Emília is a Founding Partner of ESPIRA Investments, a private equity firm targeting growth capital investments primarily in Czech and Slovak based SMEs. ESPIRA’s objective is to support local entrepreneurs in expanding their businesses internationally. An additional element of ESPIRA’s investment philosophy is a focus on companies managed by balanced teams of men and women. Prior to co-founding ESPIRA, Emília was a Head of Czech Republic and Slovakia with PineBridge Investments CEE, a Central European focused private equity firm managing over EUR 500 million. Earlier in her career, Emília was a member of the investment team of Benson Oak Capital and Penta Investments. Emília has been involved in transactions in a variety of sectors including health care, consumer goods, manufacturing and services. Emília graduated with honors with an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.