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SEAF Welcomes Christine Phillpotts to its Board of Directors

SEAF Welcomes Christine Phillpotts to its Board of Directors

Washington, DC – February 23, 2021 – SEAF is proud to announce that Christine Phillpotts has joined the firm’s Board of Directors. Christine is a Senior Vice President and Senior Equity Research Analyst investing in Africa and Eastern Europe for AllianceBernstein’s Emerging and Frontier Markets (EM/FM) portfolios. Christine is a thought leader on key EM/FM topics and has been recognized through her various publications and speaking engagements.

Christine’s work at AllianceBernstein includes the identification and management of listed equity investments. She has also contributed to the launch of the Next 50 Emerging Markets Fund and evaluates the Emerging Markets Value strategy’s portfolio risks and opportunities across geographies.

SEAF co- CEO Agnes Dasewicz stated, “We are excited to welcome Christine to SEAF Board. Her internationally recognized insights on emerging market investing will provide great value to SEAF as we chart the next chapter of our impact mission.”

“I am thrilled to contribute my investment experience across private and public equity, along with my passion for sustainable economic development, to advance SEAF’s mission,” commented Christine. “I look forward to working with SEAF to support entrepreneurs in emerging markets, driving positive financial returns and scalable development impact.”

Prior to joining the firm, Christine served as the Global Portfolio Manager for the Grassroots Business Fund (GBF), a fund that was established by the International Finance Corporation and invests in privately held companies in emerging and frontier markets. Before that, she was an equity research associate at J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

Christine holds a BA in economics from Columbia University, where she graduated summa cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she received first-year honors. She is a member of AllianceBernstein’s Women’s Leadership Council and served as the co‐chair of AllianceBernstein’s Black Employee Resource Group. She is a Robert Toigo Foundation Fellow and a CFA charter holder. She has served on the boards of the CFA Society of New York and the Harvard Business School Association of Boston.


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. Central to SEAF’s impact thesis is the building of resiliency within its countries of operation, with a focus on climate, food security, and inclusion. 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