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Antoine van Agtmael

Chief Investment Officer
Emerging Markets Management

Antoine van Agtmael is a founder of and chairman and chief investment officer of Emerging Markets Management, L.L.C. (EMM), one of the world's leading investment management firms for emerging market equities. Based in the Washington, DC, area, the firm has more than $10 billion under management. He also is a director of the Strategic Investment Group. Before founding EMM in 1987, Mr. van Agtmael was deputy director of the Capital Markets department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector-oriented affiliate of the World Bank; a division chief in the World Bank's borrowing operations; managing director of Thai Investment and Securities Ltd. (TISCO), Thailand's leading merchant bank; and vice president at Bankers Trust Company.

Mr. van Agtmael is the author of The Emerging Markets Century (Simon & Schuster, January 2007), Emerging Securities Markets (Euromoney, 1984), and co-editor of The World's Emerging Stock Markets (Probus Publishing, 1992). While at IFC, he coined the term emerging markets and founded the IFC Emerging Markets Database. He has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center and has taught at Harvard University's Institute of Politics and at Thammasat University in Bangkok.

Mr. van Agtmael is a trustee of The Brookings Institution and chairman of its International Advisory Council as well as a member of its executive and investment committees; chair of the NPR Foundation; a member of the board of NPR; and a trustee of the Washington National Opera. He is also a member of the President's Council on International Activities at Yale University; the Advisory Council of Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. van Agtmael holds an MBA from New York University, an MA in Russian and Eastern European Studies from Yale University, and a BA in Economics from the Netherlands School of Economics.

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