About

The EMPEA Team

Robert W. van Zwieten

President & Chief Executive Officer

Robert provides overall strategic leadership of EMPEA and oversees the continuous expansion of value to... Read More

Robert W. van Zwieten

President & Chief Executive Officer

Robert provides overall strategic leadership of EMPEA and oversees the continuous expansion of value to existing and prospective members and the organization’s work to develop the asset class globally.

Prior to EMPEA, Robert was the Asian Development Bank’s Director of Private...
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Shannon Stroud

Vice President

Programs & Business Development

As EMPEA’s Vice President, Programs and Business Development, Shannon Stroud manages EMPEA’s portfolio of programs... Read More

Shannon Stroud

Vice President

As EMPEA’s Vice President, Programs and Business Development, Shannon Stroud manages EMPEA’s portfolio of programs and revenue-generating activities, including the IFC-EMPEA Global Private Equity Conference, Private Equity in Africa Leadership Summit and Private Equity in Emerging Markets as well as...
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Programs & Business Development

Randy Mitchell

Vice President

Strategic Engagement

As Vice President, Strategic Engagement, Randy Mitchell serves the membership in a new senior role... Read More

Randy Mitchell

Vice President

As Vice President, Strategic Engagement, Randy Mitchell serves the membership in a new senior role created to oversee the planning, development and implementation of EMPEA’s strategic engagement activities with our members. Randy is responsible for EMPEA’s Leadership Councils and organizes...
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Strategic Engagement

Ann Marie Plubell

Vice President

Regulatory Affairs

Ann Marie is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of EMPEA’s regulatory advocacy activities.... Read More

Ann Marie Plubell

Vice President

Ann Marie is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of EMPEA’s regulatory advocacy activities. She works with the organization’s Legal and Regulatory Council, member firms, partners and other global stakeholders to effectively influence regulatory outcomes in support of the...
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Regulatory Affairs

Holly Radel (née Freedman)

Vice President

Marketing & Communications

Holly Radel is the Vice President, Marketing and Communications at EMPEA. Holly manages communications with... Read More

Holly Radel (née Freedman)

Vice President

Holly Radel is the Vice President, Marketing and Communications at EMPEA. Holly manages communications with EMPEA Members and industry stakeholders, in addition to overseeing the EMPEA’s technology platforms. Holly's other core responsibilities include strategic development of the association’s long-term growth...
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Marketing & Communications

Kyoko Terada

Vice President

Membership & Industry Partners

Kyoko Terada is the Vice President of Membership and Industry Partners, responsible for all aspects... Read More

Kyoko Terada

Vice President

Kyoko Terada is the Vice President of Membership and Industry Partners, responsible for all aspects of member relationship management. Kyoko leads EMPEA’s work in identifying ways for members to maximize their membership experience, and manages outreach and engagement strategies with...
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Membership & Industry Partners

Phillip Reid

Chief Financial Officer

Phillip Reid is the Chief Financial Officer responsible for all EMPEA related financial activities. Phillip... Read More

Phillip Reid

Chief Financial Officer

Phillip Reid is the Chief Financial Officer responsible for all EMPEA related financial activities. Phillip coordinates EMPEA’s risk management, payroll, human resources, retirement and IT functions. Phillip also plays a vital role in reviewing contracts for the EMPEA staff and...
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Jeff Schlapinski

Director

Research

Jeff Schlapinski is the Director of Research at EMPEA, where he leads a team producing... Read More

Jeff Schlapinski

Director

Jeff Schlapinski is the 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 quarterly market...
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Research

Abigail Beach

Manager

Strategic Engagement

Abigail is EMPEA’s Manager of Strategic Engagement, whose focus is on helping Members advance their interests... Read More

Abigail Beach

Manager

Abigail is EMPEA’s Manager of Strategic Engagement, whose focus is on helping Members advance their interests in the private equity industry through the association’s regional Member Councils and engagement initiatives.

Prior to joining EMPEA, Abigail worked for the Initiative for Global Development...
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Strategic Engagement

Aaron Sayama

Manager

Programs & Business Development

Email: SayamaA@empea.net | Phone: +1 202 333 8171, Ext. 1245

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Aaron Sayama

Manager

Email: SayamaA@empea.net | Phone: +1 202 333 8171, Ext. 1245

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Programs & Business Development

Olivia Drouhaut

Manager

Programs & Business Development

Olivia Drouhaut is the Manager of Programs & Business Development at EMPEA, where she is... Read More

Olivia Drouhaut

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 & Business Development

Leela Vosko

Manager, Marketing & Communications

Leela manages EMPEA's global engagement with key industry stakeholders, including emerging markets-focused private capital fund... Read More

Leela Vosko

Manager, Marketing & Communications

Leela manages EMPEA's global engagement with key industry stakeholders, including emerging markets-focused private capital fund managers, institutional investors, industry advisors and the financial press. She is also responsible for strategic communications initiatives encompassing EMPEA's data and research portfolio, advocacy activities...
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Rae Winborn

Senior Research Analyst

Rae Winborn is a Senior Research Analyst at EMPEA, where she covers China. Prior to... Read More

