Members

EMPEA Council

EMPEA’s Member Councils are composed of the expert practitioners that comprise EMPEA’s diverse, global membership. These working groups formally advise the association on specific topics and execute initiatives against defined industry needs that are best addressed in a collective forum. Visit the Council pages to learn more about each group.

Hoda Abou Jamra
Founding Partner, Middle East Council Chair
LocationTVM Capital Healthcare Partners

Hoda Abou Jamra as the Founding Partner of TVM Capital Healthcare Partners, a specialist Dubai-based

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Hoda Abou Jamra

Founding Partner, Middle East Council Chair

Hoda Abou Jamra as the Founding Partner of TVM Capital Healthcare Partners, a specialist Dubai-based private equity company, Hoda has been instrumental in identifying gaps in healthcare provision across the MENA region, raising capital internationally and executing innovative and value-creating


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TVM Capital Healthcare Partners
El-Khazindar
Managing Director and Co-Founder
LocationCitadel Capital

Mr. Hisham El-Khazindar is Managing Director and Co-Founder of Citadel Capital, the leading private equity

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El-Khazindar

Managing Director and Co-Founder

Mr. Hisham El-Khazindar is Managing Director and Co-Founder of Citadel Capital, the leading private equity firm in the Middle East and Africa. Established in 2004, Citadel Capital now controls investments worth more than US$ 8.7 billion in industries including mining,


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Citadel Capital
Gregorio Schneider
Managing Partner/Chief Investment Officer
Location TC Latin America Partners

Gregorio Schneider is the Founder, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of TC Latin America

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Gregorio Schneider

Managing Partner/Chief Investment Officer

Gregorio Schneider is the Founder, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of TC Latin America Partners. Prior to forming TC Latin America Partners, Mr. Schneider was Managing Director and Head of Emerging Markets at Och-Ziff Capital Management. During his tenure


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TC Latin America Partners
Josh Lerner Jacob
H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking
LocationHarvard Business School

Josh Lerner is the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School,

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Josh Lerner Jacob

H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking

Josh Lerner is the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School, with a joint appointment in the Finance and Entrepreneurial Management Units. He graduated from Yale College with a Special Divisional Major that combined physics with


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Harvard Business School
Carola Bose
Investment Manager
LocationDEG

Carola is Director and Head of DEG’s Africa Investment team for Funds, Equity and Mezzanine.

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Carola Bose

Investment Manager

Carola is Director and Head of DEG’s Africa Investment team for Funds, Equity and Mezzanine. Carola joined DEG in 2009 and, prior to her current role, was responsible for origination, execution and portfolio management for DEG’s Asia Equity and Funds


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DEG
Dr. Karim El Solh
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
LocationGulf Capital

Dr. Karim El Solh is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Capital, one

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Dr. Karim El Solh

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Karim El Solh is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Capital, one of the largest and most active alternative asset management firms in the Middle East. Under his leadership, Gulf Capital has been associated with some of


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Gulf Capital
McGuigan
Managing Partner
Location Capital International Private Equity Funds ("CIPEF")

James E. McGuigan is a Private Equity Managing Partner focusing on investor relations. He joined

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McGuigan

Managing Partner

James E. McGuigan is a Private Equity Managing Partner focusing on investor relations. He joined the Capital International Private Equity Funds (CIPEF) team in 2000 after spending over 16 years as a lawyer and later as an investment banker in


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Capital International Private Equity Funds ("CIPEF")
Mehta
Partner
LocationAkin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP

Prakash H. Mehta co-heads the firm’s investment funds and private equity practice group. Mr. Mehta

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Mehta

Partner

Prakash H. Mehta co-heads the firm’s investment funds and private equity practice group. Mr. Mehta regularly represents a broad range of investment management clients and regularly advises on complex international corporate transactions. He represents investment banks; private equity and hedge


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Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP
Pathak
Senior Advisor
LocationWarburg Pincus

Dalip Pathak is a Special Limited Partner at Warburg Pincus. He joined Warburg Pincus in

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Pathak

Senior Advisor

Dalip Pathak is a Special Limited Partner at Warburg Pincus. He joined Warburg Pincus in 1994 and has previously been both head of India and head of Europe for the firm. He remains engaged in India, and currently focuses on


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Warburg Pincus
John Daghlian
Partner
LocationAkin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP

John has advised on the establishment of LBO funds, venture capital funds, clean tech and

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John Daghlian

Partner

John has advised on the establishment of LBO funds, venture capital funds, clean tech and renewable energy funds, emerging market funds, real estate funds, country specific funds (including funds for Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Hungary, China and India), distressed debt


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Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP
Rubenstein
Co-Founder and Managing Director
LocationThe Carlyle Group

David M. Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, one of

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Rubenstein

Co-Founder and Managing Director

David M. Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Mr. Rubenstein co-founded the firm in 1987. Since then, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing more than $85.5


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The Carlyle Group
Tierney
Jr. Partner
LocationDevelopment Capital, LLC

Paul E. Tierney, Jr. is a Partner of Development Capital Partners, LLC and a General

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Tierney

Jr. Partner

Paul E. Tierney, Jr. is a Partner of Development Capital Partners, LLC and a General Partner of Aperture Venture Partners, two private investment firms specializing respectively in frontier and emerging markets and early stage healthcare ventures. For the past 21


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Development Capital, LLC
Cloherty
Chairman & CEO
LocationDelta Private Equity Partners
Cloherty

Chairman & CEO

Delta Private Equity Partners
Paulo Martelli
Director Investments
LocationFinDev Canada

Paulo Martelli, Director Investments at FinDev Canada, is responsible for originating and structuring debt and

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Paulo Martelli

Director Investments

Paulo Martelli, Director Investments at FinDev Canada, is responsible for originating and structuring debt and equity transactions throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa.  Paulo brings over 10 years of emerging markets project finance experience, including the leadership of several


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FinDev Canada
Folake Elias-Adebowale
Partner
Location Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

Folake Elias-Adebowale is a partner at Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, where she co-heads its private

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Folake Elias-Adebowale

Partner

Folake Elias-Adebowale is a partner at Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, where she co-heads its private equity and corporate advisory teams, and is a member of its energy and natural resources team. Her specialisations include acquisitions, project finance for energy, gas


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Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie
Stillman
President
Location Milbridge Capital Management, LLC
Stillman

President

Milbridge Capital Management, LLC
Geoffrey Kittredge
Partner
Location Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Geoffrey Kittredge, a corporate partner, focuses his practice on private equity and investment fund formation.

