Forum on Sustainable Development
in Emerging Countries

   The Sustainable Development in Emerging Countries Forum (SDEC2019) was founded by the School of SBTM, Yunnan University. SDEC2019 provides an open platform for academics and practitioners from around the world to share and discuss ideas and issues related to new thinking and research findings in the broad area of development economics and business management.
  Excellent Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication (subject to double-blind reviewing process) in a regular issue of Economic Modelling, which is a  leading 35-year old scholarly journal published by Elsevier and indexed by SSCI.
Forum themes should be related to issues facing the topic, including,
but not limited, to:

  Sustainable Economic Development

· Food safety

· Urban development

· Tourism service trade

· E-business and poverty reduction

· Empirical evidence of unbalanced economy

· Tourism economics

· Financial development and poverty reduction

· Poverty and Income inequality

Sustainable Business Management

· Action learning

· Enterprise ecosystem construction

· Human resource management

· Business start-up and innovation

· Studies on women entrepreneurs

· Logistics economics

· International management

· Land and economic reforms

· Trade and foreign direct investment

  Ethics and Sustainability

· Ethnic conflict

· Population, resource and environment

· Institutional development and reforms and their impact

· Impact of financial crises and natural disasters

· Minority national culture protection

· Information System and Environmental Protection

· Economic Development and

Environmental Protection


Professor Yasheng Huang
MIT Sloan School of Managemen

Dean of School of Business and Tourism Management,
Yunnan University, China

Executive director of the QiDi Business School Yunnan University, China

Professor Sushanta K. Mallick
Chief Editor of Economic Modeling

Vice Dean of School of Business and Tourism Management
Director of MBA Education Center

Professor Shuhong Zhao

  Doctor of economic, post-doctor of philosophy, department head of hotel management business administration and tourism management school in Yunnan University, associate professor, master supervisor, senior visiting scholar of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, visiting scholar for tourism planning and development of Thailand Mekong Institute, secretary-general of teaching guiding committee for tourism management majors of ministry of education, former young professionals of national tourism administration(2014-2017).

TOPIC: Conflict and Coordination of Tourism Stakeholders in Minority Village

Prof.  John E. Fernandez
     Prof. Fernández explores the resource requirements of cities and their economies as founder and director of the MIT Urban Metabolism Group. He also directs the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative, a major MIT effort to enable the capacity of the MIT community in the transition to a low-carbon and humane future. He has served as the co-Director of the MIT International Design Center, Head of the Building Technology Program in the Department of Architecture at MIT, and Head of the Architecture and Sustainable is founder and principal of the Metabolic Design Office and continues to Design program of the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Fernández practice as an architect with dozens of buildings and several low-carbon designs in his portfolio.
TOPIC: Urban Metabolism and Planetary Thresholds

Prof. Yasheng Huang

    Yasheng Huang is Epoch Foundation professor of international management and faculty director of action learning at Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Between 2013 and 2017, he served as an associate dean in charge of MIT Sloan’s global partnership programs and its action learning initiatives. His previous appointments include faculty positions at the University of Michigan and at Harvard Business School. [more]TOPIC: Systemic Risk Management Of Food Supply Chains in China

Prof. John C. Grant

     John Grant is a Senior Lecturer in Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.  His focus is the intersection of the domains of strategy, entrepreneurship, and strategic management.  His work at MIT Sloan supports the experiential learning objectives of MBA students through project engagements with entrepreneurial organizations, particularly in emerging markets.

     As a practitioner faculty in Action Learning at MIT Sloan, John is a teaching team member in courses involving Global Organizations, Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, Urban Technology for Future Cities in China, and the Economy and Business of Modern China and India.  Mr. Grant also directs an Action Learning internship program in Thailand in collaboration with the Sasin School of Management in Bangkok. 

