Kevin Johnson leads the firm's relationships with North American institutional investors, and co-leads client origination. Kevin has raised capital for funds investing in Africa, Brazil, China, Central and Eastern Europe, India, and Southeast Asia. In addition, Kevin has published extensively on emerging markets, directed several surveys of LPs, and served as an advisor to the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, which Liberty Global helped to establish in 2003.
Before founding Liberty Global, Kevin worked for the New York-based private equity firm Zephyr Management, focusing on investments in Africa. Kevin has also been a Consultant with Monitor Company, and Director of Latin American Business Development for ontheFRONTIER, a venture-backed information technology company.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Johnson spent nine years in nonprofit development in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Mr. Johnson earned a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Ernest Lambers is a Managing Partner at Liberty Global Partners and has primary responsibility for the firm’s relationships with European institutional investors. Ernest also leads Liberty Global's consulting services with emerging markets GPs. Ernest joined Liberty Global after a 17-year career as an LP specializing in emerging markets private equity.
Since 1996, Ernest has made more than 60 investments in and with private equity funds active in Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Australia, and Latin America.
Prior to joining Liberty Global, Ernest served as managing director at Pomona Capital, co-founded EMAlternatives, an emerging markets private equity fund-of-funds, served as Partner and Head of Emerging Markets at AlpInvest Partners and was Executive Director at NIB Capital Bank Asia in Singapore. Ernest has extensive experience leading fund investments, co-investments, and secondary purchases, and he has been an Advisory Board member of more than 40 emerging markets private equity funds.
Earlier in his career, Ernest held positions at NIB Capital Bank and ABN Amro (then Amro Bank) in the Netherlands. He received a MS in Economics from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Ernest is also one of the co-authors of The Definitive Guide to Private Equity Fund Investment Due Diligence, PEI Media, 2010.
Grace Yang supports the firms’ efforts in North America, with a specific focus on West Coast investors.
Before joining Liberty Global, Grace was a placement agent with Prevail Capital, a boutique fundraising firm. Grace has helped secure over $500mn in capital commitments from limited partners. Grace was also a Partner at IDG Capital where she supported the CEO in raising capital for IDG’s family of global funds. Previously, Grace was a Principal with Advent International, one of the world’s largest private equity firms.
She originally joined Advent’s deal sourcing group before transitioning to the venture capital team. She was also part of Advent’s North America LP Services group which focused on marketing Advent’s buyout funds to institutional LPs.
Earlier in her career, Grace was a founding member of ArrowPath Venture Capital, the corporate VC arm of E*TRADE Group. At Arrowpath, Grace successfully helped to raise over $250mn of LP commitments and completed over a dozen technology investments. She has also worked as an investment banker at Volpe, Welty & Co. (acquired by Prudential) and Jones Lang LaSalle. Grace holds a BSc in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.