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Geoffrey Kittredge

Partner

Geoffrey Kittredge, a corporate partner, focuses his practice on private equity and investment fund formation. Labeled a “private equity ace” by Legal Week, he is ranked as a leading individual in Chambers UK (2011) and described as “one of the


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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Gordon Myers
Chief Counsel Technology and Private Equity
LocationInternational Finance Corporation (IFC)

Gordon Myers is Chief Counsel, Technology and Private Equity, of International Finance Corporation, a member

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Gordon Myers

Chief Counsel Technology and Private Equity

Gordon Myers is Chief Counsel, Technology and Private Equity, of International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group. Gordon is global lead counsel for IFC's funds investment practice. He has represented IFC in a number of complex funds


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International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Zia Mody
Founder and Senior Partner
LocationAZB & Partners

Zia Mody is the Founder and Senior Partner of AZB & Partners. Zia is one

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Zia Mody

Founder and Senior Partner

Zia Mody is the Founder and Senior Partner of AZB & Partners. Zia is one of India’s foremost corporate attorneys. She has a B.A. (Law) from Cambridge, an LLM from Harvard, and is a member of the New York State


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AZB & Partners
Chike Obianwu
Partner
LocationTemplars

Chike Obianwu is a Partner at the leading Nigerian law firm, Templars. He holds a

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Chike Obianwu

Partner

Chike Obianwu is a Partner at the leading Nigerian law firm, Templars. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the University College London and is admitted to practise in Nigeria and in England & Wales. He was formerly joint


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Templars
Bayo Odubeko
Partner, Corporate Finance
LocationNorton Rose Fulbright

Bayo Odubeko is a corporate finance partner in the London office of Norton Rose Fulbright.

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Bayo Odubeko

Partner, Corporate Finance

Bayo Odubeko is a corporate finance partner in the London office of Norton Rose Fulbright. Bayo has advised extensively in the emerging markets with a particular focus on Africa. Bayo advises many of the leading Africa focussed private equity and


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Norton Rose Fulbright
Clarisa De Franco
Managing Director, Head of Africa Funds
LocationCDC Group plc

Clarisa has been at CDC since 2007, most recently leading our Africa Funds team. She

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Clarisa De Franco

Managing Director, Head of Africa Funds

Clarisa has been at CDC since 2007, most recently leading our Africa Funds team. She manages a team that invests and manages a US$2.5bn portfolio that covers SME, mid-cap, large cap, infrastructure, renewable energy, real estate and agriculture funds across


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CDC Group plc
Paul Owers
Partner, General Counsel
LocationActis

Paul Owers is our General Counsel, based in London. He is responsible for all corporate and

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Paul Owers

Partner, General Counsel

Paul Owers is our General Counsel, based in London. He is responsible for all corporate and transactional legal support. Paul joined Actis in 1994 with responsibility for all legal aspects of the portfolio in sub-Saharan Africa. The scope of his role


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Actis
George Springsteen
Head of Legal
Location IFC Asset Management Company

George Springsteen joined AMC in May 2010 as the Head of Legal where he has

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George Springsteen

Head of Legal

George Springsteen joined AMC in May 2010 as the Head of Legal where he has overall responsibility for legal matters relating to AMC and its Funds. Before joining AMC, George was Chief Counsel in IFC’s Legal Department, working on private


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IFC Asset Management Company
Mara Topping
Partner
LocationWhite & Case LLP

Mara Topping is a member of White & Case's corporate funds group and concentrates on

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Mara Topping

Partner

Mara Topping is a member of White & Case's corporate funds group and concentrates on domestic and international private equity investment funds, venture capital funds and hedge funds.

Ms. Topping has extensive experience in the formation, structuring and issuance of securities


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White & Case LLP
Nigel Wellings
Partner
LocationClifford Chance
Nigel Wellings

Partner

Clifford Chance
Harald Zeiter
Managing Director, General Counsel, Head of Legal & Compliance
LocationCapital Dynamics

Harald Zeiter is a Managing Director, General Counsel, Head of Legal and Compliance and member

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Harald Zeiter

Managing Director, General Counsel, Head of Legal & Compliance

Harald Zeiter is a Managing Director, General Counsel, Head of Legal and Compliance and member of the Executive Committee at Capital Dynamics, a Swiss based asset management company that invests in private equity and clean energy infrastructure. Capital Dynamics manages


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Capital Dynamics
Nicolas Bañados Lyon
Managing Director of Private Equity
LocationMegeve Investments

Nicolas Bañados Lyon is Managing Director of Private Equity at Megeve Investments, one of the

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Nicolas Bañados Lyon

Managing Director of Private Equity

Nicolas Bañados Lyon is Managing Director of Private Equity at Megeve Investments, one of the leading family offices in Latin America. Formerly, he held the position of VP and Portfolio Manager at Megeve Inverstments managing a portfolio of fixed income


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Megeve Investments
Alona Ponomareva
Principal Portfolio Manager ,Private Equity
LocationWorld Bank Pension Plan

Alona Ponomareva is Principal Portfolio Manager, Private Markets, for the World Bank Pension Plan. The

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Alona Ponomareva

Principal Portfolio Manager ,Private Equity

Alona Ponomareva is Principal Portfolio Manager, Private Markets, for the World Bank Pension Plan. The World Bank Group (WBG) is the world’s largest development finance institution.

Mrs. Ponomareva is directly responsible for making private equity investments and managing the private equity


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World Bank Pension Plan
Jean Potvin
Investment Manager
LocationCaisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Jean Potvin

Investment Manager

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Richard Rincón
Head of EM PE
LocationUTIMCO

Richard Rincon is an Emerging Markets (EM) investment officer at UTIMCO, which manages the $34+

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Richard Rincón

Head of EM PE

Richard Rincon is an Emerging Markets (EM) investment officer at UTIMCO, which manages the $34+ billion University of Texas endowments and associated funds. At UTIMCO, Mr. Rincon is responsible for global EM private equity investments with a particular focus on


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UTIMCO
Karem Onursal
Director
LocationTurkven

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

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Karem 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
Ahmad Al-Sati
Managing Director - Special Situations
LocationAlbright Capital Management

Ahmad Al-Sati focuses on special situation private investments in emerging markets. He has more than

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Ahmad Al-Sati

Managing Director - Special Situations

Ahmad Al-Sati focuses on special situation private investments in emerging markets. He has more than 15 years of direct experience in credit analysis, bankruptcy investing, restructurings, private equity and rescue finance.

Prior to his time at Albright Capital, Mr. Al-Sati was


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Albright Capital Management
Ali Saigol
Founding Partner
LocationBaltoro Capital

Ali Saigol is a founding partner at Baltoro Capital, Pakistan’s leading private equity firm. Baltoro

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Ali Saigol

Founding Partner

Ali Saigol is a founding partner at Baltoro Capital, Pakistan’s leading private equity firm. Baltoro seeks to capitalize on Pakistan’s burgeoning domestic consumption market and growing competitiveness in product and service export opportunities. Baltoro invests in entrepreneurial opportunities to create


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Baltoro Capital
Yaser Moustafa
Senior Managing Director
LocationNBK Capital
Yaser Moustafa

Senior Managing Director

NBK Capital
Yuichiro Sano
Deputy Director, Private Sector, Investment Finance Division
LocationJICA
Yuichiro Sano

Deputy Director, Private Sector, Investment Finance Division

JICA
Mohammed Al-Shukairy
Partner
Location Clifford Chance

Mohammed Al-Shukairy has extensive experience advising corporate, investment banking, private equity and other clients on

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Mohammed Al-Shukairy

Partner

Mohammed Al-Shukairy has extensive experience advising corporate, investment banking, private equity and other clients on takeovers and mergers, capital raising and stock exchange issues in London and the Middle East. 


