About Claudia

Author & Expert on Private Equity, Venture Capital & Risk Management.

Advisor to Corporations, Institutional investors & Governments.

Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD


Claudia Zeisberger is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD, an expert on Private Equity & Venture Capital and a sought-after advisor to corporations, institutional investors and governments. SWFs and Family Offices in particular have benefited from her advice with regards to their investment strategies, ESG & Impact Investing agendas and risk management policies. She has worked with international corporations to help them design, structure and fund their corporate venturing activities.

Professor Zeisberger is a driving force behind the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems globally and devotes a significant amount of her time to mentoring early-stage companies through ventures such as Google’s Startup Accelerator programme. As an Angel investor, she focuses on edutech.

A public speaker and critical commentator with the ability to explain complex concepts to audiences of diverse backgrounds, Claudia is often invited to join advisory boards in the role of ‘Professional Devil’s Advocate’.

Her books ‘Mastering Private Equity – Transformation via Venture Capital, Minority Investments & Buyouts’ as well the corresponding case book ‘Private Equity in Action have become the standard textbooks for those investing and deploying Private Capital, and her extensive research on emerging market PE and VC has captured the attention of Developed-World-focused Governments and institutions who seek to understand the latest global capital trends.


Private Equity & Venture Capital, with a focus on emerging markets & the impact of private equity on the economy at large; Responsible Investing & ESG; Corporate Venture Capital investing; Turnaround & Restructuring situations; Risk Management in institutional investment portfolios

Joining Academia in 2005 after a 16-year career in investment banking & alternative investments, allowed her to leverage her extensive network and combine her passion for education & innovation by connecting academia with industry.

Teaching Areas

  • Private equity & Minority Investments
  • Corporate Venture Capital
  • Corporate Turnarounds
  • Risk Management
  • Alternative Investments & Portfolio construction

In 2010, she launched INSEAD’s popular elective “Managing Corporate Turnarounds,” and created an intensive web-based simulation involving the iconic car brand SAAB and its struggle with bankruptcy.

At INSEAD, Professor Zeisberger teaches in the school’s MBA, EMBA and Executive Education programs, won the “Best Teaching Award” in her PE elective in 2020 and has been awarded the “Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in MBA Teaching” annually since 2008.

Professor Zeisberger is a founding committee member of the Financial Women’s Association (FWA) in Singapore, a former board member of the Singapore Venture Capital Association (SVCA) and an advisory board member to various PE firms and government entities. She has worked with clients in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Europe & the Middle East and continues to advise institutional investors, Asian family offices, sovereign wealth funds and regulators on Financial Market Dynamics, Risk Management and Private Capital related issues.

Contact Claudia


    For Speaking Engagements in China, please contact the China Thinkers Bureau [email protected]