In order to broaden the club's knowledge and development, SMU Emerging Markets has been actively participating in and organising various events, dialogues and forums on the seven key emerging regions.

SEM Reunion 2019

“Though our branches grow in different directions, our roots remain as one."

Reuniting in the last week of 2019, all 9 batches of SMU Emerging Markets were gathered back in SMU on 23rd December. The night began with dinner and sharing from founding members of SEM and continued over drinks. Besides getting to know the newly minted 9th batch of Analysts, it was an meaningful and enriching opportunity for SEM members to connect over professional and personal experiences. We look forward to seeing full strength at our 8th annual Alumni Night in 2020! 

A big thank you to everyone making 2019 another successful year for SMU Emerging Markets! Our sincere gratitude to SMU School of Accountancy, especially SEM’s Advisory Committee - Professors Low Aik Meng, Wang Jiwei and Yuanto Kusnadi, and Office of Alumni Relations for their unending support thus far!

Emerging Markets Forum 2019 – Business and Investment Strategies in Southeast Asia

SMU Emerging Markets proudly presented our 3rd Emerging Markets Forum on 27 September 2019.

This year, we explored what it means for a company to do business in Southeast Asia's emerging economies - the prospects, challenges, and rewards - as well as the regional capital raising landscape and up-and-coming industries. 

SEM Recruitment for 9th Batch of Analysts

Between July to September, SMU Emerging Markets conducted recruitment of the 9th Batch of Analysts.

As we continue to be SMU’s premier market research club, we had focused on strengthening the new batch of Analysts with the necessary research and analytical skills to gain insights into a plethora of industries in emerging regions, and identify macro trends emerging economies – from a political, economic and business perspective. 

SEM Alumni Night 2019

On Friday, 1 March 2019, SMU Emerging Markets warmly welcomed back our alumni and senior members to our 7th annual Alumni Night! 

It was great to see the members from previous batches catching up with one another; it was even more heartening to see senior members mingling with the current batch of EM members! This goes to show what EM is all about! Thank you to all alumni and senior members for spending your Friday night with us, despite your busy schedule! Cheers to keeping the spirit of the club alive!

Emerging Markets Forum 2018


On 21st September 2018, SMU Emerging Markets organised the 2nd edition of our inaugural Emerging Markets Forum (EMF) at SMU Labs. Titled ‘Fintech Trends in South-East Asia’, the forum explored developments and identified the key business opportunities and challenges regarding FinTech in the South-East Asia landscape.


SEM Reunion 2018


A night of food, drinks and fun-filled laughter. On 13 September 2018, SEM had a reunion at SMU B3: Burger, Beer & Bistro from the current batch all the way up to the founding batch. A big thank you to our founder Gary, our alumni and everyone who came. Cheers to keeping the spirit of the club alive!

SMU Emerging Markets emerged 2nd runners-up at the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies Business Model Competition 2018


Team PTS comprising of SMU Emerging Market members Thaddeus Yeo, Ng Shi Min and Nghia Phan emerged 2nd runners-up at the 2018 NTU-SBF Africa Business Model Competition Finals held on 13th October 2018.


Inaugural Emerging Markets Forum, 2017


On Wednesday 13th September 2017, SMU Emerging Markets launched our inaugural Emerging Markets Forum. Named "Demystifying Russia", the forum explored commonly held perceptions of Russia and delved into her key business opportunities and challenges. We were fortunate to be joined by distinguished panellists: Ms. Gwyneth Tan, former Singapore trade commissioner to Russia, Mr. Vadislav Solodkiy, managing partner of life.SREDA, Mr Timur Khamitov, head of Partnerships and Startup Ecosystems, and Mr. Karan Tilani, Head of Asia at World of Diamonds Group.

BNP Paribas Digital Lab Tour 2018


On 24 August 2018, SMU Emerging Markets had the honour of visiting the BNP Paribas Digital Lab at Ocean Financial Centre. It was exciting to see first-hand how banking is working hand-in-hand with technology to develop innovative solutions for private banking clients. We would like to extend a big thank you to Joe who showed us around and Jasper who helped arrange this SEM exclusive!