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Clifford Chance
Sabita Prakash
Managing Director
LocationADM Capital

Sabita Prakash is Managing Director at ADM Capital and chairs ADM Capital’s Investment Committee for

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Sabita Prakash

Managing Director

Sabita Prakash is Managing Director at ADM Capital and chairs ADM Capital’s Investment Committee for Asia. Sabita also champions within the firm those investments that have an impact angle in partnership with the ADM Capital Foundation. Prior to joining ADM


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ADM Capital
Kristi Massie
Partner
LocationWhite & Case
Kristi Massie

Partner

White & Case
Henry Potter
Partner
Location Alpha Associates

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

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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
Gilles De Clerck
Partner
LocationThe EuroMena Funds

Gilles de Clerck has been an Executive Director of the EuroMena private equity funds since

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Gilles De Clerck

Partner

Gilles de Clerck has been an Executive Director of the EuroMena private equity funds since 2004. He chairs and sits on the board of several companies in the MENA region. Mr de Clerck has more than 20 years of experience


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The EuroMena Funds
Brian Hughes
Director, Private Equity
LocationNew York State Common Retirement Fund
Brian Hughes

Director, Private Equity

New York State Common Retirement Fund
Christian Dunn
Senior Principal, Private Capital
LocationOntario Teachers' Pension Plan Board

Christian Dunn joined Ontario Teachers' in 2006 and moved to the Hong Kong office in

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Christian Dunn

Senior Principal, Private Capital

Christian Dunn joined Ontario Teachers' in 2006 and moved to the Hong Kong office in 2013. He has been involved in the origination, evaluation, execution, and post-investment monitoring and management of numerous fund investments, most recently with a focus on


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Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board
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

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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)
Simon Howie
Co-Head of SA & Africa Fixed Income
Location Investec Asset Management

Simon is a co-head of SA & Africa Fixed Income and portfolio manager on various

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Simon Howie

Co-Head of SA & Africa Fixed Income

Simon is a co-head of SA & Africa Fixed Income and portfolio manager on various credit strategies. He joined the firm in 2005 when he was tasked with building its domestic credit business and capabilities. Investec Asset Management now holds


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Investec Asset Management
Lynn Nguyen
Deputy Vice President
LocationInternational Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

Ms. Nguyen is the Deputy Vice President of Private Equity at the International Development Finance

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Lynn Nguyen

Deputy Vice President

Ms. Nguyen is the Deputy Vice President of Private Equity at the International Development Finance Corporation (DFC).  Ms. Nguyen serves as a member of the management team and is Chair of the fund manager selection committee with responsibility for the


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International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
Sulaiman M. Al-Rubaie
Middle East Vice-Chair, Frontier Markets Vice-Chair, and Managing Partner
LocationGlobal Capital Management Ltd.

Sulaiman M. Al-Rubaie has more than 14 years of experience in merchant banking and private

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Sulaiman M. Al-Rubaie

Middle East Vice-Chair, Frontier Markets Vice-Chair, and Managing Partner

Sulaiman M. Al-Rubaie has more than 14 years of experience in merchant banking and private equity. He has a wealth of experience across many areas including private equity, mergers & acquisitions, equity and debt capital markets and restructuring.

He started his


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Global Capital Management Ltd.
Zahid Kamal
Managing Director
Location Fajr Capital

Zahid Kamal is a Managing Director at Fajr Capital. He is actively involved in various

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Zahid Kamal

Managing Director

Zahid Kamal is a Managing Director at Fajr Capital. He is actively involved in various aspects of Fajr Capital’s transactions (including origination, execution and portfolio management) and strategic initiatives. He is also a board and executive committee member of several


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Fajr Capital
Nabil Issa
Partner
LocationKing & Spalding LLP

Nabil A. Issa is a partner in the Corporate, Finance and Investments Group of King

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Nabil Issa

Partner

Nabil A. Issa is a partner in the Corporate, Finance and Investments Group of King & Spalding, working from the Dubai and affiliated Riyadh offices. Mr. Issa's experience includes work in the areas of Shari'ah-compliant funds, joint ventures, foreign


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King & Spalding LLP
Michael Calvey
Chief Executive Officer
LocationBaring Vostok Capital Partners

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

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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
Sarah Corr
Senior Portfolio Manager Private Equity
LocationCalPERS
Sarah Corr

Senior Portfolio Manager Private Equity

CalPERS
Nicholas Vickery
Portfolio Manager
LocationIFC
Nicholas Vickery

Portfolio Manager

IFC
Lenna Koszarny
LocationHorizon Capital

Lenna Koszarny is Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Capital, a leading private

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Lenna Koszarny

Lenna Koszarny is Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Capital, a leading private equity firm focused on Ukraine and the near region with over $850 million in AUM via four funds, and a member of its Investment Committee.


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Horizon Capital
Colin Rezek
Private Credit Council Vice Chair, Managing Partner
LocationVantage Mezzanine

Colin Rezek is a director of Vantage Capital and a founder of the business. He

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Colin Rezek

Private Credit Council Vice Chair, Managing Partner

Colin Rezek is a director of Vantage Capital and a founder of the business. He has day-to-day responsibilities for the origination and assessment of mezzanine fund and balance-sheet investments. He is a member of the Vantage Mezzanine Fund’s investment committee.

Colin


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Vantage Mezzanine
Tryfan Evans
Director of Investments
LocationTufts University Endowment
Tryfan Evans

Director of Investments

Tufts University Endowment
Robert H. Milam
Head of Emerging Market Credit and Managing Director
LocationCerberus Capital Management

Mr. Milam is Head of Emerging Market Credit for Cerberus. He is responsible for leading

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Robert H. Milam

Head of Emerging Market Credit and Managing Director

Mr. Milam is Head of Emerging Market Credit for Cerberus. He is responsible for leading and managing Cerberus’ credit investments in emerging markets, with a focus on high-returning, stressed, and distressed credit as well as special situations. Since joining Cerberus


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Cerberus Capital Management
William Watson
Managing Partner
LocationValue4Capital

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

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William 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
Michael Barth
Development Finance Institution Council Chair
LocationEMPEA

R. Michael Barth is Managing Partner of Barth & Associates LLC, an independent Emerging Markets investment

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Michael Barth

Development Finance Institution Council Chair

R. Michael Barth is Managing Partner of Barth & Associates LLC, an independent Emerging Markets investment advisory firm. Mr. Barth is a member of the Board of Directors of FINCA Microfinance Holding; the SEC
registered TriLinc Global Impact Fund; SFC— Finance Company


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EMPEA
Keith Innes
Managing Director
Location Clearwater Capital

Keith Innes joined Clearwater in 2014 and is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee.

