Founders

<strong>Michael Soon</strong>
Michael SoonFounder, Chairman
BA Law and Anthropology Graduate, LSE
London, UK
Beijing, People’s Republic of China
<strong>Josh Boylan</strong>
Josh BoylanCo-founder
BSc Economic History Graduate, LSE
Economic Policy Fellow, Office of US Senator Chris Coons
Washington D.C., USA

Executive Team

<strong>David Lyria</strong>
David LyriaCo-President
BSc Government and Economics
Nairobi, Kenya
The Africa-China economic relationship particularly interests me. Over the past two decades, China has gone from being a relatively small investor in Africa to the continents largest economic partner.  I’m keen to learn more about the true dynamics of this important relationship and what it means for the future welfare of African people.
<strong>Marvin Yee</strong>
Marvin YeeCo-President
BSc Economics
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
In time, the untapped potential of emerging markets will be fulfilled, despite the current complexities that hinders it’s progress. To hasten the process, I believe it is not just necessary to understand the science of economic development, but also to discuss the social elements that governs positive change. Indeed, it will be a complicated journey bounded by challenges and barriers, but the mere possibility to view the greener grass on the other side is definitely a sight worth fighting for.
<strong>Maaz Rafique-Aldawery</strong>
Maaz Rafique-AldaweryTreasurer
MSc Management
London, UK
The world is a fast-evolving landscape with young emerging markets being our chance to provide a strong foundation for their economy, politics and culture. I want to be the medium between mature and young economies, to spread the knowledge and experience with the aim of continuously improving as a global society.

 

Board of Advisors

<strong>Ahsan Naqvi</strong>
Ahsan NaqviAdvisor
Abraaj Group
Dubai, UAE

<strong>Axel Söderberg</strong>
Axel SöderbergAdvisor
Soderberg and Partners
Stockholm, Sweden

<strong>Ayas Tyukhtenev</strong>
Ayas TyukhtenevAdvisor
Indigo Capital Partners
Chairman, Siberian Kickboxing Federation
Altai Province, Russian Federation

<strong>George Tan</strong>
George TanAdvisor
Portfolio Manager, Balyasny
Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

<strong>Vincent QianYi Xie</strong>
Vincent QianYi XieAdvisor
Partner, Knights Group
Tsinghua School of Architecture
Beijing, People’s Republic of China

<strong>Dinmukhamet Izbassar</strong>
Dinmukhamet IzbassarAdvisor

Astana, Kazakhstan

<strong>Raymond McKeeve</strong>
Raymond McKeeveAdvisor
Founder, S4Si ; Senior Partner, Jones Day
London, UK
<strong>Anton Fourie</strong>
Anton FourieAdvisor
BSc Accounting and Finance
Johannesburg, South Africa
<strong>Trudy Dipippo</strong>
Trudy DipippoAdvisor
Co-Founder and Co-President at DG Global Advisors
New York, USA
<strong>Michael Golen</strong>
Michael GolenAdvisor
Tricon Energy
London, UK
<strong>Thomas Lazaridis</strong>
Thomas LazaridisAdvisor
Lyon, France

Sponsorship Team

<strong>Horace Cheng</strong>
Horace ChengSponsorship Director
BSc Economics
Hong Kong, China
Born and raised in Hong Kong, I have always been fascinated to learn more bout the dynamic emerging economies that are developing and constantly changing today. At an era of low yield and complex geopolitical risks, it is particularly interesting to see how growth opportunities in Emerging Markets are set to change in the near future.
<b>Jana Blahova</b>
Jana BlahovaSponsorship Officer
LLB Law
Lysa and Labem, Czech Republic
The 21st century is a hugely exciting time for the Emerging Markets. These areas offer new location for unprecedented business expansion. The increased  introduction of  legislation compatible with Islamic Finance  in the Middle East and North Africa, has attracted the sights of many investors. Similarly, Iran has become an attractive hub for a wide range of businesses after some economic sanctions were lifted. Recent world-wide developments suggest that the impact of Emerging Markets on the world’s economy should certainly not be underestimated.
<b>Cecilia Tsang</b>
Cecilia TsangSponsorship Officer
LLB Law
Hong Kong, China
Emerging markets are the fastest growing economies, the leading driving engines of the world. With high level of potentials and development capacities, I believe EMs esp Asian economies such as India, China and Indonesia are going to lead global growth in 2017. Being born and raised in Hong Kong, it’s inevitable to have in-born sentimental feelings towards our mother land China. I am excited to witness how China is going to strike a balance between opening up its economy through Belt and Road initiative, while retaining strong political control through measures such as restricting capital outflow. 

