Javier Santiso confirms keynote slot in Miami

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Javier Santiso, professor and vice president of the Centre for Global Economy & Geopolitics at ESADE, is set to provide the keynote at the Fund Selector Summit Miami 2015, taking place 7-8 May.

Under the title “Emerging Markets 3.0“, Santiso will look at the theme in a broader sense before adding specific views on Latin America.  The theme overall rests on the massive shift of wealth from OECD nations to emerging markets, but with the caveat that this is not just about a shift in the wealth of nations based on trade economics and finance, but it is also about innovation and technology factors.

Examples of this shift that Santiso points to include the IPO of Chinese firm Alibaba in the internet space, as well as the returns made by South African investors in another Chinese company Tencent. The changes being seen require investors in even some of the biggest/oldest/most established companies in developed markets to understand the implications and necessary allocation shift, which also involves the traditional asset classes of equities and bonds.

Santiso, who is also president of the OECD Emerging Markets Network (EmNet), is the founder of the Start-Up Spain initiative, consisting of a series of events with entrepreneurs, venture capital funds and start-ups organised in conjunction with ESADE and Fundación Rafael del Pino (Rafael del Pino Foundation).

He is also founder of Club España 2020, which brings together the Spanish Argonauts, executives at foreign multinationals who work abroad. In addition, he created forums on emerging markets known as the ESADE Globalisation Lab. He is the editor of the Annual Report on Sovereign Wealth Funds, published jointly by ESADEgeo, KPMG and Invest in Spain (ICEX).

The first issue was published in 2012. In 2009, he was nominated as one of the Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum (Davos). In 2011, he was named, along with a scientist and a blogger, as one of the three most influential up-and-coming intellectuals in the Latin-American context, according to Foreign Policy magazine. He was again nominated among the top 50 most influential people in Latin-America in 2012. He is a member of the global advisory board of the World Economic Forum and the Aspen Institute in France.

He previously served as director and chief economist at the OECD Development Centre, an economic policy think tank consisting of 95 people focused on Africa, Asia and Latin America. Under his leadership, the Centre underwent a profound transformation: It managed to triple its staff and more than doubled the Board of Directors, composed of states (half of which are now emerging countries). He founded the OECD Latin American Economic Outlook (LEO).



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