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Keith Innes

Managing Director

Keith Innes joined Clearwater in 2014 and is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. Based in New York, Mr. Innes is responsible for Clearwater’s Business Development and Investor Relations activities. Mr. Innes has more than 25 years of experience


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Clearwater Capital
George Monserrat
Managing Director
LocationThe Rohatyn Group

George Monserrat is a Managing Director at the Rohatyn Group (“TRG”), an asset management firm

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George Monserrat

Managing Director

George Monserrat is a Managing Director at the Rohatyn Group (“TRG”), an asset management firm focused on emerging markets. Mr. Monserrat joined TRG’s New York office in 2004 to build the special situations investment practice, where his primary focus has


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The Rohatyn Group
William Pearce
Investment Funds Department
LocationInternational Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

William (“Bill”) Pearce has been with International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) since July 2005, having

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William Pearce

Investment Funds Department

William (“Bill”) Pearce has been with International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) since July 2005, having held a number of investment and management roles with the agency, working predominantly in the Investment Funds Department (IFD). Within IFD he originates new fund


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International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
Luc Rigouzzo
Managing Partner
Location Amethis Finance

Luc Rigouzzo is Executive President and Co-Founder of Amethis Finance an investment fund focusing on

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Luc Rigouzzo

Managing Partner

Luc Rigouzzo is Executive President and Co-Founder of Amethis Finance an investment fund focusing on long term responsible investment in Africa built in partnership with the Edmond de Rothschild Group.

Luc Rigouzzo was, from June 2006 to December 2010, the CEO


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Amethis Finance
Vikram Raju
Head of Emerging Markets & Climate Impact
LocationMorgan Stanley AIP

Vikram Raju leads emerging markets investing for Morgan Stanley AIP and serves on advisory committees

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Vikram Raju

Head of Emerging Markets & Climate Impact

Vikram Raju leads emerging markets investing for Morgan Stanley AIP and serves on advisory committees of funds in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Previously, he was a principal investment officer at the IFC, World Bank Group, where he led the


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Morgan Stanley AIP
Andrea Heinzer
Chief Investment Officer and Partner
LocationObviam AG, Investment Manager of SIFEM

Andrea Heinzer joined Obviam’s predecessor SIFEM in 2006 from SECO, where she worked in the

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Andrea Heinzer

Chief Investment Officer and Partner

Andrea Heinzer joined Obviam’s predecessor SIFEM in 2006 from SECO, where she worked in the Department for Economic Development Cooperation. Andrea was responsible for SECO’s investment portfolio in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the implementation of SECO’s Investment and Technical Assistance Program


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Obviam AG, Investment Manager of SIFEM
Pekka Mäki
Managing Partner
Location3TS Capital Partners
Pekka Mäki

Managing Partner

3TS Capital Partners
Jaap Reinking
Director Private Equity
LocationFMO
Jaap Reinking

Director Private Equity

FMO
Riikka Talvitie
Senior Portfolio Manager, Private Equity (Portfolio and Risk Management Department)
LocationFINNFUND

Riikka Talvitie joined Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd (Finnfund) in 2006 after working as

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Riikka Talvitie

Senior Portfolio Manager, Private Equity (Portfolio and Risk Management Department)

Riikka Talvitie joined Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd (Finnfund) in 2006 after working as a legal counsel at a Finnish private equity fund. Started in Finnfund in the legal department as legal counsel in charge of most of the


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FINNFUND
Srini Sriniwasan
Managing Director
LocationKotak Investment Advisors

S. Sriniwasan (Srini) heads Kotak Investment Advisors Limited (KIAL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kotak

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Srini Sriniwasan

Managing Director

S. Sriniwasan (Srini) heads Kotak Investment Advisors Limited (KIAL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kotak Mahindra Bank, since January 2017.

Srini has played a crucial role in setting up and building the Alternate Assets business at KIAL. He established one of


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Kotak Investment Advisors
Reyaz Ahmad
Chief Investment Officer
LocationIFC Asset Management Company

Reyaz joined AMC in September 2010 from IFC’s Global Manufacturing and Services Department where, through

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Reyaz Ahmad

Chief Investment Officer

Reyaz joined AMC in September 2010 from IFC’s Global Manufacturing and Services Department where, through August 2010, he headed the sector team responsible globally for IFC’s investments in solar, wind and other renewables supply chains, as well as for energy-efficient


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IFC Asset Management Company
Cyrille Arnould
Senior Operation Officer
LocationGEEREF

Cyrille Arnould became Head of The Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund within the

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Cyrille Arnould

Senior Operation Officer

Cyrille Arnould became Head of The Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund within the European Investment Bank (EIB) in 2009. Previously, he was a Senior Investment Officer in the Africa Caribbean and Pacific department, where he oversaw the development


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GEEREF
Lance Crist
Global Head, Oil & Gas
Location International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Lance Crist is Global Head of Oil & Gas for IFC, the private sector arm

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Lance Crist

Global Head, Oil & Gas

Lance Crist is Global Head of Oil & Gas for IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. Mr. Crist leads IFC’s investments in equity, mezzanine and senior debt, for exploration & production, pipelines, LNG export and regasification,


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International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Priscila Rodrigues
Partner
LocationCrescera Investimentos

Mrs. Rodrigues is a senior partner responsible for the consumer, retail and services private equity

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Priscila Rodrigues

Partner

Mrs. Rodrigues is a senior partner responsible for the consumer, retail and services private equity practice at Crescera Investimentos. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School with concentration in Private Equity and Real Estate. Prior to joining Crescera Investimentos,


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Crescera Investimentos
James Stull
Partner
LocationKing & Spalding LLC

James Stull is a partner based in the Dubai office in our Private Funds and

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James Stull

Partner

James Stull is a partner based in the Dubai office in our Private Funds and Capital Markets practices.  James primarily focuses on advising sponsors of private investments funds and REITs.  James regularly represents Middle East and international sponsors to establish


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King & Spalding LLC
Emile Toit
Head of Infrastructure Investments
LocationHarith General Partners (Pty) Ltd.