Speakers Team

<b>Robert Verworn</b>
Robert VerwornSpeakers Director
MSc Global Europe: Culture and Conflict
Minneapolis, USA
Emerging markets give us the opportunity, as an ever more global society, to improve economic, political, and social conditions for those in that market as well as those willing to accept the risk of moving into the market. 
<b>Esteban Lee</b>
Esteban LeeSpeakers Officer
MSc Theory and History of International Relations
Santiago, Chile
EM are fascinating, dynamic and full of opportunities. Nevertheless, they are riskier and volatile markets. In the recent years, we observed the EM asset prices fluctuating strongly by the commodities prices and international/domestic political factors, rather than their own fundamentals. I call it: The Charm of Emerging Markets.
<strong>Felix Reitz</strong>
Felix ReitzSpeakers Officer
MSc International Political Economy
Frankfurt, Germany
Economies with huge, young populations that offer tremendous investment opportunities hence – this seems to be the typical notion of emerging markets. Additionally, they sometimes struggle with good governance, but are highly relevant when tackling the global challenges of the 21st century. But aren’t they a source of valuable inspiration and optimism? Don’t they develop ideas which are that innovative and clever, just because emerging markets differ in many regards? Let us consider these approaches instead of transferring our own strategies.
<b>Marco Serventich</b>
Marco ServentichSpeakers Officer
MSc Finance
Buenos Aires, Argentina
I believe it is essential that we understand the cultural, historic and economic background of an emerging economy to full comprehend how things work there. I am particularly interested in topics that involve Latin American countries.
<b>Tierney Riordan</b>
Tierney RiordanSpeakers Officer
MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics)
London, UK
In my view, emerging markets are the promise of the future, providing exciting investment and learning opportunities. As of yet there is so much potential currently untapped, which hopefully can be developed in the coming years. 

Marketing & Media Team

<b>Angeline Kasim</b>
Angeline KasimMarketing Director
Global MSc in Management
Jakarta, Indonesia
Emerging market is growing in popularity and investment.  According to IMF, in 2017 the average real GDP growth of emerging market and developing economies are more than twice of advanced economics. Hedge fund investments in emerging market are allegedly triple of those in developed market. As an Indonesian, I am excited for the growth of interest in emerging market because I believe that emerging economies have a lot of potential to explore. I hope that the LSE Emerging Market Forum will bring light into the potentials of emerging economies and bring forward an exciting perspective to all the participants. 
<b>Dameli Bozzhanova</b>
Dameli BozzhanovaMarketing Officer
BSc Management
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan’s government is highly focused on transforming the country into a knowledge-based diversified economy with an investment-friendly environment. I am excited to see how the global growth will be shaped, once the enormous economic potential of Kazakhstan and other emerging markets will be unlocked. 
<strong>Yi On Ko</strong>
Yi On KoMarketing Officer
BSc Economics
Hong Kong, China
Emerging markets as the “main engine of global growth” should jointly grasp the historical opportunity arising from the transformation of global economic structure. We all benefit from actively participating in global development cooperation other than protectionism, which disturbs global market and hinders efficiency.
<b>Sumer Singh</b>
Sumer SinghMarketing Officer
BSc Philosophy Politics and Economics
Agra, India
My view is that emerging markets deserve our utmost attention and study, as these countries will be at the forefront of innovation, development and growth in the coming areas. Many of these markets are already proving this view correct quite effectively, with the example of Narayana Hospitals, in my home country of India, using a ‘no-frills’ business model to cut the cost of heart surgery to about 800 USD coming to mind. However, I also believe that these countries still face many challenges that they are yet to fully grasp and overcome, such as the issue of declining population growth in Iran, or the universal issues of job creation and environmental regulation. That is why conferences like ours are necessary and actually highly useful. 

