Executive Officers

Roberta Brzezinski

CEO & director

Herman Kotzé

CFO

Olivia Ouyang

senior advisor & director

Non-executive directors

Whitney Baker
Michael Faber
Neil Harper
Jim Roth

Roberta Brzezinski​

CEO & director​

Roberta Brzezinski, our Chief Executive Officer and a director, leads Capitalworks Emerging Markets and has 23 years of direct private equity investment experience across Asia, Latin America and Central Europe. Prior to joining Capitalworks, Roberta served as emerging markets private equity lead at Canadian pension fund CDPQ, where she spent five years leading investments in Latin America and India. She previously served as the CIO of TAU, an Asia-focused impact investor and was one of the original partners of Abris Capital, a Central European growth buyout firm. Earlier in her career, she was an Asia-focused investor at Emerging Markets Partnership, the manager of the AIG Infrastructure Funds. Prior to that, she was an Eastern Europe-focused investor at New Century Holdings, and an investment officer at the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group). Currently based in New York, Roberta is a multilingual (French, Russian, Spanish, Polish) U.S. national and holds an AB magna cum laude from Harvard College and an MBA with honors from Georgetown University.

Herman Kotzé

CFO

Herman Kotzé, our Chief Financial Officer, is a Capitalworks executive and a non-executive director on the board of Finbond Group, a fintech and bank-holding company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. For over 15 years, Herman served as the CEO and previously the CFO of Net1, a Nasdaq-listed diversified payment technology and financial services firm with a focus on emerging markets. As CFO of Net 1, he project-managed preparation of the company’s primary listing on Nasdaq, together with Capitalworks’ founders, who were private equity owners of the business prior to their launch of the Capitalworks platform. While at Net1, Herman was responsible for sourcing and executing more than 20 strategic investments worth $1 billion, spanning multiple geographies across Asia, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, and served as a director of many of these acquired companies. Based in Pretoria, Herman is a multilingual (German, Afrikaans) South African national. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting with honors from the University of Pretoria, and has completed additional studies in taxation and treasury management. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA).

Olivia Ouyang

Senior advisor & Director

Olivia Ouyang, our senior advisor and a director, joined Willett Advisors in November 2021 as Managing Director and Head of Asian Private Strategies. She has 16 years of private investment experience in funds and co-investments across Asia, Latin America, Central Europe and Western Europe. Olivia previously served as Asia private equity funds and co-investments lead for the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Prior to that, she held leadership positions in emerging markets and developed-markets funds investing and co-investments with China Investment Corporation, a Chinese institutional investor, and was a funds investor across Asia, China and Europe for the IFC. She has additional experience as an executive of Primedia Inc., a KKR portfolio company, at McKinsey and Morgan Stanley and as a financial-reporting executive for a U.S. fund manager. Based in Hong Kong, Olivia is a multilingual (Mandarin, Cantonese) Chinese national. She holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard University.

Whitney Baker

Board Chair & Director

Whitney Baker is the Chairperson of our board of our directors. Whitney is the founder of Totem Macro, a research firm focusing on global emerging markets cross-asset research. Prior to founding Totem, Whitney served as the Head of Emerging Markets at Bridgewater Associates. Prior to that, she ran emerging markets-focused global macro and equity long/short strategies at Soros Fund Management and TT International in London, and Asian and U.S. stock portfolios at Resolution in Scotland. Whitney holds an MA, with honors, in Economics (First Class) from the University of Glasgow and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Michael Faber

Director

Michael Faber serves as President and Chief Investment Officer of NextPoint Management Company and advises a number of multi- generational families on issues including family office management and asset manager selection and oversight. Additionally, Michael currently serves as a director of CPI Aerostructures, Inc and Invesque, Inc. Michael has served as a director, lead investor or senior advisor to more than 40 private companies. He received a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School (John M. Olin Fellow), received a B.A. from the State University of New York and has also studied at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Neil Harper

Director

Neil Harper currently serves as Chairman of Turk Ventures Advisory Limited, a leading Turkey-dedicated private equity group, and as Chairman of Zamo Capital LLP, an impact investment firm. Neil served as Managing Director and CIO of Morgan Stanley AIP Private Markets, an approximately $12 billion global private markets fund, co-investment and secondaries business. Prior to that, he was a Partner at McKinsey & Company and began his career at Arthur Andersen. He received an MA (First Class Honours) in Economics and Accounting from the University of Edinburgh and an MBA (Honors) in Finance and Strategy from the University of Chicago. He is also a Chartered Accountant (Scotland).

Jim Roth

Director

Jim Roth is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Zamo Capital LLP, an investor in and advisor to impact private equity and venture capital firms. Jim serves as a member of the Investment Committee of the University of Edinburgh Endowment, and previously served on the Economic Advisory Board of the International Finance Corporation. Jim co-founded LeapFrog Investments, a social finance and impact investment firm focusing on emerging markets. Jim holds an MA (with distinction) in Economics from the University of Manchester and a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
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