Paul Asel

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Adjunct Faculty
Schar School of Policy and Government

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An adjunct faculty member in the Schar School of Policy and Government, Paul Asel is co-founder and managing partner of NGP Capital, a global venture firm with $1.2 billion assets under management and offices in Europe, China, and the United States. A recognized industry leader, NGP Capital was named the Fund of the Year among over 2000 firms by Global Corporate Venturing in 2016.

Asel has a successful investment track record over 25 years, with more than 20 successful exits, including five IPOs and four exits exceeding $1 billion He has completed acquisitions and IPOs valued cumulatively at more than $25 billion.

Prior to NGP Capital, Asel led technology investments in Southeast Asia at the International Finance Corporation. Previously, he was a partner at Telos Venture Partners, oversaw mergers and acquisitions and investments at Cadence Design Systems, and worked at Merrill Lynch in investment banking. Asel is a current member of the Global Corporate Venturing Leadership Society and an advisor to Garage Capital in Canada.

He is coauthor of Upward Bound: Lessons of How Nine Leaders Achieved their Summits. His articles have appeared in Barron’s, CB Insights, Forbes, Global Corporate Venturing, the Journal of Private Equity, Knowledge@Wharton, Stanford Business Magazine, TechCrunch, and Venture Capital Journal. His commentary has also appeared in Business Standard, Forbes, Fortune, Reuters, and the Wall Street Journal.

Asel received an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College. He has taught at the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai and was a guest lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.