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Sustainable Investing in Emerging Markets 2016

Bridging Smart Capital with ESG to Maximize Returns

London |
Speakers include:
Menno Derks

Menno Derks


Sean Drake

Sean Drake

The Wealth Project Holdings PLC

Hany Assaad

Hany Assaad

Avanz Capital


Sustainable investment practices are transforming private capital investments, demonstrating that returns and a positive impact can - and should - go hand in hand. Benchmarking environmental, social and governance (ESG) best practices can influence investment performance and improve alignment of values. Exits through IPOs and secondary buyers also require demonstrating adherence to ESG standards.

Sustainable investing strategies that address both financial and systemic factors can mitigate the risks that impact an investment’s long-term potential, create resilient value and increase capital efficiencies. Particularly pertinent in emerging markets, which are ripe with opportunity but prone to unpredictability, ESG safeguards investors from uncertainties – i.e., rapidly changing demographics and evolving policy environments - protecting investments even when regulations or market stability are absent. 

Sustainable investing has reached a level of maturity where it is clear that, especially in the emerging markets, the debate is no longer about why investing sustainably is critical for business. Instead, the focus is on how to successfully integrate these strategies into investments in order to maximise value and impact – not only for the holding period but for the lifespan of the business. In a 2015 United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment survey, nearly 75% of LP respondents said they were making ESG factors part of manager selection and nearly 85% of GP respondents said that taking ESG into account had helped pinpoint risks and opportunities for value creation.

Register today for FT and EMPEA’s Sustainable Investing in Emerging Markets, and join leading investors across these growth regions to discuss gaining the competitive edge through the implementation of sustainable investment practices at the fund level and within the portfolio company, and why LPs increasingly expect private equity firms to consider ESG factors into their investment strategies.

fallback Add to my Calendar 10/25/2016 08:00:0010/25/2016 18:00:00trueSustainable Investing in Emerging Markets 2016Sustainable investment practices are transforming private capital investments, demonstrating that returns and a positive impact can - and should - go hand in hand. Benchmarking environmental, social and governance (ESG) best practices can influence investment performance and improve alignment of values. Exits through IPOs and secondary buyers also require demonstrating adherence to ESG standards.Sustainable investing strategies that address both financial and systemic factors can mitigate the risks that impact an investment’s long-term potential, create resilient value and increase capital efficiencies. Particularly pertinent in emerging markets, which are ripe with opportunity but prone to unpredictability, ESG safeguards investors from uncertainties – i.e., rapidly changing demographics and evolving policy environments - protecting investments even when regulations or market stability are absent. Sustainable investing has reached a level of maturity where it is clear that, especially in the emerging markets, the debate is no longer about why investing sustainably is critical for business. Instead, the focus is on how to successfully integrate these strategies into investments in order to maximise value and impact – not only for the holding period but for the lifespan of the business. In a 2015 United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment survey, nearly 75% of LP respondents said they were making ESG factors part of manager selection and nearly 85% of GP respondents said that taking ESG into account had helped pinpoint risks and opportunities for value creation.Register today for FT and EMPEA’s Sustainable Investing in Emerging Markets, and join leading investors across these growth regions to discuss gaining the competitive edge through the implementation of sustainable investment practices at the fund level and within the portfolio company, and why LPs increasingly expect private equity firms to consider ESG factors into their investment strategies.Sustainable-Investing-in-Emerging-Markets-20160e710363b8e78344038811842a5d567aMM/DD/YYYY

This Years LP's Include:

  • Barclays Bank UK Retirement Fund
  • British Airways Pension Investment Management
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
  • CDC group
  • EL Rothschild
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • French Caisse des Dépôts
  • Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority
  • North Yorkshire Pension Fund
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
  • Schroder Foundation
  • Soros Economic Development Fund
  • St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, Endowment
  • Swedfund
  • Swiss Re Direct Investments Ltd
  • Temasek
  • University System of Maryland Foundation
  • Venture Capital Trust Fund (Ghana)
  • Warwickshire Pension Fund
  • Wimmer Family Office

Agenda - 25th Oct

  • 8:00am
    Limited Partners-Only Breakfast (Invitation Only)
  • 8:00am
    Registration and Networking
  • 9:00am
    Opening Remarks by Financial Times & EMPEA Co-Chair

    John Authers, Senior Investment Commentator, Financial Times

    Robert Petty, Chairman, EMPEA

  • 9:10am
    Opening Keynote: Sustainable Investing and Value Creation

    How can incorporating environmental, social and governance factors into investment decision making benefit financial performance? [and deliver broader benefits?] What is the evidence to support this? How do ESG risks and opportunities manifest in growth markets, and what do investors need to do manage these?

    Torbjorn Caesar, Senior Partner, Actis

    Interview by Aliya Ram, Reporter, Financial Times

  • 9:45am
    Why Sustainable Investing is a Priority: Putting Smart Capital to Work in Emerging Markets
    • Evolution of ESG Adoption: Shift from “Check-the-Box”, to Risk Mitigation, to Driver of Performance
    • Tangible examples of the impact of ESG on risk and return
    • Sustainable investing in emerging markets vs developed markets
    • What are the barriers preventing industry-wide ESG adoption/integration?


    Nick Moon, Partner, LeapFrog Investments 

    Donald MacDonald, Trustee Director, BT Pension Scheme & Board Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change

    Snaedis Ogn Flosadottir, Managing Director, EFIA and LSBI Pension Funds

    Walter van Helvoirt, Environmental & Social Officer - Private Equity, FMO

    Moderator: Robert van Zwieten, President & Chief Executive Officer, EMPEA

  • 10:25am
    Transformational Nature of PE 3.0
    • Using Partnership Capital to bring solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges
    • Leveraging the expertise of your partners to make an innovative and sustainable impact on all stakeholders
    • Examples of PE 3.0 in action today


    Orli Arav, Director of Investments, Soros Economic Development Fund, Economic Advancement Program, Open Society Foundations 

    Khawar Mann, Managing Director, The Abraaj Group

    Lynn Nguyen, Managing Director, PE Funds Portfolio, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) 

    Dr. B Soma Raju, Chairman and Managing Director, CARE Hospitals Group, CARE

    Moderator: Andrew Jack, Editor, Curated Content, Financial Times 

  • 11:05am
    Networking Break
  • 11:30am
    Enduring Impact, An Investor’s Experience

    Elroy Dimson, Cambridge Judge Business School, Professor, Chairman of Centre for Endowment Asset Management and Chairman, Strategy Council for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund

