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Navigating Political Risk – Can UNICEF teach Unilever how to succeed in Emerging Markets?

The Fletcher Political Risk Forum

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)

Medford, MA

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The Fletcher Political Risk Forum is pleased to present:

Navigating Political Risk – Can UNICEF teach Unilever how to succeed in Emerging Markets?

An interactive conversation between Dean Uvin, Dean Bhaskar...and you!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Mugar 200



  • More than 75% of the world’s GDP growth is expected to originate in emerging markets and they already account for 50% of the world’s economic output.  
  • Typically, multinationals tend to formulate their emerging market strategies by using their experiences in mature markets as the baseline.  They tend to match their internal skills to the external market. 
  • How about a very different approach to building an emerging markets strategy-- one that looks for insight not within the company but from outside its four walls?  
  • To create an alternative frame of reference, is there merit in considering the actual operating experiences of other entities with a track record in emerging and frontier markets and working back? 
  • How have international development aid agencies which have been operating in these countries for decades become successful?
  • Are there some lessons learned that might carry over to private enterprises, and vice versa?


Peter Uvin is the Academic Dean of the Fletcher School. Prior to Fletcher, he taught at Brown University, New Hampshire College and Graduate School of Development Studies, Geneva. He is the winner of the 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship and winner of the 1999 Herskovits Award for most outstanding book on Africa. Dean Uvin regularly consults for multilateral and bilateral aid agencies and ministries of foreign affairs, as well as NGOs

Bhaskar Chakravorti is Senior Associate Dean of the Fletcher School. Prior to Fletcher, he was a Partner of McKinsey & Company and a Distinguished Scholar at MIT's Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship. He also served on the faculty of the Harvard Business School and the Harvard University Center for the Environment. Over his 20+ year career as consultant and educator, he has advised more than 30 companies in the Fortune 500, policy-makers, investors, and entrepreneurs. His work has spanned multiple geographies: the Americas, EU, Asia, and Africa.


For more information, please contact Ravi Chaturvedi: Ravi.Chaturvedi@tufts.edu

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The Fletcher School
M200
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)


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