SEAF held a one week training session for new fund managers
February 8, 2017
During the week of January 13th, SEAF conducted a 5 day comprehensive orientation and training for SEAF fund managers in Washington, D.C. SEAF (Small Enterprise Assistance Funds) is a global impact investment fund manager, having had over 35 funds in 26 emerging markets since 1989.
The objective of this training is to ensure that new SEAF fund managers have a full understanding of the approaches, tool, polices and relationships with SEAF colleagues to be successful in delivering expected financial returns and social impact for fund investors. Ten investment professionals participated in the week-long program, including those from Colombia, Algeria, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan and Morocco.
The training covered all aspects of effective fund management, including doing deals (screening, due diligence, structuring and valuation, and exits), assessing deal social impact, legal and compliance, back office and investor relations. Real cases were used, including from SEAF’s extensive experience of over 400 transactions, and the participants benefited from a highly interactive approach.
The participants highly regarded the training, with all ten giving it the highest score possible in the post-training evaluation. As one participant said, “There was a lot of thought and consideration put into the planning and execution of this training. This has been a really, really useful training session. THANK YOU!”
According to Bob Webster, the lead facilitator for the week and a veteran SEAF fund manager, “It is critical that SEAF fund managers have a clear and full understanding of the entire range of responsibilities as a fund manager and have the tools and organizational relationships to deliver. We had a great week, even receiving some great suggestions to make it even better next time!”
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. Having made more than $400 million in SME investments across a wide range of sectors, SEAF funds identify and support promising entrepreneurs while seeking to provide attractive returns to its investors. SEAF manages its funds through a network of 25 offices around the world, with its headquarters in Washington, D.C. SEAF also operates the Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development – CEED – an entrepreneur-focused program that provides advisory, mentoring, and networking opportunities across 13 global locations. www.seaf.com and www.ceed-global.org