FutureChina Global Forum 2018

Organized by Business China, the FutureChina Global Forum features a premier platform for the exchange of insights and analysis regarding China’s trajectory. In 2018, SMU Emerging Markets was privileged to send out a student delegate to attend the 8th edition of the forum. Through keynote speeches and various panel discussion by regional experts and global leaders, the 2-day forum allowed our representative to have a more holistic and integrated understanding of China’s evolution, as well as useful networking opportunities with business leaders.

SEM finishes as 1st Runners-up at the Inaugural Yale-NUS Global China Connection Belt & Road Initiative Case Competition 2018


Team CEAJIU comprising of SMU Emerging Markets members Ron Mak, Samuel Joel Chiang, Balkis Ammal, and Chua Deng Quan has emerged as 1st Runners-up at the inaugural Yale-NUS Global China Connection Belt and Road Initiative Case Competition held at Yale-NUS on 31 March 2018. 

SEM Alumni Night, 2018

Time flies when we are having fun. On Friday, 2 February 2018, we successfully held our club's 6th annual Alumni Night. Thank you to all alumni and seniors for taking time off to attend our club's annual event. It was great seeing many of you from the previous batches coming down to catch up with old friends. It was also heartwarming to see seniors sharing their experiences with new members. This is what makes our club special - We are SEMily!

SEM Alumni Night, 2017

On 18 February 2017, SMU Emerging Markets held its annual Alumni Night. We warmly welcomed the return of alumni and seniors from all the previous batches to partake in this event.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the alumni and seniors for taking time off their busy work schedules to attend the 5th annual Alumni Night. It was heartening to see members from the previous batches returning to catch up with one another and also to interact with the newly-minted members of the 6th batch. In the coming years ahead, it remains imperative that SMU Emerging Markets persists as a tightly-knitted community: we are driven, passionate, and most importantly, family. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

India Talk Series: An Industry Leader's Perspective

The India Talk Series was birthed from a collaboration between SMU Emerging Markets and Office of Provost, India Desk. In the second session of the India Talk Series, Mr Piyush Gupta, Chief Executive Officer of DBS Group Holdings Ltd, gave his address as well as discussed issues surrounding the investment landscape of India and Asia's emerging economies with our very own bright and enterprising SMU student population.

India Lunchtime Talk Series

The India Lunchtime Talk Series was birthed from a collaboration between SMU Emerging Markets and Office of Provost, India Desk. In the first of a series of lunch talk sessions, Mr Sat Pal Khattar, chairman and founder of both Khattar Wong and Partners and Khattar Holdings gave his address as well as discussed issues surrounding the investment landscape of India with our very own bright and enterprising SMU student population.

Future China Global and Youth Forum 2014

Organised by Business China, the Future China Global Forum features various holistic discussion of China’s political, economic, business, societal facets by eminent government and business leaders, academia, media personalities, artists, cultural personalities, renowned experts from China, Asia and around the world. In 2014, the theme of the forum was “CHINA AT THE CROSSROADS: THE WAY FORWARD” and delegates were able to gain an insider’s view on China’s future development trajectory based on the reform blueprint outlined at the Third Plenum.


As a part of the Future China Global Forum, the Future China Youth Forum targets youths who are bicultural, bilingual and express interest in understanding China. SMU Emerging Markets participated in the Scholar Showdown, a competitive platform for participants to showcase their knowledge and insights about China. 

SEM Awards Night, 2014

On 9 January 2014, SMU Emerging Markets celebrated its annual Awards Night to give recognition to outstanding desks and individuals for their performances in 2013.

Inaugural 'Year of India' Event in Singapore

On 16 August 2014, the High Commission of India invited members of SEM to the inaugural ‘Year of India’ event in Singapore, to commemorate 50 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries. This exclusive event was celebrated at the NUS Cultural Centre Hall and was officially inaugurated by External Affairs Minister, HE Mrs Sushma Swaraj, and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Law of Singapore, HE Mr K Shanmugam.


The programme included an intriguing dialogue on the political relations betweent he two countries over the years and the audience was treated to a dance performance by Kalakshetra Foundation from India.


Russia-Singapore Business Forum, 2013

The Russia-Singapore Business Forum (RSBF) was originally set up with a simple mission to create greater understanding of Russia and the CIS regions. Since its conception in 2006, RSBF has gathered momentum each year, establishing itself as the most effective platform for Singapore and Asian companies to forge B-to-B linkages with their Russian/CIS counterparts.

