Mr. Barbieux is the founder of Emergebridge and serves as its managing partner. He has also served as director of Pechel, French mid-cap private equity fund whose LP's include blue-chip European family offices and international institutional investors, and Arcapita Bank. Prior to joining Arcapita, Manuel was with the private equity arm of the Halley family group, founders and largest shareholders of Carrefour - the world second largest retailer, focusing on investments in the retail and consumer goods sectors. Previously, he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company in Paris and started his early career with Procter&Gamble. Manuel holds an engineering degree from Polytechnique in Belgium and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He also served as Advisor at NIDA Rooms.