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Roger Leeds '70, Ph.D. '76 - SAIS Johns Hopkins Alumni Oral History Interview - Part I


Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Senior Research Professor

Director of the School’s Center for International Business and Public Policy. Dr. Leeds also has taught in the MBA programs at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University Business School. His work focuses on public policy responses to financial crises, international financial markets and the role of the private sector in the development process. Dr. Leeds’ latest book is Private Equity Investing in Emerging Markets.

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Senior Research Professor



  • Developing Nations
  • Global Financial Crises
  • International Financial Markets
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Emerging Markets
  • International Finance
  • Privatization and Private Sector Development
  • World Bank and International Monetary Fund


  • Portuguese

Background and Education

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Leeds was an international finance practitioner for 25 years, working as an investment banker at Salomon Brothers, a senior staff member of the International Finance Corporation (World Bank), a partner at KPMG in charge of its global privatization practice and a managing director of a major private equity firm in New York focused on emerging markets; founder and first chairman of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association; has taught at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia Business School; has published extensively in his field of international finance and emerging markets investing, including two books: Private Equity Investing in Emerging Markets, Opportunities for Value Creation and Financing Small Enterprises in Developing Countries; has appeared as a guest commentator on CBS, CNBC News, CNN and NPR; member of the Council on Foreign Relations; has served on various boards and advisory committees; PhD, international relations, Johns Hopkins SAIS

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