Emerging Markets Forum

EMF 2014

Fourth Annual Emerging Markets Forum:
Negotiating History, Culture, and Institutions in Emerging Markets

Friday, April 25, 2014
Conference: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Networking reception: 4 - 6 p.m.

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center – Pavilion Room
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004

HIGHLIGHTS: Emerging Markets Forum Looks Beyond Arab Spring
Arab uprisings that started in 2010 will continue to reshape the region, even if political reform does not come quickly, a University of Maryland researcher said April 25, 2014, at the Emerging Markets Forum in Washington, D.C. The fourth annual event, hosted by the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, featured panelists and speakers with expertise on a range of Middle East topics.

The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the University of Maryland (UMD) presents the 4th Annual UMD Emerging Markets Forum, “Negotiating History, Culture, and Institutions in Emerging Markets.” 

To prosper and thrive in emerging markets, executives need to successfully negotiate the distinctive history, culture, and institutions that prevail in these contexts.  Addressing the challenges requires more than simple understanding of etiquette, language, and a short list of do’s and don’ts. At the fourth Emerging Markets Forum, participants will hear from some of the world’s leading scholars on the subject of how culture, history and institutions shape the business environment. A particular emphasis of the conference is on the Islamic World. Participants will gain critical insights on doing business in the Middle East and elsewhere in the Islamic World.  Discussions at the conference are intended to contribute to a more constructive engagement – commercial as well as social – with this quarter of the world’s population.

The Emerging Markets Forum is free for all UMD students, faculty, staff and alumni, $25 for non-UMD students, and $50 for professionals. The cost to attend EMF 2014 includes a catered lunch and a networking reception immediately following the forum, sponsored by the MBA Emerging Markets Association. Drinks will be provided.

View the complete forum agenda here and join us on April 25th for EMF 2014. Register now, as space is limited! 

Morning Keynote Speaker

Dr. Michele J. Gelfand, Professor and Distinguished University Scholar Teacher, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland

Dr. Gelfand’s work has explored a range of topics including cultural influences on conflict, negotiation, justice and revenge as well as theory and methods of cross-cultural psychology. Currently she is the Principal Investigator for a multi-university research effort studying culture and negotiation in the Middle East.


Lunch Keynote Speaker

Dr. Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland

Dr. Telhami is an educator, author, and foreign policy advisor who currently is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute’s Saban Center. He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and serves or has served on a number or boards including the Human Rights Watch and the United States Institute of Peace.

Dr. Telhami discusses his new book, The World Through Arab Eyes, in a recent interview with the University of California television channel.


Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Ambassador Edward S. Walker Jr., Christian A. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Global Political Theory, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY and Adjunct Scholar, Middle East Institute; former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs

Ambassador Walker has a distinguished foreign policy career with concentration on the Middle East. Some of his foreign appointments include: Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt and Ambassador to Israel. He is currently a Professor of Government at Hamilton College and Adjunct Scholar for the Middle East Institute.


Confirmed Panelists include:

  • Ms. Lobna Ismail – Founder and President, Connecting Cultures, Inc.
  • Dr. Peter Mandaville – Director of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies & Associate Professor of Government, George Mason University
  • Dr. Gerald McDermott – Associate Professor, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina 
  • Dr. Carlo Pietrobelli – Lead Economist, Inter-American Development Bank & Professor of Economics, University of Rome 
  • Dr. Patricia Sloane-White – Director of Islamic Studies & Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Delaware
  • Dr. Paul Vaaler – Associate Professor, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota


The 2014 Emerging Markets Forum is hosted by the Smith School's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) with major support from the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center and the George Washington University CIBER.