Conferences & Symposia

IBGC convenes conferences across all our areas of research, including our regular events on inclusion and institutional investment. We also host a regular regional "Turn?" series of conferences covering areas around the globe that stand at a point of inflection. Learn more about this "Turn?" series in the video below.



To request more information about any of our upcoming or past conferences, please view details below or contact IBGC at ibgc@tufts.edu.


Conference archive


October 12, 2017
Building Bridges V: Sustainable Investing through Infrastructure: Building Portfolios for the Long-term
In partnership with K&L Gates, the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds and SovereigNET
K&L Gates, SovereigNET, The Fletcher School's Network for Sovereign Wealth and Global Capital, and the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds were pleased to host our fifth symposium on global infrastructure.

Building Bridges V was a unique gathering of institutional investors, policy makers, development bankers, service providers, academics, and public sector partners gathering to explore the role of infrastructure as a long-term asset class through the lens of the “impact”-conscious investor. From issues of aligning stakeholder interests, to best practices in due diligence, and extending to benchmarking and reporting, our panelists will unpack the challenges of managing environmental and social risks to infrastructure assets, offer practical insights, and share innovative best practices.

March 2, 2018
New Frontiers: Emerging Technologies and Political Risk
Run by the Fletcher Political Risk Group
In 2018, the conference explored both sides of the threat equation – how “bad” actors can leverage technology to amplify the political risk that private sector participants face, and how firms can use technology to mitigate risks and generate creative solutions to these new types of threats. The Fletcher Political Risk Conference is the only political risk conference in North America, and over the years, it has grown to be recognized as the industry forum for discussing contemporary topics in the field of political risk. Conference speakers included political risk consultants, risk managers and academics.


October 6, 2016
Building Bridges IV: Bridging the Public-Private Divide through Pooled Investment Platforms
In partnership with K&L Gates, the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds and SovereigNET
K&L Gates, SovereigNET, The Fletcher School's Network for Sovereign Wealth and Global Capital, and the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds were pleased to host our fourth symposium on global infrastructure.

The central theme of the symposium was "Bridging the Public-Private Divide through Pooled Investment Platforms." The discussion focused on the design of innovative financing platforms to narrow the global infrastructure investment gap.

October 13-14, 2016
Greece's Turn?: Litmus Test for Europe
With engaging keynotes, debates and panel discussions, The Fletcher School convened one of the most timely Greek/Eurozone focused conferences on U.S. soil at a time when the country and the Eurozone is at an inflection. "Greece's Turn?" examined the fundamentals, strengths and vulnerabilities of Greece from the perspectives of politics, business, investment and the economy, society and international relations while exploring the implications for the future of the Eurozone.

November 16, 2016
Inclusion, Inc. unConference
The innovative "unConference" continued the tradition of the Inclusion, Inc. Forum, The Inclusive City, and Extreme Inclusion through a collaborative, proactive environment where participants rolled up their sleeves and turned ideas into action. The 2016 forum also coincided with the launch of IBGC's latest research report, offering fresh thinking on how businesses can play a leadership role in realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


November 6, 2015
Building Bridges III: Innovations in Infrastructure Finance and Investment
In partnership with K&L Gates and SovereigNET
K&L Gates and SovereigNET, The Fletcher School’s Network on Sovereign Wealth and Global Capital, partnered to host our third annual symposium in Washington, D.C. on global infrastructure investment.

The central theme of the symposium was "Innovations in Infrastructure Finance and Investment." The discussion focused on the building of successful financing platforms and structures to bridge the infrastructure investment gap and promote the development of well-executed projects with superior investment returns.



April 9-10, 2015
Inclusion, Inc.

“Inclusion, Inc.” drew upon IBGC’s ongoing research in Sustainable and Inclusive Business Activities (SIBA) focusing on key barriers and common issues to inclusive business at scale in emerging and developed markets. The Third Annual Fletcher Inclusion Forum, "Inclusion, Inc." explored the role of corporations in supporting more inclusive and sustainable business models. Key topics for discussion within this theme included the language of SIBA, measurement, and the role of catalytic individuals vs. mandates within corporations.

March 25, 2015
The Future of American Superpower: Implications for Security, Politics, & Markets
In Partnership with SovereigNET and Tufts Financial Network
An enlightened evening with Ian Bremmer, President and Founder, Eurasia Group, Dean Bhaskar Chakravorti moderated a discussion on the future of American superpower and explored its implications for global security, politics, and markets. The evening was co-sponsored by the Tufts Financial Network and The Fletcher School’s SovereigNET, housed in the Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC).

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 II: 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 was 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 gathered 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.


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 The Inclusive City conference report, Triumph, Reflection, Innovation

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 the Turkey's Turn? conference report

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.
Download the conference report.

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.