Mildred O. Callear has more than 25 years of experience in the emerging market investment arena. She serves as the Executive Vice President of SEAF and as a member of the SEAF Board of Directors. She shares worldwide management responsibilities for SEAF with the Executive Chairman and CEO and has broad oversight as a Director on SEAF’s board. She is involved in investment and corporate policies, fund establishment and implementation, and participation in investment committees and boards of SEAF funds. She has a particular focus on SEAF’s relationships with foundations and philanthropies.
Ms. Callear serves on the Executive Committee and SEAF is a founding member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), the first organization to focus exclusively on small and growing businesses in the developing world.
Prior to joining SEAF, Ms. Callear served for almost 20 years with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. government’s development finance institution focused on private investment in the emerging markets, where she managed a $16 billion portfolio of loans, guarantees, investment funds, and political risk insurance in emerging markets. For 13 years she was the Vice President/Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, served on OPIC’s investment committee and managed OPIC’s environmental, economic and social impact programs. Ms. Callear served as OPIC’s Chief Executive Officer on an interim basis in 1993 and 1997.
Early in her career, Ms. Callear was a lawyer in private practice in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Callear graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Illinois in 1976 and cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1979.