About

The CEE/CIS Council is an advisory body comprised of and dedicated to private equity fund managers, investors, and service providers who are active in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, and Central and Eastern Europe inclusive of Turkey. These practitioners encounter similar challenges and opportunities in the region, despite the diversity of the local political and economic environments in which they operate. To allow these firms to more closely engage with one another and EMPEA, EMPEA is launching an advisory group comprised of and dedicated to these members. This Council will allow these practitioners to more closely engage with one another and EMPEA, as well as work alongside and in support of local associations to advance and professionalize private equity investing in the region.

Anne Fossemalle

CEET/CIS Council Chair, Director, Private Equity Funds

LocationEuropean Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Anne Fossemalle has been the Director in charge of Equity Funds at the European Bank... Read More

Anne Fossemalle

CEET/CIS Council Chair, Director, Private Equity Funds

Anne Fossemalle has been the Director in charge of Equity Funds at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development since 2009.

Previously, she was the Director, Bank Equity, responsible for EBRD’s direct equity investments in banks. Prior to this appointment in
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European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Robert Appleby

Co-Founder, Chief Investment Officer

Location ADM Capital

Robert Appleby is co-founder of ADM Capital, Chief Investment Officer and the Chairman of ADM... Read More

Robert Appleby

Co-Founder, Chief Investment Officer

Robert Appleby is co-founder of ADM Capital, Chief Investment Officer and the Chairman of ADM Capital's Investment Advisory Committee. Before establishing ADM Capital, Robert was a Managing Director in the Asian Fixed Income Division at Credit Agricole Indosuez and prior
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ADM Capital

Michael Calvey

Chief Executive Officer

LocationBaring Vostok Capital Partners

Michael Calvey started working in Moscow in 1994 as one of the managers of the... Read More

Michael Calvey

Chief Executive Officer

Michael Calvey started working in Moscow in 1994 as one of the managers of the First NIS Regional Fund. Before joining Baring Vostok, Michael worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Salomon Brothers. At EBRD he
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Baring Vostok Capital Partners

Drew Guff

Managing Director And Founding Partner

LocationSiguler Guff & Company

Drew Guff is Managing Director and founding principal of Siguler Guff & Company. Siguler Guff... Read More

Drew Guff

Managing Director And Founding Partner

Drew Guff is Managing Director and founding principal of Siguler Guff & Company. Siguler Guff & Company is a private equity firm managing over $12 billion in domestic and international private equity funds on behalf of corporate and government pension
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Siguler Guff & Company

Elvin Guri

Chief Executive Officer

LocationEmpower Capital Advisers B.V

Mr. Elvin Guri is an entrepreneur and investor with a successful track record in financial... Read More

Elvin Guri

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Elvin Guri is an entrepreneur and investor with a successful track record in financial services. Currently CEO of Empower Capital Advisors, manager of Empower Capital Fund, a EUR 26 million fund investing in Bulgarian lower and mid-market industrial companies.
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Empower Capital Advisers B.V

Janusz Heath

Managing Partner

LocationCapital Dynamics

Janusz is a Managing Director and Head of Investment Management Emerging Markets at Capital Dynamics.... Read More

Janusz Heath

Managing Partner

Janusz is a Managing Director and Head of Investment Management Emerging Markets at Capital Dynamics. He has some 30 years of private equity, corporate finance, and industry experience. Prior to taking on his current role, he was Head of Asset
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Capital Dynamics

Lenna Koszarny

LocationHorizon Capital

Lenna Koszarny

Horizon Capital

Jeffrey Liebert

CEO

LocationGazelle Finance

Jeffrey Liebert is the CEO of the fund manager Gazelle Finance and successfully raised $42M... Read More

Jeffrey Liebert

CEO

Jeffrey Liebert is the CEO of the fund manager Gazelle Finance and successfully raised $42M in capital  commitments for the Gazelle Fund, which invests in SMEs in Central Asia, Caucasus, and East Europe. Prior to this Jeffrey was a co-founder
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Gazelle Finance

Pekka Mäki

Managing Partner

Location3TS Capital Partners

Pekka Mäki

Managing Partner

3TS Capital Partners

David Mathewson

SEAF President

LocationSmall Enterprise Assistance Funds

David Mathewson joined SEAF as President in 2016. Mr. Mathewson chairs SEAF’s Global Investment Committee... Read More

David Mathewson

SEAF President

David Mathewson joined SEAF as President in 2016. Mr. Mathewson chairs SEAF’s Global Investment Committee and works on all aspects of SEAF’s strategic development and daily operations.

From 2010 to 2015, David served as Senior Managing Director of Darby Private
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Small Enterprise Assistance Funds

Barış Öney

Managing Partner

LocationGlobalturk Capital

Barış Öney is the founder and the Chairman of Globalturk Capital. Prior to founding Globalturk... Read More

Barış Öney

Managing Partner

Barış Öney is the founder and the Chairman of Globalturk Capital. Prior to founding Globalturk Capital, Barış Öney worked as an investment banker and investment manager for 17 years. He set-up 5 corporate finance/M&A paractices and managed numerous M&A, private
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Globalturk Capital

Kerem Onursal

Director

LocationTurkven

Kerem is a Partner and Investment Committee member at Turkven Private Equity. Kerem joined Turkven... Read More

Kerem Onursal

Director

Kerem is a Partner and Investment Committee member at Turkven Private Equity. Kerem joined Turkven in 2003 from McKinsey & Company in Berlin. Since then Kerem has led numerous investments. Currently Kerem serves on the Boards of four portfolio companies,
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Turkven

Henry Potter

Partner

Location Alpha Associates

Henry Potter is a Partner at Alpha Associates, responsible for investing Alpha’s private equity funds... Read More

Henry Potter

Partner

Henry Potter is a Partner at Alpha Associates, responsible for investing Alpha’s private equity funds of funds in eastern Europe. Henry joined Alpha Associates in September 2008 from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London. Since then
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Alpha Associates

Dominic Reed

Senior Managing Partner

LocationUFG Asset Management

Dominic Reed joined UFG Private Equity in 2007. He has eighteen years of operational and... Read More

Dominic Reed

Senior Managing Partner

Dominic Reed joined UFG Private Equity in 2007. He has eighteen years of operational and investment experience in Russia and the CIS.Prior to arriving in Russia, he worked at NYNEX CableComms in the UK in both operational and corporate development
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UFG Asset Management

Aset Sagimbekov

Deputy Chairman of the Board

LocationKazyna Capital Management JSC

Aset Sagimbekov

Deputy Chairman of the Board

Kazyna Capital Management JSC

William R. Watson

Managing Partner

LocationValue4Capital

William R Watson, is the Managing Partner of Value4Capital, a Central European focused private equity... Read More

William R. Watson

Managing Partner

William R Watson, is the Managing Partner of Value4Capital, a Central European focused private equity firm. Bill has over 20 years of experience in Eastern and Central European private equity and a track record of active involvement in numerous transactions
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Value4Capital
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 Managing Director, 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