Private Equity in Emerging Market 2015
27 October 2015 | InterContinental Park Lane, London #FTPEEM15
07:15Limited Partners - Only Breakfast
08:00Registration and Refreshments
08:45Welcome Remarks

Henny Sender, Chief Correspondent, International Finance,
Financial Times
Robert van Zwieten, President & Chief Executive Officer, EMPEA

09:00Keynote Address

Martin Wolf, CBE
, Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

09:30Panel Session: Emerging Markets Outlook
  • Expert panellists share expectations for 2016 and beyond
  • Factors influencing EM growth
  • Global EM PE Industry Trends
  • The Evolution of Financing Models
Angus Downie, Chief Economist and Head of Economic Research, Ecobank
Christopher Torrens, Senior Managing Director, Global Risk Analysis, Control Risks
Alex Vleming, Regional Head of Principal Investments - EMEA, Swiss Re


Henny Sender, Chief Correspondent, International Finance, Financial Times

10:00The Case for Emerging Markets Private Equity

Why should investors be paying attention to EM PE? This session will examine the risk­return profile of EM PE in comparison to developed markets PE; the opportunity set and exposure in EM via PE versus public markets; and the role PE plays in financing companies in developing economies to provide investors with a compelling, data­driven case for allocating to EM PE.
Roger Leeds
Professor & Director of the Center for International Business and Public Policy, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Founding Chairman, EMPEA
Nicholas Rohatyn, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer,
The Rohatyn Group
Tom Speechley
, Partner, The Abraaj Group


Maryam Haque, Senior Director, Research, EMPEA

10:30Networking Coffee Reception
11:10Panel Session: Persistence, Performance and Returns
  • Identifying investment opportunities and executing effective diligence 
  • Strategies to best drive risk-adjusted returns 
  • Managing unexpected portfolio challenges 
  • Examining global exit prospects

Thomas Barry, President and CEO, Zephyr Management
Michael Calvey, Founder and Senior Partner, Baring Vostok Capital Partners
Ziad Oueslati, Managing Director and Co-Founding Partner, AfricInvest
Daniel Schoneveld
, Principal, Hamilton Lane


Geoffrey Burgess, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

12:00Globalisation and Systemic Risk: Why Investors Should be Risk Takers

Ian Goldin
, Professor of Globalisation and Development and Director of the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford

12:20Keynote Address
12:40Networking Luncheon
13:40Interactive/Rapid Fire Q&A: Ask the Limited Partners

Pose your questions to our panel of LP’s to uncover valuable information about investor appetites, motivations and pain points.


Anne Fossemalle, Director, Equity Funds, EBRD
Serge Lepine
, Chief Executive Officer, The Qatar Abu Dhabi Investment Company (QADIC)
Tolu OsekitaInvestment Director, InvestFord Partners
Padmesh Shukla, Head of Pensions Investment, TfL Pension Fund


Henry Smith, Editor, MandateWire

14:30Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session: 
Infrastructure and Energy Investments in Emerging Markets

Burgeoning demand for electricity in developing economies is driving a need for substantial investment in energy infrastructure. This presents an opportunity for investors to earn compelling returns while also spurring economic growth and development through increased access to reliable and affordable power. In this panel, contributors to EMPEA’s recently-released Special Report: Private Investing in the Power Sector in Emerging Markets, discuss key themes in EM power sector investing, including:
  • What are the fundamentals driving the opportunity for private investors in infrastructure assets, especially power infrastructure?
  • What strategies can help mitigate risk for energy infrastructure development?
  • What is the current state of play for fund managers investing in infrastructure, in terms of fundraising, investment and exit activity?
  • Can EM infrastructure projects be completed in compliance within FCPA and ESG guidelines?
  • What themes are likely to shape the scale and scope of private investment in EM infrastructure in the coming decades?

Cyrille Arnould,​ Head of GEEREF, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Scott Mackin
, Managing Partner and Co-President, Denham Capital
Brooks Preston, ​Head of Investment Funds Department, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Aygen Yayıkoğlu,​ Founder and Managing Partner, Crescent Capital


Jeff Schlapinski,​ Manager, Research,

15:20Networking Coffee Break
15:50Fireside Chat with Bruce Zimmerman, Chief Investment Officer, UTIMCO

Henny Sender
, Chief Correspondent, International Finance, Financial Times

16:10Presentation Session: The Opportunity Showcase
  • GPs present the sector/strategy/geography they specialize in to a panel of LPs for constructive feedback 
  • Which sectors, strategies and geographies present the best investment opportunities? 
  • Which factors have greater influence on LP investment decisions?

Asia Secondary Direct Opportunities: Harjit Bhatia, Executive Chairman & Founding Partner, Asia Growth Capital Advisors
Asia Direct Lending: Robert Petty, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Clearwater Capital Partners
Impact Investing: Jim Roth,​ Co­founder and Partner, LeapFrog Investments

LP Panel

Serge Lepine, Chief Executive Officer, The Qatar Abu Dhabi Investment Company (QADIC) 
Daniel Schoneveld, Principal, Hamilton Lane
Bruce Zimmerman, Chief Investment Officer, UTIMCO


Stefania Palma​, Editor,
The Banker

17:00Closing Video and Discussion​: Spotlight on Ukraine

Introductory video featuring The Banker’s
Stefanie Linhardt interviewing Ukrainian Finance Minister, Natalie Jaresko.​


Anne Fossemalle, Director, Equity Funds, EBRD
Alex Munteanu
, Managing Director, Private Equity Investments,
Dragon Capital
Henry Potter
, Partner, Alpha Associates
Ron Slimp, Managing Partner, TD International


Stefanie Linhardt, Europe Editor, The Banker

17:20Closing Remarks

Henny Sender, Chief Correspondent, International Finance,
Financial Times
Robert van Zwieten, President & Chief Executive Officer, EMPEA

17:30EMPEA Members-Only Reception

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