Carolyn Campbell is a leader in private equity with international board and operating experience of nearly thirty years. She serves as Chief Operating Officer, Managing Partner and Member of the Executive Committee of Emerging Capital Partners (ECP), a $3.4B private equity firm investing in high-growth and emerging market companies in the financial services, technology, infrastructure/logistics, energy and consumer sectors. With over thirty years of experience in investment management and executive leadership, Carolyn co-founded and grew ECP from $407M to over $3.4B, making more than 72 investments in 45 countries totaling over $1.5B and nearly 60 exits totaling $1.5. On the 3-person Executive Committee, she is 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, chairs her firm’s fund advisory committee, and oversees fund strategy and performance.
Carolyn has extensive board experience with a focus on finance and ESG. 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 ArtCaffe Group, a fast-casual dining chain operating five dining concepts with over $25M revenues. Carolyn also has considerable non-profit board experience. She served in board leadership position (chair of finance and audit committee) at several non-profits including Washington International School.
In 2019, Carolyn was named a Private Equity Africa Women Impact Award recipient. Prior to founding ECP, she worked in global private equity at Emerging Markets Partnership (EMP), where she provided overall leadership and strategy for funds in Asia and Eastern Europe and managed investment staff. Prior to that, Carolyn worked in M&A globally at White & Case, where she domestic venture capital deals and guided multinational corporations expanding internationally to find suitable investments, build strong local partnerships and employ solid governance, from joint ventures to initial public offerings. Her work spanned a variety of sectors, including energy, manufacturing, banking and telecommunications.
Carolyn is a sought-after speaker on investment strategy, executive management teams and board governance, having 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, Edison Electricity Institute, Brookings and Wharton, and has published in the Financial Times and Private Equity International. Carolyn is in fluent in French. Carolyn graduated summa cum laude from 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 her thesis focused on integrating troubled steel and textiles industries into the EU.