Emile joined Harith General Partners in 2011 as the Head of PAIDF 1, a $630

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Emile Toit

Head of Infrastructure Investments

Emile joined Harith General Partners in 2011 as the Head of PAIDF 1, a $630 million Private Equity Fund investing in both Greenfield and expansionary Infrastructure Projects on the African Continent. Emile leads the PAIDF Investment Team in identifying, evaluating,


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Harith General Partners (Pty) Ltd.
Ana Zarruk
Principal
LocationPantheon

Ana joined Pantheon in 2012 and has over 10 years of investment experience. At Pantheon

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Ana Zarruk

Principal

Ana joined Pantheon in 2012 and has over 10 years of investment experience. At Pantheon focuses on the evaluation, selection, and monitoring of Latin American investment opportunities. Ana is an observer member on the Emerging Markets Investment Committee and a


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Pantheon
Dirk Donath
Managing Partner
LocationL Catterton

Mr. Donath is a Managing Partner at L Catterton focused on Latin America. He was

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Dirk Donath

Managing Partner

Mr. Donath is a Managing Partner at L Catterton focused on Latin America. He was a Senior Managing Director and Partner at Eton Park Capital Management, responsible for private equity and illiquid investment activities in emerging markets. Previously, he was


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L Catterton
David Mathewson
SEAF President
LocationSmall Enterprise Assistance Funds

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

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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
Guillermo Cabieses
Principal, General Counsel & Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
LocationNexus Group

Mr. Guillermo Cabieses acts as Principal, General Counsel & Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Nexus

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Guillermo Cabieses

Principal, General Counsel & Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Mr. Guillermo Cabieses acts as Principal, General Counsel & Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Nexus Group Nexus Group and has been with the them since 2017. Before joining Nexus, Mr. Cabieses worked at Credicorp Ltd., where he was Credicorp Capital’s


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Nexus Group
Jurie Swart
Cheif Executive Officer
LocationAfrican Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM)

Jurie has been involved with AIIM since its inception. He has served as a Director

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Jurie Swart

Cheif Executive Officer

Jurie has been involved with AIIM since its inception. He has served as a Director on the AIIM Board since 2009 and was appointed as CEO in 2014. Jurie is also a member of the AIIM investment committee.Since the beginning


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African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM)
Somit Varma
Energy & Infrastructure Council Chair, Managing Director
LocationWarburg Pincus LLC

Somit Varma is based in New York, joined Warburg Pincus in 2011 and focuses on

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Somit Varma

Energy & Infrastructure Council Chair, Managing Director

Somit Varma is based in New York, joined Warburg Pincus in 2011 and focuses on energy investments. Previously, he was global head of the natural resources group at the International Finance Corporation with a focus on emerging markets. Mr. Varma


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Warburg Pincus LLC
Aygen Yayıkoğlu
Managing Director
LocationCrescent Capital

Aygen Yayıkoğlu is the Founder and Managing Partner of Crescent Capital, a private equity firm

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Aygen Yayıkoğlu

Managing Director

Aygen Yayıkoğlu is the Founder and Managing Partner of Crescent Capital, a private equity firm focused on energy and infrastructure, based in Istanbul.

Aygen has 19 years of project finance and investment experience in emerging markets. His areas of expertise include


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Crescent Capital
Jake Cusack
Frontier Markets Council Chair, Managing Partner
LocationCrossBoundary

Jake Cusack is co-managing partner of CrossBoundary, a frontier market investment firm whose clients include

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Jake Cusack

Frontier Markets Council Chair, Managing Partner

Jake Cusack is co-managing partner of CrossBoundary, a frontier market investment firm whose clients include development finance institutions, private equity firms, Fortune 100 companies, public policy research institutions, and the US Government. In addition to their advisory business, CrossBoundary has


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CrossBoundary
Eldar Abdrazakov
Chief Executive Officer
LocationCentras Capital

Eldar Abdrazakov is the Founder & Chief Executive of Centras Capital, a Kazakh leading non-bank financial

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Eldar Abdrazakov

Chief Executive Officer

Eldar Abdrazakov is the Founder & Chief Executive of Centras Capital, a Kazakh leading non-bank financial services group. He chairs the Boards of Group’s principle subsidiaries in insurance, capital markets and private equity. Centras through its two insurance subsidiaries commands #3


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Centras Capital
Stuart Bradley
Senior Partner
Location Phatisa

Stuart Bradley, Senior Partner, Phatisa has 18 years of private equity experience in Africa with

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Stuart Bradley

Senior Partner

Stuart Bradley, Senior Partner, Phatisa has 18 years of private equity experience in Africa with CDC Capital Partners, Aureos Capital and Phatisa Group. He is the co-founder of Phatisa Group, which has over US$ 285 million of capital under management.


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Phatisa
Jérémie Ceyrac
Head of the Private Equity Department
Location PROPARCO

Jérémie Ceyrac is the Head of the Private Equity Department at PROPARCO, covering both the

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Jérémie Ceyrac

Head of the Private Equity Department

Jérémie Ceyrac is the Head of the Private Equity Department at PROPARCO, covering both the fund of fund and direct investment activity. Since joining the French DFI in 2010, Jérémie has worked on numerous transactions in East, North and West


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PROPARCO
Yana Kakar
Global Managing Partner
LocationDalberg

Yana Kakar is the Global Managing Partner Emeritus of Dalberg Advisors. Elected as head of

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Yana Kakar

Global Managing Partner

Yana Kakar is the Global Managing Partner Emeritus of Dalberg Advisors. Elected as head of the firm in 2013, Yana sets Dalberg's direction and oversees activities across offices worldwide. In her client work, Yana works with corporate leaders and investors


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Dalberg
Marcell Hetesi
Senior Investment Manager
LocationOeEB (Development Bank of Austria)

Marcell Hetesi is Senior Investment Manager at the Development Bank of Austria in the equity

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Marcell Hetesi

Senior Investment Manager

Marcell Hetesi is Senior Investment Manager at the Development Bank of Austria in the equity team covering buy-side equity investment and portfolio management of funds.He is responsible for the origination and execution of finance transactions and portfolio management, and serves
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OeEB (Development Bank of Austria)
Tim Purcell
Managing Partner
LocationLinzor Capital Partners

Tim Purcell is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Linzor Capital Partners. He previously worked

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Tim Purcell

Managing Partner

Tim Purcell is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Linzor Capital Partners. He previously worked for close to twenty years at J.P. Morgan in the investment banking and private equity areas. He started his career in New York in 1986


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Linzor Capital Partners
Enricu Canu
Head of Equity Unit
LocationEIB

Enrico Canu is Head of Unit, Equity, at the EIB responsible for investments in private

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Enricu Canu

Head of Equity Unit

Enrico Canu is Head of Unit, Equity, at the EIB responsible for investments in private equity and venture capital funds outside the European Union. Previously, he focused on environmental and infrastructure fund investments. Prior to EIB, he held positions at


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EIB
Leith Masri
Founding Partner
LocationFoursan Group

Leith Masri is a Founding Partner of Foursan Group, a leading Middle Eastern private equity

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Leith Masri

Founding Partner

Leith Masri is a Founding Partner of Foursan Group, a leading Middle Eastern private equity firm which was established in 2000 and manages funds primarily investing in accelerated growth companies in the Levant and North Africa.  Previously, Mr. Masri was


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Foursan Group
Jochen von Frowein
Director Equity Latin America
LocationDEG