     Mr. Grant’s management career was in strategy consulting.  As a consulting partner he worked with complex, multinational organizations on global strategy and management challenges.  His experience includes engagements on six continents, managing consulting practices in Europe, Asia and the Americas.  He also has been a member of startup teams for early stage ventures in healthcare, energy services, and biopharmaceuticals, acting in chief operating or chief financial officer roles. Mr. Grant holds a BS in Applied Mathematics from the U. of Washington and a SM in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

TOPIC: Lessons from Action Learning Programs in Emerging Economies: Stakeholder Benefits, Platform Extensions, and the Digital “One Belt, One Road”

Prof. Shiwei Zhang

      Professor Zhang is the Vice President of Anhui Sanlian University – one of the first twenty private universities certified by the Ministry of Education of China – where he is dedicated to the development and innovation of application-oriented universities. He currently serves as the dean of the Economics and Management School as well as director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at the university, and his efforts are focused on exploring methods to develop innovative and sustainable ecosystems for the private universities in China.

       Zhang began his career as a chemist, receiving his PhD in chemistry at Kyoto University in Japan and then pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship with the Department of Chemistry at MIT. He has held several academic positions as well as executive positions at a variety of technology firms and start-ups. He has served as a chemistry professor at Osaka University, an adjunct professor at Zhejiang University, a guest professor at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and a visiting scholar at MIT Sloan School.

TOPIC:  Development and Innovation of the Private Universities in China

Prof (Dr.) Monica Khanna

TOPIC:Collaboration and Co-creation between the FOR PROFIT and DISADVANTAGED SECTORS for developing sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems.
    Paper proposals, consisting of an abstract of no more than 400 words and/or complete papers, should be submitted via email:  

    The conference committee will review the thesis and come to a decision within 15 days upon its receipt. The accredited paper will be reported at the sub-conference and evaluated by the experts.

     The deadline for submissions of abstracts or complete papers is June 30, 2019. Decisions will be made within two weeks upon submissions. The number of papers that can be accommodated is limited, so please be sure to submit your abstract/paper early.


     Abstract or Full Paper Submission  deadline:  28 June 2019

     Conference:13-14 July 2019
No.2 Cuihu North Road,
Kunming, China
中国 昆明 翠湖北路2号
How to get in Kunming
     Kunming Changshui International Airport (KMG) is located about 25 km northeast of the downtown Kunming. A taxi there will take about 30–40 minutes. The Airport Express bus to Kunming Railway Station takes about as long and costs 25 RMB. There is also a Metro line (Line 6) now in service from 07:00–19:00 daily, connecting the airport to the City East Bus Station (which is some 30min additional bus ride from the city center/ South Railway station), which provides a large number of lines into downtown Kunming.
    Kunming Railway Station provides service to the national rail network, with established routes to Chengdu, Nanning, Guilin, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xi'an, and Beijing. Train service to destinations inside Yunnan is poor except for overnight sleeper trains Dali and Lijiang.
      Kunming South Railway Station CRH (high speed railway station) serving for bullet trains to/via/ from Kunming, Kunming South Railway Station situates at Wujiaying Street, Chenggong District in Kunming City (昆明市呈贡区吴家营街道昆明南站). Take Kunming Metro Line 1, local bus no. 919k, 52, 213, k42.
    Alternative hotel accommodations at discounted faculty rates are available as follows:
     1.YunDa Hotel(云大宾馆,in the campus)is a three-star foreign-located conference hotel which locates next Yunnan University in the east with beautiful landscape and convenient transport. Kunming Green Lake Park is in the 8-minute distance on foot.
    Phone: +86 0871 65034179
     2.Lian Yun Hotel (连云宾馆,15 min walk from campus) is a four-star foreign-located conference hotel.
     Phone: +86  0871 65156661
    3.Green Lake Hotel (翠湖宾馆,10 min walk from campus) is situated in the front of the ' eyes' of Kunming, the Green Lake Park. As a hotel with long history, it is now an outstanding hotel which blends European style with morden technology.
     Phone:+86 0871 65158888
    Due to the limited number of hotel rooms available, please complete your
registration and lodging reservation early. Please note that all conference
participants and presenters are responsible for paying their own hotel expenses.
    Kunming (昆明) has long been regarded as one of China’s most livable cities. Known as the 'City of eternal spring' for its equable climate, it remains a very pleasant place to kick back for a few days. For visitors who haven't succumbed to the laid-back attitude displayed by the locals, there are plenty of temples and national parks nearby to keep you busy.