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SEAF Welcomes Two New Senior Managing Directors

SEAF Welcomes Two New Senior Managing Directors

December 10, 2018

SEAF is proud to announce that Jennifer Buckley and Roberto Velarde have joined as Senior Managing Directors.

Jennifer Buckley joined SEAF in February 2018 and, amongst other responsibilities, leads SEAF’s global women’s economic empowerment and gender equality initiatives. Based in Singapore, Jennifer’s work on these initiatives supports 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 including over 10 years in leadership roles with GE Capital in Europe and Asia. Her expertise spans strategic and operational planning, financial and risk management, leadership and organization design, salesforce effectiveness and M&A execution and 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.

Roberto Velarde joined SEAF in August 2018 as a Senior Managing Director and, amongst other responsibilities, leads SEAF activities in Latin America and spearheads the firm’s development of global strategic partnerships. Roberto has over 20 years of private equity investment experience across a broad range of industries in Latin America and the U.S. Prior to joining SEAF, Roberto led a private equity investment advisory and management firm, serving family offices, high net worth individuals and institutional investors.  Roberto has also held senior management roles overseeing private equity investment activities in Latin America for several investment firms, including Franklin Templeton/Darby Private Equity, Grupo Inder, and JPMorgan Partners. He earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University.

About SEAF:

SEAF is an SEC-registered investment adviser to international private equity funds through which it has invested growth capital and provided business support to growth-oriented SMEs in frontier and emerging markets. Since its beginning almost 30 years ago, SEAF has managed and is managing more than $1.1 BN in assets targeting impact investments across a wide range of sectors and in more than 30 countries. SEAF funds identify and support promising entrepreneurs while seeking to provide attractive returns to its investors. SEAF manages its funds through a network of 29 offices around the world, with its headquarters in Washington, D.C.