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Conferences & Symposia

IBGC convenes conferences engaging a wide range of stakeholders across our areas of research. To request more information about any of our upcoming or past conferences, please contact IBGC at ibgc@tufts.edu.

2015-2015 Calendar

September 29-October 2, 2014
The Inclusive Business Summit
at the Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy
This Summit is a reflection of the Institute's vision to bridge the world of business to the world. A key motivation behind the Institute's creation was to find better ways to integrate core business strategy with investments in the surrounding “context” and in missing institutions and other systems that enable growth, inclusion, sustainability and transparency. By convening an influential community of public, private and social leaders, we hope to spur practical, actionable, and successful innovation towards a more stable, prosperous, and inclusive world.

October 7, 2014
Building Bridges: Engaging the Institutional Investor in Global Infrastructure
In partnership with K&L Gates and SovereigNET
Building on the success of our inaugural meeting in 2013, the objective of this year’s event is to examine the burgeoning gap between global infrastructure needs and funding sources and the role of sovereign wealth funds, government pension funds, and other institutional investors in bridging that gap. We will gather representatives from the institutional investor community together with policy makers, service providers, academics, and public sector partners from recipient countries to explore the scale and progress of global infrastructure funding in both developed and emerging economies, the critical challenges to institutional investment in infrastructure, and the innovations that have supported the rise of global infrastructure as an evolving asset class.

Register for the event today.

 

Conference archive

2013-2014

May 1-2, 2014
The Inclusive City
Co-hosted with the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth
Urbanization brings with it enormous challenges for governments and markets alike. This conference will explore opportunities for private and public innovation to provide essential goods, infrastructure and services  to the quickly growing urban poor in emerging urban hubs around the world.

Check out our latest Inclusive City conference newsletter.

April 10-11, 2014
Turkey's Turn?: Perennial Linchpin or Emerging Hub?
Co-hosted with the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies
Over two days, discussions with academics, practitioners, businesspeople, policymakers, and analysts will explore key themes that have contributed to Turkey’s unique context, opportunities for investment,  and its role as an example for both Eastern and Western countries.

Check out our latest Turkey's Turn? conference newsletter.

February 14, 2014
Tufts Innovation Symposium: Strategies for Scaling Up
Presented by the Fletcher School's International Business Club in collaboration with the Institute for Business in the Global Context, The Institute for Global Leadership, and the Legatum Center
This student-led conference will explore lessons from entrepreneurs, multinational companies, and non-profit organizations that have achieved rapid growth in resource-constrained settings. The discussion will focus on business models, partnerships, and distribution strategies that have enabled innovation at scale in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

October 10, 2013
Building Bridges: Infrastructure Investment in Emerging Markets
In partnership with K&L Gates and SovereigNET
A full-day conference bringing together sovereign wealth and other long term investors, fund managers, corporate executives, public policy makers, practitioners, and academics to discuss investment opportunities, challenges to and risks of in-bound investment in emerging market infrastructure, and the policy frameworks that govern investment in emerging markets.

2012-2013

May 2, 2013
Extreme Inclusion: Dignity, Development and Financial Services
In partnership with MasterCard Worldwide and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
This conference illuminated how organizations are blending collaboration and innovation to serve financially disenfranchised individuals, households and businesses.

October 25-26, 2012
Africa's Turn? The Promise and Reality of the Global Economy's "Final Frontier"

In partnership with The MasterCard Foundation and Hitachi, Ltd.
This conference convened decision makers, innovative problem-solvers, and thought leaders shaping business and investment, policy, development and international relations in Africa.
Download the conference report.


2011-2012
April 25, 2012
Imagination Crisis: Are the Days of Revolutionary Innovations Over?
Co-hosted with Tufts Financial Network
This event was the third in a four-part series on the Opportunity of Crisis: Navigating International Business in an Uncertain World. Speakers discussed innovation, entrepreneurship, and the financial and educational supports for both.  
See the report and watch the video.

April 4, 2012
Resource Crises: Food, Fuel and Water Scarcity--The Coming Conflict and Implications for Multinational Business and Finance

Co-hosted with the Tufts Financial Network
This event was the third in a four-part series on the Opportunity of Crisis: Navigating International Business in an Uncertain World. During this seminar, panelists explored various aspects of resource scarcity and security and the implications for international business and finance.
See the report and watch the video.