    Moderated by John Authers, Senior Investment Commentator, Financial Times

  • 12:10pm
    Implementation Debate: Which Stage of the Investment Life-cycle has the Most Opportunity for Creating Sustainable Value?
    • Fund formation and terms
    • Due diligence
    • Company acquisition and holding period
    • Portfolio monitoring
    • During exits and beyond


    Monica Arevalo, Senior Investment Manager, Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund (GEEREF)

    Menno Derks, Partner & MD Fund Investments, Sarona 

    Ritu Kumar,Director, Environmental and Social Responsibility, CDC Group plc

    Scott Mackin, Managing Partner and Co-President, Denham Capital 

    Moderator: Geoffrey Burgess, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

  • 12:55pm
  • 1:55pm
    Working Roundtables

    The working roundtables are small group discussions designed to allow attendees to discuss in detail a specific challenge, strategy or opportunity set. Held under Chatham House rules to encourage an open debate, delegates will be pre-assigned to a discussion group, led by a discussion leader. Possible topic areas may include: reporting, fund manager selection, emerging sectors. Delegates will have the opportunity to rank their preferred discussion topics. Some roundtables will be LP-preferred. Delegates will also have the opportunity to submit their preferred discussion points as guidance for the facilitator

    13:55 - Introduction to the format and introductions to roundtable participants

    14:05 - Topic Discussion

    14:40 - Summarise / Identify top takeaways

    14:55 - Roundtables conclude

    Beyond ESG - New Initiatives for Emerging Markets Impact Investing led by Pat Dinneen, Senior Advisor, EMPEA

    E&S Terms and Conditions led by Nicholas Vickery, Global Portfolio Manager, Private Equity Funds International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Integrating ESG in Reporting Best Practices led by Hany Assaad, Co-Founder and Chief Portfolio & Risk Officer, Avanz Capital

    Engaging Portfolio Companies by Valeria Piani, Associate Director of ESG Engagements, PRI

    Risk Mitigation / Setting Realistic KPIs by Sean Drake, Founder, The Wealth Project Holdings PLC

  • 2:55pm
    Roundtable Reports

    Discussion leaders will present to the audience a summary report of the topic and main takeaways from each group discussion.

  • 3:15pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:30pm
    Honing in on “the Prize”: the role of investors in mobilising sustainable business practices

    “The Prize”, according to the Better Business Sustainability commission, is the extraordinary potential returns of entering into the sectors of energy, agriculture, cities infrastructure, health etc. Work by the commission demonstrates the profound opportunity to not only catalyse change but drive return on investment by deploying capital into sustainable solutions.

    Mark Malloch-Brown, Chair, Business and Sustainable Development Commission and former Deputy Secretary-General of the UN

    Interview by John Authers, Senior Investment Commentator, Financial Times

  • 3:50pm
    Risks & Reputations: When Good Intentions Go Wrong

    A panel of LPs & GPs will outline their strategies to mitigate risk and share their war stories of when investments went off course and how they rebounded.


    Rory Macmillan, Principal and Director, External Affairs for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, The Carlyle Group

    John Kristensen, Senior Investment Manager, Financial Institutions and Head of Fund Investments, Swedfund

    Robert Petty, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Clearwater Capital Partners 

    Justin Willmott, Vice President, Underwriter, Sovereign Risk Insurance Ltd. 

    Moderator: Dr. Jerome Booth, Chief Executive, New Sparta and Author, Emerging Markets in an Upside Down World 

  • 4:30pm
    Sustainability & Operational Excellence Challenge

    The top three finalists from the EMPEA Institute’s inaugural Sustainability & Operational Excellence Challenge will present stories of private equity deals that produced an outstanding sustainable impact from an operational, environmental, social and governance perspective.

    Judges panel included Natasha Buckley, Manager, Investment Practices - Private Equity & Property, PRI,  Elroy Dimson, Cambridge Judge Business School, Professor, Chairman of Centre for Endowment Asset Management and Josh Lerner, Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking, Harvard Business School.

    The three finalists are:

    Koba International Group S.A.

    GP: The Abraaj Group, a private equity firm focused on global growth markets

    Daniel Wasserman, Managing Director, The Abraaj Group

    Umeme Company Limited

    GP: Actis, an investor in growth markets across Africa, Asia and Latin America

    David Grylls, Partner, Energy, Actis

    Ganesha Ecosphere Ltd.

    GP: MCap Fund Managers, an India-focused multi-strategy private equity investment advisory firm

    Abhilash Lal, Partner & COO, MCap Fund Advisors and MCap’s portfolio company: Gopal Agarwal, CFO, Ganesha Ecosphere 

    Facilitator: Natasha Buckley, Manager, Investment Practices - Private Equity & Property, PRI

  • 5:15pm
    Sustainability & Operational Excellence Audience Voting & Award Presentation

    You Decide. Audience members will vote on the most compelling case study presented and an award will be presented to the most outstanding and impactful private equity deal.

  • 5:30pm
    Closing Keynote Interview with Cherie Blair

    Cherie Blair, Chair, Omnia Strategy

    Interview by John Authers, Senior Investment Commentator, Financial Times 

  • 5:50pm
    Closing Remarks

    John Authers, Senior Investment Commentator, Financial Times 

  • 6:00pm
    EMPEA Members Only Reception

    Co-hosted by EMPEA, Financial Times and Debevoise & Plimpton at No.4 Hamilton Place

Speakers (23)

Menno Derks

Menno Derks

Partner & MD Fund Investments

Menno Derks is responsible for selecting, reviewing and negotiating investments in PE funds. Mr Derks also leads Sarona’s activities in market mapping and portfolio construction. Prior to Sarona, he served as senior investment manager and investment committee member at PGGM, a large Dutch asset manager for pension funds.  Mr Derks also worked at FMO, a Dutch development bank, and ABN AMRO Asset Management, where he designed and launched investment funds for institutional and private clients.  He holds a MA in Business Engineering from the University of Twente and is a CFA charter holder.

Sean Drake

Sean Drake

The Wealth Project Holdings PLC

Sean Henry Drake is an investment professional and entrepreneur passionate about empowering investors and entrepreneurs to discover the wealth in what they do and who they are. Mr Drake is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of a London-based PLC called The Wealth Project Holdings PLC which is a leading sustainable investments company that aligns investment capital with attractive and sustainable returns by focusing on promising companies that solve todays’ global socio-economic issues through Education, Financial and Information Technology and Housing. He has personally built a network of over 5,000 investors across the UK, US, Asia and Europe and is also the founder of an online platform with 200 plus social-entrepreneurs connecting, collaborating and communicating. He is currently writing a book on Investing and entrepreneurship due to be published by December 2016.  He has coached and lead workshops on Leadership, management and communication, and he has been involved with and advised on transactions totalling over 20million USD.  He currently holds two non-executive directorships across the Europe and Asia. He is also a regular commentator on CNBC Africa on finance and investment issues.