Jochen von Frowein, Director Equity Latin America at German development bank DEG, heads the team

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Jochen von Frowein

Director Equity Latin America

Jochen von Frowein, Director Equity Latin America at German development bank DEG, heads the team responsible for both direct investments and commitments to private equity and mezzanine funds in Latin America. The team is based in Cologne, Mexico City, Sao


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DEG
Gerhard Pries
Chief Executive Officer
LocationSarona Asset Management

Gerhard Pries provides the leadership and vision that defines Sarona. During his 20 years of

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Gerhard Pries

Chief Executive Officer

Gerhard Pries provides the leadership and vision that defines Sarona. During his 20 years of frontier and emerging market investing with MEDA, Pries has founded a number of investment firms and funds, including the Latin America Challenge Investment Fund, MicroVest


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Sarona Asset Management
Gema Sacristán
Chief Investment Officer
LocationIDB Invest

Gema Sacristán is the Chief Investment Officer and part of the senior management team of

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Gema Sacristán

Chief Investment Officer

Gema Sacristán is the Chief Investment Officer and part of the senior management team of IDB Invest, the private sector arm of the IDB Group. She is responsible for all IDB Invest’s business areas that includes Infrastructure and Energy, Corporates,


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IDB Invest
Laetitia Counye
Manager Private Equity
LocationBelgian Investment Company for Developing Countries SA

Counye is currently the Manager of the Private Equity team within BIO’s Investment Department.  She

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Laetitia Counye

Manager Private Equity

Counye is currently the Manager of the Private Equity team within BIO’s Investment Department.  She has been part of BIO’s investment team since 2012 and has worked on both direct equity and PE fund projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin


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Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries SA
Thomas C.Barry
President and Chief Executive Officer
LocationZephyr Management, L.P.

Thomas C. Barry is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Zephyr Management, L.P., an

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Thomas C.Barry

President and Chief Executive Officer

Thomas C. Barry is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Zephyr Management, L.P., an emerging markets investment management company which he founded in 1994.  Zephyr has sponsored twenty-two specialized investment funds with approximately US$2 billion in committed capital. Zephyr’s


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Zephyr Management, L.P.
Felipe Vila Gonzalez
Latin America Council Chair, Director General
LocationCorporación Mexicana de Inversiones de Capital, S.A. de C.V., “Fondo de Fondos”

Felipe Vilá Gonzalez is the CEO of “Fondo de Fondos”, a corporation established by NAFIN,

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Felipe Vila Gonzalez

Latin America Council Chair, Director General

Felipe Vilá Gonzalez is the CEO of “Fondo de Fondos”, a corporation established by NAFIN, BANOBRAS, BANCOMEXT and FOCIR, four development banks in Mexico. The Corporation has committed US 709 million in 59 Private Equity / Venture Capital Funds that


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Corporación Mexicana de Inversiones de Capital, S.A. de C.V., “Fondo de Fondos”
Joaquin Avila Garcés
Senior Managing Director
LocationEMX Capital

Joaquin Avila currently acts as Senior Managing Director and Co‐founder of EMX Capital. Prior to

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Joaquin Avila Garcés

Senior Managing Director

Joaquin Avila currently acts as Senior Managing Director and Co‐founder of EMX Capital. Prior to this, he served as Managing Director and Fund Head for Carlyle Mexico Partners of The Carlyle Group. Global Partner since 2008. Spearheaded opening of Carlyle


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EMX Capital
Jeffrey Liebert
CEO
LocationGazelle Finance

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

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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
Cesar Collier
Managing Director Head of Brazil
LocationSiguler Guff & Company

Cesar Collier is a Managing Director of Siguler Guff and head of the Firm's São

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Cesar Collier

Managing Director Head of Brazil

Cesar Collier is a Managing Director of Siguler Guff and head of the Firm's São Paulo office. Mr. Collier, who joined Siguler Guff in February 2011, is a senior member of the BRIC investment team. Prior to joining Siguler Guff,


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Siguler Guff & Company
Piero Minardi
Managing Director
LocationWarburg Pincus

Piero Minardi serves on EMPEA's Board of Directors and its Latin America Council.

Piero Minardi is

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Piero Minardi

Managing Director

Piero Minardi serves on EMPEA's Board of Directors and its Latin America Council.

Piero Minardi is based in São Paulo and joined Warburg Pincus in 2014. Previously, Mr. Minardi was a Partner in the Private Equity Group at Gavea Investimentos, a


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Warburg Pincus
Ziad Oueslati
Africa Council Chair, EMPEA Board of Directors, Managing Director
LocationAfricInvest

Ziad Oueslati is the MD and co-founding Partner of AfricInvest the first PE fund management

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Ziad Oueslati

Africa Council Chair, EMPEA Board of Directors, Managing Director

Ziad Oueslati is the MD and co-founding Partner of AfricInvest the first PE fund management company in the Maghreb and one of the leading players in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Mr. Oueslati participated to the structuring and raising of several investment funds


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AfricInvest
David Wilton
Managing Director
LocationMorgan Stanley

David Wilton is a Managing Director for the Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners Private Equity

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David Wilton

Managing Director

David Wilton is a Managing Director for the Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners Private Equity Fund Group where he is leading initiatives in Investing With Impact. David is currently the Chairman of the Advisory Council of the EMPEA and a


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Morgan Stanley
Antonio Cintra
Partner
LocationTozziniFreire Advogados

Antonio Felix is Head of the Capital Markets and Banking and Finance practice groups and

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Antonio Cintra

Partner

Antonio Felix is Head of the Capital Markets and Banking and Finance practice groups and one of the coordinators of TozziniFreire's Japan Practice Group. Antonio Felix has extensive experience in capital market operations, national and international financings, securitizations, project finance,


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TozziniFreire Advogados
Nick Moon
Partner
LocationLeapfrog Investments

Nick leads investor relations, co-investments and strategic partnerships for LeapFrog globally. He oversaw the

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Nick Moon

Partner

Nick leads investor relations, co-investments and strategic partnerships for LeapFrog globally. He oversaw the raising of LeapFrog’s record-breaking and oversubscribed $744 million third fund, its $400 million oversubscribed second fund, and its $350 million separate account with Prudential Inc.


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Leapfrog Investments
Runa Alam
EMPEA Board of Directors Vice Chair, Chief Executive Officer and Partner
LocationDevelopment Partners International(DPI)

Runa Alam is a Co-Founding Partner and CEO of DPI. She has 28 years of

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Runa Alam

EMPEA Board of Directors Vice Chair, Chief Executive Officer and Partner

Runa Alam is a Co-Founding Partner and CEO of DPI. She has 28 years of investment banking, emerging market management and private equity experience. For the three years before starting DPI, Ms. Alam was Chief Executive of two African private


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Development Partners International(DPI)
Sanjay Nayar
EMPEA Board of Directors, Member and Chief Executive Officer
LocationKKR India Advisors Pvt. Ltd.

