Bob Webster is Managing Director – Impact Investing Strategy at SEAF, based in Washington, D.C. He has a multi-faceted role while sitting on SEAF’s Global Investment Committee, which approves all new investments, restructurings, exits and ongoing valuations. Bob’s role includes ensuring that impact is embedded in every SEAF process, supporting new fund raises and launches, offering thought leadership to the impact investing space, and designing and implementing technical assistance components of SEAF funds. Bob is also the manager of the SEAF Women’s Opportunity Fund, focusing investments on SMEs in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
Bob has over 20 years of impact investing experience in emerging markets, including for two SME impact investing and risk capital fund managers, SEAF and the Grassroots Business Fund (GBF). This experience has included directly managing two impact investment funds and establishing investment operations in other geographies. He has also advised on impact investing and small business risk capital, advising on fund strategy and design, due diligence and structuring, capital and grant raises, and fund management. Bob is an active trainer in impact investing, including for the Global Impact Investing Network and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs. He also serves as investor-in-residence for the social enterprise accelerator program at Santa Clara University.
Bob holds both an MBA in Finance and a BA in Mathematics from Indiana University. He also completed Harvard University’s Financial Institutions for Private Enterprise Development Executive Program at the Kennedy School, and he has completed post-graduate work in agricultural economics at the University of London.
Impact Investing Strategy