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The Emerging Markets Investors Alliance is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that enables institutional emerging market investors to support good governance, promote sustainable development, and improve investment performance in the governments and companies in which they invest. The Alliance seeks to raise awareness and advocate for these issues through collaboration among investors, companies or governments, and public policy experts. LEARN MORE

Events

Spring 2019

Date - Time:
05/16/2019 - 15:15 to 19:30
Location:
BNP Paribas Asset Management
5 Aldermanbury Square
London, EC2V 7BP
Participants:
Jane Ambachtsheer, BNP Paribas Asset Management | Howard Sherman, MSCI | James Leaton, Moody's | Chris Varco, Cambridge Associates | Jarrad Linzie, JPMorgan Chase | Justin Sloggett, PRI | Alaa Bushehri, BNP Paribas Asset Management | Alan Brett, MSCI | Lise Johnson, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment | Sareh Forouzesh, CDP | Felipe Gordillo, BNP Paribas Asset Management | Liz McGrath, Natural Resource Governance Institute | Stephen Bailey-Smith, Global Evolution | Gavin Hayman, Open Contracting Initiative
Description:
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing is becoming mainstream. This event addressed the contribution of ESG factors to investment performance in emerging markets, for both sovereigns and corporates. The three panels addressed questions including: How can investors take advantage of ESG data available from global policy organizations and ESG data providers? What factors correlate most highly with investment performance? What measures can sovereigns undertake to reduce public...

Spring 2019

Date - Time:
02/14/2019 - 12:00
Location:
Participants:
Dayna Linley-Jones, Sustainalytics
Description:
The Samarco tailings dam failure, and now Brumadinho, have put in stark relief water-related risks in the mining sector, including the human and environmental tolls that can be associated with ineffective regulation. Dayna Linley-Jones of Sustainalytics lead an insightful discussion on the twin tragedies at Vale, general risks in the mining sector, and Sustainalytics’s ratings methodology for the extractives segment. This conference call addressed questions including: ...

Fall 2018

Date - Time:
12/13/2018 - 12:00
Location:
Participants:
Sareh Forouzesh, CDP | Autumn Graham, Schroders
Description:
This conference call addressed what investors need to know about the detrimental effects of protein production on forests in Brazil. Deforestation is a major environmental concern that poses operational, financial, and reputational risks to investors. Two-thirds of tropical deforestation over the last decade can be attributed to the production of a handful of globally-traded soft commodities, especially livestock farming products. The production of these...

Fall 2018

Date - Time:
10/29/2018 - 16:30
Location:
Societe Generale
245 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10167
Participants:
Willem H. Buiter, Citigroup | Kenneth Rogoff, Harvard University | Alexander F. Tieman, International Monetary Fund | Fergus McCormick, Director of Sovereign Research
Description:
This discussion will focus on one of the most central yet overlooked areas of public finance: the importance of a public sector balance sheet in managing public wealth. The October 2018 edition of the Fiscal Monitor, one of the IMF’s flagship publications, argues that public wealth can best be managed through a public sector balance sheet (PSBS) that provides a comprehensive picture of all of the assets and liabilities that a government owns and owes, and broadens the scope of...

Fall 2018

Date - Time:
10/22/2018 - 15:30
Location:
BlackRock
40 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 11221
Participants:
Khuram Chaudhry, J.P. Morgan | Sameer Chopra, Bank of America Merrill Lynch | Jack Deino, BlackRock | Lee Gao, GCA | Andrew Howell, Citigroup | Aniket Shah, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Investec | Gabriel Thoumi, Climate Advisors
Description:
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing has gone mainstream. This event convenes a panel of buy-side and sell-side analysts to address the contribution of ESG factors to investment performance in emerging markets. The discussion will address questions including: What is the value of ESG data in emerging markets investing? What are some successful ESG integration strategies? What factors correlate most highly with investment performance? How are investors taking advantage of...

Spring 2018

Date - Time:
05/10/2018 - 04:00 to 06:30
Location:
Fidelity International
25 Cannon Street
London, EC4M 5TA
Participants:
Description:
Did you know that Guatemala and the Dominican Republic rank higher than India, Turkey, and Namibia in terms of budget transparency? And that Brazil’s budget is more transparent than South Korea’s? The International Budget Partnership (IBP) publishes the Open Budget Survey every two years.  Ranking 115 countries across six continents, the survey is the largest comparative, independent assessment of budget transparency, oversight and participation. The Open Budget Index (...

Spring 2018

Date - Time:
03/14/2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
Location:
Safra Securities
546 Fifth Avenie
New York, NY
Participants:
Description:
Political uncertainty in Brazil has cast doubt on the possibility of further corporate governance reforms at the regulatory level. However, over the last five years, Brazilians have taken many steps toward improving corporate governance standards and professionalizing board structures. The discussion will address the state of corporate governance in Brazil as well as the challenges associated with reform. From the recent launch of Brazil's Stewardship Code to Vale's path-breaking election of...

Spring 2018

Date - Time:
02/06/2018 - 12:30
Location:
BlackRock
Drapers Garden, 12 Throgmorton Avenue
London, EC2N 2DL
Participants:
Ronnie Downes, OECD | Juan Pablo Guerrero, Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency | Jason Lakin, IBP | Giulia Pellegrini, BlackRock | Carolina Renteria, International Monetary Fund
Description:
Investors rely on government fiscal data to assess creditworthiness. Yet many governments do not produce basic or complete fiscal data. The event will focus on fiscal openness and budget transparency in emerging markets. The discussion will address questions such as: (1) How are governments performing on fiscal openness and budget transparency and why does it matter?  (2) How do closed fiscal policies and budgets contribute to systemic risks and open ones reduce risks? (3) Which fiscal...

Spring 2018

Date - Time:
01/31/2018 - 17:30
Location:
The Harvard Club
35 West 34th St
New York, NY
Participants:
Isabel Munilla, Oxfam America | Reg Manhas, Kosmos Energy | Rob Pitman, National Resource Governance Institute
Description:
Oil, gas, and mining agreements signed between governments and companies have traditionally been classified, but norms and regulations are shifting towards increased transparency. Around 40 governments have officially published these contracts, and organizations like the International Monetary Fund, the International Finance Corporation, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development are actively encouraging the practice of disclosure. We brought investors together to discuss why this...

Fall 2017

Date - Time:
10/16/2017 - 14:00 to 15:00
Location:
Van Eck Associates Corporation
New York, NY
Participants:
Rajeeva Bandaranaike, Colombo Stock Exchange | Niroshan Wijesundere, Colombo Stock Exchange | Anthony Sassine, VanEck | Melanie Paty, Principles for Responsible Investment | Bruno Bastit, Quetzal Strategy | Jacque Safra, Safra National Bank
Description:
On October 16, 2017, the Alliance hosted a discussion with Mr. Rajeeva Bandaranaike, the CEO of the Colombo Stock Exchange, on corporate governance issues in Sri Lanka. As the Exchange’s listing rules play a crucial role in shaping corporate governance practices, the event presented an opportunity for investors to understand and address challenges to promoting good governance and operational transparency. The occasion also allowed for dialogue between investors and the leadership of the...