Emerging Markets Hub Introduces Fletcher Students To Execs

Fletcher’s Center for Emerging Market Enterprises allows MIB students to interview executives and write case studies on their emerging markets challenges

This week BusinessBecause speaks to Stacy Neal, Associate Director of the The Fletcher School’s Center for Emerging Market Enterprises (CEME).

CEME was set up to be a global hub for the study of emerging market enterprise, providing privately-funded research into topics ranging from sovereign management to microfinance and food-fuel price dynamics.

It also offers the chance for Fletcher students to work alongside faculty and fellows through in research projects and contribute towards academic papers.

Ravi Chaturvedi, who is studying for Fletcher’s Masters in International Business (MIB), explains: “There's so much to learn from the CEME fellows, who have decades of experience in places like the World Bank, manufacturing and financial services, as CEOs and department leaders.

“It's a great opportunity for MIBs. Everyone needs a mentor and this gives access to a pool of them. No matter what life stage one is in.”

Stacy Neal, CEME’s Associate Director and graduate of Fletcher's MALD programme, is particularly excited about some big upcoming projects, including the Leadership Programme for Financial Inclusion in partnership with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“The whole place is buzzing about these initiative because the participants and the topics are cutting-edge, and the programme is such a big thing for the university,” she says.

"The Leadership Programme for Financial Inclusion is just one of several initiatives developing education and learning opportunities for advanced professionals - and for students who work with CEME," Stacy adds. “For our Country Management conference earlier this month, we had students working alongside business leaders. We reviewed students’ references and resume samples and paired them with executives based on experience and interests; the students had to interview their executives and write mini-cases - 'Reflections from Practise' - exploring critical issues the executive dealt with in emerging and frontier economies. The students received a contributing author credit, and some of them were also able to present the papers themselves at the conference.

Stacy claims many of the students came away claiming that they’d reached new career decisions and made lasting contacts.

“CEME aims to have projects and initiatives funded by corporations and individual donors, and most projects have student involvement. CEME is a place where students can find first hand experience that translates to their careers after Fletcher.”

“As a project comes in we put out a call across our student body. We look for the best matches – students with the right experience or skill sets, as well as the right goals. If they want a career change into energy policy, for example, and they have transferable skills relevant to the project, then we put them on a project that allows them to gain insight into that sector.”

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