Hany Assaad

Hany Assaad

Avanz Capital

Hany Assaad is a co-founder of Avanz Capital, established in 2010 to pursue private equity investing opportunities across the broad emerging markets, focusing on middle market growth capital and buyout funds. As the Chief Portfolio & Risk Officer, Mr Assaad leads the sourcing, screening and negotiation of investments, risk management, and the environmental, social and governance aspects of Avanz Capital.

He has had a long career in emerging and frontier markets investments, including two decades at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). He was Chief Investment Officer in IFC’s Private Equity and Investment Funds, leading the investment process for sector-specific funds targeting investments in agribusiness, clean technology, clean energy, forestry, healthcare, information and communications technology, infrastructure, mining and sustainability funds. He also headed IFC’s private equity funds business in a number of emerging market regions. He has led IFC’s investments in climate change mitigation-focused funds from selection to commitment. He initiated and led the development of the first IFC $150 million investment program of climate friendly funds (clean energy, water, environmental services, clean technology and biodiversity). By the end of 2010, this new portfolio of funds comprised 9 commitments across all EM regions.

Prior to that he led IFC’s Financial Markets Sustainability Group and developed a new line of business that mainstreamed environmental and social finance through financial intermediaries across emerging and frontier markets. Mr Assaad was Divisional Manager for IFC’s Financial Markets, South and Southeast Asia department from 1997 to 2000, where he led investments in private equity funds as well as debt, mezzanine and equity financing to financial institutions in eight emerging countries. In October 1996, Mr Assaad assumed the role of Assistant to the President of the World Bank Group, Mr. James D. Wolfensohn, assisting the President on all aspects of his daily business. From 1987 to 1996, Mr Assaad worked in various investment positions in IFC covering North Africa, the Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe, where he oversaw investments in companies in the manufacturing and services sectors.

Valeria  Piani

Valeria Piani

Associate Director of ESG Engagements

Valeria Piani joined the PRI in June 2008. Ms Piani is responsible for a range of investor-company engagements on specific on environmental, social and governance topics. Before joining the PRI, she worked in international development cooperation for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme in Argentina. She also worked in Italy as consultant on corporate communications and CSR for multinational companies. She graduated in International Public Administration and Development at the Luigi Bocconi Business School of Milan. She also completed a Master of Arts in CSR at the University of Nottingham Business School with a dissertation on the effectiveness of shareholders’ collaborative engagement activities with companies on ESG issues. Her research has been published by the Business & Society Journal and Emerald Group Publishing and it has been selected by the Editors as an Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2014 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.

Patricia Dinneen

Patricia Dinneen

Senior Advisor

Patricia M Dinneen has focused on Emerging Markets for most of her 36-year career. Ms Dinneen 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 scale the impact investing industry. Previously she served as Managing Director at Siguler Guff & Company, a global private equity investment firm with over $10 billion in assets under management. During her 9+ years at Siguler Guff, she built and managed the BRIC private equity business, focusing on Brazil, Russia, India, China and select frontier markets. She has also held positions at Cambridge Associates, British Telecommunications, Hughes Communications, RAND Corporation and the U. S. White House. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (BA), London School of Economics (MSc) and MIT (PhD). She is involved in multiple philanthropic and impact investing activities.

Walter van Helvoirt

Walter van Helvoirt

Environmental & Social Officer - Private Equity

Walter van Helvoirt has been working for FMO’s Private Equity department for nearly 7 years. The Private Equity team has invested in over 125 GPs and has a significant portfolio of direct (co-)investments, with EUR 2,7 Billion committed. FMO’s PE portfolio has grown significantly during recent years, notably in Africa. Mr van Helvoirt is a core member of deal teams and works closely with PE investment officers on new and existing transactions. In close cooperation they support partners in proving that sustainable business is fully aligned with making a good long term profit. Furthermore, he spends a significant amount of time engaging with deal partners of PE Funds all over the globe and supporting PE Funds in enhancing their E&S performance in the fund and on their investees.

Before his current role, he worked for 12 years in Human Resources Management, acting as an Advisor to the Board on HRM and organisational change, for several medium and larger corporates in The Netherlands.

Cherie  Blair

Cherie Blair

CBE, Queen’s Counsel, Founder and Chair
Omnia Strategy LLP

Cherie Blair is a leading international lawyer, a long-standing advocate of responsible and sustainable investment, and a trusted advisor to corporates, family offices, individual investors and governments.

As Chair of Omnia Strategy LLP, Ms Blair is pioneering a new way of delivering international legal services, providing strategic, policy and communications counsel.  She has advised a wide range of clients in respect of human rights, corporate governance, dispute resolution, international law, market entry and investment issues, with a particular focus on developing markets.

Snaedis  Ogn Flosadottir

Snaedis Ogn Flosadottir

Managing Director
EFIA and LSBI Pension Funds

Snædís Ögn Flosadóttir is the Managing Director of EFÍA and LSBÍ pension funds and the operations manager of Lifeyrisauki supplementary pension fund. Ms Ögn Flosadóttir has worked in the asset management industry in Iceland for the last 8 years. During that time she has touched upon every side of the industry. She has been with the investment team on behalf of institutional investors. She has also had the position of a project manager and quality manager. As such she served as the project manager of implementing new legislations and risk controls concerning pension funds. She has also worked with in the Icelandic Pension Funds Association on projects concerning new legislations. In July 2015 the boards of the pension funds listed above appointed her managing director and she has had that position since. She holds a degree in Industrial engineering from the Icelandic University and a broker licence from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs in Iceland.

Elroy  Dimson

Elroy Dimson

Professor, Chairman of the Centre for Endowment Asset Management
Cambridge Judge Business School

Elroy Dimson chairs the Newton Centre for Endowment Asset Management at Cambridge Judge Business School, and is Emeritus Professor of Finance at London Business School. Dr Dimson’s research focuses on investing for the long term, and he and his co-authors have become well known for their studies of the returns from all the main asset classes in 23 countries from 1900 to date. His empirical research, with several colleagues, on sustainable and responsible investing has been recognised by six major awards.