Sanjay Nayar (Mumbai) joined KKR in 2009 and is CEO of KKR India. Prior to

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Sanjay Nayar

EMPEA Board of Directors, Member and Chief Executive Officer

Sanjay Nayar (Mumbai) 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 a member of Citigroup’s Management Committee and Asia Executive Operating


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KKR India Advisors Pvt. Ltd.
Albert Alsina
Managing Partner & CEO
LocationMediterrania Capital Partners

Albert Alsina has more than 25 years of international experience in multi-national settings where he

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Albert Alsina

Managing Partner & CEO

Albert Alsina has more than 25 years of international experience in multi-national settings where he held several executive positions in General Management at global and European levels in the US, UK, Brazil, Germany, Zimbabwe and Spain. In 2007, Albert joined


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Mediterrania Capital Partners
Rebecca Xu
EMPEA Board of Directors, Asia Council Vice Chair, Co-Founder and Managing Director
LocationAsia Alternatives Management LLC

Rebecca Xu is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Asia Alternatives. Ms. Xu leads Asia

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Rebecca Xu

EMPEA Board of Directors, Asia Council Vice Chair, Co-Founder and Managing Director

Rebecca Xu is a 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 on the Firm's Investment Committee and co-leads Asia Alternatives' investments


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Asia Alternatives Management LLC
Fernando Borges
EMPEA Board of Directors Vice Chair, Managing Partner, Head of South American Buyouts
Location The Carlyle Group

Fernando Borges serves on EMPEA's Board of Directors and its Latin America Council.

Mr. Borges is

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Fernando Borges

EMPEA Board of Directors Vice Chair, Managing Partner, Head of South American Buyouts

Fernando Borges serves on EMPEA's Board of Directors and its Latin America Council.

Mr. Borges is a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Carlyle South America Buyout group focused on private equity investment opportunities in South America. He is based in


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The Carlyle Group
Johanna Posada
Founder & Managing Partner
LocationElevar Equity

Johanna is Founder and Managing Partner at Elevar. She leads the firm’s investing strategy

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Johanna Posada

Founder & Managing Partner

Johanna is Founder and Managing Partner at Elevar. She leads the firm’s investing strategy and priorities in Latin America, and the firm’s investing team that is based in Mexico City. Her leadership role in Latin America includes sourcing and


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Elevar Equity
Thierry Dalais
Executive Chairman
LocationMetier / Lereko Metier

Thierry Dalais completed degrees in accounting and commerce at the University of the Witwatersrand and

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Thierry Dalais

Executive Chairman

Thierry Dalais completed degrees in accounting and commerce at the University of the Witwatersrand and served articles at Deloitte, qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1984. Mr. Dalais was then employed in trade financing activities with Merchant Shippers, a subsidiary


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Metier / Lereko Metier
Brian Lim
EMPEA Board of Directors Vice Chair, Asia Council Chair, Partner and Head of Asia and Emerging Markets
LocationPantheon Ventures

Brian is a Partner and Head of Pantheon’s Asia and Emerging Markets Investment teams. Prior

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Brian Lim

EMPEA Board of Directors Vice Chair, 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
Jean Eric Salata
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
LocationBaring Private Equity Asia

Jean Eric Salata is the Chief Executive and Founding Partner of

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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
Gloria Nelund
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Location TriLinc Global

Gloria Nelund spent 30 years on Wall Street as one of the most successful and

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Gloria Nelund

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Gloria Nelund spent 30 years on Wall Street as one of the most successful and visible executives in the international investment management industry. After retiring from Deutsche Bank as CEO of their $50 billion North America Private Wealth Management division,


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TriLinc Global
Hurley Doddy
Co-CEO
LocationEmerging Capital Partners (ECP)

Hurley Doddy is a Managing Director, Founding Partner and Co-CEO of Emerging Capital Partners (ECP). 

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Hurley Doddy

Co-CEO

Hurley Doddy is a Managing Director, Founding Partner and Co-CEO of Emerging Capital Partners (ECP).  With six funds and over $1.6 billion under management, ECP is a leading private equity manager focused exclusively on Africa. Headquartered in Washington DC, ECP


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Emerging Capital Partners (ECP)
Yar-Ping Soo
Partner
LocationAdams Street Partners

Yar-Ping specializes in Asian pan-regional leveraged buyouts as well as country-focused funds, specifically in Greater

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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
Janusz Heath
Managing Partner
LocationCapital Dynamics

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

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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
Jean Michel Severino
CEO
LocationInvestisseurs & Partenaires

Jean-Michel Severino succeeded Patrice Hoppenot in May 2011 as CEO of "Investisseurs et Partenaires" (I&P),

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Jean Michel Severino

CEO

Jean-Michel Severino succeeded Patrice Hoppenot in May 2011 as CEO of "Investisseurs et Partenaires" (I&P), an impact investing and private equity firm, which focuses on small and medium-sized enterprises and microfinance institutions in Africa. He now works on implementing the


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Investisseurs & Partenaires
Matthew Hunt
Director
LocationSouth Suez Capital

Matthew Hunt has 19 years of professional experience and is currently lead portfolio manager for

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Matthew Hunt

Director

Matthew Hunt has 19 years of professional experience and is currently lead portfolio manager for an established South African fund-of-private equity funds and sits on the Investment Committee of the first independent Africa focused fund of private equity funds. He


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South Suez Capital
Drew Guff
EMPEA Board of Directors, Managing Director And Founding Partner
LocationSiguler Guff & Company

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

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Drew Guff

EMPEA Board of Directors, 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
Robert Petty
EMPEA Board of Directors, Co-Founder / Co-CEO and Co-CIO
LocationClearwater Funds/Fiera Capital (Asia)

Rob Petty is Co-Founder of the Clearwater Funds and Co-CEO and Co-CIO of Fiera Capital

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Robert Petty

EMPEA Board of Directors, Co-Founder / Co-CEO and Co-CIO

Rob Petty is 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 have invested profitably across cycles, sectors and geographies, building an Asia-focused


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Clearwater Funds/Fiera Capital (Asia)
Rik Vyverman
Global Head Ventures Equity
LocationresponsAbility Investments AG

Rik Vyverman's role at responsAbility includes heading the Ventures Equity department as well as being

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Rik Vyverman

Global Head Ventures Equity

Rik Vyverman's role at responsAbility includes heading the Ventures Equity department as well as being responsible for all venture capital/private equity investments in sectors such as health care, energy, education, sustainable agriculture, etc.
Professional Background:

  • Earned a Master of Science degree

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responsAbility Investments AG
Adiba Ighodaro
Partner
LocationActis

Adiba Ighodaro began her career in commercial and corporate law, providing advice to international banks

