Moving toward gender balance in Private Equity and Venture Capital

April 26, 2019 April 26, 2019
8:15AM - 11:00AM IFC/ World Bank Group Offices . 10 Marina Boulevard #12-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 2

What’s missing in private equity? Women.

IFC’s new report, “Moving Toward Gender Balance in Private Equity and Venture Capital”, shows that women are underrepresented among the investment decision-makers at private equity and venture capital firms, including in companies that receive this investment capital. Women make up only 11% of senior investment professionals in private equity and venture capital in emerging markets. Interestingly, the study shows that performance of gender balanced investment teams is correlated with higher returns.

To explore these findings, SVCA and IFC are co-hosting a breakfast discussion on Friday, 26 April 2019. Panellists will discuss some of the issues and challenges around this topic, followed by a Q&A session.

8:15am      Registration & Networking Breakfast
9:00am      Welcome Address by Dr. Thomas Lanyi, Chairman, SVCA
9:15am      Presentation on “Gender Balance in Private Equity and What It Means for Performance”
                    by Amy Luinstra, Program Manager & Gender Advisor, East Asia Pacific, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group
9:45am      Panel Discussion and Q&A on “Exploring the Business Case for Gender Balance in PE and VC in Emerging Markets”
                    Panellists: Veronica Eng, Founding Partner, PERMIRA
                                        Iesan Tsai, Head of Asia, HERMES GPE SINGAPORE
                                        Melissa C. Guzy, Co-founder & Managing Partner, ARBOR VENTURES
                                        Claudia Zeisberger, Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise, Academic Director,                                                                                    Global Private Equity Initiative (GPEI), INSEAD
                                        Michael Octoman, Senior Partner and COO, NAVIS CAPITAL PARTNERS
                     Moderator: Ralph Keitel, Principal Investment Officer & Regional Lead, East Asia & Pacific, Private Equity Funds, IFC
11:00am     Event ends



Amy Luinstra, Program Manager and Gender Advisor, East Asia Pacific
International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group

Ms. Luinstra manages gender programs and advises colleagues on gender issues across East Asia Pacific at the International Financial Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group. Serving in this role since January 2014, Ms. Luinstra leads activities aimed at improving business outcomes through investing in women’s employment, access to finance, and inclusion in value chains. Previously, Ms. Luinstra managed the Better Work program for IFC, a partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and over 70 leading clothing brands that has improved the working conditions of over 3 million garment workers worldwide. Ms. Luinstra has worked at the ILO in Geneva and as a social protection and labor policy specialist at the World Bank in Washington, DC. She has experience in more than two dozen countries in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, South and East Asia, and the Pacific Islands. She has been interviewed or had work featured on BBC, CNBC, Asia Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post among other media outlets. Ms. Luinstra lives in Hanoi, Vietnam with her husband and twin sons.


Veronica Eng, Founding Partner, Permira

Ms Eng was a Founding Partner of Permira. Over her 30-year career with Permira, Ms Eng held a number of key positions in the firm and had extensive experience in a wide range of roles in relation to its funds' investments across sectors and geographies. She served on the board of Permira and its Executive Committee, chaired the Investment Committee and was the Fund Minder to various Permira funds. In addition, she also had oversight of Permira's firm-wide risk management as well as its operations in Asia.

Appointed to the Board of Keppel Corporation on 1 July 2015, Ms Veronica Eng is an independent and non-executive director. She is the Chairman of the Board Risk Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Ms Eng is a Professor (Practice) at the NUS Business School. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration (First Class Honours) from the University of Singapore.


Iesan Tsai, Head of Asia, Hermes GPE Singapore Pte Ltd)

Iesan is based in Singapore and is Head of Asia, leading the sourcing, due diligence and monitoring of Hermes GPE’s funds and co-investments in the region. She is also responsible for client development in the region. She joined Hermes GPE in 2012 and has eight years of private equity experience. She was previously an associate director in the technology investment banking group at UBS. Prior to that, Iesan worked in the real estate private equity group at JP Morgan Asset Management and began her career at the private equity firm H&Q Asia Pacific. Iesan holds a BA in International Relations and Human Biology from Stanford University, an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


Melissa, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Arbor Ventures

Prior to founding Arbor Ventures, Melissa was Managing Director and Head of VantagePoint Asia, a $4.5 billion venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. As a thought leader in the global technology community, with experience across Asia and Silicon Valley, Melissa has been recognized as one of the Top 200 FinTech Influencers in Asia 2018.

Melissa attended Wellesley College and received a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Florida. She is the author of the paper “Venture Capital Returns and Public Market Performance.” She has been a speaker at Financial Times Top 50 Women in Asia, Money2020, Asian Financial Forum, RISE and a guest lecturer on the Venture Capital Industry at the University of Florida, Hong Kong University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and is a Contributing Expert at CFTE, Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship.


Claudia Zeisberger, Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise, Academic Director, Global Private Equity Initiative (GPEI), INSEAD

Claudia Zeisberger is an Author and Professor of Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise at INSEAD; she is the Founder and Academic Director of the school’s private equity centre (GPEI). Before joining INSEAD in 2005, she spent 16 years in global investment banking. Professor Zeisberger is a founding investor in ‘INSEAD Alum Ventures’ (IAV), INSEAD’s first dedicated seed fund and she devotes a significant amount of her time to mentor early stage companies. She launched INSEAD’s popular MBA elective ‘Managing Corporate Turnarounds’ and built an intensive computer-based simulation involving an iconic car brand and its struggle with bankruptcy.

Professor Zeisberger teaches the Private Equity & Venture Capital, Corporate Turnaround and Risk management electives in INSEAD’s MBA, EMBA and Executive Education programmes. She has frequently been nominated for the “Best Teaching Award” in her PE elective and has been awarded the “Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in MBA Teaching” annually since 2008. Full CV here.


Michael Octoman, Senior Partner and COO, Navis Capital Partners

Mr. Octoman is a Senior Partner and COO of Navis and an Investment Committee member. He joined Navis in 2000 and oversees Portfolio activities and originates transactions and works with companies across SE Asia. Mr. Octoman is involved with a number of companies including Alliance Cosmetic, B Medical systems, HGPT Power and the BIG Group. Prior to joining Navis, Mr. Octoman worked with Price Waterhouse Coopers with a primary focus on capital market transaction and financial due diligence specializing in energy, telecommunications and manufacturing. He also worked for KPMG in Australia and Canada in Business Advisory Services. Mr. Octoman is a lifetime resident of Asia, having been raised and educated in Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accountancy from the University of South Australia and is an Australian qualified Chartered Accountant.


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