Co-founder of SMALL ENTERPRISE ASSISTANCE FUNDS –SEAF-, a global private equity firm focused on growth capital and operational support to SMEs, that manages more than US$600 million in twenty funds in emerging markets in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, China, and Latin America. He was CEO of SEAF from 1997 to 2007, and Executive Chairman since then. During his tenure, he positioned SEAF as one of the leading international PE firms specialized in SMEs growth capital, and was involved in the oversight and approval of more than 300 investments. Prior to that he was partner and associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C (1984-1994), and management consultant with Bain & Company in London and Munich (1983-1984).
He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and also studied finance at Yale School of Management. He also holds a B.A. in Politics and Economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He co-authored “Defining SMEs: A Less Imperfect Way of Defining Small and Medium Enterprises in Developing Countries”, Brookings Global Economy and Development, September 2008.