Abu Dhabi Singapore Joint Forum

The Abu Dhabi - Singapore Joint Forum (ADSJF) was established in 2007 to deepen and broaden the bilateral cooperation between Abu Dhabi and Singapore. The Forum was co-chaired by H.E. Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (EAA) and H.E. Lee Yi Shyan, Minister of State for Trade & Industry and Manpower, Republic of Singapore, and consisted of 16-level business leaders and government officials from Abu Dhabi (8) and Singapore (8). SMU Emerging Markets participated as delegates for the event.

Future China Youth Forum, 2013

The Future China Youth Forum 2013 forum featured a total of 19 sessions and a strong slate of more than 70 internationally esteemed speakers. The keynote speaker was Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam.


3 student delegates from SEM were privileged to be given the opportunity to attend to and learn from the experts' experiences of living and working in China. We also greatly benefitted from the networking opportunities with more than 400 distinguished business leaders, public personalities and industrial experts.

Dialogue with Mr S. R. Nathan

On 20th August, SMU Emerging Markets joined Mr S. R. Nathan for an informal dialogue session planned by the India Initiatives and learned about his personal reflections regarding the business landscape of India and Singapore. Apart from the conversation, this event featured a wine and cheese session which was designed as a platform for business leaders, professors and students alike to interact and share their opinions regarding the opportunities present within both countries.

World Islamic Banking Conference, 2013

On 3rd - 5th June 2013, SEM was invited as delegates to the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC). This high-profile event featured many well-known speakers who are prominent in the Islamic Banking scene including Khalid Hamad Abdul-Rahman Hamad, chairman of the International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM).

MEI Annual Conference & Case Challenge, 2013

SEM took part in the MEIT Case Challenge 2013 where the team clinched 2nd runners-up amongst competition from the local universities. In 2013, SEM was invited to the MEI annual conference to learn more about the changing dynamics between Asia and Middle-East.

SEM Awards Night, 2013

SMU Emerging Markets held its inaugural Awards Night 2012 to commend key members that have pushed the club to new frontiers, namely the founders, excellent desks and outstanding exco and analysts. In addition, Awards Night also serves as a key annual cohesion event for the club.

Russia-Singapore Business Forum, 2012

The Russia-Singapore Business Forum (RSBF) was originally set up with a simple mission of creating greater understanding of Russia and the CIS regions. Since its conception in 2006, RSBF has gathered momentum each year, establishing itself as the most effective platform for Singapore and Asian companies to forge B-to-B linkages with their Russian/CIS counterparts.

Africa Singapore Business Forum 2012

The Africa Singapore Business Forum is the premier business platform for exchanging business insights and promoting collaboration between Africa and Singapore. Into its second edition, the Africa Singapore Business Forum 2012 featured top minds in business and government as they delved into topics pertinent to Africa, Singapore and post-recovery Asia – such as achieving sustainable growth, identifying opportunities emerging in these regions and harnessing these new engines of growth. Held in Singapore on 29th and 30th August 2012, this conference also provided numerous networking opportunities, including a cocktail reception.

Storewars, 2012

SMU Emerging Markets took part in the inaugural Storewars 2012 which is a business simulation program developed in INSEAD. Throughout the intensive program, SEM was split up into groups where each group took charge of a virtual company and devised their own strategies to accomplish success.

World Islamic Banking Conference, 2012

SMU Emerging Markets participated in the 3rd annual World Islamic Banking Conference, where we networked with foreign delegates and gain key insights about the Islamic Banking landscape.

Analyst Recruitment, 2012

The application for SMU Emerging Markets 2012 is now closed. Stay tuned to find out more about 2013 applications!

Young Entrepreneurs Conference, 2012 

A landmark convening that brings together the public and private sector from Pakistan and the U.S. to support economic growth in Pakistan.

Asia Mining Congress, 2012

Asia Mining Congress is the number one destination for mining companies around the world looking to connect with Asian institutional, corporate and private investors. It is the only event where a large and diverse group of investors hailing from major miners, Asian industrial conglomerates, sovereign wealth funds, private equity firms, hedge funds, family offices and many others gather to discuss investment strategies in the mining sector. No other event presents you with the largest group of investor speakers who are looking for investment, M&A, deals and partnerships.

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