His books include Triumph of the Optimists, the Global Investment Returns Yearbook 2016, the Global Investment Returns Sourcebook 2016 (all with Paul Marsh and Mike Staunton), Endowment Asset Management (with Shanta Acharya), and Financial Market History (with David Chambers, forthcoming). Publications since 2015 have been on subjects such as active ownership (Review of Financial Studies), real assets (Journal of Financial Economics), financial history (Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis), endowment strategy (Financial Analysts Journal), long-horizon investing (five book chapters), as well as case studies on manager selection and on stocks for the long run (both Harvard Business School, 2016).

Dr Dimson chairs the Advisory Board of FTSE International, and serves on the Advisory Council of Financial Analysts Journal and the Steering Committee of the Financial Economists’ Roundtable. Until 2016 he chaired the Strategy Council of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, and before going to Cambridge was a Governor and Professor at London Business School. He is an Honorary Fellow of CFA UK and of the Institute of Actuaries, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Risk Institute. He is on the editorial boards of seven finance/investment journals. His PhD is from London Business School.

Justin  Willmott

Justin Willmott

Vice President, Underwriter
Sovereign Risk Insurance Ltd.

Justin Willmott joined the underwriting team at Sovereign in 2014, and is based in Bermuda. Mr Willmott focuses on both traditional political risk and sovereign credit transactions, as well as a number of new product development initiatives. He also heads Sovereign’s private markets practice.

He has spent most of his career within the financial markets, working as an investment analyst, advisor and portfolio manager. His primary specialisation is private equity, although he has also advised and managed capital in the public equity, real estate, debt and commodity asset classes.

Mr Willmott joined Sovereign having co-founded an aquatic resources focused private equity and corporate finance advisory firm, Oceanis Partners Limited. Prior to Oceanis, he co-managed an emerging markets private equity portfolio for the Dubai headquartered Legatum Group, a multi-billion dollar principal investment group funded by one of the world’s most successful emerging market investors. He joined Legatum from Morgan Stanley where he advised Gulf based family offices and institutions, transacting across all major asset classes and markets. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he worked for a branch of the Saudi Arabian royal family and was based sequentially in Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and the US.

Mr Willmott completed an MBA in finance at the Said Business School, University of Oxford, where he was awarded the Roland Berger Prize. He graduated from the University of Durham in 1999, earning a BSc. degree in the Natural Sciences.

Dr. B Soma  Raju

Dr. B Soma Raju

Chairman and Managing Director
CARE Hospitals Group

Dr B Soma Raju is a multi-faceted personality, he is a cardiologist, researcher, teacher and philanthropist.

Prof. He began his career as Assistant Professor of Cardiology at Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, before joining the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, in 1984. When he left the Institute in 1993 as Professor and Head of the Department of Cardiology and Dean, he had built one of the best departments in the country and trained a whole generation of cardiologists.

Prof Soma Raju conducted the first percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) in India and heads a team which has performed the largest number of cardiac interventions in the country. He was integral to the development of India's first indigenous coronary stent — named the Kalam Raju Stent after former President of India Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and Dr. Soma Raju. This led to a dramatic reduction in the cost of stents, bringing them within the reach of the people. He was also key in the development of India's first coronary balloon catheter and continues working on medical devices for use in interventional cardiology to offer more affordable Indian alternatives for the common man. He was conferred the Padma Shri in 2001.

Prof Soma Raju has published and presented over 120 papers in national and international journals and forums and authored a textbook on "Clinical Methods in Cardiology." He is involved in various research projects, in collaboration with American Universities and the Defence Scientific Laboratories.

He has an MD from Guntur Medical College, Andhra Pradesh and a DM from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh.

Lynn  Nguyen

Lynn Nguyen

Managing Director, PE Funds Portfolio
Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Lynn Nguyen is a Managing Director in the Investment Funds Department (IFD) at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).  OPIC is one of the largest private equity fund sponsors in developing nations, providing support for the creation of privately-owned and managed investment funds. Since 1987, IFD has committed $4.1 billion to 62 private equity funds in emerging markets since 1987. These funds in turn have invested $5.6 billion in more than 570 privately-owned and managed companies across 65 countries.  

Orli  Arav

Orli Arav

Director of Investments
Soros Economic Development Fund, Economic Advancement Program, Open Society Foundations

Orli Arav has more than eighteen years’ experience in various roles, mainly in project and structured finance within financial institutions and advisory firms. In the past 11 years, Ms Arav successfully structured and closed a number of pioneering transactions providing capital to infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).  In addition, successfully raised capital from European Governments and debt financing from commercial banks and DFIs.

She leads the Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF) which makes private sector investments that fund well-governed commercial institutions to play a meaningful role in promoting open societies, and to advance the interests of underserved populations.

She joined SEDF from Impala Energy where she was the Chief Investment Officer (“CIO”). Impala Energy is an independent power development company focused on the development of gas and renewable power plants across SSA. Impala Energy was formed in 2015 with shareholders, E.L. Rothschild and Pegasus Capital.

Prior to the formation of Impala Energy, Ms Arav was the Managing Director of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (“EAIF”), a dedicated open-end commercial debt fund focused on infrastructure projects in SSA, where she was involved in the financing of over 35 infrastructure projects in SSA (approximately US$800 million of commitments) across 16 countries.

She has also held roles in the project finance divisions of global accountancy firms PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and TASC - Ernst & Young.

She holds a number of non-executive directorships. She is a director of Tel Aviv University Trust UK and DekelOil a palm oil producer in Ivory Coast.

Ms Arav holds a master degree in economics (magma cum laude) from Tel Aviv University.

Donald  MacDonald

Donald MacDonald

Member Nominated Director of the Trustee Board
BT Pension Scheme

Donald MacDonald is a member nominated Director of the Trustee Board of the BT Pension Scheme and Chair of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), an investor forum for collaboration on climate change. IIGCC has over 126 members, including some of the largest pension funds and asset managers in Europe, representing over €13 trillion in assets

BTPS, a defined benefit (final salary) scheme, is the UK’s largest corporate occupational pension fund, with around 330,000 members, of whom over half are current pensioners.  BTPS is a member of the IIGCC which seeks to engage with policymakers, companies and investors on addressing long-term risks and opportunities associated with climate change.  Prior to taking on his present role with IIGCC, Mr MacDonald was Chair of the Principles for Responsible Investment for four years.

He believes that new forms of collaborative responsible investment vehicles need to be developed and positioned to meet the century’s strategic sustainability challenges in carbon reduction, water, energy, food and wood, transport and infrastructure.