March 7, 2012
Financial Crises: Disorder in the United States and European Union
Co-hosted by the Tufts Financial Network
This event was the second in a four-part series on the Opportunity of Crisis: Navigating International Business in an Uncertain World. In this session, panelists discussed the turmoil in the U.S. and EU financial markets and its ripple effects throughout the global economy.
See the report and watch the video.
 
October 28, 2011
The Road to a Cashless Society
Ajay Banga, President & CEO, MasterCard Worldwide discusses his declared views on a cashless society and IBGC's ongoing research into the cost of cash and financially inclusive cash alternatives.
See the video.

October 25, 2011
Geopolitical Crises: When the Front Page Converges with the Business Page

Co-hosted with the Tufts Financial Network
This event was the first in a four-part series on the Opportunity of Crisis: Navigating International Business in an Uncertain World. The event explored the dynamic terrain of geopolitical crises and their impact on the global economy, business risk and opportunity.
See the report and watch the video.
2010-2011

April 22, 2011
Killing Cash – Pros and Cons of Mobile Money for the World’s Poor: A Look at Both Sides of the Coin 
In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Open to the general public, this full-day conference featured a series of debates and dialogues on the role of e-cash and its impact on the global "base of the pyramid" and regulatory regimes. Anthropological, economic, and security perspectives were addressed.
Download the conference report. 


March 30, 2011
Country Management: Strategy, Operations and Leadership in Emerging and Frontier Economies
This limited-attendance seminar was intended for high-level corporate officials and decision-makers dealing directly with country management issues or the oversight of a multi-country strategy, as well as scholars and students interested in addressing the key challenges involved in managing across borders and within different regional markets. The dialogue featured a series of practical cases and scholarly papers highlighting real-life scenarios and core aspects of country management.

2009-2010

October 23, 2009
Managing Political Risk 2009: A Cross-Sector Conference on Political Risk Management and Mitigation
In partnership with ExxonMobil

This conference fostered a range of discussions on timely political risk measurement and mitigation trends and techniques from the international investment and business perspective. This report provides a number of highlights from the four panel discussions and two keynote presentations given during the daylong event.
Download the conference report.

2008-2009

May 25-26, 2009
M-Banking 2009: Balancing Innovation and Regulation
In partnership with the Kenya School of Monetary Studies
A Fletcher student-led initiative, this conference aimed to identify current challenges as well as future opportunities for innovation within the mobile banking industry.
Download the conference report.


March 26-28, 2009

Microfinance From Below: The Power of Savings and Savings Groups in Frontier Economies  
In parternship with Oxfam America and the Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
This conference presented opinions and insights from experts in the field of microfinance concerning the linking of communities to banks and other financial institutions, the continued need to regulate microfinance, and role of technology in savings-led initiatives.
Download the conference report.
Read a short paper summarizing the conference from the "student perspective."


October 31, 2008
The Global Financial Crisis: Implications for Emerging Local Capital Markets
This seminar focused on the impact of the global sub-prime and financial crisis on the development of local capital markets in emerging market countries.
Download the seminar report.

2007-2008

April 11, 2008
Scaling Alternative Energy: The Role of Emerging Markets
In partnership with the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP), The Fletcher School
This dialogue explored key issues in sustainable energy, with a focus on the emerging markets (e.g. Brazil, China, India, and the Middle East), highlighting initiatives that enterprises and governments are taking to address both climate change concerns and the energy needs they believe are necessary to improve living standards.
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April 23, 2008
Deepening Local Capital Markets in Emerging Market Countries
This seminar explored the development of local capital markets in emerging markets, particularly in the Latin American and Asian regions.
Download the seminar report.


November 2, 2007
Microfinance Dialogue: The Next Decade
In partnership with the Feinstein International Center, Tufts University, and the Institute for Human Security at Fletcher
This conference addressed critical microfinance topics including capital markets access, the use of soft money, and key issues facing microfinance industry growth and impact in the next decade.
Download the conference report.