Global Conference 2009

Speaker's Biography

Hubertus van der Vaart

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF)


Bert van der Vaart is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF). From 1997 to 2007, he served as SEAF's president and CEO. He has been involved with the establishment and supervision of each SEAF fund in Central Europe, sits on every SEAF fund's Investment Committee and has been involved in managing each exit achieved by SEAF. Van der Vaart also advises and has acted as a principal for Discovery Global Citizens Fund. He was previously a partner and associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and a management consultant with Bain & Company. Van der Vaart holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina (where he was a Morehead Scholar), a bachelor's degree and an M.Phil. in economics from the University of Oxford (where he was a Rhodes Scholar) and a J.D. from Yale Law School.


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