Lord Mark  Malloch-Brown

Lord Mark Malloch-Brown

Chair, Business and Sustainable Development Commission
former Deputy Secretary-General of the UN

Lord Mark Malloch‐Brown is a former number two in the United Nations as well as having served in the British Cabinet and Foreign Office. He is active both in business and in the non-profit world, and also remains deeply involved in international affairs.
He is a Senior Advisor at Eurasia, engaging with its clients on questions of political risk. He serves on several commercial boards for businesses with global markets and on the advisory boards of two international Private Equity Funds. He also chairs Best For Britain, an advocacy group engaged in the debate about Britain’s relations with the EU.

He served as Deputy Secretary‐General and Chief of Staff of the UN under Kofi Annan. For six years before that he was Administrator of the UNDP, leading the UN's development efforts around the world. He was later Minister of State in the Foreign Office, covering Africa and Asia, and sat in Gordon Brown's cabinet. Other positions have included vice-chairman of George Soros's Investment Funds, as well as his Open Society Institute, a Vice‐President at the World Bank and the lead international partner in a political consulting firm. He also has served as Vice-Chairman of the World Economic Forum. He began his career as a journalist at The Economist.
He chairs or is on the Board of a number of non-profit boards including the International Crisis Group, the Open Society Foundation and the UN Foundation. He formerly chaired the Business Commission on Sustainable Development and the Royal Africa Society.

John  Kristensen

John Kristensen

Senior Investment Manager, Financial Institutions and Head of Fund Investments

John Kristensen joined Swedfund in 2013 where he’s covering the firm’s direct investments in Financial Institutions and Funds across all markets within its mandate. Prior to joining Swedfund, Mr Kristensen was with Aviva plc in London focusing on strategic investments in the financial services sector. Prior to Aviva, he was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch and Bear Stearns in London.

Scott  Mackin

Scott Mackin

Managing Partner and Co-President
Denham Capital

Scott Mackin is a Managing Partner and Co-President of Denham Capital and heads the firm’s Power team.

Mr Mackin currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of BioTherm Energy, Rio Energy, Jenner Renewables, Thesis Energy, Nexif, Endeavor Energy and GreenWish Partners. He is also Chairman of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) Energy Council and a frequent guest speaker at the London Business School.

Ritu  Kumar

Ritu Kumar

Director, Environmental and Social Responsibility
CDC Group plc

Ritu Kumur has 20 years of global experience working on environment and social issues. As an economist based in London, she has built up extensive experience in value creation, research, capacity building, and management of environmental and social issues.

Until December 2013, Ms Kumur was a Director and Senior Advisor to the emerging markets private equity firm, Actis, on environment, social and governance issues. Prior to that she worked with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation based out of Vienna, where she assisted developing country industry and governments on environmental policy, cleaner production and social improvements. She is also the founder and trustee of a not for profit organisation, TERI-Europe, working on a number of climate change and corporate responsibility initiatives.

Ms Kumur has a BA and MA in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and an MSC in economics from the London School of Economics. She has specialised in Environmental Economics from Harvard School of International Studies and is a qualified social auditor. She is a Board member of the Global Climate Partnership Fund and has advised a number of companies on their sustainability strategies.

Khawar Mann

Khawar Mann

Managing Director
The Abraaj Group

Khawar Mann joined The Abraaj Group as a Managing Director in the healthcare team.

Mr Mann was previously co-head of the healthcare team at Apax Partners and led investments across Europe and Asia. He was also Chairman and President of Medsi Group, Russia’s largest private healthcare sector institution.

Mr Mann holds an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA in Medical Sciences and Law from Cambridge University. He is the co-founder of Mosaic, a UK-based charity that mentors young adults in deprived communities, for which he received the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Rory  Macmillan

Rory Macmillan

Principal and Director, External Affairs for Europe, the Middle East and Africa
The Carlyle Group

Rory Macmillan is a Principal with The Carlyle Group and the Director of External Affairs for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Mr Macmillan came to Carlyle from Nike Inc, where he was the Director of Government and Public Affairs for EMEA. Prior to joining Nike, he held several senior positions in the international government relations and communications sectors, most notably with the L'Oréal Group, Cosmetics Europe, the European Toiletry & Cosmetic Industry Association and ISA, the International Food Industry Additives Association.

Mr Macmillan remains an active member in numerous prominent business organizations. Currently he chairs the board of EPER, the European Private Equity Round Table as well as being member of the board at Invest Europe, the European Private Equity Association. He also serves on the Board of World Child Cancer, an international non-profit association which supports some of the poorest children worldwide to access cancer diagnosis, treatment and care.

Mr Macmillan is a graduate of University of Dublin, Trinity College where he earned his Masters Degree in Economics.

Geoffrey  Burgess

Geoffrey Burgess

Debevoise & Plimpton

Geoffrey Burgess is a corporate partner in the London office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Mr Burgess has a broad international practice that ranges from private equity and cross-border mergers & acquisitions to joint ventures and intricate financing transactions.

Mr Burgess is ranked for Indian and Russian transactional work by Chambers Global (2012-2015) where he is noted as “a great lawyer,” “very astute and constantly a step ahead of events.” He is recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2015). The guide has described him as being “very good’ on India-related matters.”

Mr Burgess joined Debevoise 1997 and has been resident in the London office since 1999. He is a member of the Legal and Regulatory Committee of the Africa Venture Capital Association and recently served on a UN/WTO committee for the preparation of a model joint venture agreement. Mr Burgess has been a member of the board of advisors of the Survey of East European Law, Columbia University School of Law since 1993.

Nick Moon

Nick Moon

LeapFrog Investments

Nick Moon leads investor relations, co-investments and strategic partnerships for LeapFrog Investments, a specialist investor in emerging markets. Mr Moon oversaw the raising of LeapFrog’s $400m oversubscribed second fund and LeapFrog’s $350m separate account with Prudential Inc. He sits on the Board of portfolio company, IRMR Capital one of India’s largest credit platforms, and also led a multi-LP co-investment in Reliance Capital, Indonesia’s leading diversified financial services company.

Previously, Mr Moon raised over $1 billion of institutional capital across a series of successful funds; he has over 14 years private equity and business-building experience. He was previously Director of Strategy and Communications, heading new business ventures and investor relations, at the FW Group, the UK’s largest SME focused fund manager, where he also co-founded FW Capital, the Group’s growth private equity arm.

Mr Moon was a founding member of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association’s (EMPEA) Investor Relations & Marketing Community and is a speaker at EMPEA Fundraising master classes. He holds an Executive MBA from Imperial College London, where he specialised in private equity and advanced strategy, achieving distinction, University of London.

