Advisory Board

Meet Our Advisory Board

Alberto Carvalho

Albert Carvalho was the former President of Procter & Gamble – Brazil, based in Sao Paulo. He began his career with P&G in 1991 after obtaining his degree in aeronautical engineering from Brazil’s prestigious Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA). He then assumed responsibility for healthcare brands across Latin America, based in P&G’s regional headquarters in Venezuela. This was followed by stints in P&G’s corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, as Country Manager in Chile, and as General Manager for the Argentina-Chile-Paraguay-Uruguay cluster. From 2007-2012, he was VP Gillette for Emerging Markets, before returning to his roots in Brazil as GM of Latin America’s largest single market. He is the first Brazilian to run P&G Brazil. He has been on CEM’s Advisory Board since 2009.

Charles Chan

Mr Charles Chan is the China CEO of Ascendas-Singbridge Group. He is responsible for developing and managing Ascendas’ property portfolio in China and formulating the overall China strategy. Mr Chan has many years of experience working for large corporations across Greater China including those in the real estate and financial sectors. Prior to joining Ascendas-Singbridge, Mr Chan was the Executive Director of Shui On Development Limited, a Hong Kong-based developer. As a serial entrepreneur, Mr Chan spearheaded various community development projects such as Knowledge and Innovation Community in Shanghai and Dalian Tiandi. He also founded two successful incubators, Innospring in US and Innospace in Shanghai. Before joining Shui On, Mr Chan was the Deputy Managing Director of the Hong Kong listed Vision Century Corporation (subsequently known as Frasers Property (China) Limited). In the early years of his career, he held key positions in SunCorp Technologies, Citibank N.A. and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr Chan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Sydney, Australia. He also attended the Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a member of the US Urban Land Institute. For a decade, from 2007-2016, Mr Chan hosted and spoke to Northeastern’s Executive MBAs when they visited China as part of their final International Residency. He joined the CEM board in 2017.

Mukul Deoras

Mukul Deoras is Chief Marketing Officer for the Colgate-Palmolive Company. Mukul joined Colgate in 2004 as Director, Special Projects for the Asia Pacific Division. Later that year he became Marketing Director Colgate Thailand and in 2006 he became General Manager. In 2008 Mukul was promoted to Vice President, Personal Care in Global Marketing responsible for managing and driving growth for our Personal Care Worldwide. In 2010 Mukul became Vice President/General Manager of Colgate India. In 2012 Mukul became President, Colgate Asia Division where his business insights and focus on building leading brands have contributed significantly to our strong volume and sales performance. In 2015 Mukul was promoted to his current role as Chief Marketing Officer. Mukul is responsible for all the Global Categories and brands as well as Global Insights, Global Advertising and Shopper Marketing on a worldwide basis.

Spencer Fung, CEM Board Member

Spencer Fung

Spencer Fung is Group Chief Executive Officer and is leading the 112-year-old company through its transformation to create the supply chain of the future to help the Company’s customers navigate the digital economy and to improve the lives of a billion people in the supply chain. He is Li & Fung’s seventh CEO since its inception in 1906. Spencer has been an Executive Director since 2008. Previously, he was the Group Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for building the company’s global infrastructure. Since joining Li & Fung as a merchandiser, Spencer has been involved in all aspects of the group’s operations, from liaising with factories across Asia and conducting quality control inspections to serving customers across three continents and managing acquisitions and integrations in over 20 countries. During his time as President of LF Europe, Spencer built the largest European Principal Trading business. Spencer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and a Master of Science in Accounting and Master in Business Administration from Northeastern University. He is a US Certified Public Accountant. Born in 1973, Spencer is the eldest son of Victor Fung, Honorary Chairman of Li & Fung, and a nephew of Group Chairman, William Fung. He is the fourth generation of the Fung family to lead the business. He lives in Hong Kong. Previously, he has lived in the US, Spain, Japan, China and the UK. Spencer began his career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with PwC in Boston. He then co-founded, a Silicon Valley startup with $30 million of venture capital funding and created one of the first pan-Asian online marketing platforms. Spencer is a member of the Board of Trustees at Northeastern University. Spencer has been on CEM’s board since 2009.

Jean-Michel Halfon

Jean-Michel Halfon is a Director on the Board of Israel’s Teva Pharmaceuticals and is based in Tel Aviv. He was previously President and General Manager of the Emerging Markets business unit at Pfizer Inc. based in its New York headquarters. At Pfizer, Jean-Michel launched the Emerging Markets Business Unit in January of 2009, and for two years dedicated himself to establishing the optimum organization to spearhead Pfizer’s growth in a critical area of business, establishing commercial hubs across five international regions and more than 70 countries, and ensuring strong business growth. He also served on the advisory boards of a Canadian generic drug company and a major healthcare distribution company in Asia and continues to be involved with a Tokyo-based mobile healthcare company. He worked at Pfizer from 1977-1987, then moved to Merck, where he served as marketing director in France. After returning to Pfizer he worked as Country Manager of Pfizer-Canada, where he helped increase the company’s competitiveness and access to medicines for patients. Under Halfon, Pfizer-Canada grew from a $500 million to a $2.3 billion business. Additionally, Halfon has served as chair of Rx&D, the Canada research-based pharmaceutical association, and has also served as Chairman of the Canada PhRMA Committee and Vice Chair of the Latin America PhRMA Committee. He has been a member of CEM’s Advisory Board since 2010.

