington Management Company, a Boston based investment management firm with over $900B of capital under management. Ashish is responsible for long/short equity investing in Global Emerging Markets. Prior to joining Wellington Management in 2006, Ashish worked as an associate at the Blue Chip Venture Company where he was responsible for venture capital and private equity investments. Before business school, Ashish worked as an engineer at IBM in Toronto and Hitachi in Tokyo. Ashish earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelors of Applied Sciences in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Stephen Hayes hayes

Stephen Hayes is President and CEO of the Corporate Council of Africa (CCA), whose mandate is “to increase and support U.S.-Africa economic engagement.” In his 13-year tenure as president, CCA has been engaged in most political and economic issues affecting U.S.-Africa commerce.         

Hayes began his career in 1968 as a volunteer in a Middle Eastern refugee camp, followed by stints in the international non-profit sector, including at the World Alliance of YMCAs in Geneva and the world’s largest student exchange organization, AFS International. In 1985, Hayes founded the American Center for international leadership, funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, Ford Foundation and others.              

Hayes has received numerous awards for his international work and leadership. In 2004, the Transnet Foundation, chaired by Bishop Tutu of South Africa, presented him the Phelophepa Humanitarian Award for his Organization’s contributions to economic development in South Africa. He has been honored by the Africa Chamber ofCommerce of the U.S. for his contributions in strengthening U.S.-Africa relations (U.S. Sen. Barack Obama was the previous recipient). Hayes was a principle founder of the Infant Formula Campaign. In 2008, Hayes received the U.S. Development of Commerce’s highest award, The Ron Brown.

David Nardonenardone 

David R. Nardone (BSBA '79, MBA '82) 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.

Karim Smadikarim

Karim Smadi (BSBA ’93) is Managing Director of REDA Industrial Materials based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. REDA is the largest specialty raw materials distributor covering the Middle East and North Africa with a growing presence in other regions, having 32 branches all over the world.  Karim started his career in 1994 managing a chain of high-end retail textile stores that sourced products from Europe and the Far East for the UAE market. In 1997, Karim established a food ingredients marketing company that eventually became a division of the REDA Group.  

After 1999, when Karim took over as Director of REDA Dubai, he expanded its local operations by establishing branch offices all over the UAE and then helped turn each into an independent profit center. In his 17 years in REDA and through his proper planning, channeling and entrepreneurial efforts, REDA continues to expand in the Middle East, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Central & East Asia and beyond.

Northeastern University Center for Emerging Markets, directed by Professor Ravi Ramamurti, conducts and disseminates research on emerging economies to managers and policy makers. For questions regarding this event, please contact Hannah Skahill at h.skahill@neu.edu  or 617-373-6901.