Torbjorn  Caesar

Torbjorn Caesar

Senior Partner

Torbjorn Caesar was appointed Senior Partner of Actis in June 2015 and will be the Chair of the Fund’s Investment Committee as well as remaining closely involved with all deals from origination through to exit. Mr Caesar joined Actis’ predecessor organisation, CDC, in 2002 and was previously Co-Head of the energy business. He has 25 years of experience in the energy sector, primarily in growth markets. Mr Caesar was the CEO of Globeleq, a Fund 1 and Fund 2 portfolio company. At Globeleq, before being appointed CEO in 2006, he was directly involved in its initial acquisitions in Africa and Asia and oversaw all commercial, operational and business development activities in Africa from 2002 to 2006. Before joining Globeleq, he spent three years as an entrepreneur and chief executive of a leading niche technology company. Between 1987 and 1999, he held positions at ABB in power plant service, sales, development and finance.

Mr Caesar holds an MSc degree in mechanical engineering from Chalmers University of Technology and an MBA from IMD (International Institute for Management Development).


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Natasha  Buckley

Natasha Buckley

Manager, Investment Practices - Private Equity & Property

Natasha Buckley joined the PRI in August 2011. Ms Buckley is responsible for the PRI’s work in private equity, through which the PRI acts as a global platform to understand and share good practice, develop reporting practices and establish LP-GP alignment on expectations around responsible investment. Before joining the responsible investment industry, she held roles at UBS, the NHS and Simmons & Simmons (Paris). She has an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, a BA in History from University College London and has completed the Oxford Private Equity Programme at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Robert Petty

Robert Petty

Managing Partner and Co-Founder
Clearwater Capital Partners

Robert Petty is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Clearwater Capital Partners and a member of the Firm's Investment and Management Committees. Since founding the Firm in 2001, Mr Petty and Co-Founder Amit Gupta have invested profitably across cycles, sectors and geographies, building an Asia-focused business that is one of the largest credit investing firms in the region today. Over his nearly 30-year career, Mr Petty has focused on Asia-dedicated credit investments, with broad expertise in direct lending, stressed credit and distressed and special situations strategies. Mr Petty’s principal responsibilities at Clearwater encompass portfolio management, origination and overall management of the Firm. Prior to founding Clearwater, Mr Petty worked as a capital committer in Asian credit for fifteen years at Lehman Brothers and Peregrine Fixed Income, before moving to the investment side of the business working for March Lasry at Amroc Investments for three years.

Mr Petty sits on the Board of four Clearwater portfolio companies and also serves on the Boards of two non-profit organizations, The Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and EngenderHealth. Mr Petty holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Brown University and is based in Hong Kong.

Aliya  Ram

Aliya Ram

European Technology Correspondent
Financial Times

Aliya Ram has been the FT's European Technology Correspondent since September 2017. Prior to this she was a reporter at the Financial Times covering asset management with FTfm. Ms Ram has previously worked as a consumer industries reporter and on the UK news desk in London. She joined the FT in September 2014 after a brief stint at the British civil service.

Jerome  Booth

Jerome Booth

Chief Executive, New Sparta and Former Head of Research
Ashmore Group

A leading expert on emerging markets, Jerome Booth is an economist, entrepreneur and investor. In 2014, Mr Booth published his first book, Emerging Markets in an Upside Down World, a critique of finance theory that challenges conventional economic wisdom about the developing world. He established New Sparta Limited in 2013, through which he manages his more active investments, including controlling interests in a number of companies in insurance, telecoms, film, journalism and publishing. These include CBC UK, New Call Telecom, ExaroNews, Business New Europe (BNE), Walpole Holdings, New Sparta Films, Icon Film Distribution UK and IO Entertainment. A Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, he is also Chairman of Anglia Ruskin University, Chairman of the Fitzwilliam Museum Development Trust, Deputy Chairman of the Britten Sinfonia and a Council Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society. He was previously Head of Research at Ashmore Group, a world-leading emerging markets asset management group that he helped establish in 1999 in a Management Buy-Out from ANZ Bank. Prior to ANZ he worked in the Strategic Planning unit of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., and before that as a Lecturer in Economics at Christ Church, Oxford and at the then Department of Trade and Industry.

Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack

Head of Curated Content
Financial Times

Andrew Jack has worked as a journalist for the Financial Times since 1990. He currently runs the curated content team, which picks the best news and analysis from the FT and the rest of the web. He was previously Deputy Editor of the Analysis section, Pharmaceuticals Correspondent, Moscow Bureau Chief, Paris Correspondent, Financial Correspondent, general reporter and corporate reporter. He is author of the books Inside Putin’s Russia and The French Exception, as well as numerous specialist reports, and has appeared on the BBC and other media outlets.

Robert van Zwieten

Robert van Zwieten

President & Chief Executive Officer
Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA)

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

Prior to EMPEA, Mr van Zwieten was the Asian Development Bank’s Director of Private Sector Capital Markets, based in Manila, Philippines, responsible for origination and structuring of US$2.5 billion in transactions and investments across 40 Asian emerging and frontier markets. He oversaw ADB's US$1 billion in private equity investments deployed in 47 funds. He pioneered three new private equity funds and two new non-bank financial institutions, raising close to US$1 billion in third-party capital commitments.

Previously, he served as Managing Director and COO for an Asia-focused hedge fund venture, and prior to that as Senior Executive Vice President and CFO for the Singapore Exchange. His experience further includes roles as Senior Vice President, CAO and other leadership positions with Lehman Brothers in New York; Managing Director and Global Treasurer with GE Energy in Atlanta; and Managing Director and Treasurer for GE Capital Asia-Pacific in Hong Kong during the Asian Financial Crisis. Earlier in his career he worked with ABN AMRO Bank in Amsterdam, Chicago and Singapore, and with Royal VOPAK in Rotterdam.

Mr van Zwieten currently serves on the Board of Trustees of International House of New York, and is a Member of the Board’s Investment Committee. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Music For Life International, Inc. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, holds JD and MA degrees from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and an LLM degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York.

John  Authers

John Authers

Senior Investment Commentator
Financial Times

John Authers has been the Financial Times’ Senior Investment Commentator, based in New York, since September 2014. He writes The Long View and Smart Money columns, which examine long-term market trends, and also presents the Authers’ Note daily stream of videos. Previously, he was the global editor of Lex, the FT’s flagship daily opinion column, and before that the FT's investment editor, introducing the popular daily Short View video, and taking a leading role in shaping the FT’s coverage of the global financial crisis. Mr Authers joined the FT in 1990 and during his career has also served as its US markets editor, Mexico City bureau chief, US banking correspondent, UK education and local government correspondent, and personal finance correspondent. In 2009, he was named senior journalist of the year by the Wincott Foundation, He also won Best in Business awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 2008 and 2010 for his online video reports, and has twice been named the UK’s investment journalist of the year for national newspapers in the State Street Institutional Press Awards. Mr Authers holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MS from Columbia School of Journalism as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow. He holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from University College, Oxford.


