Events this semester
Startups & Venture Capital in Emerging Markets
(29th November, 16:15, HSG 01-208)
Join us on Tuesday, 29th November, to get a deeper insight into startups and venture capital in emerging markets. We are excited to announce that we will be hosting Vargha Moayed and Goodwell Investments.
Vargha Moayed held the Chief Strategy Officer position for UiPath, a leading enterprise software automation company, and contributed in establishing them as a global stock-listed tech leader from humble beginnings as a Romanian based start-up. Throughout his career, Moayed has worked in a wide range of industries including high-tech, telecom, retail, and heavy industries in many regions of the world. This invaluable exposure has given him first-hand insights into what makes companies and managers successful under different circumstances and in different industries.
Goodwell Investments is a pioneering impact investment firm providing early-stage equity to high growth, high impact businesses in emerging markets. Since 2006, Goodwell has raised five funds and is managing over $310m in capital. Their 35+ portfolio companies have consolidated annual revenues exceeding EUR 400 million and reach over 300 million people across 47 countries globally. Through past financial performance, the firm has demonstrated its ability to simultaneously deliver significant social impact and strong financial returns.
Consulting and Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets
(18th October, 16:30, HSG 09-012)
Kersten Pucks is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company with extensive experience in leading consulting projects in emerging markets. His area of expertise is related to complex and large-scale success fee-based corporate transformations. Beyond his success in consulting, Kersten has co-founded Gocongo, an agribusiness in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Join this event and find out more about consulting in emerging markets, how Kersten ventured into agricultural entrepreneurship in Africa, and what challenges he has overcome along the way.
Taiwan Strait Crisis (4th October, 16:50, HSG 01-104)
Just one day after a U.S. delegation led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan on August 3rd and vowed to preserve its democracy and self-determination, the Chinese military carried out missile strikes as part of its biggest-ever military drills in the vicinity of Taiwan. This came after months of high tensions and continuous Chinese threats of invasion. Will this mark a turning point in Sino-American relations and does the fourth Taiwan Strait Crisis have the potential to lead the world into new stages of geopolitical and economic turmoil? To answer these questions and more, we are pleased to announce our speakers, two experts in the field:
Eric Olander is the co-founder of the China Global South Project, an independent, non-partisan media initiative dedicated to exploring every facet of China’s engagement in Africa. Eric is a longtime China-watcher with more than 25 years of journalism experience at many of the world’s leading media companies including CNN, the BBC, and FRANCE24 among others. He has an extensive background working in newsrooms and doing content production in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia. China, though, has been the central focus of Eric’s professional career.
Prof. Dr. Tomas Casas Klett is a professor at the University of St. Gallen’s (HSG) Research Institute for International Management (FIM), specializing in international business with a focus on China. As a director at the University of St. Gallen’s China Competence Center, Professor Casas Klett supervises various research initiatives on matters including inter alia the Sino-Swiss Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and entrepreneurship & innovation in China. He also was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Councils (2016-2018) and is a WEF Expert Network member.