CEME Fellow Interviews

Periodically we'll be interviewing Senior CEME Fellows to check in on their latest research, big questions they've been pondering and everything they're keeping an eye on in the world. We'll be adding more interviews on a regular basis, so be sure to check back regularly to keep up with all the fascinating work the fellows are doing as part of CEME.

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Brian Ganson, Senior Researcher at Stellenbosch Business School
"The current narrative around business is quite negative, especially in places where some businesses benefit from corruption and the lack of state institutions. Making difficult changes takes time and commitment from various stakeholders."
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Thomas Holt, Co-Head of SovereigNET and Managing Director at K&L Gates
"The pace of regulatory requirements is growing exponentially within the last 3-4 years. Prudent global managers will not be able to decouple business matters from politics, or they do so at their own peril."
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Eliot Kalter, Co-Head of SovereigNET and President of EM Strategies
"It seems that great wealth could be channeled to alleviate the needs for infrastructure, the needs for pensions, and the needs for reducing income inequality. Enter CEME and the work that we're doing with SovereigNET in trying to facilitate that vast build up of wealth towards social ends."
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Steven Koltai, Managing Director at Koltai and Company
"Entrepreneurship spending really is a catalyst for creating jobs, which is in my view a much longer-term benefit than even short-term security that can be obtained by having American forces on the ground [in Iraq and Afghanistan]."
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Ignacio Mas, Consultant in Mobile Money and Financial Inclusion
"To me the big question is how do we go beyond [mobile] payments to make people comfortable storing their value digitally where that is adding value to them."
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Pat Schena, Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Business Relations at the Fletcher School and Co-Head of SovereigNet.
"Since the financial crises of the late 1990s, the growth in foreign exchange reserves and more generally surpluses resulting from the capture of resource revenues have led to steady expansion in the introduction of new sovereign wealth funds - 60-80 in fact. This growth raises key questions, as well as concerns"
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Paul Schulte, Managing Director of SGI Ltd.
"My work on the nature of banking (specifically lending) and its role in economic theory is the kind of work that can have real-world application to governments, businesses, and investors thinking about how to deal with the changes in the banking industry."
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Arthur Sculley, Co-Chair of the "Turkey's Turn?" Conference
"For students that have working experience in emerging markets, particularly those that have an interest in economic development, it is an absolute mecca for them to be able to be a part of it and to work with, and meet with people in the CEME."
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Harsha Singh, Senior Fellow at IISD and Senior Associate at ICTSD
"The greatest opportunity for students through the IBGC is to connect with experts in the field and either use them as a source for guiding their research, making contacts, or act as a research assistant to one of our projects."
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Kim Wilson, Academic Director, Fletcher Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion
"There is an ever increasing emphasis on “evidence-driven” aid programs that require more invasive and complex monitoring and evaluation systems, often at the expense the aid recipients. This growth in a quest for evidence pleases donors but may come at extreme cost to the poor."
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Weiping Wu, Professor and Chair of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University
"We have to look into more sustainable ways of financing for cities, which is what I’m working on now, particularly on China, looking at not just physical resources but also financial market resources that could help some cities to be more sustainable in terms of their financing."
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