Lecturer, The Wharton School
During his 22 years as a lecturer at Wharton, Stephen Sammut has created eight courses — including Private Equity in Emerging Markets — that he has taught to over 9000 students. Steve’s primary areas of research coincide with his venture activity: health care and biotech capacity building in the emerging markets; private equity and venture capital approaches to economic development; and, the role of the private sector in addressing needs in global health. He is a visiting faculty in the Indian School of Business and Strathmore University Business School in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a member of the Advisory Panel at the Abraaj Capital Africa Health Fund. Outside of Wharton, Steve had also experience as a Venture Partner at Burrill & Company, a merchant bank and venture capital fund focused on the life sciences and health care. His role there was general management of overseas venture capital funds, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. Steve has also consulted with the IFC and World Bank on private equity, technology transfer, and venture capital program assessment. He holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Villanova University in biological sciences and philosophy and holds an MBA from the Wharton School.