Syed Jafry

Syed Jafry is Senior Vice President and President, Regions at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Jafry joined the company in March 2005 as the General Manager and Vice President of the Air Quality Instruments business. He was promoted to President of Thermo Fisher China in January 2008, based in Shanghai, China, and one year later, became President of the Environmental Instruments Division, also based in Shanghai. In October 2009, Syed was named Senior Vice President of Customer and Commercial Excellence and relocated to our corporate office in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Karen Tay Koh

Karen Tay Koh is a Board Director of Singapore Deposit Insurance Corporation Ltd, and The Red Pencil, the first global charity for arts therapy. She has extensive experience in private and public sector organizations, particularly in finance and private equity, healthcare and education. Karen started her career at the Singapore Ministry of Finance, covering fiscal policy, financial regulation, and multilateral finance policy in relation to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. In 2001, Karen became Deputy CEO of Singhealth and from 2003-08, concurrently Deputy CEO of Singapore General Hospital. Her advisory project portfolio covered hospitals in Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar, tech start-ups, a medical school, and an international school in Singapore. She has been in private equity since 2015, as Senior Advisor to TVM Capital Healthcare Partners and till recently CEO of IP Investment Management. Karen has held several directorships, notably Falck (Denmark), Singapore EDB Investments, Republic Polytechnic, and has served on the Corporation of Northeastern University since 2011. She has a BA (Hons) Economics from University of Cambridge and an MPA/International Tax Program from Harvard University. Karen was a Singapore President’s Scholar and an Overseas Merit Scholar, and was awarded a Medal of Commendation by the National Trade Union Congress in 2008.She joined CEM’s Advisory Board in 2018.

Janice Lee

Janice Lee is Managing Director, PCCW Media Group, in charge of the Company’s media and entertainment businesses including Hong Kong’s largest pay TV service Now TV and OTT entertainment services including Viu and digital music service MOOV. She spearheaded the internationalization of PCCW’s media business of Viu which is now Asia’s leading video streaming service in 16 markets across South East Asia, Middle East and India. Janice joined PCCW in January 2003 and was appointed Executive Vice President of TV & New Media in 2006. She was appointed Managing Director for PCCW Media Group in 2010. Janice serves as a board member of STX Entertainment, a Hollywood film and entertainment company based in US. Janice has over 25 years of experience in media and consumer businesses. She joined the CEM board in 2019.

Suranjan Magesvaran

Suranjan Magesvaran is President of P&G Asia-Pacific and P&G India-Middle East-Africa, based in Singapore. He is responsible for P&G’s sales and marketing organization in these key regions. Previously, Suranjan was the President of Asia Pacific SMO. He has held numerous leadership positions at P&G since joining the company in 1994 in the finance and accounting areas. Since 2004, he has been involved with P&G China. In 2015, he was appointed President of P&G Asia Pacific SMO, and in 2018 his responsibility was expanded to include India, Middle East, and Africa SMO. Suranjan is also involved with other activities including maintaining a board member position of the Singapore Economic Development Board, and he serves as Director of the Board of Directors of the US-ASEAN Business Council. Born in Sri Lanka, Suranjan obtained his BSc (Hons.) in Accounting from Indiana University and his MBA from the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago. He was a keynote speaker in CEM’s 8th annual symposium on “The Rise of Asia” in June 2018. He joined CEM’s Advisory Board in July 2018.

David Nardone

David R. Nardone is Vice Chairman of Board, Executive Director, and Group Executive of WHA Hemaraj Industrial, International, which is Thailand’s leading developer of industrial estates, utilities, electric power, ready-built factories, logistics warehouses, and property solutions. Industrial customers include companies such as Ford, Mazda, GM, Suzuki, and SAIC MG. Industrial customer investment in Hemaraj’s eight industrial estates is estimate at USD $26 billion. Prior to joining Hemaraj in 1993, David held senior financial and manufacturing management positions over 14 years in the computer industry while residing in the U.S.A., Thailand, and Hong Kong. An expert on ASEAN and Thai economy, he is a frequent guest on CNBC and Bloomberg. He has served as a governor and VP of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, and serves currently on AMCHAM’s Automotive Council. He completed a BSBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship and MBA at Northeastern University’s D’Amore McKim School of Business. As a result to this day he is an incurable Red Sox fan. David Nardone’s generous support to the Center for Emerging Markets (CEM) has made possible the “David R Nardone Seminar Series,” which brings leading scholars and practitioners to speak at CEM.

Jack Perkowski

Jack Perkowski is the founder of JFP Holdings, a company specializing in helping global companies develop and implement their China strategies, providing infrastructure support and access to capital as needed, and to assist Chinese companies to develop global footprints. Jack is a graduate of Yale and Harvard Business School. He spent 21 years as an investment banket at Paine Webber until deciding to make the move out east to China. In 1994, he founded AMISCO, an automotive company based in Beijing, China, where it was twice named one of the “Ten Best Employers in China.”

