ESG Member Community

About the EMPEA ESG Community

The EMPEA ESG Community is open to all individuals at EMPEA member firms who have an active interest in ESG in the emerging markets space. This Community provides a platform to share resources and advice for EMPEA members considering how to build and/or expand their ESG management strategy and offers practitioners and experts a forum to advance the development of ESG best practices through information exchange, research and the aggregation and development of innovative resources.

In 2017, two working groups were formed within the Community, one focused on SDG alignment and the other focused on corporate governance. Both groups are actively working on aggregating resources and providing guidance on SDG alignment and implementation and corporate governance at the fund and portfolio company level.

If you would like to be a part of this Community, join us at one of our upcoming meetings (May in Washington, DC and October in London). Please contact Victoria Carrion or Kyoko Terada to sign up. To see all upcoming EMPEA events, including ESG Member Community meetings, please visit our EMPEA Events Calendar.

Steering Committee

The EMPEA ESG Member Community Steering Committee consists of dedicated and experienced ESG practitioners in the emerging markets private capital space. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to this peer-to-peer exchange, and all share the same commitment and passion for their profession.

Steering Committee Members

  • Hany Assaad, Avanz Capital (ESG Member community Chair)
  • Abir Attia, AfricInvest (Governance Working Group Co-Head)
  • Mark Eckstein, CDC Group plc (SDG Working Group Co-Head)
  • Walter van Helvoirt, FMO (Governance Working Group Co-Head)
  • Laura KempPedersen, LeapFrog Investments (Gender Parity Working Group Co-Head)
  • Shami Nissan, Actis (SDG Working Group Co-Head)
  • Jim Seymour, Pontefract Global Strategies, LLC (Gender Parity Working Group Co-Head)

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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