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GSEM 2022 - Global Strategy and Emerging Markets Conference

GSEM 2022


Simon Fraser University’s Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies is pleased to announce the 6th Global Strategy and Emerging Markets Conference, in partnership with Cornell University Emerging Markets Institute, Northeastern University Center for Emerging Markets, and The University of Texas at Dallas Center for Global Business.

This year's theme is "Geopolitics, Emerging Markets, and Global Strategies.” The conference will bring together scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to explore three interrelated topics—geopolitics, climate change, and energy transition—and to understand how multinational enterprises navigate an increasingly uncertain environment.

Previous GSEM conferences have been held in Miami (2016), Boston (2017), Miami (2018), Dallas (2019), and Ithaca (2020).


This year’s conference will be hybrid and feature in-person and online components. For those participants that can travel to the conference, we will look forward to meeting you at the Segal Graduate School of Business in Vancouver, Canada. For the participants unable to travel, we will broadcast the conference online. Paper Development Sessions will all be held virtually. We will continue monitoring the COVID-19 trajectory and update our plans accordingly.

In addition to research presentations, the conference will feature keynote speeches, paper development sessions, and industry, practitioner and policymaker panels. Selected attendees will have an opportunity to record a podcast or a video featuring their research that will be posted on the Jack Austin Centre website.


  • Submissions closed: January 23, 2022
  • Notices of acceptance sent: February 6, 2022
  • Registration deadlines:
    • Speakers and presenters: March 13, 2022
    • Public: April 15, 2022


Virtual Session #1: May 7th, 8:30 – 9:30 AM

  • Keynote Speaker with an introduction by SFU Beedie School of Business Dean and Professor Ujwal Kayande
  • The Honourable Yuen Pau Woo (Senator of Canada and former President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada)

Virtual Session #2: May 7th, 12:40 – 1:30 PM

  • Conversation with Randy MacEwen (CEO of Ballard)

Virtual Session #3: May 8th, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Fireside Conversation: MNEs, Climate Change, and Energy Transition

  • Ans Kolk (Professor, University of Amsterdam)
  • Jorge E. Rivera (Professor, George Washington University)
  • Jason Miklian (Writer and Researcher, University of Oslo)

Virtual Session #4: May 8th, 1:00 PM – 1:50 PM

  • Conversation with A.J. Nichols (Director of Corporate Affairs, Vale)

Strategies of National Identify Work: The Case of Huawei 1987 - 2022

  • Interview with Co-author Dr. Johann Fortwengel

Regional Resources and Regional Resilience to Trade Shocks: Evidence from The U.S.-China Trade War

  • Interview with Co-author Dr. Peng Zhang

Does  Domestic and Foreign Competition Affect Institutional Voids in Emerging Markets?

  • Interview with Author Dr. Cheng Li

Opportunities or Constraints: The Case of Foreign MNEs on Developing Reputations in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Interview with Co-author Dr. Aloysius Newenham-Kahindi