Launched in 2014 in partnership with Opportunity International, the Fund aims to build upon the success of SEAF’s previous regional funds, including the SEAF South Balkan Fund, to identify and invest risk capital in high growth companies.
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Region: Central & Eastern Europe
Start Date: July 2014
Status: Actively Investing
Investor(s): SEAF, Opportunity International
Managing Director: Nikola Stefanovic
Nikola Stefanovic joined SEAF in 2006. He leads the SEAF South Balkan Fund B.V. and SEAF Serbia Impact Fund B.V., private equity funds focused on Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Montenegro. Prior to SEAF, he held the Managing Director/Partner position at Academy Funds (Academy Centennial Fund I and Academy Venture Fund II), a venture capital group in the US. Since 1999, Nikola has worked on more than 40 transactions in the US and the Southeast Europe. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Finera Factoring, Gomex, PC Centar, Logo Holding, A2B Express Delivery, the CEED Serbia Foundation, SPEA, AmCham (SRB), and Design Source (US). He holds a bachelor’s degree with high honors from Guilford College in the US, an MBA degree from Wake Forest University in the US, and a PhD degree from University of Novi Sad in Serbia. Additionally, Nikola has participated in courses and community work at University of Guadalajara, Mexico and completed an executive education program at Duke University in the US. He has passed Level I in the CFA program in the US.
Based in Belgrade, Lorena currently serves as the Vice President in SEAF South Balkan Fund and SEAF Serbia Impact Fund. Lorena has 15 years of private equity and investment banking experience gained through direct investments in private companies and various M&A advisory projects in the Balkans. Lorena has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Gomex, A2B Express Delivery, Adore Chocolat, the CEED Serbia Foundation, and the Serbian Private Equity Association (SPEA). Prior to joining SEAF, Lorena worked as an associate at Synergy Capital, a Belgrade-based investment boutique company that served as the sell-side and buy-side advisor in large privatization projects in the Balkans. Lorena’s expertise embraces PE and M&A skills, as well as value creation skills gained by providing financial, operational, and strategic advisory support to the entrepreneurs and management teams. Lorena received her Bachelor’s degree (with distinction) and her MBA (with distinction) from the University of Sheffield, the United Kingdom.