In Conversation with Michael Moore: Founder and leader transition in private equity firms

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21 January 2022


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In Conversation with Michael Moore: Founder and leader transition in private equity firms


The BVCA hosts a new series of fireside chats entitled ‘Michael Moore: In Conversation with…’ which are kindly supported by PitchBook.

This session provides a unique opportunity to hear from the researchers from Kirkos Partners and Harvard Business School who undertook a study into founder and leader transition in private equity firms. The study breaks new ground on a topic that is both unexplored and of real importance to the private equity and venture capital industry.  

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13:00 Welcome by Michael Moore, Director General, BVCA

13:05 Fireside chat with Diana Noble, Kirkos Partners and Josh Lerner, Harvard Business School

13:45 Webinar close 


Diana Noble, Kirkos Partners

Diana Noble is the founder of Kirkos Partners, an advisor to leaders of Private Equity firms.

Diana was the CEO of CDC, the UK’s £5 billion development finance institution, from 2011 to 2017, a period of transformation, impact and growth. CDC invests to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia.

Diana’s background is in private equity, venture capital and international development. She was a partner at Schroder Ventures (now Permira) for 12 years and founded e-Ventures and Reed Elsevier Ventures. She joined CDC after five years with the Clinton Foundation’s Health Access Initiative, where as EVP Operations she was responsible for 43 countries, five global teams and oversaw the scale-up of a global program to give children equal access to HIV/AIDS care and treatment to that available to adults.

Diana has a first-class Law degree. She was awarded a CBE in June 2017.

Josh Lerner, Harvard Business School

Josh Lerner graduated from Yale College with a special divisional major. He worked for several years on issues concerning technological innovation and public policy at the Brookings Institution, for a public-private task force in Chicago, and on Capitol Hill. He then earned a Ph.D. from Harvard's Economics Department.

Much of his research focuses on venture capital and private equity organizations. (This research is summarized in Boulevard of Broken Dreams, The Money of Invention, Patent Capital, and The Venture Capital Cycle.) He also examines policies on innovation and how they impact firm strategies. (That research is discussed in the books The Architecture of Innovation, The Comingled Code, and Innovation and Its Discontents.) He co-directs the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Program and serves as co-editor of their publication, Innovation Policy and the Economy. He founded and runs the Private Capital Research Institute, a nonprofit devoted to encouraging access to data and research, and has been a frequent leader of and participant in the World Economic Forum projects and events.

In the 1993-1994 academic year, he introduced an elective course for second-year MBAs. Over the past two decades, “Venture Capital and Private Equity” has consistently been one of the largest elective courses at Harvard Business School. (The course materials are collected in Venture Capital and Private Equity: A Casebook, now in its fifth edition, and the textbook Venture Capital, Private Equity, and the Financing of Entrepreneurship.) He also established and teaches doctoral courses on entrepreneurship, teaches in the Owners-Presidents-Managers Program, and leads executive courses on private equity. He is the Jacob H. Schiff Professor.

Among other recognitions, he is the winner of the Swedish government’s Global Entrepreneurship Research Award and Cheng Siwei Award for Venture Capital Research.

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Friday 21 January - 13:00-14:00


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