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EMPEA began as the convening point for global investors united by the belief that private capital is a highly suited investment strategy in emerging markets, delivering attractive long-term investment returns and promoting the sustainable growth of companies and economies. From the dinner seminars of our early days to the industry-leading conferences and market intelligence that we are known for today, EMPEA remains the place to share new ideas, best practices and lessons-learned. Since our founding in 2004, EMPEA has grown to represent a community of over 300 member firms whose accomplishments have led to the vibrant and robust industry that exists today.


In 2014, when EMPEA celebrated its 10th Anniversary, we honored our Founding Members and their stories with our 10th Anniversary Commemorative Video Series.

Our Story: EMPEA’s Founding Members reflect on EMPEA’s early beginnings and 10th Anniversary…

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Teresa Barger
CEO and CIO, Cartica Capital; Co-Founder, EMPEA

“Starting EMPEA was not always smooth…”

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Roger Leeds
Professor, Johns Hopkins University (SAIS); Founding Chairman, EMPEA

“In 2004, EMPEA is formed by a handful of visionaries at the heart of the emerging markets private equity industry…”

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George Siguler
Managing Director and Founding Partner, Siguler Guff and Company LP

“Private equity comes and it stays…”

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Koenraad Foulon
Co-Founder and Senior Managing Partner, Capital International Private Equity Funds

“If you go back 20 years, the emerging markets were lurching from one crisis to another, but it was a blessing in disguise…”

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Claude Barras
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, Obviam (Manager of SIFEM)

“Some countries remain frontier, but the outreach of private equity will also touch them…”

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Tom Barry
President and CEO, Zephyr Management L.P.

“Private equity is a term that has been hijacked…”

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Ziad Oueslati
Founding Partner, AfricInvest Group

“Making our industry visible to the major players…”

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Lakshmi Venkatachalam
Vice-President, Private Sector and Cofinancing Operations, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

EMPEA thanks ADB for this video message from their headquarter studios in Manila…

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Jeffrey Leonard
Chairman, EMPEA; President and CEO, Global Environment Fund

“On a dark and dreary evening in Paris in the 1990s…”

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David Wilton
Chief Investment Officer, Manager, Global Private Equity, IFC

“It’s not all just CNN moments…”

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Mounir Guen
Chief Executive Officer, MVision Private Equity Advisers

“The impact is quite significant and can move the needle…”

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