Welcome to GPEI
The Global Private Equity Initiative (GPEI) is INSEAD’s private capital think tank which works hand-in-hand with private equity and venture capital firms, institutional investors and governments around the world to foster entrepreneurial ecosystems. It connects companies and entrepreneurs with the right sources of capital for their stage of development.
GPEI covers research topics ranging from early-stage venture capital to growth equity to buyouts of mature businesses. Your questions develop into research projects, addressed in a thoughtful environment and are then shared with a global audience. GPEI can also connect with a select group of peers in closed-door events.
Launched in 2009 to combine the rigour and reach of the school's research capabilities with the talents of INSEAD’s alumni and global professionals in the PE and VC industry, GPEI has created a suite of original and relevant content on a range of under-researched topics and geographies.
With a unique advantage and a truly global perspective, thanks to INSEAD’s worldwide network, GPEI conducts research on the asset class in established markets and also explores the new frontiers of emerging markets. Our local presence in Europe, Asia and the Middle East combines a global mission with close links to some of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, family businesses and fund managers.
It is GPEI's role to further INSEAD's ability to produce the unbiased, data-driven output and insights needed to fuel success in private equity and to provide a trusted forum for the exchange of ideas and learning within the industry. As a non-profit organisation we depend on support from individual and corporate partners. How to become a partner>
We thank our Corporate Partners for their multi-year commitment to GPEI and their longstanding support. It is not only a strong endorsement of our efforts, but allows us to extend the boundaries of private equity research and create a consistent dialogue between PE research and practitioners.
Christoph Rubeli, INSEAD MBA '92D
Christian Stahl, INSEAD MBA '98D
Gilles Destremau, INSEAD MBA '87J
Mark Ellison, INSEAD MBA '83J
The Frank and Mary Dubczak Fund
Zhou Chuangen, INSEAD MBA '00D
Several anonymous donors
Some alumni who hold senior positions in the PE industry support and advise GPEI on an ongoing basis through our alumni advisory board. All members commit to the advisory board for several years to have a measurable impact on the centre's strategy and execution.
We are looking for individuals who are passionate about the industry and INSEAD to help us define our role in the ecosystem. The following alumni constitute the advisory board. We are grateful for their support.
INSEAD MBA '98D
INSEAD MBA '97D
INSEAD MBA '98D
INSEAD MBA '02D
Partners on Specific Projects
We partner with companies on specific projects. In addition to sponsorship, we are looking for access to data allowing us to develop original research. A selection of our project partners is shown below:
Investors and companies have expressed a growing appreciation of the impact that nonfinancial factors can have on value creation, long-term company performance, and the health of society at large.
GPEI's work in this area explores the full spectrum of responsible investment, with a particular focus on two streams: impact investing and ESG in private equity.
Corporate Venture Capital
Family Offices and Private Equity
Venture Capital at INSEAD
Turnaround and Distressed Investing
Private Equity Real Estate
In the News
June 2020 | AlKhalej Today
March 2020 | The Business Times
February 2020 | PR Newswire
April 2019 | INSEAD Knowledge
March 2019 | S&P Global, Market Intelligence
November 2018 | tryb Group
tryb conducted a survey in late October 2018 to obtain views from fintech companies and limited partners on a wide range of topics, including market conditions, the fundraising environment and opportunities in Southeast Asia.
July 2018 | The Edge Malaysia
Although Silicon Valley has been a dominant force in the technology innovation and venture capital space, China is quickly catching up and its exponential growth is presenting investment opportunities.
July 2018 | INSEAD Knowledge
No matter your level of experience, early-stage investments are considered high-risk gambles. Why not treat them as such?
July 2018 | Martin Roll Business & Brand Leadership
Family firms account for 70% of the global GDP and 60% of global employment according to a recent study by INSEAD Business School.
July 2018 | South China Morning Post (Print edition)
'Red Unicorns' Lead the Charge Against Silicon Valley
April 2018 | INSEAD Knowledge
March 2018 | The Business Times
March 2018 | South China Morning Post (Print edition)
Do Local Fund Managers have Home Advantage
February 2018 | Ambition
Who We Are
We welcome your thoughts and suggestions on our research and outreach activities.