Rae Winborn

Senior Research Analyst

Rae Winborn is a Senior Research Analyst at EMPEA, where she covers China. Prior to working at EMPEA, Rae participated in a 6-month social entrepreneurship fellowship based in Hyderabad, India, where she worked for a school analytics and improvement company,...
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Luke Moderhack

Senior Research Analyst

Luke Moderhack is a Senior Research Analyst at EMPEA, where he covers CEE/CIS and MENA.... Read More

Luke Moderhack

Senior Research Analyst

Luke Moderhack is a Senior Research Analyst at EMPEA, where he covers CEE/CIS and MENA. As an undergraduate, he conducted research on the Saarland’s post-WWI currency transition and studied German in Munich. Luke graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A....
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Michele Rucker

Coordinator, Marketing & Communications

Email: ruckerm@empea.net | Phone: +1 202 333 8171, ext. 1230

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Michele Rucker

Coordinator, Marketing & Communications

Email: ruckerm@empea.net | Phone: +1 202 333 8171, ext. 1230

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Isabelle Diop

Research Analyst

Email: diopi@empea.net | Phone: +1 202 333 8171, ext. 1248

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Isabelle Diop

Research Analyst

Email: diopi@empea.net | Phone: +1 202 333 8171, ext. 1248

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Kevin Horvath

Research Analyst

Email: horvathk@empea.net | Phone: +1 202 333 8171, ext. 1224

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Kevin Horvath

Research Analyst

Email: horvathk@empea.net | Phone: +1 202 333 8171, ext. 1224

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Camden Walker

Director, Operations

Email: walkerc@empea.net | Phone: +1 202 333 8171, ext. 1225

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Camden Walker

Director, Operations

Email: walkerc@empea.net | Phone: +1 202 333 8171, ext. 1225

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Anastasia Pechler

Coordinator, Membership & Industry Partners

Email: pechlera@empea.net | Phone: +1 202 333 8171, ext. 1241

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Anastasia Pechler

Coordinator, Membership & Industry Partners

Email: pechlera@empea.net | Phone: +1 202 333 8171, ext. 1241

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Senior Advisor

André Roux

Africa Council Chair, Senior Advisor, Founding Partner

Ethos Private Equity

André Roux is the Founding Partner of Ethos Private Equity, having established the business in... Read More

André Roux

Africa Council Chair, Senior Advisor, Founding Partner

André Roux is the Founding Partner of Ethos Private Equity, having established the business in 1984.
He is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of South African private equity and held the post of Chief Executive since Ethos’ inception...
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Ethos Private Equity

Michael Barth

Development Finance Institution Council Chair, Senior Advisor

EMPEA

Michael Barth is Managing Partner of Washington based Barth & Associates LLC, an independent emerging... Read More

Michael Barth

Development Finance Institution Council Chair, Senior Advisor

Michael Barth is Managing Partner of Washington based 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 TriLinc Global Impact Fund, Bamboo Finance...
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EMPEA

Patricia M. Dinneen

Impact Investing Council Chair, Senior Advisor

EMPEA

Patricia M. Dinneen has focused on Emerging Markets for most of her 36-year career. She... Read More

Patricia M. Dinneen

Impact Investing Council Chair, Senior Advisor

Patricia M. Dinneen has focused on Emerging Markets for most of her 36-year career. She joined EMPEA in February 2014 as a Senior Advisor and was appointed Chair of the EMPEA Impact Investing Council in 2013, to help professionalize and...
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EMPEA

David Creighton

Private Credit Council Chair, Senior Advisor

EMPEA

David Creighton has accumulated over 30 years experience in international capital markets in a career that... Read More

David Creighton

Private Credit Council Chair, Senior Advisor

David Creighton has accumulated over 30 years experience in international capital markets in a career that has taken him from New York to London and throughout Asia. Returning to his native Montreal in 1999, David co-founded Cordiant, a unique fund manager...
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EMPEA

Sanjiv Kapur

Senior Advisor

Sanjiv Kapur serves as Senior Advisor at EMPEA. Sanjiv brings to the organization over 25... Read More

Sanjiv Kapur

Senior Advisor

Sanjiv Kapur serves as Senior Advisor at EMPEA. Sanjiv brings to the organization over 25 years of emerging markets private equity investment experience and contributes to EMPEA’s global mission through his deep industry relationships and diverse market expertise. Previously, he...
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Peter Tropper

Senior Advisor

Peter Tropper is a Senior Advisor to the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA). He... Read More

Peter Tropper

Senior Advisor

Peter Tropper is a Senior Advisor to the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA). He recently retired as Chief Investment Officer in IFC's Private Equity Group, which had commitments of more than $3.0 billion in over 180 private equity funds...
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Kelly Williams

Senior Advisor

Kelly is a Senior Advisor to GCM Grosvenor with a focus on diversity and corporate... Read More

Kelly Williams

Senior Advisor

Kelly is a Senior Advisor to GCM Grosvenor with a focus on diversity and corporate social responsibility. Kelly joined GCM Grosvenor in 2014 and served as President of GCM Grosvenor Private Markets until June of 2015, where she was a...
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EMPEA has served as a useful reference platform for CDPQ by helping to define the eligible universe of fund managers in growth markets. Membership provides background data and a...

Rashad Kaldany | Executive Vice-President and Growth Markets, CDPQ

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