Cyril Perducat

Appointed in March 2016, Cyril Perducat is Schneider Electric’s Executive Vice President IoT & Digital Transformation. He is responsible for Schneider Electric’s IoT Strategy and Execution. He is focused on delivering new digitally enabled, connected offers that help customers be more efficient and sustainable. Previously, he was the Chief Technology and Chief Strategy Officer for Global Solutions, and before that the Industry Business. Cyril joined Schneider Electric in 1994 and has held multiple leadership positions in Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing, Technology, Strategy and M&A in several countries, including France, Germany, China, and Singapore. He is currently located in the US in the greater Boston area. Cyril holds a Master degree in Engineering from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers (ENSAM Paritech) and a Master Degree in International Project Management from ESCP Europe Business School.

Vivek Sharma

Vivek Sharma has over 25 years of global operational experience across various industries, including five years as an Operating Partner and Managing Director of a private equity firm and nine years as CEO of three global pharma businesses.  Most recently Vivek was CEO of Decision Resources Group (DRG), where he led initiatives to implement a highly successful, growth-focused strategy with data analyses, artificial intelligence (AI), and strong customer focus to fulfill the company’s mission and allow pharma customers to gain invaluable access to data and information. This attention to innovative expansion led to significant value creation at DRG. Prior to DRG, Vivek was CEO of Global Pharma Solutions business with operations in North America, Europe, and Asia and grew their EBITDA three-fold over a period of four years. Vivek had similar success at the Critical Care business, where the global business tripled the EBITDA during the three-year period under his leadership.  Prior to joining Piramal, Mr. Sharma was Managing Director with Thomas H Lee Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm. Mr. Sharma is based in Boston and has been listed among “The Top 100 Finance Professionals in the United States.”   He participated in CEM’s India Lecture (April 2018) and its annual symposium in June 2018, and has been a guest speaker in classes at Northeastern. He joined CEM’s board in 2019 and is also on the board of several biotech and technology startups.

Prahlad Singh

Prahlad Singh (MBA’ 00) is President and Chief Operating Officer at PerkinElmer, a promotion from his appointment as Executive Vice President in September 2016. Prahlad joined the company in May 2014 as President of the Diagnostics business. Prior to that he was General Manager of GE’s Women’s health business. Before that, he held senior executive level roles in Strategy, Business Development, and M&A at both GE and Philips Healthcare. From 1995 to 2007, he held leadership roles of increasing responsibility at DuPont Pharmaceuticals and subsequently Bristol Myers Squibb Medical Imaging, which included managing the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions. Prahlad holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University. His technical work resulted in several peer reviewed publications and global patents. Prahlad joined CEM’s board in 2018.

Venkat Srinivasan

Venkat Srinivasan is founder and Managing Director of Innospart Ventures, which invests in founders and ideas that leverage advanced AI to create a differential and disruptive impact on the economy and society. He was previously Founding Chairman and CEO of Rage Frameworks, and AI-based company that was sold to Genpact. Prior to Rage Frameworks, Venkat was the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of, the leading provider of credit, financing and receivables management solutions for business-to-business and business-to-consumer commerce. Venkat is an expert in knowledge-based systems architectures, computational linguistics for business process automation. Venkat has spent the last 25 years contributing his research and acting as a thought leader to both the business community and the academic world. Prior to founding in 1993, Venkat served as an Associate Professor of Finance at Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Business in Boston, MA. Venkat holds a PhD. In Finance from the university of Cincinnati, Ohio. He has served on CEM’s board since 2012.

Wiebe Tinga

Wiebe Tinga is the Chief Commercial Officer of Hasbro, a global toy and games company based in Pawtucket, RI. He was earlier Hasbro’s President of Asia Pacific and Latin America Sales and Marketing, and prior to that served as president of Hasbro Canada from 2004-2006. From 1993-2003, Tinga served as General Manager of Hasbro Northern and Central European Region, before joining Hasbro Benelux. Wiebe Tinga has been on CEM’s board since 2008. He was the keynote speaker at the 2010 Emerging Markets Symposium organized by CEM at Northeastern University in August 2010, and has spoken frequently to Professor Ramamurti’s Executive MBA students during their visit to Hasbro’s HQ in Rhode Island.

Former Board Members

Nigel Burton | former Chief Marketing Officer for the Colgate-Palmolive Company

Dionysios Bouzos | Vice President, Emerging Markets for Merck Consumer Care

Michael Cannon-Brookes | former Vice President, Global Strategy for Growth Markets, IBM

Mitchell Habib | former Chief Operating Officer of Nielsen

Joe Hamilton | Executive Vice President and Chief Business Development and Strategy Officer at Liberty Mutual International

Sanjay Mirchandani | Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific and Japan, at VMware

Ozires Silva | Founder of Embraer

Ron Somers | former President of the U.S.-India Business Council

Ravi Uppal | Managing Director and CEO of Jindal Steel and Power Ltd.