Robert served as a member of InVcap’s Advisory Council. He is now President, Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA)with over 26 years of experience in key decision-making roles, encompassing CFO, COO, CAO, MD and regional and global treasurer in major financial services companies in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. He has held senior executive positions at ABN AMRO Bank, GE Capital, Lehman Brothers and Singapore Stock Exchange, amongst others.
Robert was a Managing Partner of Leopard Capital, a frontier markets private equity fund manager focused on SMEs, he supervised Leopard’s investment activities and business expansion in Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific, and participates in other growth initiatives. Leopard currently manages funds in Cambodia and Haiti, and has several more frontier market funds under development.
He previously served as the Director of the Private Sector Capital Markets Division at Asian Development Bank (ADB), covering all of ADB’s 40 developing member countries in Asia and the Pacific. Amongst other responsibilities, he oversaw ADB’s private equity investments, with approximately $1 billion deployed in 47 funds, which invest principally in SMEs, infrastructure and clean & renewable energy in Asia.
In nearly four years at ADB, he pioneered three new infrastructure-focused private equity funds (the Islamic Infrastructure Fund with $282 million committed capital, PINAI – the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure, with $625 million committed capital, and the proposed $1 billion CP3 Fund), as well as two new non-bank financial institutions (the Credit & Guarantee Investment Facility, and PT Indonesia Infrastructure Finance – PT IIF). He also oversaw twelve direct equity investment exits, and broadened ADB’s investment mandate to include venture capital. He served on the Board of Directors of Planters Development Bank in Manila and on PT IIF’s Board of Commissioners in Jakarta.
He is a Member of the U.S. Advisory Board of MSF/Doctors Without Borders, a Member of the Global Advisory Board of One Laptop Per Child, and serves as a Trustee of International House of New York.
Robert holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business, J.D. and M.A.degrees from Leiden University, the Netherlands, and an LL.M. degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York.