Seymur was formerly with McKinsey & Company in Istanbul focusing on corporate portfolio strategy and at Caterpillar Inc. in Geneva as a product manager with responsibility for the EMEA & CIS regions. Seymur has an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc and BSc in Mechanical Engineering and Robotics from ETH Zurich. Seymur serves on the Boards of Medical Park, Flo, Mavi, Koton and Domino’s.
Keiko Honda is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group.
Previously, Honda was the first woman senior partner in Asia at McKinsey & Company. There, she advised financial institutions on matters related to corporate finance, corporate strategy, and business development. Prior to joining McKinsey, Honda worked for Bain & Company and Lehman Brothers.
Honda also served as a visiting associate professor at Hitotsubashi University’s business school and as a lecturer at Chuo University’s business school. She has served on a number of Japanese government committees under several administrations, including the Council of Regulatory Reform. She was the Vice Chair of the Committee on the Promotion of Economic Partnership Agreements and Free Trade Agreements for Keizai Doyukai, the Japanese association of corporate executives.
Honda has authored and co-authored several books, including M&A and Alliance Strategy and Turnaround.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in consumer economics from Ochanomizu University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where she was selected as a Fulbright Scholar.
Prior to joining AMC in 2010, Viktor was one of the principal members of the IFC Infrastructure Investment team, focusing on investments in energy, transport, and utilities. Viktor has worked in emerging markets for 20 years and has been investing in infrastructure for the last 15 years. He was also responsible for raising more than $2 billion for AMC funds.
Viktor has an MSc in Computer Science from the Moscow Institute of Electronics and an MBA from INSEAD.
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 all of EMPEA’s webcast and education initiatives. In addition to overall business, program and content development, Shannon manages all of the associated sponsorship relationships and underlying event partnerships, and provides budgetary management and financial oversight for all of these efforts.
Most recently prior to EMPEA, Shannon worked as a Principal with private-equity investment firm Pine Creek Partners identifying, reviewing and executing management buyouts and recapitalizations across a variety of industries. She also provided guidance and support to portfolio companies and while there served on the board of Drew Foam Companies Inc. Prior to Pine Creek Partners, she worked with CapitalSource Finance LLC where she originated, analyzed, underwrote and structured senior secured and unsecured debt financings, mezzanine capital and equity co-invests within the specialty finance and security industries. Prior to joining CapitalSource in 2003, Shannon worked with Fannie Mae, Microstrategy and finally Arthur Andersen’s Business Consulting Group where she began her career.
Shannon earned an MBA from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and graduated cum laude from the University of Richmond where she received a B.A. in Economics and International Studies with a concentration in International Economics and a minor in Journalism and French. She has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Europe and Latin America and studied and lived in Paris through the MICEFA program, a consortium of the Universities of France.
Mr. Cowan is a co-founder of 57 Stars LLC, a boutique global asset manager owned and managed by its investment team focused on partnership and co-investment in select private equity markets outside of the United States, primarily in ‘Emerging Markets.’ With more than USD2.5 billion under management, 57 Stars operates out of five offices around the world. The 57 Stars team has approximately 150 years of collective experience investing in international private equity markets.
Prior to 57 Stars, Mr. Cowan served in the Investment Funds Department of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). He received his AB (magna cum laude and with honors) in Political Science and Development Studies from Brown University, a JD from the Harvard Law School, and participated in the Yale-in-China program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Ann Wyman is Senior Manager at AfricInvest, a Tunisia-based pan-African private equity firm with over $1bn in assets under management, which has made more 140 investments across the continent. She is responsible for several areas including Investor Relations, Fundraising and Economic Research, and also manages the firm’s London representative office. Ann has previously served as the head of Emerging Markets Research in Europe for both Citi and Nomura. Ann is also an economic contributor to Oxford Analytica, an Advisor to Gatehouse Advisory Partners, and a founding board member of the US government-funded Tunisian American Enterprise Fund supporting Tunisian SMEs.
Carolyn is a senior investment director advising on private investments in Cambridge Associates’ Arlington office. As a member of the firm’s nonprofit practice, she advises clients on private portfolio construction and manager selection. Her clients range in size from $189 million to over $2 billion.
Prior to joining Cambridge Associates, Carolyn was a director of private equity and head of structuring and analytics at Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the US government’s development finance institution. In this role, she sourced, selected, and monitored private equity fund investments for an active $2 billion+ emerging markets fund of funds portfolio. Prior to that, she was a managing director at Westbury Group LLC, where she established their mid-Atlantic investment banking presence. Carolyn was also a principle at The Colonnade Group, where she advised international and domestic SMEs on M&A, restructuring, corporate finance and business development. She started her career with Citibank as a fixed income emerging markets specialist and was an emerging markets bond trader/strategist with Deutsche Bank.
Education and Professional Credentials
MBA, Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia
BS in Finance, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia
Alcina joined the New York State Common Retirement Fund (“NYSCRF”) in 2007. While at NYSCRF, she has lead or co-lead approximately $4 Billion in Private Equity Fund Commitments, and manages a Private Equity portfolio of over $5 billion. Ms. Goosby has a total of 20 years of institutional industry experience in the international and domestic financial markets. Prior to joining NYCRF, Alcina spent a significant part of her career in institutional sales and trading, reaching the level of V.P. of European Sales-Trading. Alcina has been able to foster a well-rounded career, providing her with experience on both the buy-side and sell-side; she has worked at various firms such as ABN AMRO and Citigroup, and has consulted for firms such as Lehman Brothers, and Neuberger Berman. Alcina is a past member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts; holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the City College of New York and a Master’s degree in Finance with a specialization in Financial Statement Analysis and Securities Valuation from the Zicklin School of Business.
Mukund Krishnaswami is a Co-Founder and Senior Partner at Lighthouse, a middle market fund manager with over USD 250 million of AUM in India, with a focus on growth investments in India’s consumer sector.
Over his career, he has completed over USD 1.5 billion of principal investments. Prior to Lighthouse, he was with Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking Partners. He began his career with McKinsey & Co.’s Corporate Finance and Strategy Practice. Mukund is also a Co-Founder of The Linneman Letter, a leading economic research publication.
Mukund earned his undergraduate degrees in economics and computer science from the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from The Wharton School.
Mukund sits on the board of Lighthouse as well as a number of the Fund’s investee companies. He is a member of YPO.
Ritesh is a founding partner at Stellaris Venture Partners, a $100M early stage venture fund that focuses on Series A investments in SaaS, core tech and India-specific consumer applications.
Prior to starting Stellaris, Ritesh spent 10 years in venture capital in India. He was a partner at Helion Ventures, a multi-stage Indian venture firm with $600M under management, where he led investments in Taxiforsure, Lifecell and Trulymadly among others.
Previously Ritesh built and managed consumer internet businesses at Adobe Systems and July Systems, and managed pre-sales at Synopsys. He has a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi and an MBA from INSEAD, and serves as Adjunct Faculty at IIM Bangalore.