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Harinder S. Kohli

He is the Founding Director and Chief Executive of Emerging Markets Forum as well as the Founding Director, President, CEO, of Centennial Group International both based in Washington, DC. He is the Founding Editor of Global Journal of Emerging Markets Economies. He has written extensively on the emergence of Asia, Latin America, Africa, and other emerging market economies; financial development; and infrastructure. He led Centennial Group teams that helped the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) develop their long-term corporate strategies. He is also an author or co-author of some fifteen books published by international publishing houses, the ADB, 

World Bank (WB) and Japan International Cooperation Agency. Some of them have been translated into French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Japanese. These books include: The World in 2050: Striving for a Just, Prosperous, and Harmonious Global Community and China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Potential Transformation of Central Asia and the South Caucasus. Mr. Kohli is the editor and co-author of the latest book : Envisioning 2060: Opportunities and Risks for Emerging Markets  which was released in Paris  on May 17, 2022. Prior to starting his current ventures, he served over twenty-eight years in various senior managerial positions at the WB and worked in some eighty emerging market economies in Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Earlier, he had worked in the private sector in India and France. He has also been an independent Director of IT companies based in the US and India. He has lectured at the Emerging Markets Institute as well as many international forums.

Message from the CEO

After a two-year break caused by Covid-19, the 15th Global Meeting of the Emerging Markets Forum took place in Paris from 16 to 18 May 2022. It gave us a great opportunity to discuss and debate the new economic and social challenges revealed by the pandemic but also the impact of the current geopolitical tensions on the world economy. We were delighted and honoured to be hosted by the Governor of the Banque de France, M.  François Villeroy de Galhau. Our most sincere thanks and deep appreciation to him and his Team for their generous hospitality and strong support.

The meeting also gave us an opportunity to take a close look at the main findings and proposals of our latest book  “Envisioning 2060: Opportunities and Risks for Emerging Markets” which was released at the Paris Forum. The book gives a long-term perspective of the likely evolution of the economic and social landscape of emerging market economies in the context of prospects of the global economy as a whole. It comprises of 21 chapters written by 20 world class authors.

Our Forum, spread over three days and ten interactive sessions, attracted about 140 participants from all continents of the world. As in the past, this size and format allowed a rich and candid discussion of the cross cutting and intergeneration issues that will, in our view, determine the kind of world our future generations will inherit.

The Forum also gave us an opportunity to honour Michel Camdessus, our Founding Co-Chair, and Former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, for “inspiring everyone he has touched, in his nine decades so far” and to who, our book Envisioning 2060, is dedicated.

It was wonderful to see old friends again after a long gap who joined us Paris and we missed those who could not.

Thank you all for your continued support to the Emerging Markets Forum.