NYU Emerging Markets Conference

NYU Stern’s Emerging Markets Association & Stern in Africa are excited to host NYU’s inaugural Emerging Markets Conference.

The goal of the event is to create a forum where industry leaders can engage with students in a forward-looking industry discussion. Speakers will share thoughts on the current economic trends, the role of Africa and Asia going forward, the implications of changes in global trade, and the development of emerging markets in general. The economic keynote presentation will be complemented by a series of panels, including impact investing, infrastructure financing, and a geopolitical debate. 


Friday, March 29, 2019

NYU Stern School of Business

44 West 4th Street

New York, NY 10012

12:15 p.m - 6:00 p.m

A warm thank you to our sponsors for their generosity and support.


Event Schedule

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm   Registration

1:00 pm - 1:10 pm . opening Remarks

1:10 pm - 1:50 pm     KEYnote presentation - Emerging economies and the road ahead

1:50 PM - 2:40 PM    Challenges and opportunities to impact investing in emerging markets

2:40 pm - 3:40 PM  infrastructure financing

3:40 PM - 4:10 PM    coffee and refreshments

4:10 pm - 5:00 pm    new energy solutions in africa

5:00 pm - 5:50 pm   Discussion on geopolitics and corruption

5:50 pm - 6:00 pm   Closing remarks


Keynote Presentation - emerging economies and the road ahead


Jahangir Aziz

Global Head Emerging Market Economics, J.P. Morgan

Jahangir Aziz heads J.P. Morgan’s global emerging markets economics team. He led Asia emerging market economics over 2013-16 after having joined the firm in late 2008 as the India chief economist. Prior to that, he served as Principal Economic Advisor to India’s Minster of Finance having spent 12 years at the IMF where he headed the China division from 2004-07. Jahangir holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Minnesota.

Challenges and opportunities to impact investing in emerging markets


Ron Margalit

Principal Investor and Adviser at the Intersection of Innovation, Blended Capital and Emerging Markets

With over 15 years of experience, Ron is a veteran principal investor, entrepreneur and advisor working at the intersection of innovation, blended capital, and impact. Ron was selected as a Rising Star Investor at the SuperReturn Series and was awarded permanent residency by the US State Department for his “extraordinary abilities in the field of impact investing”.

Previously, Ron served as the first appointed economic representative to the Board of the World Bank Group by the Government of Israel, worked as an advisor on innovative financing to global 500 companies and a mentor to Israeli-Palestinian startups.

Ron received executive education at Harvard Business School, earned his MBA from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Christian Ruehmer

Head of Risk & Compliance, Bamboo Capital Partners

Christian Ruehmer is the Head of Risk and Compliance at Bamboo Capital Partners, a leading impact fund investing in major emerging markets. Christian has close to 30 years of experience in international banking and has also worked as an expert for Risk Management and Efficiency Management in Micro- and SME Finance.

In 2004 Christian founded Proyecto Horizonte, a community development program in Bolivia, which serves over 1500 children and their families with programs in education, health care and community services.

He graduated from Hochschule für Bankwirtschaft in Frankfurt, Germany with a Diploma in Banking and Finance is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Financial Risk Manager (FRM).

Infrastructure Financing

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Jay Lurie

Investment Officer, Infrastructure Latin America, IFC

Jay Lurie is an Investment Officer in the Latin America and the Caribbean Infrastructure and Natural Resources investment team at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank Group’s private sector financing arm.  Jay joined IFC in 2009 and has worked across the infrastructure project life cycle in project development, equity investing, project finance lending, and PPP transaction advisory to government ministries.  His sector focus is energy, water/waste, transport and logistics where he has led investments in Latin America, Asia and Europe.  Prior to IFC in Washington, Jay was based in Singapore and India for IFC, in India and NY for Macquarie Capital, and NY for Credit Suisse.  Jay holds a Master of Arts in Economics and International Development from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and is a CFA charterholder.


Eric Wittleder

Vice President, Brookfield

Eric Wittleder is a Vice President within Brookfield’s infrastructure debt group with responsibility for origination, execution and asset management for transactions across the Americas.  Eric joined Brookfield in 2017 from Societe Generale where he had been Vice President, Energy and Project Finance Group, advising on and raising debt capital for energy and infrastructure projects in the US and Latin America.  Eric previously held positions at SMBC, Banco Espirito Santo, and WestLB.  While at SMBC, Eric was seconded for 2 years to Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional in Bogota, Colombia to build out its project finance unit and support the country’s infrastructure program.  Eric holds a Bachelor of Science (Foreign Service) from Georgetown University.

