Sarah Alexander is a Managing Director with The Abraaj Group, a leading private equity investor operating in the growth markets of Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, Turkey and Central Asia. Ms. Alexander drives the Group’s thought leadership and stakeholder engagement in North America. An industry expert, she is a frequent contributor to industry discussions and a public commentator in print and broadcast media.
Previously, Ms. Alexander was the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), which helped catalyze the development of the industry. Ms. Alexander led EMPEA for over nine years, establishing the organization as the preeminent provider of authoritative information and insight into the opportunities in the private equity industry in emerging economies. During her tenure, she grew the organization from an idea to a $4 million organization with more than 300 member firms representing 60 countries and more than US$1 trillion in assets under management, while developing the industry’s leading research products and programs.
Earlier in her career, she was a private equity investor in Asia, and worked with the World Bank Group, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. House of Representatives. She received an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters of Public Administration from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and a BA, summa cum laude, from Emory University. She is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee. From 2008-2014, she was a Trustee of Meridian International Center in Washington, DC, serving on the Executive and Governance Committees.