Carolyn Campbell

Carolyn Campbell

Class of 2020


Carolyn Campbell is Chief Operating Officer, Member of the Executive Committee and a Co-Founding Partner of Emerging Capital Partners (ECP), a $3.2B private equity firm investing in high-growth and emerging market companies in the ICT, infrastructure/logistics, energy, consumer and financial services sectors. With over thirty years of experience in wealth and investment management and executive leadership, Carolyn co-founded and grew ECP from $407M to over $3.2B in AUM, making more than 60 investments in 49 countries totaling over $1.5B and 45 exits totaling $1.4B. Carolyn is a member of her firm’s 3-person Executive Committee, responsible for overseeing the firm’s strategic direction, and in that capacity Carolyn manages a 31-person staff.  Carolyn serves on the investment and valuation committees and chairs her firm’s fund advisory committee, overseeing fund strategy and performance.  Having played key roles at the board and management levels of portfolio companies, Carolyn has considerable expertise in high-growth and restructuring situations with focus on financial oversight and ESG.

In 2019, Carolyn was named one of Private Equity Africa’s Women Impact Award recipients. Carolyn has been a leader in private equity for close to thirty years. Prior to founding ECP, she worked in global private equity at Emerging Markets Partnership (EMP), where she was responsible for providing overall leadership and strategy for the global funds, including management of the investment staff. Prior to that, Carolyn worked in foreign investment in Eastern Europe at White & Case, where she guided multinational corporations expanding into the region to find suitable investments, build strong local partnerships and employ solid governance structures, from joint ventures through to initial public offerings. Her work spanned a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, banking and telecommunications.

Carolyn has extensive board experience. Carolyn serves on multiple private company boards, including Eranove S.A., a French power and water utility with over $500M in revenues and operations in West Africa, where she served on the compensation committee, through to filing for dual listing on Euronext and BRVM exchanges; Wananchi Group Holdings in East Africa, a triple play cable and satellite company with over $100M in revenues and operations in three countries; and General Assurance Mediterraneene, a private insurance company with $30M in revenues. Carolyn also has considerable non-profit board experience. She served as chair of the finance and audit committee at Washington International School. She also served as the finance and audit committee chair at DC Survivor and Advocates for Empowerment.

Carolyn is a sought-after speaker on investment strategy, working with executive management teams, board governance and compliance issues and has appeared on Africa Today and C-SPAN, spoken at a wide variety of venues such as Bloomberg, the National Economists Club, Council on Foreign Relations, Brookings and Wharton, and has published in the Financial Timesand Private Equity International. Carolyn is in fluent in French. Carolyn graduated summa cum laudefrom the University of Connecticut, received her J.D. from the University of Virginia and earned a D.Phil in political economy at Oxford University, where she successfully defended her thesis on integrating troubled steel and textiles industries into EU.