New Energy solutions in Africa

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Amaka Anku

Practice Head of Africa, Eurasia Group

Amaka leads the firm's Africa practice, directing its analysis of regional trends and the interaction of politics, policy, and markets. Her own work focuses on political and economic trends in West Africa, particularly in Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, and Senegal.
Amaka has on-the-ground experience working across the African continent with organizations such as Africare, the African Development Bank, the International Crisis Group, and the International Rescue Committee. From 2011 to 2015, she practiced law in the international arbitration and litigation group of global law firm Shearman & Sterling, LLP, where she represented multinational corporations in multimillion-dollar, cross-border disputes throughout the region. Amaka is a regular commentator and speaker on Nigerian and African affairs. She grew up in Enugu, Nigeria, and is fluent in Igbo and French. Amaka holds a bachelor's degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a doctor of law degree from Harvard Law School.


Charles Eberly

Global Head of Coverage for Clean Power, CrossBoundary

Charles Eberly serves as the Global Head of Coverage for CrossBoundary’s Clean Power practice. He leads of team based across Southern Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. CrossBoundary Clean Power takes a transaction-centered approach to facilitate nascent stage energy markets in their development and transformation. Charles advises governments and IPPs with a primary focus on national priority projects involving complex deal structuring.

Prior to CrossBoundary, Charles worked for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the M&A team of an international firm investing in air, maritime, and land logistics assets across Africa, and Northern Trust’s Asia Pacific alternative investments practice based in Hong Kong.

He is a decorated United States Marine Corps infantry officer and veteran of the War in Afghanistan. Charles holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He was a Patrick Henry Honors Scholar at Hampden Sydney College, where he studied economics.

Discussion on geopolitics and corruption

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Michelle DiGruttolo

Senior Marketing Director, Ankura Consulting Group

Michelle DiGruttolo is a Senior Managing Director in charge of Ankura Consulting Group’s Geopolitical Intelligence practice area.  In this role, she leverages more than 20 years of experience in the US intelligence community, including experience as the executive coordinator of the President’s Daily Intelligence Brief where she was responsible for delivering daily intelligence briefings directly to President Barack Obama and his team.  Prior to working at Ankura, she received her MBA from UVA’s Darden School of Business and worked as a business development executive and strategic planner for Lockheed Martin.


Raj Patel

Project Consultant, Chatham House

Raj Patel is currently a PhD Candidate in Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania.  As a consultant associated with the Africa Programme at Chatham House, he helped author a report focused on social norms and corruption in Nigeria.  His research focuses on the intersection of philosophy, politics, and economics, as well as the political economy of corruption. His work experience includes stints at the US Department of Homeland Security and the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Washington, DC, where he focused on issues related to privacy and security.


Where will the conference take place?

The conference will be held at the NYU Paulson Auditorium at 44 W 4th St. Enter through the Tisch building and take the stairs on your left down one flight. 

Where should I check-in?

At the security desk, please provide your name (if you do not have an NYU ID.) Then, you will check in for conference once you take the stairs down to Paulson. 

Traveling with Bags or expecting rain?

We will have a coat check available to the left of the entrance to Paulson Auditorium.


Paulson Auditorium (44 W. 4th Street) is easily accessible by public transportation (A,B,C,D, E, F or M at West 4th Street; N or R at 8th St-NYU or the 6 at Astor Place). If you are traveling by car, public parking is available on West 3rd Street and on Thompson Street.


A Note to all attendees: 

The conference will feature a number of candid conversations with industry leaders, and all presentations will be off the record. Please refrain from live social media coverage or filming of any sessions. 


E-mail us at ema@stern.nyu.edu

About Us:

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Emerging Markets Association has more than 1200 members and is composed of a large cross section of international and domestic students interested in and/or with experience in emerging markets. EMA's mission is to cultivate greater understanding of the business and cultural contexts of emerging economies, connect students to emerging market professionals and academics, and promote careers with emerging markets focus through professional, cultural and experiential opportunities.

Through various events, EMA provides a platform for educational and networking opportunities. The club will be hosting events that bring together business leaders, academics, students, and alumni to discuss pressing issues in doing business in emerging markets. EMA also runs an annual study trip, the most prolific international trek on campus.

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Stern in Africa is dedicated to enhancing the Stern community by introducing Sternies to all the great social, cultural, and professional opportunities that nations in Africa have to offer. . Our Objectives are as follow: . Provide access to information about African business and career opportunities; create a forum for discussing African events and issues; Create a better awareness of Africa as a viable business and leisure destination; Create greater visibility of Stern among Africans in the Diaspora; Support Stern admissions Office in recruiting African Students; Provide opportunities for Stern MBAs to explore Africa through social and cultural events; Provide a support network to African students at Stern; and Create networking opportunity for SIA members interested in building careers in or related to Africa Please feel welcome to email us with any questions: sia@stern.nyu.edu.