Module 2: Portfolio Construction

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Join expert panelists from the Avanz Capital, Cambridge Associates, Making Finance Work for Africa / African Development Bank and Tufts University for a discussion on emerging markets private equity portfolio construction. How can LPs integrate the asset class into their overall asset allocations, and what are the best practices to construct a successful emerging markets private equity portfolio?


Key topics to be discussed include:

  • What are the pros and cons of including emerging markets private equity in LPs’ overall asset allocation strategy?
  • How are different LPs currently determining their allocations to the asset class?
  • How can LPs construct a successful emerging markets private equity portfolio?
  • What will drive LP emerging markets private equity allocations moving forward, and how will that effect the construction of the portfolio?

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Speakers Include:

Haydee Celaya, Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Avanz Capital

Ms. Celaya is a co-founder of Avanz Capital where she is the Chief Investment Officer and Chairs the Investment Committee. Ms. Celaya has direct oversight for the firm’s investment activities in several emerging markets and leads portfolio construction, fund selection, product development and investor relations. Ms. Celaya has 30 years experience in international finance including 19 years as a senior executive at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Ms. Celaya most recently served as Director of IFC’s Global Private Equity and Investment Funds Department, one of the largest emerging markets portfolios of private equity funds, and Chair of its Investment Committee. Ms. Celaya is a former Regional Director in Sub-Saharan Africa and headed the Latin America Financial Institutions Group for the IFC.

Ms. Celaya helped establish the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and served on its Advisory Committee from 2004-2010. Ms. Celaya holds a BA from Georgetown University and a MA in Development Banking from The American University in Washington, DC.


Tryfan Evans, Director of Investments, Tufts University

Tryfan Evans is Director of Investments in the Tufts University Investment Office, where he is responsible for the endowment‘s international private equity program.  Tryfan is also Director of the Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund and responsible for investment strategy, and portfolio construction and management of the fund. He currently serves as a director on several corporate boards and has multi-asset class investment experience in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Asia.  Tryfan is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.



Jeff Schlapinski, Manager, Research, EMPEA

Jeff Schlapinski is the Manager of Research at EMPEA, where he coordinates emerging markets private equity data collection and analysis and manages production of EMPEA’s Data Insights and other research and market intelligence products. Jeff interacts regularly with EMPEA Members, the media and other industry professionals in order to address their research and data needs. During his time at EMPEA, he has covered Emerging Asia, Latin America, CEE and CIS and MENA.

Prior to joining EMPEA, Jeff managed an international studies program in Beijing and, as an undergraduate, conducted research on China’s ongoing economic transition and structural reforms. Jeff graduated from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) at Georgetown University in 2010 with a B.S. in International Economics.


Moderator: David Ashiagbor, Making Finance Work for Africa, African Development Bank (AfDB) 

David was appointed Coordinator of the MFW4A Secretariat in October 2015. MFW4A provides knowledge management, advocacy and networking services in support of financial sector development in Africa.

David previously led MFW4A’s long term finance work programme, covering insurance, pensions, private equity and capital markets development. Prior to MFW4A, he managed the Commonwealth’s Private Investment Initiative (CPII), which raised US$800 million for investment in Africa, South Asia and the Pacific.  David has also worked for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon and South Africa, the Agence Française de Développement and commercial banks in his native Ghana.

David is a graduate of the London School of Economics and The Management School, Imperial College, London.



Module 1: Making the Case for Emerging Markets Private Equity

Module 2: Portfolio Construction

Module 3: Manager Selection/Due Diligence

Module 4: Structuring/Negotiations

Module 5: Monitoring

Module 6: Benchmarking