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Events Archive

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 six key emerging regions. 


J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management Challenge 2020 

Team 888 Capital comprising SMU Emerging Markets members Jia Xuan, Timothy Lee, and Alex Koh have emerged as finalists (Singapore round) in the annual J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management Challenge 2020. The team created a customized portfolio across various asset classes aimed at meeting the needs of a fictitious client. Congratulations to them!

1st Runners-up: Asia Investment & Banking Conference GIC Asset Management Competition 2020 

Team Santorini Capital comprising two SMU Emerging Markets members Mark Yeo (1st from left; President) and Derrick Fung (2nd from left; Commonwealth of Independent States Director), has emerged as 1st Runners-up at the inaugural GIC Asset Management Competition 2020 organised in tandem with the Asia Investment & Banking Conference 2020. The final round this year was held virtually over Zoom on 1 September 2020.

SEM Alumni Night, 2019


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! 


Emerging Markets Forum 2019

SEM Alumni Night 2019

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. We are fortunate to be joined by a panel of esteemed industry professionals with extensive experience in this space!

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! Thank you to all alumni and senior members for spending your Friday night with us, despite your busy schedule! 

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.



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, SEM was privileged to send out a student delegate to attend the 8th edition of the forum. Our representative gained a more holistic and integrated understanding of China’s evolution and gain networking opportunities with business leaders.

2nd Runners-up: African Studies Business Model Competition 2018!

Our SEM team, Team PTS comprising of SMU Emerging Market members Thaddeus Yeo, Ng Shi Min and Nghia Phan has emerged 2nd runners-up at the 2018 NTU-SBF Africa Business Model Competition Finals held on 13th October 2018. A massive congratulations to them!


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1st Runners-up: GCC 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!

Inaugural EM Forum 2017


On 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.

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.

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. It remains imperative that SMU Emerging Markets persists as a tightly-knitted community: we are driven, passionate, and most importantly, family. 

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

Future China Global Forum features various discussion of China’s political, economic, business, societal facets by eminent government, business, academic and cultural leaders and experts from China, Asia and around the world. Participants gain a focus on China’s future development trajectory. SMU Emerging Markets participated in the Scholar Showdown, a competitive platform to showcase participants's 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. A huge congratulations to the outstanding desks and individuals!

Inaugural 'Year of India' Event  

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. 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  

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 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 

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).

Africa Singapore Business Forum 

The Africa Singapore Business Forum is the premier business platform for exchanging business insights and promoting collaboration between Africa and Singapore. The Africa Singapore Business Forum 2012 featured top minds in business and government as they delved into topics – such as achieving sustainable growth, identifying emerging opportunities and harnessing these new engines of growth.

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 

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.

Young Entrepreneurs Conference

A landmark conference convening  in 2012 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, major miners and many others gather to discuss investment strategies in the mining sector. 

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