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Adiba Ighodaro

Partner

Adiba Ighodaro began her career in commercial and corporate law, providing advice to international banks and multinationals, many of which had subsidiaries in the emerging markets. This experience triggered her interest in the provision of finance in to markets where


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Actis
Hemal Mirani
Managing Director
LocationHarbourVest Partners (Asia) Limited

Hemal Mirani rejoined HarbourVest’s senior management team in Asia in 2015 to focus on investments

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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
Adam Wolfensohn
Managing Director and Investment Committee Member
LocationEncourage Capital

Adam Wolfensohn is a Managing Director of Wolfensohn Fund Management and a member of the

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Adam Wolfensohn

Managing Director and Investment Committee Member

Adam Wolfensohn is a Managing Director of Wolfensohn Fund Management and a member of the Investment Committee. Wolfensohn Fund Management is an emerging markets oriented investment firm with focus areas in financial inclusion and low carbon energy. Since 2002, he


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Encourage Capital
Yichen Zhang
EMPEA Board of Directors, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
LocationCITIC Capital

Yichen Zhang is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CITIC Capital. He joined CITIC

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Yichen Zhang

EMPEA Board of Directors, 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
Paul Kavuma
Chief Executive Officer
LocationCatalyst Principal Partners

Paul Kavuma is  the Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst Principal Partners, and serves as a

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Paul Kavuma

Chief Executive Officer

Paul Kavuma is  the Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst Principal Partners, and serves as a member of the Catalyst Investment Committee. Paul has 18 years of management consulting, entrepreneurial, investment banking and private equity experience. He was previously a Director


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Catalyst Principal Partners
Joseph McDonald
Private Equity
LocationZurich Alternative Asset Management

Joseph McDonald is an Associate at Zurich Alternative Asset Management, LLC (“ZAAM”), the in-house alternative

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Joseph McDonald

Private Equity

Joseph McDonald is an Associate at Zurich Alternative Asset Management, LLC (“ZAAM”), the in-house alternative asset investment unit of Zurich Insurance Group. At ZAAM, Joe is part of the private equity team responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and executing on primary


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Zurich Alternative Asset Management
Cheng Chee Mun
Managing Director
Location57 Stars

Mr. Cheng joined 57 Stars in 2009 and is involved in identifying and monitoring investments

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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
Alison Klein
Manager Private Equity
LocationFMO

After nearly seven years of commercial fund investments, I wanted to apply my skills in

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Alison Klein

Manager Private Equity

After nearly seven years of commercial fund investments, I wanted to apply my skills in an environment where my work would have an explicit focus on positive social and environmental impact as well as generating financial returns. I started by


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FMO
Ranjit Shah
Co- Founder and Managing Partner
LocationGaja Capital

Ranjit Shah is Co- Founder and Managing Partner of Gaja Capital and is based in Mumbai.

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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
Kofi Kwakwa
Partner
LocationAfrican Capital Alliance (ACA)

Kofi joined African Capital Alliance (ACA) in 2015 as an Executive Partner with oversight for

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Kofi Kwakwa

Partner

Kofi joined African Capital Alliance (ACA) in 2015 as an Executive Partner with oversight for ACA’s Ghana operations and the firm’s regional expansion strategy. Kofi has over 25 years of experience in investments, investment banking, and consulting.

Prior to joining ACA,


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African Capital Alliance (ACA)
Henry Obi
Chief Operating Officer
LocationHelios Investment Partners

Henry Obi is a partner and the Chief Operating Officer for Helios Investment Partners (“Helios”),

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Henry Obi

Chief Operating Officer

Henry Obi is a partner and the Chief Operating Officer for Helios Investment Partners (“Helios”), an Africa-focused Private Equity firm which operates a family of funds and their related co-investment entities, aggregating more than $1.7 billion in capital commitments. He


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Helios Investment Partners
Felix Olale
Partner
LocationLeapFrog Investments

Dr. Felix Olale is a Partner at LeapFrog and the firm’s Global Co-Leader for Health

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Felix Olale

Partner

Dr. Felix Olale is a Partner at LeapFrog and the firm’s Global Co-Leader for Health Investments. He is also an entrepreneur and physician-scientist, renowned for his work building businesses and investing in healthcare in emerging markets.

Prior to Leapfrog, Dr Olale


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LeapFrog Investments
Michael Octoman
Senior Partner and Chief Operating Officer
LocationNavis Capital

Mr. Octoman is a Navis Senior Partner and an Investment Committee member. Mr.

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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
LocationQuilvest

Maninder Saluja joined Quilvest in 2005 and is a Partner based in and responsible for

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Maninder Saluja

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

Maninder Saluja joined Quilvest in 2005 and is a Partner based in and responsible for the oversight of Quilvest’s Hong Kong office, from where he co-manages QS GEO PEP, Quilvest’s Global Emerging Opportunities Private Equity Program. In addition, he sources


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Quilvest
Mark Kenderdine-Davies
EMPEA Board of Directors Secretary, Legal & Regulatory Council Chair, Chief Legal Officer
LocationCDC Group plc

Mark Kenderdine-Davies is the Chief Legal Officer of CDC Group plc (CDC) with oversight of

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Mark Kenderdine-Davies

EMPEA Board of Directors Secretary, Legal & Regulatory Council Chair, Chief Legal Officer

Mark Kenderdine-Davies is the Chief Legal Officer of CDC Group plc (CDC) with oversight of the company’s legal, regulatory and tax affairs. In addition to leading the company’s legal and tax team, Mark is an experienced private funds investor having


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CDC Group plc
Yee Hean Teo
Senior Investment Specialist
LocationAsian Development Bank

Yee Hean Teo joined the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as an Investment Specialist in 2015.

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Yee Hean Teo

Senior Investment Specialist

Yee Hean Teo joined the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as an Investment Specialist in 2015. As part of the Private Sector Operations Department, he is responsible for sourcing and executing private equity (PE) fund investments for ADB. Additionally, Mr. Teo


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Asian Development Bank
Akhil Awasthi
Founding Managing Partner
LocationTata Capital Growth Fund

Akhil Awasthi is a consummate private equity professional having raised/managed US$ 1 Billion across 4

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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
Andrew Ostrognai
Partner
LocationDebevoise & Plimpton LLP

Andrew M. Ostrognai is a corporate partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Chair of

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Andrew Ostrognai

Partner

Andrew M. Ostrognai is a corporate partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Chair of the firm’s private equity practice in Asia. He has extensive experience in forming all types of private equity funds, from large pan-Asian buy-out funds to


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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Baris Öney
Founding & Managing Partner
LocationGlobalturk Capital

Barış Öney has over 29 years of diverse, global experience in pre- and post -investment

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Baris Öney

Founding & Managing Partner

Barış Öney has over 29 years of diverse, global experience in pre- and post -investment management, M&As, IPOs and strategic advisory. As the Founder and Managing Partner of Globalturk Capital, he has been acting as a venture partner for Turkish


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Globalturk Capital
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.

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