Teresa Barger is the CEO of Cartica, an alternative asset manager dedicated to Emerging Market investment. She co-founded Cartica in 2009 and was its CEO and CIO for most of that time. Cartica pursues an Active Ownership strategy that incorporates ESG plus value addition on capital allocation and other issues that can depress full value realization.
Ms. Barger spent 21 years at the International Finance Corporation investing in emerging market companies in nearly all regions of the world. At IFC, among other positions, she was Division Manager for Africa, Deputy Director of Credit/Investment Review, and Director of Private Equity and Investment Funds. In that post she created the first index for EM private equity and co-founded the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA). Ms. Barger also developed the first two corporate governance funds in the Emerging Markets, for Korea and Brazil. She was subsequently Director of Corporate Governance and Securities Market Development. In that position she was responsible for the governance aspects of IFC investments and using governance as a value addition strategy.
Before joining IFC, Ms. Barger was with McKinsey & Company. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of American University in Cairo and ANERA. She also serves on the Advisory Council for the Pacific Pension and Investment Institute, the Global Corporate Governance Forum, and Lumia Capital.
Ms. Barger received her AB magna cum laude from Harvard College and her MBA from the Yale School of Management. She did post graduate work at the American University in Cairo. She speaks Arabic and French.