Michael Chu is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of IGNIA, a pioneer venture capital fund in Mexico, investing in disruptive businesses delivering key goods and services to the underserved lower-income population and emerging middle class. He also holds an appointment as a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School, where his research and teaching focuses on business at the base of the socioeconomic pyramid, including commercial platforms delivering basic services usually associated with the public sector or civil society. He remains as Senior Advisor to Grupo Pegasus, a leading investment firm based in Buenos Aires and active in Argentina and Colombia, which he co-founded.
Following his MBA with highest distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School, Michael Chu was a senior executive at a NYSE diversified multinational conglomerate, and was part of the management team that took one of its operating groups private in what was then the largest-ever leveraged buyout. He was later invited to join Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., one of the world’s premier private equity funds. Subsequently, as President & CEO of ACCION International, he played a key role in the creation of the commercial microfinance industry, participating in the governance and founding of, among others, BancoSol (Bolivia), Mibanco (Peru) and Compartamos Banco (Mexico). He serves on the boards of Arcos Dorados and Sealed Air, both NYSE companies, and is a Trustee Emeritus of his alma mater, Dartmouth College.