About Claudia

Claudia Zeisberger


Senior Affiliate Professor of
Decision Sciences &
Entrepreneurship Family Enterprise
Academic Director, Global Private
Equity Initiative (GPEI)

Claudia Zeisberger is a Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship Family Enterprise at INSEAD, and the Founder and Academic Director of the school’s private equity centre (GPEI).

Before joining INSEAD in 2005, she spent 16 years in investment banking in New York, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo and Singapore. Professor Zeisberger is known for her extensive research on PE in emerging markets, and her output is a function of her close working relationships with private equity firms and their investee companies, institutional investors, Family Offices and Sovereign Wealth Funds.

She is the author of “Mastering Private Equity – Transformation via Venture Capital, Minority Investments Buyouts” and “Private Equity in Action” — Case Studies from Developed & Emerging markets

In the news

September 19, 2019

Foreign investment drives surge in south-east Asia tech...

Acquisitions of regional start-ups more than doubled in the first half of the year South-east Asian deals have been led by the region’s tech unicorns, such as Indonesian ride-hailer Go-Jek, which acquired seven companies between 2017 and 2019 © Bloomberg Acquisitions of south-east Asian technology start-ups more than doubled in

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September 5, 2019

Cartier Women's Initiative

The Cartier Women’s Initiative is an annual international programme created in 2006 to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs. The Jury for the Cartier Women’s Initiative is composed of 35 high-profile individuals and is divided in 7 regional juries. They are chosen on the basis of their entrepreneurial

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July 26, 2018


股权投资是非常古老的一个行业,但是私募股权(private equity,简称PE)投资则是近30年来才获得高速发展的新兴事物。《2018中国私募股权投资发展报告》数据显示,在募资方面,2017年中国私募股权市场募资金额达到1.8万亿元的水平,已经成为全球募资量最大的市场。在投资方面,2017年全年投资额达到1.2万亿元,已经远远超过欧洲市场。

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February 5, 2020

What Distinguishes Europe’s Family Business Champions from the ...

Alexandra von Stauffenberg, Associate Director, INSEAD Global Private Equity Initiative, and Claudia Zeisberger, INSEAD Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise | February 5, 2020 Where do Europe’s family firms stand globally, in terms of creating sustainable, long-term value? Most family business founders aspire to build

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February 1, 2020


This report would have not been possible without the engagement of the 131 families who participated in our survey and the many more that we interviewed. Equally valuable was the expertise of all the private equity professionals who shared their experiences of investing in Latin America and helped frame our research questions.

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Mastering Private Equity

Mastering Private Equity was written with a professional audience in mind and provides a valuable and unique reference for investors, finance professionals, students and business owners looking to engage with private equity firms or invest in private equity funds. From deal sourcing to exit, LBOs to responsible investing, operational value creation to risk management, the book systematically distills the essence of private equity into core concepts throughout the private equity life cycle. It is available in English & Chinese.


Family Firms
November 21, 2017

Podcast: Institutionalization of Family Firms — Claudia Zeisberger, INSEAD

The question seems simple: How Can Family Firms Ensure Long-Term Value Creation? But as a new report – based on interviews 123 Asia-based family firms and 14 private equity professionals – shows, the answer may be more complicated. The report is titled “The Institutionalization of Family Firms,” and it covers a

November 1, 2017

Podcast: Mastering Private Equity & What’s Next — Claudia Zeisberger, INSEAD

For years, Claudia Zeisberger has found herself being asked what might seem like a straightforward question: What is Private Equity. It also might seem like a surprising question, given that global private equity assets under management run at about $2.5 trillion. It’s not like we’re talking about some hidden asset class. But