Paul Fletcher



Paul Fletcher serves on EMPEA’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Fletcher has spent his career working and investing in the emerging markets. Today, he is Senior Partner of pan-emerging markets private equity fund: Actis.

Paul is now based in London but spends most of his time travelling between Actis’s offices in China, South and South East Asia, Africa and Latin America. He is committed to a business strategy which places equal emphasis on social and financial returns.

Paul began his career as a trader with Cargill, based in Minneapolis; he then moved to London with Banker’s Trust. In the early 1990s Paul transitioned over to corporate finance with a role at Citibank in Tokyo. It was while at Citibank that Paul started nurturing his interest in emerging markets: moving to Nairobi to lead Citi’s East African operations, before becoming Head of Emerging Markets Strategic Planning.

Paul moved to CDC in 2000 and oversaw the spin off which created Actis in 2004: he has led Actis since then.

Paul has a Masters in Geography from Oxford University. He is a long-term supporter of the World Economic Forum, and is a Founding Director of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) which promotes the greater understanding of, and a more favourable climate for, private equity and venture capital investing in the emerging markets.