Jetzt anmelden: Symposium „How to Seize Business Opportunities in Emerging Markets.“ @ 16/5/19

Wann? & Wo?

Wann?: Donnerstag, 16. Mai 2019 | 18:00 – 20:00
Wo?: Fachhochschule des BFI Wien | Festsaal | Wohlmutstraße 22 | 1020 Wien

Das Symposium findet in Englischer Sprache statt! 

We had bad experiences in emerging markets; our projects did not succeed. I guess we did not have the right people who can deal with these markets.” (Interview, Austrian Industrial Company)

Very often, firms that do business in emerging markets experienced disappointments. In many cases, CEOs are neither fully aware of the actual problem constellation, nor do they have any clear answer to the question of why exactly the firm experienced troubles.

Only very rarely, CEOs point to political risks as a source of misfortune. In reality, however, a firms’ ignorance to recognize the specific political risks inherent to emerging markets often explains very well the failure.

STRATOS is a research project designed to tackle the black box of political risks.

Therefore, the symposium is dedicated to:

  1. Discuss latest evidence brought forward in the project
  2. Deliver interim results and spur public discussion on political risks

The audience comprises a broad group of interested persons from academia, business and public administration.

The English-speaking event will host experts from STRATOS but also external researchers and practitioners.

Key note

Johannes Leitner

Head of Competence Center for Black Sea Region Studies

The panelists

Cecilia Sottilotta

Before joining the AUR, Professor Sottilotta was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Political Science of LUISS Guido Carli, Rome. She has been Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Salzburg, Austria (2016) and Visiting Professor at the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia (2017). Her research interests span themes such as political risk, including security issues, state-MNEs relations, trade, regionalism and development, and the current and future dynamics of European fiscal and monetary integration.

She is currently involved in the research  project  “The choice for Europe since Maastricht: Member States’ preferences for economic and fiscal integration” funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

David Morris

David Morris has more than thirty years of experience in multidisciplinary case study research and analysis, from a career spanning diplomacy, politics, academia and international business in:

  • Australia and the Pacific
  • East Asia, South Asia and South East Asia
  • Europe
  • Geopolitics and international relations
  • Governance and stakeholder partnerships
  • Economic development, trade, investment and international marketing

Elkhan Nuriyev

Elkhan Nuriyev is a political scientist and a recognized expert on Russia, Caucasus, Central Asia and the Greater Middle East. He publishes widely and conducts regular briefings at the request of the international organizations and think tanks. He is frequently called on by government agencies, media, academic circles and private-sector institutions for comment and consulting on Russian foreign policy, Caucasus, wider Black Sea-Caspian Basin, Central Asia and regional security issues in post-Soviet Eurasia. In 2014, Nuriyev was DAAD Senior Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin. In 2015, he was Humboldt Senior Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin. In 2017, Elkhan Nuriyev served as Corridors Fellow for Dialogue and Cooperation at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg, Germany. He is a Global Energy Associate at the Brussels Energy Club.

Heinrich Mathee

Conduct research and analysis on current and future business environments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Advise European business and NGOs on the management of sociopolitical risks and opportunities.

Acting as research director for INEGMA-EU 2013-2015.

Guest researcher, Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies 2016-2018.

Conduct lectures at the University of Amsterdam, SSMS and IBS.


Hannes Meissner

Senior Researcher, Expert on Central Asia and Political Risk Management, Competence Center for Black Sea Region Studies, University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna.

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