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Founded in 2010, EMI has published 8 Emerging Market Multinational Reports, organized 13 Annual Conferences, launched the Cornell EMI Mark Mobius pitch competition and the Cornell EMI Corning case competition. About 70 MBAs graduate every year as EMI Fellows. None of this would be possible without a great EMI team, the generous support of alumni, faculty, and Johnson community at large. I feel grateful and privileged to be part of the EMI community, and I am confident that EMI is just beginning its second decade of excellence.” Lourdes Casanova, Gail and Rob Cañizares Director, EMI


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Cañizares Award for Distinguished Alumni

Nominations open for the 2024 Cañizares Award for Distinguished Alumni. The award recognizes outstanding alumni from S.C. Johnson School of Management with international careers in emerging markets. The goal of the award is to engage Alumni with the EMI to benefit its mission & students and raise awareness of the long history of the S.C. Johnson School of Management contribution to global businesses. Nominate here.


2024 Cornell EMI Mark Mobius Pitch Competition

Announcing the 2024 Cornell EMI Mark Mobius Pitch Competition finalists!

After 36 startups registered, we have narrowed it down to the top 5. These exceptional teams will have the opportunity to pitch their companies and ideas at the EMI Conference 2024, in NYC, in November. Meet the finalists on pitch.emiconference.com


EMI Graduation Celebration Class of 2024

Congratulations to the 71 EMI Fellows class of 2024! Best of luck and please keep in touch.

Watch the EMI Fellows Graduation Celebration 2024


2024 EMI PhD Research Conference

The Emerging Markets Institute hosted the PhD Research conference in Ithaca, on May 2 – 4, 2024. 24 speakers from 18 universities all over the world joined us. Thanks to Andrew Foley for the organization of the conference.

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The Emerging Market Multinationals Report 2023

The Emerging Market Multinationals Report 2023 – Risks and Realignments, was launched at the EMI Conference 2023 in November 2023, and at the EMI Webinar Series on March 8, 2024. The report was written by Anne Miroux and Lourdes Casanova in collaboration with Lorenzo Pavone and Daniel Kefer (EmNet, OECD development Center); Momina Aijazuddin, Matthew Saal, and Meraj Husain (International Finance Corporation); Veneta Andonova, Juan Pablo Soto, and Juana García (Escuela de Administración at Universidad de los Andes in Colombia); César Rosales (Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain); Yuan Jia-Zheng, Patricia García-Duran, Carles Brasó Broggi, Paloma Fernández-Pérez (University of Barcelona in Spain); Fred Olayele (Economic Club of Africa Network in NY); Marcelo Kawabata (Emerging Markets Institute, Cornell University); and Georges Ugeux (Law School, Columbia University).


NY State Assembly Recognition of EMI as an Outstanding Institution

During the EMI conference 2023, EMI was recognized by the New York State Assembly as an ‘outstanding institution worthy of the esteem of both the Community and the Great State of New York’. This recognition would not have been possible without the hard work of the EMI team, EMI fellows, volunteers, alumni, EMI advisory council, colleagues and EMI’s networks. Thanks, Steven Raga, member of the NYS Assembly, who signed the recognition.


Inaugural Cornell EMI Distinguished Fellows Program

The inaugural EMI Distinguished Fellows will be awarded to Iván Duque, Former President of Colombia (2018-2022). The program aims to recognize excellence and foster meaningful engagement between students, academia and leaders from emerging markets. Congratulations to Iván Duque!

Cornell EMI 2023 Annual Conference: Risks and Realignments

EMI held the EMI Conference 2023 at Bloomberg Auditorium, Cornell Tech, NYC, on November 3rd, 2023. Congratulations to SatellitesOnFires for winning the EMI Mark Mobius Pitch Competition, to team SIMulation from Corvinus University of Budapest for winning the EMI Corning Case Competition, and big thanks to the speakers, moderators, and committee members. Nearly 500 attendees joined the conference this year, find and download pictures here.

Meet the Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 Cornell EMI Corning Case Competition and the 2023 Cornell EMI Mark Mobius Pitch Competition! Your hard work, innovation, and strategic thinking have truly paid off.

2023 Cornell EMI Mark Mobius Pitch Competition

1st Prize: $10,000: Team SatellitesOnFire, Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina

2023 Cornell EMI Corning Case Competition

1st prize: $6,000: Team SIMulation, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary


Emerging Markets Institute Year In Review 2022-2023

The past academic year has been eventful for EMI: 73 fellows graduated last May, an annual conference and numerous seminars, published the 6th annual report, and so much more! Join EMI in reflecting back on the past year’s events and achievements by reading the 2022-2023 Year in Review!


Welcome, Emerging Markets Global Players (EMGP)

The Emerging Markets Global Players (EMGP), previously under Columbia University, is joining EMI network and management. EMGP‘s website is in the process of reactivation and all the great research and reports produced by the team will be made available soon. The EMGP research group and its Fellows have resumed meeting and will be included in EMI’s activities, going forward. A special thank you to Lisa Sachs, Director of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment.


Innovation from Emerging Markets: From Copycats to Leaders

EMI is  proud to announce that its newly released book “Innovation from Emerging Markets: From Copycats to Leaders” is now available to buy from Cambridge University Press and Amazon in hardback and ebook format. This book aims to examine innovation and the leadership of noteworthy EMs countries and EMNCs. Thanks to the Emerging Multinationals Network, the joint efforts of various institutions around the world, comprised in this book.


$1.8M Gift to Support EMI

A $1.8 million gift from Gail and Roberto Cañizares ’71, MBA ’74 will establish the Emerging Markets Institute Fellows Case Writing Program pilot fund and the Cañizares Award for Distinguished Alumni in International Business and Emerging Markets.

Thank you Gail and Roberto Cañizares! Read more about their generous gift! 

EMI Year in Review in Numbers


EMI Fellows Graduated in 2024

from 14 Johnson Graduate Programs


Conference attendees


EMI Report downloads


Webinar attendees

Emerging Markets Institute BusinessFeed

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What Investors Should Learn from the Fall of Edtech Unicorn Byju’s

As global investors look at edtech in emerging markets, the promise of doing good while making money is jeopardized by a cautionary tale about Byju’s.

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Trade Titans: The Impact of the U.S.-China Trade War on Global Economics

US-China trade tensions are restructuring global economics, driving supply chain shifts, and prompting scrutiny of European tech investment.

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Insights on Entrepreneurship and Emerging Markets from Former President of Colombia

Iván Duque, president of Colombia 2018-22, visited Cornell Tech and inspired students with insights on entrepreneurship and emerging markets.

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Johnson’s Karolyi Releases Rankings of Emerging Markets for Investors

Research takes a first-of-its-kind look at the fundamental risks associated in investing in emerging foreign markets

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