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An Annual Showcase of Impact Investment Fund Managers
SEAF (Small Enterprise
Years of Operation: More than 10 years
% of Capital from Top 3 Investors: Less than 25%
Leadership and Team
Bert van der Vaart – Chief Executive Officer More Info
Hubertus Jan (Bert) van der Vaart co-founded Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF) in 1989, when it was known as the CARE Small Business Assistance Corporation (CARESBAC). In 1992, Mr. van der Vaart negotiated the establishment of CARESBAC/SEAF’s first fund in Poland, which grew to $16.8 million total capital under management under his leadership as the fund’s Director General. While serving as Director-General of CARESBAC-Polska from August 1994 until May 1997, the company completed 27 SME investments and realized its first 6 exits. In 1997, Mr. van der Vaart was appointed CEO and President of SEAF, where he has since been involved with the establishment and supervision of every SEAF fund, frequently traveling to collaborate with each SEAF fund office. In 2008, he became Executive Chairman of SEAF’s Board of Directors and became associated with Discovery Global Citizens Fund, an international investment firm. Mr. van der Vaart moved to New Delhi, India in September 2010, where he directed the initial phase of SEAF’s India Agribusiness Fund, completing his work in 2012. Mr. van der Vaart has served as CEO of SEAF since 2012.
David Mathewson – President More Info
David Mathewson joined SEAF as President in 2016. Mr. Mathewson chairs SEAF’s Global Investment Committee and senior management team and supports the CEO in overseeing the strategic development and operations of SEAF. Prior to joining SEAF, Mr. Mathewson had partnered with Delphos International to pursue opportunistic investments in emerging market private equity transactions and impact investment funds. From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Mathewson served as Senior Managing Director of Darby Private Equity/Franklin Templeton, with chief operating officer responsibility for the financial, administration, ESG and business development aspects of Darby’s global private equity operations.
Bob Webster – Managing Director - Impact Investing Strategy More Info
Bob Webster is Managing Director – Impact Investing Strategy at SEAF, based in Washington, D.C. He has a multi-faceted role while sitting on SEAF’s Global Investment Committee, which approves all new investments, restructurings, exits and ongoing valuations. Bob’s role includes ensuring that impact is embedded in every SEAF process, supporting new fund raises and launches, offering thought leadership to the impact investing space, and designing and implementing technical assistance components of SEAF funds. Bob has over 20 years of impact investing experience in emerging markets, including for two SME impact investing and risk capital fund managers, SEAF and the Grassroots Business Fund (GBF).
Don Lubreski – Chief Financial Officer More Info
Don Lubreski serves as SEAF’s Chief Financial Officer, providing financial oversight of the worldwide SEAF management entity and the private equity funds and other financing vehicles it manages. Prior to joining SEAF, Mr. Lubreski was employed as the Vice President of Operations at UltraDNS, a California based provider of managed DNS services. In this capacity, he was responsible for the daily operations of the company, including the oversight of the general, administrative and human resource activities. Mr. Lubreski’s strategic focus included planning the operational and network requirements of the company. Prior to joining UltraDNS, Mr. Lubreski spent over four years as the Corporate Controller for Critical Path Inc., a publicly traded Internet infrastructure company.
Percentage of Total Assets Under
Management that are Impact Investments: