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SEAF Women’s Opportunity Fund

The SEAF Women’s Opportunity Fund was launched in May 2017, in partnership with Investing in Women, an initiative of the Australian Government to catalyze inclusive economic growth through women’s economic empowerment in Southeast Asia.

In addition to gender inclusion, the Fund’s investment thesis targets growth-oriented companies that can scale to produce commercial, risk-adjusted financial returns along with clear and measurable social and environmental impact.

Fund Term

10

years from first close

Investment Period

2

years from first close

Committed Capital

9

million Australian dollars

Deal Size Up To

1.4

million Australian dollars

Investment Strategy

 

  • The SEAF Women’s Opportunity Fund (SWOF) aims to create shared value for women, entrepreneurs, and investors by investing in small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) owned or led by women in Southeast Asia that are working to propel women’s economic empowerment and gender equality in the marketplace and workplace.
  • By investing in women’s economic empowerment, the Fund’s goal is to build shared value in SMEs, mitigate risks, and deliver strong returns to our investors.
  • The Fund is sector agnostic, and also makes investments that involve other key impact themes beyond gender such as job creation, sustainable agribusiness, healthcare, education, and environmental sustainability.
  • The Fund is managed by local investment teams in Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia.
  • SEAF’s Women’s Opportunity Fund is integrated into SEAF’s global investment organization and complies with SEAF’s global environmental, social, and governance standards. The local SEAF teams also provide substantial post-investment support, particularly in strategy and marketing, financial control and risk management, operations assistance, and leadership & governance.
  • SEAF also believes that opportunities exist to build value in companies by shaping gender equality and women’s empowerment through the 6 gender equality vectors which make up the SEAF Gender Equality Scorecard©. SEAF leverages its GES© scoring to introduce best practices that will enhance gender equality programs in its SWOF companies by embedding them in policies, processes, and procedures and monitoring the implementation of these through its periodic assessments.
  • The expected outcomes from SWOF’s value creation work include high employee retention and morale, productivity, higher female workforce participation which will translate into tangible results thus ensure the sustainability of the SWOF interventions after exit.
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SEAF Women’s Opportunity Fund

Region: Southeast Asia

Location(s): Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines

Start Date: 2017

Status: Fully Invested

Managing Director: Jennifer Buckley

Investment Focus: Women-owned or women-led SMEs

Local Team

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Jennifer Buckley

Senior Managing Director

Based in Singapore, Jennifer leads SEAF’s global women’s economic empowerment and gender equality investments, programs which link closely with the firm’s initiatives supporting accessible high-quality low-cost healthcare and education in underserved markets. Prior to joining SEAF, Jennifer spent 20 years in senior positions in private equity building and expanding small and mid-sized businesses, 10+ years of which in leadership roles with GE Capital in Europe and Asia. Her expertise spans strategic & operational planning, financial & risk management, leadership & organisation design, salesforce effectiveness and M&A execution & integration. Jennifer received her MSc in International Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics. She also holds a LLM (Hons) and LLB (Hons) from the University of Canterbury.

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Sang Pham

Director

Sang Pham is an investment professional with 15 years of hands-on experience focused on investment management, portfolio monitoring, and business development. Sang currently manages pipeline development, executes investments, and monitors portfolio companies in Vietnam for SEAF Women’s Opportunity Fund. Additionally, he assists with executing investments in the Philippines and Indonesia for the Fund. Since joining SEAF in 2009, Sang has sourced, recognized, evaluated, and executed growth capital investments in Vietnam for the firm. Prior to joining SEAF, Sang served as an analyst at Vietnam Partners, a US-based boutique investment bank that exclusively served the Vietnamese market providing corporate finance and investment advisory services, and making principal investments. Sang began his career in corporate telecom sales. He holds two B.A. degrees, in Foreign Trade Economics and English, and is a CFA charter holder.

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Rowena Reyes

Director

As an Director, Rowena originates and executes investment opportunities for the SEAF Women Opportunity Fund (SWOF). Her work encompasses deal sourcing and evaluation, due diligence, valuation, negotiation and completion. Prior to joining SEAF, Rowena worked as a business development professional. She has over 15 years of experience in corporate development, M&A and capital market transactions, and commercial and investment banking. She has led engagement teams across borders to successfully execute investment and divestment strategies in Southeast Asia. Rowena received her Master’s in Business Administration from Fordham University and a Bachelor in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines.

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Phuong Pham

Vice President

Phuong Pham has over 17 years of experience in investment management and advisory, corporate finance, and sales operations. She has a deep understanding of, and professional experience with, Vietnamese and Western business cultures. Since joining SEAF in 2008, Phuong has been responsible for developing pipeline and executing new investments, managing portfolio companies, operational and financial reporting as well as compliance with a focus on Vietnamese legal and regulatory requirements. Phuong also provides business and finance consulting to SEAF portfolio companies. Prior to joining SEAF, she served as a compliance officer at Prudential Assurance, where she performed compliance audits and researched and monitored policies from Prudential Asia and the Vietnamese Government which included Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Bribery and Fraud Prevention. She began her career as an Auditor at KPMG Vietnam. Phuong holds a B.A. in Corporate Finance from Economics University and a B.S. in IT from Natural Sciences University.

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Katharina Inkiriwang

Vice President

Katharina Inkiriwang joined SEAF in 2019 as the Vice President of SEAF Indonesia. Her primary focus will be leading transactions and building out SEAF’s presence in Indonesia. Prior to joining SEAF, Katharina was with Sovereign’s Capital, a U.S. based venture capital firm with operations in the US and Indonesia focusing on due diligence and portfolio management of the Indonesian companies. She also supported the team on pipeline, operations, and collaborations with other investment funds. Previously, she worked as an Associate at Syailendra Asia, a local private equity fund. Katharina holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Applied Sciences in Wiener Neustadt, Austria and is a co-founder of a local staple fashion startup focusing on the Indonesian market.

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Ingrid Chou

Associate

Based in D.C., Ingrid works closely with SEAF’s executive team, primarily focusing on fund formation and SEAF’s global women’s economic empowerment and gender equality efforts. Ingrid also works on due diligence for the investment pipeline of SEAF’s current funds. Prior to joining SEAF, Ingrid was an Associate at Global Environment Fund, primarily focusing on fund formation and deal execution in the environmental and clean energy sectors. Prior to that, she was Chief of Staff for the CEO of a leading Taiwanese machinery company where she spearheaded the strategic planning and financial management efforts. Ingrid began her career as an auditor at Deloitte, where she led internal risk control for public and private companies across several industries, including manufacturing, textile, healthcare and solar as well as conducted IPO due diligence for a semiconductor manufacturer. Ingrid holds an MBA from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and a B.A. from National Taipei University.

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Dieu Huynh

Associate

Dieu has been with SEAF since 2010. She has experience in accounting, corporate finance, and portfolio management and is involved in the full range of investment activities including research, screening, due diligence, deal execution, and portfolio management activities. Prior to joining SEAF, Dieu served as a senior tax and corporate services consultant with NEXIA ACPA, an auditing and consulting firm based in Ho Chi Minh City. In that role, she was responsible for advising on bookkeeping activities in accordance with the Vietnamese Accounting Standards, performing tax compliance, preparing payroll, declarations of social security and health insurance for local employees and expatriates. She was also in charge of performing incorporation and dissolution procedures for clients. Prior to that, she was an assurance & business advisory senior assistant at NEXIA ACPA. Dieu holds a Bachelor of Economics from Foreign Trade University.