What to Expect from Emerging Markets Investments

*Disclaimer: this episode is NOT an investment advice!* This episode is all about emerging markets investments and what to look out for.  Here is my chat with André L. Havas, CEO of CIMalgo, a fintech company providing a web based solution for professional investors.  We talked how the definition of emerging markets evolved and became more broad, especially in the past 20 years. The definition of emerging markets always came with a connotation of “high risk and high returns” – but not all emerging markets are created the same. About sustainability: Andre…

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What Tech Innovation Really Looks Like in Emerging Markets

This episode is about tech innovation in emerging markets beyond the big headlines! I invited Max Cuvellier, Head of Mobile for Development at GSMA and co-founder of Africa: The Big Deal. We chose 3 tech startups that are solving real life problems with innovative solutions in sectors that don’t get the big headlines like fintech companies do. 1. Twiga Foods (Kenya): simplifying the supply chain between fresh food producers, FMCG manufacturers and retailers through a B2B e-commerce platform. 2. Coliba (Ivory Coast): a web, mobile and SMS platform that connects households and businesses…

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Suriname: Economic Development and Wildlife Conservation

Here is my chat with Monique Pool, the founder of Green Heritage Fund Suriname. We talked about everything from economic development to how urbanization is affecting the country’s wildlife. Monique told me that Suriname is one of the 3 carbon neutral countries (along with Butan and Panama) and how she envisions Suriname’s future, hopefully with a green economic development mindset.

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How to Create a Socially Inclusive Circular Economy

This episode is all about circular economy and what comes next for emerging markets! I interviewed Alexandre Lemille, a circular economy expert advocating for a more socially inclusive circular economy.  We also talked about regenerative societies and its meaning and why Alexandre believes that emerging markets can leapfrog from the linear economy to a more socially inclusive circular economy, therefore promoting green development alongside economic development. You read more about a more socially inclusive circular economy: The circular economy can work for human economic development. =========== Let’s keep EMT ad-free: You…

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Innovation in Emerging Markets: A New Perspective

This episode is all about Innovation in Emerging Markets!

Here is my chat with Alex Lazarow, author of the book Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs – from Delhi to Detroit – Are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley.

We talked about why emerging markets took over Silicon valley in tech innovation, why being a “camel startup” is sometimes better than an unicorn startup, what means to be a disruption and a creator in emerging markets.

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Latin America’s Fintech Funding Gold Rush

This episode is all about fintech funding! Latin America’s fintech companies are growing and getting funding is an on-going challenge for all startups in the region, so I wanted to get a VC’s perspective about funding. And I invited Guy Hartstein a VC analyst from Recharge Capital, LP backed fund with a strong focus in emerging markets. He told me about the exciting fintech trends in the region, how valuations are different in LatAm compared to the US and what he looks for in a company before making a deal. =========== Let’s keep EMT…

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Unleashing the Power of Data in Emerging Markets

I interviewed Joseph Rutakangwa, co-founder of Rwazi, a company using on-ground data from markets across sub-Saharan Africa. Joseph told me why this is so important for emerging markets economic development in the private sector and also in the public sector. So he came up with the idea of starting Rwazi using gig workers – what he calls “mappers” – and they provide the most accurate and localized data for companies and NGOs.

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How Trade and Trade Finance can Help Emerging Markets

How can trade and trade finance help emerging markets? Here is my chat with Andrea Frosinini, a trade finance advisor and he is also on the advisory board of TOTTA (Trans-Oceanic Trade Tech Alliance) and Blockchain Supply Chain Association. We talked about how the blockchain technology can revolutionize international trade and supply chain, making trade and trade finance more inclusive for businesses in developing countries. Also, we discussed the challenges for changing the mindset of traditional financial institutions and why Andrea thinks that cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin, will cause a bigger impact in emerging markets.…

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