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

August 9, 2020

Google Startup Accelerator selects Claudia as a mentor

Claudia Zeisberger has joined Google Startup Accelerator as one of their mentors along with other leading global experts from around the world. The full list of mentors can be seen here. Google for startups just announced their cohort for SE Asia; 15 out of 600 applicants were selected for a 3 Read More
June 4, 2020

Silver Lake’s coronavirus bets: a make-or-break momen...

The private equity firm’s bold investments in tech and travel could struggle if the pandemic lingers In late March, as the coronavirus pandemic was grinding global travel to a halt, Airbnb chief executive Brian Chesky was forced to shelve preparations for a stock market listing and urgently seek a financial

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February 17, 2020

INSEAD report shows how private equity is helping famil...

Institutionalisation is key to family firms’ survival A significant ‘proficiency gap’ exists between second generation family companies and those with more intergenerational transfers of power Expertise from external sources – such as PE – can help a family business leapfrog the institutionalisation curve. Family firms are the cornerstone of the

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July 13, 2020

How the VC Pitch Process Is Failing Female Entrepreneurs

In 2018, only 3% of venture capital in the U.S went to companies with a female CEO. Yet, the number of female-owned businesses has risen both in the U.S. and around the world, and the number of women intending to become entrepreneurs globally has increased even more sharply. Women who venture into entrepreneurship are

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June 6, 2020

Has Venture Capital Strayed From Its Roots?

Take a step back in time to observe how Georges Doriot – the founder of both VC and INSEAD – set up a machine to fuel and fund innovation and development. “…I want money to do things that have never been done before,” proclaimed Georges Doriot, almost 75 years ago.

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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