Our Team | Founder

Manuel Barbieux
Founder & Managing Partner | Singapore

• Born in South Korea, Manuel was raised and educated in Europe and the USA, and has extensive international investment experience.
• Manuel has over 18 years of operational, consulting and investment experience. He is the founder of Emergebridge, an advisory and investment firm focused on bridging western and emerging markets through cross-border transactions and co-investments on a deal by deal basis.
• He was previously a Director at Pechel, a French mid-cap private equity fund whose LP’s include blue-chip European family offices and international institutional  investors. Prior to that, he was a Principal at Arcapita, a global private equity, real estate and infrastructure investment firm from the Middle East, with over $26 billion of cumulative transactions completed. He began his investment career with Halley Invest, the private equity arm of the founding family of Promodès-Carrefour. His early career was with Procter&Gamble and McKinsey&Company.
• Manuel has extensive experience in private equity, M&A, restructuring, turn around, financing, fund raising and private placements in a global environment. He has led, completed or been involved in transactions in Europe, USA, Asia and Latin America in sectors such as retail, F&B, hospitality, energy, oilfield services, agri-business and healthcare.
• He has served as Chairman of the Board or Director in several companies active in retail, manufacturing and logistics.
• Manuel holds an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Fulbright Scholar and an MSc in Engineering from Polytechnique in Belgium.