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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

EMPEA is the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets. We are an independent non-profit organization. As EMPEA celebrates our 10th anniversary in 2014, we have over 300 member firms, comprising institutional investors, fund managers and industry advisors, who together manage more than US$1 trillion of assets and have offices in more than 100 countries across the globe. Our members share EMPEA’s 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. We support our members through global authoritative intelligence, conferences, networking, education and advocacy.

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The Abraaj Group is a global institution investing in select markets across Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Turkey. The Group currently manages c. $11 billion and is focused on investment strategies covering private equity, private credit, impact investing and real estate. By combining deep local reach, a global platform and underwriting standards with extensive operating capabilities, Abraaj generates industry-leading returns, having realized $6.8 billion from over 100 exits. Funds managed by the Group have made over 200 investments across a range of sectors.

Abraaj has a dedicated team of operating professionals who work hand-in-hand with investment teams to actively drive value creation in partner companies, helping them institutionalize and grow. The Group is committed to the highest environmental, stakeholder engagement and corporate governance standards and is a signatory to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment and the United Nations Global Compact. Abraaj’s founder, Arif Naqvi, was appointed to the United Nations Global Compact Board by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012 and to the Interpol Foundation Board in 2014. He is a B Team Global Business Leader and Founding Commissioner at the Business and Sustainable Development Commission.


Denham Capital is a global private equity firm focused on energy and resources, with over $8.4 billion of invested and committed capital. Our investment activity is based around three key sectors: Power, Oil & Gas and Mining. Our Power and Mining sectors have a particular focus on Emerging and High Growth Markets, where we have been investing for more than ten years now. Current power generation investments in these regions include:

• Africa: Endeavor Energy (thermal & hydro), BioTherm Energy (solar & wind);
• Latin America: Rio Energy (wind in Brazil), Jenner (wind, global but with a focus on LatAm);
• Southeast Asia: Nexif Energy (thermal & renewable).

Select realized power generation investments include Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, a global PV developer with a focus on Emerging Markets (realized in 2015), and GN Power, a 600MW power station in the Philippines (realized in 2014). Our investment professionals apply their deep operational and industry experience in working in partnership with management teams to achieve long-term investment objectives while providing low cost affordable power to emerging economies. Denham Capital typically targets equity investments of $50 million to $250 million.


Pan African Capital Group, LLC (PACG) is at the forefront of investment banking services to the African markets. PACG leverages its pool of permanent capital to make direct investments in financial services companies, participate in private equity funds and work with African and global clients to advise on structured lending, corporate finance, and other transactions in Sub-Saharan Africa.


LeapFrog Investments is the world’s largest dedicated equity investor in emerging markets financial services, with over 1 billion dollars in commitments and assets under management. LeapFrog invests in high-growth companies across Asia and Africa offering empowering tools such as insurance, savings, pensions, credit and healthcare to emerging consumers. Portfolio companies currently serve over 91 million people across 22 countries. LeapFrog's distinctive Profit with Purpose investment philosophy has attracted many of the world’s leading insurers, reinsurers, global asset managers, pension funds and development financiers. 

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CDC is the UK’s development finance institution. Set up in 1948, CDC has been investing in businesses across Africa for nearly 70 years. We have a dual objective to support development impact through economic growth and jobs and to make a financial return, which we re-invest into more businesses. CDC provides more than capital alone, working over the long-term alongside businesses to help them build management teams, improve standards, and attract further investment. We prioritise sectors that can have a transformational impact on economies, creating jobs and building businesses. Our focus is on infrastructure, agribusiness, construction, manufacturing, education, health and financial services. We invested over £1.2bn in 2016 and have assets valued at nearly £5bn.

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The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) works with its international network of signatories to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. Its goals are to understand the investment implications of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and to support signatories in integrating these issues into investment and ownership decisions. The PRI acts in the long-term interests of its signatories, of the financial markets and economies in which they operate and ultimately of the environment and society as a whole.

The six Principles for Responsible Investment are a voluntary and aspirational set of investment principles that offer a menu of possible actions for incorporating ESG issues into investment practice. The Principles were developed by investors, for investors. In implementing them, signatories contribute to developing a more sustainable global financial system.

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The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) is the European membership body for investor collaboration on climate change and the voice of investors taking action for a prosperous, low-carbon future. IIGCC has more than 230 members, mainly pension funds and asset managers, across 15 countries, with over €30 trillion in assets under management.

Our mission is to mobilise capital for the low carbon transition and to ensure resilience to the impacts of a changing climate by collaborating with business, policy makers and fellow investors. IIGCC works to support and help define the public policies, investment practices and corporate behaviours that address the long-term risks and opportunities associated with climate change. Members consider it a fiduciary duty to ensure stranded asset risk or other losses from climate change are minimised and that opportunities presented by the transition to a low carbon economy – such as renewable energy, new technologies and energy efficiency – are maximised.

For more information visit and @iigccnews.

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AMEXCAP is a non-profit association whose mission is to foster the development of the private equity industry in Mexico. The Association was created in 2003 and currently represents 100 Private Equity, Venture Capital, Real Estate and Infrastructure funds that actively invest in Mexico and over 50 advisory service companies involved in the areas of corporate law, tax advisory, financial services, and consulting.

Founded in 2000, ABVCAP is a non-profit organization that represents the private equity and venture capital industry and promotes the development of long-term investments. In its 15 years of existence, ABVCAP has helped to improve industry conditions, advance understanding about the industry and promote best practices that are aligned with international industry standards.

The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association is the pan-African industry body which promotes and enables private investment in Africa.

AVCA plays a significant role as a champion and effective change agent for the industry, educating, equipping and connecting members and stakeholders with independent industry research, best practice training programmes, and exceptional networking opportunities.

With a global and growing member base, AVCA members span private equity and venture capital firms, institutional investors, foundations and endowments, pension funds, international development finance institutions, professional service firms, academia, and other associations.

This diverse membership is united by a common purpose: to be part of the Africa growth story.


The Indian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (IVCA) is a member based national organization that represents venture capital and private equity firms, promotes the industry within India and throughout the world and encourages investment in high growth companies.

