Carolyn Campbell

Carolyn Campbell

Class of 2020-2021

Carolyn Campbell is an experienced executive and board director with over 25 years of investing for growth globally. Ms. Campbell is a co-founder and COO of Emerging Capital Partners (ECP), a private equity firm which has raised over $3.4 billion in growth capital and made more than 70 high-growth investments internationally. ECP companies have been listed and private and achieved high growth while employing tens of thousands of people, with a focus on innovation in telecom, financial services and energy/logistics. As a member of ECP’s Investment, Valuation and Executive Committees, her M&A and legal background makes her a key decision-maker in relation to investments, financial performance and governance. As chair of the firm’s advisory committees and a director of multiple boards, she is valued for strategy in relation to financial stewardship, management and ESG, helping companies achieve performance targets by improving corporate governance, business plans, financial reporting and IT systems. Ms. Campbell is particularly well-versed in issues facing highly-regulated industries and those looking to expand into new markets.

Prior to founding ECP, Ms. Campbell worked in global private equity at Emerging Markets Partnership (EMP), where she provided overall leadership and strategy for private equity funds in Asia and Eastern Europe, in addition to supervising investment staff. Prior to that, Ms. Campbell worked in M&A and corporate finance globally at White & Case LLP, where she advised on U.S. venture capital deals and guided expanding multinational corporations to find suitable investments, build strong local partnerships and employ solid governance. Her work at White & Case spanned a variety of sectors, including financial services, technology, energy and manufacturing,

Ms. Campbell has received various recognitions and awards including the Private Equity Africa Women Impact Award and life membership to the Council on Foreign Relations. A sought-after speaker on investment strategy, executive management and board governance, she has appeared on C-SPAN, Bloomberg and Africa Today, spoken at forums like Edison Electricity Institute the National Economists Club, the Brookings Institute, and the Harvard and Wharton Business Schools. She has published in periodicals including the Financial Times, Environmental Finance and Private Equity International. Ms. Campbell received a BA in Economics summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut, a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and a Ph.D. in Political Economy from Oxford University and is fluent in French.

Listed and Private Board Engagements

  • Eranove S.A., a former subsidiary of Bouygues, a Paris-listed component of CAC-40 index, which operates internationally in the power and water sector with over $700 million in revenues and 9,000 employees
  • Burger King South Africa, which owns and operates over 200 stores with over $100 million in revenue in partnership with Restaurant Brands International (NYSE: QSR)
  • Celtel International, a pioneering cellular company and predecessor of Airtel Africa, now listed on the London Stock Exchange (AAF.L) and a constituent of the FTSE 100
  • Wananchi Group Holdings, a triple play cable and satellite company in partnership with Liberty Global (Nasdaq: LBTYA) and Altice (NYSE: ATUS), with over $100M in revenues
  • O&OI, a holding company with a controlling stake in Oando plc (JSE:OAO), an energy trading and logistics company
  • Orabank, a leading West Africa banking group operating in 12 countries and listed on the West African Regional Stock Exchange (BVRM)
  • Veolia Water Maroc, a power and water distribution subsidiary of Veolia Environment, a Paris-listed component of the CAC 40 index.
  • Boards of over 10 other private companies in sectors such as banking, logistics/transport, and telecoms as well as the boards of seven private equity investment funds and fund managers

Other Board Experience

  • Chair of Finance/Audit Committee for six years of Washington International School, a private K-12 school with over $45m in revenues
  • Investment Committee Member, American Psychological Foundation
  • Advisory Council Member, United States Millennium Challenge Corporation