Leadership


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.”

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