Established in 1987, the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association “HKVCA” represents over 370 corporate members. Our members include 200 private equity firms, manage over US$1 trillion in assets globally and across all types, and include seven of the world’s top ten largest private equity firms as well as small venture capital investors. Our member firms are engaged in venture capital and private equity investments at all levels across Asia-Pacific, including venture, growth, buyout, secondary, pension, fund of funds and family offices. Our mission is to stimulate a vibrant venture capital and private equity industry in Asia while also promoting the role of member firms in value creation, innovation and economic development. The HKVCA provides a forum for networking and experience sharing for its members; promotes industry professional ethics, international best practices and standards; and represents the views of its members before governmental and other relevant bodies.

ColCapital is the Colombian Association for Private Equity Funds. Its mission is to promote, foster and develop the integrated needs of private equity in Colombia. ColCapital seeks to promote and organize the exchange of ideas and information among its members and provide a forum for the discussion of relevant issues in the industry, as well as support the professional and educational development of the sector.

SAVCA is a member organisation that promotes the venture capital and private equity asset class in Southern Africa. Its mission is to contribute to a vibrant industry characterised by: Access to capital to fund private equity and venture capital transactions; A healthy market for exits; A supportive regulatory regime; Transformation within the industry and portfolio companies; and Professional and ethical conduct.

The ILPA is the leading global, member-driven organization dedicated to advancing the interests of private equity Limited Partners through industry-leading education programs, independent research, best practices, networking opportunities and global collaborations. Initially founded as an informal networking group, the ILPA is a voluntary association funded by its members. The ILPA membership has grown to include over 300 member organizations from around the world representing over US $1 trillion of private assets globally.

The Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to supporting the growth of private equity and venture capital in Latin America and the Caribbean. LAVCA’s membership is comprised of over 170 firms, from leading global investment firms active in the region to local fund managers from Mexico to Argentina. Member firms control assets in excess of US$60b, directed at capitalizing and growing Latin American businesses.

European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) is a lively network of organisations sharing the same vision and a common goal: creating positive societal impact through venture philanthropy and social investment. Its mission is to enable venture philanthropists and social investors to maximize societal impact through increased resources, collaboration and expertise.

Currently EVPA has over 230 members, mainly based in Europe, but also in the United States, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Asia, showing the sector is rapidly evolving across borders. Its membership covers a full range of venture philanthropy and social investment activities including venture philanthropy funds, social investors, grant-making foundations, impact investing funds, private equity firms, professional service firms, philanthropy advisers, banks and business schools.

AMIC is an independent non-profit association created in 2000 in order to develop the private equity and venture capital industry in Morocco and internationally; to promote best practices, transparency and responsibility amongst industry professionals; to create a favorable legal and fiscal environment by lobbying policy makers; to provide research and information on the industry; educate and train practitioners; and foster networking between members and state holders.

The Monaco Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (MVCA) is an independent, non-profit association of organizations, companies and professionals who are active in the Monegasque Private Equity and Venture Capital community. MVCA organizes and hosts 15 - 20 events per year, which provide unique educational and networking opportunities, generate deal flow and enhance relationships for its 90+ individual and corporate members. MVCA supports the active exchange of know-how and ideas among its members and represents the common voice of the Private Equity and Venture Capital community in Monaco.

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This is Africa, a digital service from the Financial Times, examines African business, development and politics in a global context, making sense of the relationships that Africa is building with the rest of the world. It challenges international preconceptions about the continent and identifies the opportunities and risks in this dynamic business environment.

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Analyse Africa, a service from the Financial Times, is a digital database providing macroeconomic data from leading global sources. Gain instant access to 2.1 million data records, from 49 world renowned providers, and 5,000+ professionally validated indicators, in order to analyse, evaluate and spot opportunities in Africa. Analyse Africa is used to analyse, understand and evaluate entire economies to inform critical business decisions by financial service organisations, corporations, government agencies, multilaterals, consultancies and research and academic institutions worldwide.

View the first in a series of African country reports - Nigeria: By the numbers - a macroeconomic data and trends report on Nigeria.  Free download here.

Sustainability & Operational Excellence Challenge

Call for Submissions: Sustainability & Operational Excellence Challenge
presented at the Financial Times and EMPEA's inaugural Sustainable Investing in Emerging Markets

EMPEA invites emerging market private capital fund managers to participate in the Sustainability & Operational Excellence Challenge by submitting their most impactful deal. EMPEA and our member firms share in the belief that private capital fund managers can play a critical role in creating value in portfolio companies through active management, and delivering positive externalities to the communities in which these companies operate.

The top three finalists will be given the opportunity to share their case studies at the inaugural Sustainable Investing in Emerging Markets, co-hosted by EMPEA and the Financial Times, which will take place on 25 October 2016 in London.

After the finalists have presented their case studies, members of the audience will vote on the winner of the Operational and Sustainability Challenge, who will be announced live at the Summit.

Learn more about the Sustainability & Operational Excellence Challenge and submit your deal to be considered »

Submissions must be received by 9 September 2016. Finalists shall be notified by 5 October 2016.


Who Attends?

This event is designed for institutional investors and fund managers who are actively investing, or exploring; how to effectively integrate sustainability, responsible investing and ESG strategies in their emerging markets investment. Relevant titles include:

  • Chief Investment Officers
  • Heads of Sustainability
  • Heads of ESG
  • Heads of Responsible Investment
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Finance Officers
  • Asset / Wealth Managers
  • Investment / Fund Managers
  • Portfolio Managers
  • SRI Investors
  • High Net Worth / Client Advisors
  • Senior Consultants

Complimentary places are available to senior investment professionals from institutional investor firms that are LPs in private equity funds, who are not engaged in advisory services or fundraising operations. This includes senior investment professionals operating in the following areas: 

  • Public and Private Pension Funds
  • Insurance Companies
  • Endowments
  • Single Family Offices
  • Foundations
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds

If this fits your company / business profile, please register now for your complimentary place.

A limited number of paying places, priced at £1400 per delegate, are available to representatives from Consultancies and other Professional Services Firms operating in the following areas:

  • Private Equity Funds
  • Asset Management Firms
  • Fund of Funds
  • Multi-family Offices
  • Lawyers
  • Accountants
  • Investment Consultants

If this fits your company / business profile, please register now for your paying place.  

Please note that we offer discounted rates for those wishing to attend both Sustainable Investing in Emerging Markets and Private Equity in Africa the following day. For more information or to register at this discounted rate, please email or register now.



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