AFSIC is believed to be the largest Africa investment event taking place annually outside Africa and has become one of the most important conduits of investment into Africa.
President and Chief Investment Officer
As President and Chief Investment Officer, Mark manages Global Partnerships’ (GP) social investment funds, overseeing fund creation and structure, fund management and portfolio monitoring, and the lending of fund investment capital to GP’s portfolio of over 80 social enterprise partners. Mark joined GP in 2010, and in addition to his role as the Chief Investment Officer, he has served in various times as GP’s Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the organization’s finance and accounting, operations, legal and compliance, information technology, and culture and human resources. Prior to his work at Global Partnerships, he served as President of ShoreBank Pacific, the first commercial bank in the United States with a focus on environmentally sustainable community development. Mark has more than 34 years’ experience in capital markets, fund management, and commercial banking, including management roles in securities sales and trading, investment portfolio management, commercial banking, and low-income housing fund management. In addition to his current roles at Global Partnerships and past work at ShoreBank Pacific, he has served in executive roles at Homestead Capital, Bank of the Northwest (where as CFO he managed a very successful initial public offering), First Interstate Securities, and First Interstate Bank of Texas.
An active community member, Mark served as a member of the Board of Directors of BRAC Bank, a leading development bank known for its work with small business lending in Bangladesh, as a representative to the Board of BRAC Bank Afghanistan, and on the Board of Directors of XacBank, a pioneer in microfinance in Mongolia and now one of the country’s leading commercial banks. Mark is professionally fluent in Spanish, has significant humanitarian volunteer and business experience in Latin America, and has served on numerous non-profit and for-profit boards and committees. Mark received his Bachelor’s Degree with honors from Brigham Young University in 1983 and his Masters Degree in both Business and Public Administration, from Rice University in 1985.