The purpose of the EMS is to bring together authoritative and influential leaders from governments, the public and private sectors and academe in an environment that fosters the candid exchange of knowledge and opinion to address issues of human welfare in emerging markets.; to enhance public understanding of those issues; and to promote changes in public and private sector policies and practises to implement its recommendations.
The EMS was created in 2008 because human welfare problems – which, given the scale and trajectory of emerging markets are global problems - were not being systematically addressed in any existing forum.
Although the EMS is dedicated to issues facing a specific set of countries with common attributes its mission is consistent with the objective of Green Templeton College - of which the EMS is part - to promote understanding of ‘the issues of managing human welfare in the modern world’ and its ‘particular commitment to the flow of ideas across traditional disciplinary and professional boundaries’. The central ideas behind the original concept of the EMS have continued to drive its development.
Participation is strictly by invitation and limited to a maximum of 50 individuals. Most participants hold or have held senior positions in government, corporations, multilateral organizations and/or academe and are invited in light of their stature, knowledge and experience and their willingness to help change policies and practises in their respective spheres of influence.
EMS symposia focus on what are sometimes called ‘wicked problems’ that evade simple solutions; that can only be usefully addressed in multidisciplinary fora; and that are nonetheless ripe enough to be tractable and specific enough to be actionable. The emphasis is on conversations rather than presentations ; all conversations are governed by the Chatham House Rule. Findings and recommendations are actively disseminated with the help of participants. The inaugural EMS symposium - on Health and Healthcare Issues in Emerging Market Countries - was held at Egrove Park, Oxford, 4-6 December 2009. The second symposium - on Urbanization, Health and Human Security in Emerging Markets - was held at Egrove Park 14-16 January 2011. The third – on Tertiary Education in Emerging Markets – was held at Egrove Park January 13-15, 2012. The fourth – on Gender Inequality in Emerging markets – was held at Egrove Park, January 11-13, 2013. The fifth - on Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition - was held at Egrove Park 9-12 January, 2014. The sixth symposium – on Ageing in Emerging Markets – will be held in January 2015.
Multi-year sponsorship for the EMS has been generously provided by the C&C Alpha Group. Green Templeton College has contributed to costs and addional funding has been provided by Ocean Partners Ltd.
The Patron of the EMS is Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of the University of Oxford. The Steering Committee is chaired by Shaukat Aziz and comprises, Sir George Alleyne, Suman Bery, Peter Bourne, Eliana Cardoso, Tsung-Mei Cheng, Michael Earl, Saul Estrin, Serra Kirdar- Meliti, Sania Nishtar, Robert Picciotto, and Shengman Zhang. The Executive Director is Ian Scott. The Executive Group comprises Michael Earl, Ian Scott and Cherian Thomas. The Health and Healthcare Advisor is Ken Fleming. The EMS Administrators are Ruth Loseby and Yoland Johnson.