About

The EMPEA Team

Cate Ambrose

EMPEA Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer
EMPEA
Cate Ambrose

EMPEA Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer

Cate Ambrose is CEO and Board Member of EMPEA, the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets. Members include 300+ fund managers, institutional investors, family offices, sovereign wealth funds, development finance institutions, and industry advisors who manage more

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EMPEA

Holly Radel

Managing Director
Institutional Relations & Membership
Holly Radel

Managing Director

Holly Radel is a Managing Director for Institutional Relations & Membership at EMPEA, including managing the organization’s operations, strategic direction and growth initiatives. In this role, Holly handles including directing EMPEA's investor relations activities and develop its global community of

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Institutional Relations & Membership

Jeff Schlapinski

Managing Director
Research
Jeff Schlapinski

Managing Director

Jeff Schlapinski is the Managing Director of Research at EMPEA, where he leads a team producing industry data, analysis and in-depth reporting on private equity, private credit, infrastructure and real assets investing in emerging economies. In addition to providing bi-annual

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Research

Julie Ruvolo

Managing Director
Venture Capital
Julie Ruvolo

Managing Director

Julie Ruvolo is Managing Director of Venture Capital at EMPEA. In this role, she manages venture investor relationships globally, runs venture/tech-related programs, facilitates early stage investor meetings, and oversees tech reports for investors. She is a regular presenter and speaker

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Venture Capital

Caitlin Mitchell

Managing Director
Marketing & Communications
Caitlin Mitchell

Managing Director

Caitlin Mitchell is Managing Director of Marketing & Communications for EMPEA. In this role, she is responsible for working with the organization’s executive team to design and implement the organizational calendar. She also leads the marketing and communications team to

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Marketing & Communications

Belgica De Los Santos

Director
Finance & Operations
Belgica De Los Santos

Director

Belgica De Los Santos is Director of Finance & Operations for EMPEA. In this role she is responsible for the organization’s financial, accounting, and operational functions, including member billing, audits, and budgeting.

Belgica also heads up Finance & Operations for the

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Finance & Operations

Kaela Kennedy

Director
Events
Kaela Kennedy

Director

Kaela Kennedy is Director of Events for EMPEA where is responsible for the planning and execution of member conferences and programs.

Kaela is also is the Director of Events for the Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America (LAVCA) where

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Events

Olivia Drouhaut

Senior Manager
Programs
Olivia Drouhaut

Senior Manager

Olivia Drouhaut is the Manager of Programs & Business Development at EMPEA, where she is responsible for organizing and coordinating conferences, trainings and web seminars within EMPEA’s programs portfolio, including the IFC/EMPEA Global Private Equity Conference, the Private Equity in

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Programs

Paulina Portilla

Manager
Membership
Paulina Portilla

Manager

Paulina Portilla serves as Executive Assistant to EMPEA CEO, Cate Ambrose. Paulina is also the Office Manager in New York, where she supports the EMPEA and LAVCA team, including work with marketing and communications and events and programs. She obtained

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Membership

Megan Smith

Manager
Programs
Megan Smith

Manager

Megan Smith is a Manager of Programs & Business Development at EMPEA, where she is responsible for organizing and programming conferences, trainings, and webinars, including the IFC/EMPEA Global Private Equity Conference, the Sustainable Investing in Emerging Markets Summit, and the

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Programs

Sabrina Katz

Manager
Research
Sabrina Katz

Manager

Sabrina is a Manager at EMPEA, where she covers the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, as well as the wider emerging market Impact Investing and ESG space. Sabrina graduated from the London School of Economics and Columbia University’s Dual

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Research

Anissa Eleuterio

Manager
Marketing & Communications
Anissa Eleuterio

Manager

Anissa Eleuterio is a Marketing & Communications Associate at EMPEA, where she delivers detailed and comprehensive marketing and communication plans across a variety of platforms. Prior to joining EMPEA, Anissa managed a video production department and an editorial team for

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Marketing & Communications

Dina Kavaleuski

Sr. Analyst of Finance & Operations
Finance & Operations
Dina Kavaleuski

Sr. Analyst of Finance & Operations

Dina Kavaleuski is the Sr. Analyst of Finance & Operations for EMPEA. In this role, she is responsible for the management of the organization's financial, accounting, and operational functions, which include member billing, company audits, and annual budgeting.

Prior to joining

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Finance & Operations

Alan Williams

Associate
Marketing & Communications
Alan Williams

Associate

Alan Williams is a Marketing Associate at EMPEA. He is responsible for supporting the Marketing & Communications department in addressing the global marketing and communications needs of the organization. As an associate he assists with the development and execution of

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Marketing & Communications

Katherine Stepanian

Analyst
Research
Katherine Stepanian

Analyst

Katherine Stepanian is a Research Analyst at EMPEA, where she covers China, as well as Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). She obtained her B.A. from George Washington University, majoring in International Economics with a

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Research

Ashton Adams

Analyst
Research
Ashton Adams

Analyst

Ashton Adams is a Research Analyst at EMPEA, where she covers India and Pan-Emerging markets. Ashton obtained an MSc in Research for International Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, graduating with merit. Her

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Research

Catherine O’Connor

Analyst
Research
Catherine O’Connor

Analyst

Catherine O'Connor is a Research Analyst at EMPEA, where she covers China. She earned her master's degree in International Economics and Political Economy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and completed a certificate in Chinese and American Studies

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Research

Alex Fichter

Analyst
Research
Alex Fichter

Analyst

Alex Fichter is a Research Analyst at EMPEA, where he covers private capital in Emerging Asia and contributes to EMPEA’s industry data collection and report generation. Alex previously worked as a Research Analyst with an investment advisory firm in China

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Research

Steven Okun

CEO, Singapore-based APAC Advisors
EMPEA ASEAN Representative
Steven Okun

CEO, Singapore-based APAC Advisors

Steven Okun, EMPEA’s ASEAN Representative, is Founder and CEO of Singapore-based APAC Advisors, a public affairs consultancy working with clients on ESG, sustainability and stakeholder engagement. Steve has lived and worked in Asia since 2003, most recently for EMPEA member

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EMPEA ASEAN Representative

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Andrew Kuper | Founder and CEO, LeapFrog Investments

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

Torbjorn Caesar | Senior Partner, Actis

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

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