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Brian Lim

EMPEA Board of Directors, Asia Council Chair, Partner and Head of Asia and Emerging Markets
Pantheon Ventures
Brian Lim

EMPEA Board of Directors, Asia Council Chair, Partner and Head of Asia and Emerging Markets

Brian is a Partner and Head of Pantheon’s Asia and Emerging Markets Investment teams. Prior to joining Pantheon, Brian worked as a Portfolio Director at CDC Group and before that worked at Watson Wyatt advising institutional investors on private equity


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Pantheon Ventures

Rebecca Xu

Co-Founder and Managing Director
Asia Alternatives Management LLC
Rebecca Xu

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Rebecca Xu is a former member of EMPEA's Board of Directors, as well as Co-Founder and Managing Director of Asia Alternatives. Ms. Xu leads Asia Alternatives' Beijing office and is also a part of the Hong Kong office. She is


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Asia Alternatives Management LLC

Sanjay Nayar

Partner & CEO
KKR India Advisors Pvt. Ltd.
Sanjay Nayar

Partner & CEO

Sanjay Nayar (Mumbai) is a former member of EMPEA's Board of Directors. He joined KKR in 2009, and is CEO of KKR India. Prior to joining KKR, he served as CEO of Citigroup’s Indian and South Asian operations and as


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KKR India Advisors Pvt. Ltd.

Jean Eric Salata

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Baring Private Equity Asia
Jean Eric Salata

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Jean Eric Salata is the Chief Executive and Founding Partner of Baring Private Equity Asia, Chairman of the Investment and Portfolio Management Committees. Mr. Salata oversees all investment and divestment decisions made at the Firm, as


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Baring Private Equity Asia

Yar-Ping Soo

Partner
Adams Street Partners
Yar-Ping Soo

Partner

Yar-Ping specializes in Asian pan-regional leveraged buyouts as well as country-focused funds, specifically in Greater China, Japan, Korea, and Indonesia. She leads the Primary Investment Team’s Asian practice, and actively participates in all fund investment decisions and manages relationships with


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Adams Street Partners

Yichen Zhang

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
CITIC Capital
Yichen Zhang

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yichen Zhang is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CITIC Capital. He joined CITIC Group in 2000 as an Executive Director of CITIC Pacific and President of CITIC Pacific Communications, before founding CITIC Capital in 2002. Prior to joining


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CITIC Capital

Hemal Mirani

Managing Director
HarbourVest Partners (Asia) Limited
Hemal Mirani

Managing Director

Hemal Mirani rejoined HarbourVest’s senior management team in Asia in 2015 to focus on investments and investor relations across the Asia Pacific region.

Hemal first joined HarbourVest in 1997 and spent eleven years developing relationships with leading Asian private equity managers


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HarbourVest Partners (Asia) Limited

Robert Petty

Co-Founder / Co-CEO and Co-CIO
Clearwater Funds/Fiera Capital (Asia)
Robert Petty

Co-Founder / Co-CEO and Co-CIO

Rob Petty is a former member of EMPEA's Board of Directors, as well as Co-Founder of the Clearwater Funds and Co-CEO and Co-CIO of Fiera Capital (Asia). Since founding the Clearwater Funds in 2001, Rob and his partner Amit Gupta


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Clearwater Funds/Fiera Capital (Asia)

Cheng Chee Mun

Managing Director
57 Stars
Cheng Chee Mun

Managing Director

Mr. Cheng joined 57 Stars in 2009 and is involved in identifying and monitoring investments in Asia, in addition to leading the firm’s subsidiary in Singapore1.

Prior to joining 57 Stars, Mr. Cheng was an Investment Manager with Allianz Private Equity


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57 Stars

Ranjit Shah

Co- Founder and Managing Partner
Gaja Capital
Ranjit Shah

Co- Founder and Managing Partner

Ranjit Shah is Co- Founder and Managing Partner of Gaja Capital and is based in Mumbai. He has over 12 years of experience in Private Equity and over 24 years of prior experience in  consulting, investment banking and in CFO /CEO roles.


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Gaja Capital

Michael Octoman

Senior Partner and Chief Operating Officer
Navis Capital
Michael Octoman

Senior Partner and Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Octoman is a Navis Senior Partner and an Investment Committee member. Mr. Octoman is also the Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Octoman joined Navis in 2000. The bulk of his time is spent managing the investment committee decision-making process,


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Navis Capital

Maninder Saluja

EMPEA Board of Directors Treasurer, Co-Head, Emerging Markets Private Equity
Quilvest
Maninder Saluja

EMPEA Board of Directors Treasurer, Co-Head, Emerging Markets Private Equity

Mani is a Partner at Quilvest Private Equity and Head of Funds & Co-Investments globally. He joined Quilvest in New York in 2005 and opened Quilvest’s Hong Kong office in 2010. He is a member of the Executive Committee.

While at


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Quilvest

Akhil Awasthi

Founding Managing Partner
Tata Capital Growth Fund
Akhil Awasthi

Founding Managing Partner

Akhil Awasthi is a consummate private equity professional having raised/managed US$ 1 Billion across 4 private equity funds, invested in 24 transactions with 8 exits across a span of 2 decades. He joined Tata Capital in 2009 after working with


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Tata Capital Growth Fund
EMPEA represents the leading global investors in EM. I look forward to working alongside to drive much-needed capital for financing entrepreneurs and businesses worldwide.

Renuka Ramnath | Founder, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Multiples Alternate Asset Management Private Limited

EMPEA plays an important and energetic role across the markets it represents, driving outreach and research initiatives, and promoting the role of private capital.

Brian Lim | Partner and Head of Asia and Emerging Markets, Pantheon Ventures

The developed markets have no equivalent to the role EMPEA is playing as a convener and source of trusted information in the emerging markets.

David Rubenstein | Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman, The Carlyle Group

I’m honored to join fellow industry pioneers in the leadership of an unparalleled network, filled with first movers, shaping the future of industries and communities.

Dr. Andrew Kuper | Founder and CEO, LeapFrog Investments

EMPEA's market and industry intelligence opens doors to new sources of capital.  I look forward to the future success of EMPEA and its members.

Torbjorn Caesar | Senior Partner, Actis

While there are certainly challenges for the industry, the opportunities abound in our target markets and globally, making a global association like EMPEA more relevant than ever.

Drew Guff | Managing Director & Founding Partner, Siguler Guff & Company