Logistics Team

<strong>Maaz Rafique-Aldawery</strong>
Maaz Rafique-AldaweryLogistics Director
MSc Management
London, UK
The world is a fast-evolving landscape with young emerging markets being our chance to provide a strong foundation for their economy, politics and culture. I want to be the medium between mature and young economies, to spread the knowledge and experience with the aim of continuously improving as a global society.
<strong>Ruth Shalom Kinyua</strong>
Ruth Shalom KinyuaLogistics Officer
BSc Economics & Finance
Nairobi, Kenya
As an Economics student, the policies and initiatives undertaken by emerging markets are of interest in lieu of the potential impact on growth and development. Within the same span of time, history has shown prime examples of developing countries advancing their economies extensively, whilst other developing countries have deteriorated significantly. Emerging markets can therefore be havens of promise or pitfalls of despair that require a discerning, informed and analytical approach. With a Kenyan background, I feel obliged to educate myself, to assess opportunities and to critically analyse the current state of events vis a vis the future outcomes.

Research Team

<strong>Marcus Huels</strong>
Marcus HuelsResearch Director
MSc International Health Policy
Altamont, Illinois, USA
The study of emerging markets and comparative systems is as important as ever. As established economies surge forward and their component actors push to build new bridges for investment, real future genius will lie in identifying mechanism that foster economic growth while safeguard those marginalised by global market forces. This is but one of the skills the research unit focuses on grooming in LSE students through sel-directed research on key emerging market topics.

<b>Luke Doyle</b>
Luke DoyleResearch Director
BSc Economics and Economic History
West Sussex, UK
Emerging Markets hold the key to cracking the enigma that is economic development. By analysing the diverse range of approaches taken by Newly Industrialised Countries (NICs) in a bid to achieve economic progress, we can better understand development’s source.It is currently an exciting time for Emerging Markets: In a world where the OECD economies have stagnated post-2008, will Emerging Markets such as China, India, and the South-East Asian Tigers take the mantel become center stage in the global economy? The influence of Emerging Markets grows every day, and it is about time we properly understood them.
<b>Prithvi Boggavaram</b>
Prithvi BoggavaramResearch Analyst
BSc Economics
Singapore
Emerging markets have always fascinated me as they are much more dynamic and volatile than developed markets. In particular, I am interested in the significant impact of political interference in emerging countries and the plethora of factors that influence their ability to transition to a developed country.
<b>Jonathan Ivan Hitojo</b>
Jonathan Ivan HitojoResearch Analyst
BSc Economics
Jakarta, Indonesia
The political development and the high economic growth in countries of emerging markets have created a spike of interest for future social scientists and others. As these countries are trying to prove to the world that they are gaining momentum to become the next economic leaders, internal conflicts and problems have shown to be a challenge for investors and other countries to do business there. This will create an interesting development of emerging markets in the future due to the uncertainties present.
<b>Benjamin Berger</b>
Benjamin BergerResearch Analyst
MSc Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Basel, Switzerland
Emerging markets offer countless opportunities. But they must also find ways to tackle the numerous social, environmental and political challenges they face. I strongly believe this can be achieved by learning from and transferring successful approaches. Doing so is quintessential to ensure sustainable growth.
<b>Nicole Lim</b>
Nicole LimResearch Analyst
BSc International Relations
Singapore
Emerging markets are at the centre of our economic gravity. Apart from evaluating the economic potential of emerging market economies against developed economies, it is paramount to make these comparisons alongside the diversity in cultures, geopolitical environments and political systems that make emerging markets such a fascinating topic for debate and learning today. Going forward, I believe that emerging markets will remain a defining feature of globalisation.
<b>Syed Mohd Irtaza Hassan</b>
Syed Mohd Irtaza HassanResearch Analyst
BSc Accounting and Finance
Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Having gained first hand experience analysing the Pakistan Stock Exchange, I am amazed by the potential of the Emerging Markets. As a trader once told me, “there’s never a dull day in the market”, reflecting the high volatility and opportunity available to investors in these markets. Its going to be interesting to see how these markets shape up in the coming years and have a front seat to watch their transition!
<b>Ambika Nair</b>
Ambika NairResearch Analyst
BSc International Relations
Washington DC, USA
Emerging markets are growing centres of innovation in technology, development, education, and more. It is vital that  we follow trends in growing industries in emerging markets, like fintech, and also play close attention to new partnerships among emerging markets. Gender equity and financial inclusion is another issue related to emerging markets that I’m passionate about, and a topic of key importance when considering the growth/developing trajectories of these places.