Edward J. Tobin
Edward J. Tobin is a Director of Global Emerging Markets North America, Inc., where he manages Special Situations and Venture investing. In addition to these activities, he has overseen structured finance transactions in industries such as clean tech, media, telecommunications, manufacturing, real estate and life sciences. Prior to joining GEM, Mr. Tobin was Managing Director of Lincklaen Partners, a private family investment office. Previously, he had been a portfolio manager with Neuberger and Berman and prior to that Vice President of Nordberg Capital, Inc. Mr. Tobin received his MBA from the Wharton School, as well as a Master of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Economics (cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Christopher Brown is the founder and Director of The Global Emerging Markets North America, Inc., where he oversees the New York office and manages private placements on a global basis. He is on the Board of Directors of Bahrain-based VC Bank, co-sponsor of the GEM MENA Fund. In addition he is Chairman of the CITIC-GEM Fund, a non-voting General Partner in Kinderhook Industries and on the Board of Directors of the Global Leadership Foundation. He began his career with Drexel Burnham Lambert in Sales & Trading in 1985. He later joined Smith Barney as an Investment Advisor from 1986 to 1988 and worked for Shearson Lehman Brothers from 1988 to 1993. Mr. Brown attended UCLA.
Peter de Svastich
Peter de Svastich is a Managing Director of The GEM Group
and a Director and Manager of several Gem subsidiaries. He is
responsible for the overall operations of GEM in Latin America,
Mexico and Southern Europe and interfaces with GEM entities
worldwide in matters related to fund-raising, private placement
opportunities, and legal and regulatory issues. Prior to joining
GEM, he worked as a commercial and investment banker in Brazil,
Argentina and France. He has been the CFO/COO/CCO for a number
of hedge funds and funds of funds, most recently with Alpha
Equity Management, where he helped sell a 25% equity stake to
SunTrust Bank N.A. of Atlanta, Georgia. He served as President
of Delegated Management S.A., a fund of funds and asset
allocator in Geneva, Switzerland. He founded and ran WestHem
International Group for 15 years, a boutique investment and
asset management firm that also had a broker/dealer in New York.
Prior to that he ran the International Division of one of
Brazil's top five banks in the 1970’s/1980's and spearheaded its
international expansion. He has formed joint-ventures in banking
and alternative investments with N.M. Rothschild & Sons
(Madrid), Banco Internacional y de Comercio Exterior (Santiago),
Banque Francaise de Commerce Exterieur (BFCE) (Montevideo), and
BNP (Rio de Janeiro). Peter received a B.A. cum laude from
Princeton University, an LLB and JD from the Yale Law School,
and a Latin American Teaching Fellowship from the Fletcher
School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Jonathan Collins is an investment professional at Global Emerging Markets. He is responsible for fund management at GEM and sourcing, structuring and monitoring public and private equity investments worldwide. Prior to joining GEM, he was a Senior Vice President at CAIS Group, a leading product platform offering wealth managers access to a diversified menu of funds and products. He held a Vice President role in Ireland and the United States with Abbey Capital, a Global Managed Futures Hedge Fund. He started his financial career in Davy, an Irish stockbroking firm and holds a Masters of Science degree in Engineering and Management Science from Trinity College Dublin. He is a member of the American Ireland Fund and the International Irish Business Network.
Rick Joshi is Managing Director with Global Emerging Markets North America, Inc., where he is responsible for sourcing, structuring and monitoring minority investments in listed companies as well as private equity investments globally. He has made principal investments primarily in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Germany in industries including technology, pharmaceuticals, IT, energy, telecommunications, mining, manufacturing and media. At GEM, Mr. Joshi has overseen the completion of equity fund commitments and advisory transactions exceeding US$250M in aggregate value. He also advises the private equity fund GEM India Advisors on making early stage growth investments in India. Earlier, as the Mumbai-based Vice President of Investments with the merchant banking subsidiary of the Times of India Group, Mr. Joshi headed the Asset Management and Research functions, managing over INR500M in proprietary investments and advising on the parent company's INR10B portfolio, which was among the largest proprietary portfolios in India at the time. Prior to that, Mr Joshi gained operating experience as Worldwide Product Line Manager with Oracle Corporation and as Product Manager with Intel Corporation in Silicon Valley, California. Mr. Joshi holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Idaho and a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.
Scott Clark is a Senior Advisor and Business Development Professional at the GEM Group. He has built his extensive equity and capital markets experience by holding top positions with industry leaders in both the UK and the US. His exposure to capital markets began as Director at Barclays Private Bank in London from 1994 to 1998, with specific responsibility for SE Asia corporates and business-families undertaking corporate finance and capital market activities. He broadened this experience after recruitment to New York with Merrill Lynch International from 1998 to 2006 and later at Morgan Stanley from 2007 to 2013. His introduction to Alternative Investments started in London over 25 years ago, from 1998 to 1994 as Director of Sales for European CTA and Hedge Fund Manager, Rudolf Wolff & Co. Ltd. (originally a co-founder of the London Metal Exchange in 1877). He attended AUT University, in Auckland, New Zealand, where he studied Business Administration.
Mark D. Minevich
Mark D. Minevich is an Advisor to the GEM Group with focus on enterprises and family offices in emerging markets, high growth technology companies and sustainability.. He is the founder and President of Going Global Ventures, a New York based private investment and strategic advisory group. Mr. Minevich is a Vice Chair of Monday Morning Global Institute, the leading Nordic innovation tank focusing on sustainability and resilience and a global platform for SUSTAINIA 100. He is also a Member of the Executive Board of Comtrade Group, one of Europe’s largest product development companies, specializing in gaming, application management, hospitality, extended R&D and outsourced products. Mr. Minevich’s background includes 20 years’ experience in business strategy and technology consulting for the global technology markets. He currently advises global and US family offices, investment funds and numerous multinational enterprises. Mr. Minevich is also an influential authority on technology and particularly the role of the CIO/CTO in private wealth, social networking, impact investing and innovation. Previously, Mr. Minevich was CTO and Strategy Executive at IBM NexGen and Venture Capital and has held various roles at BTM Corporation, Research Board, Deutsche Bank, Qwest Communications, Geotek, Comcast, and USWEB/CKS. He has authored two books on business and technology: Six Billon Minds and The CTO Handbook: The Indispensable Technology Leadership Resource. Mr. Minevich was a founder of the Billion Minds Foundation and Club, a global sustainability and knowledge foundation. He is a recipient of the Albert Einstein Award for Outstanding Achievement, and the World Trade Leadership Award by World Trade Centers and WTCA. Mr. Minevich holds a B.S. from Montclair State University and an MBA from Stevens Institute of Technology.