Teresa Barger (Chair)

Senior Managing Director, Cartica Management, LLC

Teresa Barger has spent 21 years investing in emerging markets companies at the International Finance Corporation. She was Director of Corporate Governance for the World Bank and IFC from 2004 to 2007, and Director of Private Equity and Investment Funds from 2000 to 2004. Before that she held a variety of positions within IFC, covering nearly all regions of the world. Before IFC, she worked at McKinsey & Company in New York, London and Tokyo.

Ms. Barger is the co-founder and Vice Chairman of the EMPEA and the EMPEA Institute. She serves on the Board of the Victory Family of Mutual Funds and Anera and on the Program Committee of the Pacific Pension institute. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale University, and did graduate work in the American University in Cairo.

Robert Petty

Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Clearwater Capital Partners

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, EMPEA and the EMPEA Institute and EngenderHealth. Mr. Petty holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Brown University and is based in Hong Kong.

Rebecca Xu

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Asia Alternatives Management LLC

Rebecca Xu is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Asia Alternatives. Ms. Xu leads Asia Alternatives’ Beijing office and is also a part of the Hong Kong office. She is on the Firm’s Investment Committee and co-leads Asia Alternatives’ investments in expansion and growth capital funds, focusing most of her time on Asia Alternatives’ China investments.

Prior to starting Asia Alternatives, Ms. Xu was a Senior Investment Officer at the Funds Group of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector investment arm of the World Bank Group. There, she had the primary responsibility of leading IFC’s fund investing and portfolio supervision in Asia for over six years. Previously, Ms. Xu also worked at McKinsey & Co, Inc. (Washington D.C.) and HSBC (Hong Kong).

Ms. Xu received an MBA from Harvard Business School and holds a Bachelors degree in International Relations from the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing, China. Ms. Xu is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English.

Ms. Xu is Vice Chairman of the EMPEA and the EMPEA Institute and currently serves on the Advisory Boards for several of Asia Alternatives’ China and India private equity funds. In addition, she serves on the Board of the Chun Hui Bo’ ai Children Foundation.”



Robert W. van Zwieten

President & Chief Executive Officer

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

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

Robert 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. Mr. van Zwieten 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 LL.M. degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York. He is a citizen of both the Netherlands and the United States.

Phillip Reid

Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

Phillip Reid is the Chief Financial Officer responsible for all EMPEA related financial activities. Phillip coordinates EMPEA’s risk management, payroll, human resources, retirement and IT functions. Phillip also plays a vital role in reviewing contracts for the EMPEA staff and heads-up EMPEA’s annual audit and tax reporting requirements.

Phillip has worked with a variety of non-profit and for-profit organizations during a 25 year career holding a variety of positions through CFO. Previously He has held financial positions with the General Agents and Managers Association, The Freedom Forum “Newseum”, The German Marshall Fund of the US, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and USA Today. Phillip retired from the US Army Reserves as a Civil Affairs Officer. He holds a BS in accounting from University of MD, College Park and an MBA from George Mason University.

Ann Marie Plubell


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

Prior to EMPEA, Ann Marie advised global clients on financial infrastructure for postsecondary education in emerging economies, public-private partnerships, compliance with international sanctions laws and legal ecosystems supporting Internet communications protocols. She served as Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of SallieMae, a US$50 billion US government-sponsored enterprise where she oversaw corporate and trust fund governance, business law, ERISA compliance, tax and intellectual property. Her further experience includes performing the secretariat duties for international governmental advisory committees and technical standards bodies, giving frequent presentations at international technical conferences, and authoring articles in international publications.

Ann Marie earned a JD and an LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University’s Law Center and an MBA from George Washington University. Her BA with honors in history and theater is from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Ann Marie is currently Treasurer of the Board of Developing Radio Partners, which helps to expand the impact of community radio in Sub-Saharan Africa in areas of climate change, women’s health and sustainable agriculture. Ann Marie was Vice Chair of the ABA’s China Law Committee and a member of the Mayor’s Washington-Beijing Sister Cities Steering Committee. She contributes to the panda preservation at the WoLong Center in China and has adopted two giant pandas.

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