Roger Leeds

Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Director, School’s Center for International Business and Public Policy

Roger Leeds is 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 co-founder and 1st Chairman of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), and also the co-founder (with Francis Fukuyama) of the Leadership Academy for Development, an organization that designs and runs intensive training programs for government officials and leaders from business and civil society organizations in developing countries focused on public policy initiatives to strengthen private sector performance. Earlier in his career he 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, Roger  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, a partner at KPMG in charge of the firm’s global privatization practice and co-head of the emerging markets practice at a based private equity firm. His publications include Private Equity Investing in Emerging Markets, Opportunities for Value Creation (recently translated into Chinese), Financing Small Enterprises in Developing Countries, and more than 30 articles and book chapters. Roger 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 PhD from Johns Hopkins (SAIS).