Who We Are

Randy Mitchell

Randy Mitchell, Chief Development Officer

Randy is a globally connected results-oriented private capital strategist who has an outstanding combination of private sector, government, and non-profit trade association experience. 


His extensive relationships with private equity/venture capital general partners (GP), and institutional limited partner (LP) investors on 6 continents have been invaluable.  He has organized and executed 100+ LP GP executive roundtables in 43 cities involving hundreds of GPs and LPs.


Randy has 17+ years of experience in development of global entrepreneurship, private equity, and venture capital which included roles at the U.S. Department of Commerce and EMPEA. Randy was the U.S. civil servant responsible for the private equity and venture capital industry 2005-2014; and for entrepreneurship 2002-2005.  From 2014-2018 at EMPEA, Randy worked with emerging market GPs and LPs.

Irina Mitchell

Irina Mitchell, VP Programs &

Irina has 10+ years of experience in design and implementation of entrepreneurship and local investment capacity development programs with five years experience in blended learning and instructional design.


At the U.S. Department of Commerce, Irina worked with SMEs on international market access, trade and logistics facilitation.


Former positions include: Program Lead, EMPEA Institute. Program Manager, CRDF. International Trade Specialist, U.S. Government, Director of Operations (AEN).

Robert W. Van Zwieten

Robert W. Van Zwieten Senior Advisor

30+ years of experience in global financial markets, of which 20 years in emerging markets, investing (ADB), lending (ABN AMRO Bank), borrowing (GE Capital) and leading the development of the EM private capital industry (EMPEA).


Former positions include: President & CEO, EMPEA. Director- Private Sector Capital Markets, AsDB. COO, Asian hedge fund. CFO & EVP, Singapore Exchange. CAO, Lehman Brothers. Global Treasurer, GE Energy. Treasurer Asia, GE Capital. Head of Global Clients Asia, ABN AMRO.


PE experience at AsDB: led LP investments in US$ 1 billion PE funds portfolio, with 47 funds invested in 420 portfolio companies; incubated 3 new PE funds and 3 non-bank financial institutions; raised US924 million in third-party commitments; led 12 exits.

Stephen Eastham

Stephen Eastham Senior Advisor

30+ years of experience in international economic development project management (USAID).12 years of founding and building start-up leasing and financial services business culminating in IPO.Former positions include: Team Leader, USAID Enterprise Investment Funds. Team Leader, USAID’s Enterprise Legacy Foundations. Director, USAID’s Office of Private Sector Investment, President , Finalco Group Inc.

Gene Spiro

Gene Spiro Senior Advisor

25+ years private sector development experience in all regions; evaluating/ed USAID-administered Enterprise Funds and Legacy Foundations in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Egypt, and Tunisia; co-authored UNDP’s Strategy for Partnership with International Financial Institutions and conducted evaluations of UNDP-supported private sector development programs in CEE; prepared sustainability strategy for Ukrainian civil society organizations; facilitated investment relationships between U.S.- and Europe-based venture capital funds and high value-added early stage enterprises across CEE; led establishment of the Hungarian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association; led technical assistance projects supporting corporate governance reform, SME development, and access to finance at IFC; led programs supporting enterprise sector and market reforms in CEE with the Center for International Private Enterprise.