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SEAF Announces Fons Marcelis as Newest Member of Board of Directors

SEAF Announces Fons Marcelis as Newest Member of Board of Directors

July 2nd, 2020 – Washington, DC – SEAF is proud to announce that Alphonsus (“Fons”) Marcelis has joined the firm’s Board of Directors. Fons brings four decades of experience in human resources and management in the private sector and economic development organizations around the world.

SEAF co-founder and CEO Bert van der Vaart stated, “We are delighted to welcome Fons to SEAF. His deep experience and wisdom on organizational structure and human resources over multiple offices and in the emerging markets will be critical to SEAF as we prepare for this next period of growth and development.”

Fons has worked for over 24 years in various positions at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank as an HR adviser, including to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) focused entities, and in World Bank Group corporate human resources management roles, as global head of compensation, and leading the global HR case management practice.

Since 2016, Fons has served as an independent management and HR consultant and an independent external reviewer of labor relations issues. His clients include international financial institutions, UN-organizations, and private sector development and investment corporations.

“It is a privilege to join the board of SEAF, an organization with a proven track record of innovative thinking and concrete results in investments across a variety of sectors and countries,” commented Marcelis. “I am a firm believer in the role of SMEs in the development of vital and resilient economies and hope to contribute to SEAF’s continuing to play a significant role in this space.”

Prior to his work at the IFC and World Bank, he spent 12 years as a management consultant and manager in the primary and preventive healthcare sector, and at Philips Electronics. Since 2017 he serves on the board of the 1818 Society, the World Bank Alumni organization. Fons received his master’s degree in Social Sciences from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, which was followed by a variety of post-graduate programs.

About SEAF

SEAF is a global fund management company headquartered in Washington, D.C. that invests in small and medium-sized enterprises in emerging and frontier markets. SEAF seeks financial returns as well as impact on economic and social development and provides technical assistance to improve the performance of the enterprises. SEAF, with committed capital of $1.2 billion, has 31 years of experience with 40 funds in over 30 countries. SEAF also supports nine Centers for Entrepreneurship and Development (CEED) around the world (, providing training, mentoring, professional networks and global access to entrepreneur-run businesses. For more about SEAF, see