Dr. Leeds recently retired as a Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Director of the School’s Center for International Business and Public Policy. He also has taught at Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University’s Graduate Business School. He was the founding Chairman of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), a global industry association that conducts research and outreach on private equity and venture capital investing in developing countries. Earlier in his career Dr. Leeds spent two years at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, teaching and heading a research project on privatization in developing countries.
Prior to joining the SAIS faculty, Dr. Leeds worked as an international finance practitioner for 25 years, including positions 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 the firm’s global privatization practice and co-head of the emerging markets practice at a New York-based private equity firm. His publications include Private Equity Investing in Emerging Markets, Opportunities for Value Creation (also translated into Chinese), Financing Small Enterprises in Developing Countries, and more than 30 articles and book chapters. Dr. Leeds has been a guest commentator on various radio and television programs, including CNN, Bloomberg News, CBS News, CNBC, and National Public Radio, and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations in New York, He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, and his M.A. and PhD from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS).