Event Speakers

Peter Goodson

Peter Goodson is a Distinguished Fellow at the Emerging Markets Institute in INSEAD. He was a pioneer in the private equity discipline as an early stage partner at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R). Retired from PE business ownership, Peter is a Distinguished Teaching Fellow at the University of California at the Berkeley – Hass Business School. An “adventurer with his own capital and endless curiosity”, he is presently assisting a number of emerging market private equity firms to develop operational capabilities to improve portfolio performance and investment returns.

Syed Jafry

SVP and President, Regions, Thermo Fisher Scientific. He 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 2011, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and President, Asia-Pacific and Emerging Markets. In September 2017, his role expanded to include responsibility for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and he was named Senior Vice President and President, Regions. He also serves on the advisory board of Northeastern's Center for Emerging Markets.

Suranjan Magesvaran

President P&G Asia-Pacific and P&G India-Middle East-Africa, Singapore (by video). Previously, Suranjan was the President of Asia Pacific SMO. He has held numerous leadership positions at P&G since he joined the company in 1994. He is also involved with other activities including maintaining a board member position of the Singapore Economic Development Board, and Director of the Board of Directors of the US-ASEAN Business Council.

Cyril Perducat

EVP, IOT and Digital Offers, Schneider Electric. He is the global leader of IoT and Digital Offers responsible for Schneider Electric's IoT Strategy and Execution. Cyril 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 the Industry Business. He also serves on the advisory board of Northeastern's Center for Emerging Markets.

Jack Perkowski

Managing Partner, JFP Holdings Ltd, Beijing. He 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. Prior to JFP Holdings, Perkowski built an auto parts company from scratch, Asimo Technologies, with plans throughout China. It was sold to Bain Capital in 2010. He also serves on the advisory board of Northeastern's Center for Emerging Markets.

Vivek Sharma

CEO, Piramal Pharma Solutions. He a global leader in providing contract research, development and manufacturing services for the life sciences industry. PPS offers unique integrated solutions from drug discovery through development and commercialism, with research and manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia. Under Vivek's leadership, Piramal has established itself as the ‘partner of choice' for both large pharma and biotech firms.

Jimmy Weng

Weng re-joined ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management (one of the largest asset management firms in China with over US$200bn AUM) in May 2016 as a portfolio manager, leading the firm's offshore business in active equities and passive smart beta products. Prior to re-joining, Jimmy was a co-founder and portfolio manager at Genesis Capital, an equity long/short China focused hedge fund. Jimmy started his career Morgan Stanley Asia following a six-month co-op with the firm in Hong Kong, and also held co-op positions with Fidelity Investments and Lehman Brothers. Jimmy obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration summa cum laude from Northeastern University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

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The event was made possible by an anonymous gift to the Center for Emerging Markets and was co-sponsored by the Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell University and the Emerging Markets Institute at INSEAD.