We truly believe in profit with purpose. Our goal is to create lasting positive impact for underserved communities and the environment, while providing attractive returns for our investors by connecting them with millions of entrepreneurs.
Our global team includes highly experienced professionals from all different cultures, nationalities, and educational fields, combining their skillsets while working across offices together. What unites them? A shared belief in the real difference impact investing can make.
We are innovators
Our ongoing mission is to keep tackling the world’s most serious challenges. Innovation is at the heart of our approach, as we use our access to leading expertise, new technology, and broad networks to find new solutions to shared problems.
Making an impact worldwide
global team | local expertise
*Figures as of 30 December 2022
countries invested in since inception
7 offices on 4 continents: Peru, Kenya, Georgia, Singapore, Luxembourg, and Switzerland
**The last loan in Russia matured in May 2016. Since then, BlueOrchard has strictly avoided exposure in Russia on account to country risks.
Peter is the Chairman and former CEO of Swiss-based BlueOrchard Finance, one of the leading asset management companies in the field of Impact Investing. Peter demonstrated his entrepreneurial competencies in various positions, including CEO of the Vontobel Private Bank, a Swiss-listed bank, CEO of Harcourt Alternative Investments, a global leader in alternative investments, and managing partner at PwC.
Besides lecturing at various business schools, Peter is a frequent speaker at governmental and public events. As co-author, he has published the bestseller Small Money – Big Impact as well as Power to the Poor.
Vice Chairman of the Board
Stephen is a Schroder veteran having joined the firm in 1983 prior to which he worked as an economist. At Schroders he started as an equity analyst before taking on investment strategy responsibilities. In the 1990s Stephen established and built up Schroders’ asset management business in Switzerland.
He initiated and oversaw a series of acquisitions and partnerships at Schroders including Swissre’s fund management business, Secquaero (ILS), Adveq (private equity) and most recently was deeply involved in cementing the partnership with Blue Orchard.
Stephen is currently the chairman of Schroder Adveq and until recently was the president of Special Olympics Switzerland, a charity supporting the intellectually disabled.
Member of the Board
Ernst has been a consultant to businesses and public institutions in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia for more than 25 years, working on the implementation of sustainable development strategies in various fields. From 1986 to 1996, he was managing director and delegate of the board of directors of FUNDES (Fundacion para el desarrollo sostenible), a private institution with the initiative to promote small enterprises in Latin America.
He is the co-founder of BlueOrchard and the founder and chairman of the Board of BHP – Brugger and Partners Ltd., a consulting firm specialised in developing sustainability strategies. He is also president of the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cacao and the founding chairman of Precious Forests Foundation, which is focusing on research and innovation for protecting natural tropical forests. Furthermore he is also the president of the “tourism council Graubünden”. Additionally, he is an honorary member of the Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Member of the Board
Peter joined Schroders in March 2013 and is Group Chief Executive, based in London. He was appointed to the Board of Schroders plc in May 2014. Prior to his current role he was Global Head of Investment.
Before joining Schroders, Peter was Chairman and CEO of RWC Partners. From 2004 to 2006, he was Global Chief Investment Officer of Deutsche Bank’s various asset management businesses. Peter began his career at Schroders, and later spent time at JP Morgan/Flemings, as a Portfolio Manager.
Peter is the Chairman of the Investment Association Board and Advisory Council. He sits on the Takeover Panel and is a member of the Board of Directors of FCLT and the Prime Minister’s Financial and Professional Services’ Business Council. He is a member of the Advisory Board of CityUK and the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange. He is widely engaged in improving diversity and inclusion across financial institutions.
Member of the Board
Omar is specialised in project development and consulting for European and Asian corporations doing business in the Middle East and North Africa. Omar developed manufacturing and distribution projects for European corporations in the food and packing industry looking to expand their operations to the Middle East. Early in his career, he was involved in various research work in the public and private sectors. Omar holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Science Degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Southern California.
Member of the Board
Georg joined Schroders in May 2019 assuming the newly-created role of Global Head of Private Assets. He is responsible for developing the firm’s private assets expertise on a global scale, drawing on over 20 years of experience. He is also a member of the Group Management Committee.
Most recently Georg was the Chief Executive Officer of HQ Capital, a private equity and real estate investment group based in Frankfurt and New York. Previously, Georg was at UBS and The Boston Consulting Group.
Georg studied business administration at the University of St. Gallen and Stockholm School of Economics and holds a PhD and a master’s degree from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Chief Executive Officer
Philipp is Chief Executive Officer of BlueOrchard. As CEO, he leads the executive and extended management team and has executive oversight of the firm’s client and business areas, including strategy and resource management. Prior to that, Philipp held the position of Head Investment Solutions, heading the Global Investment Committee, and overseeing the portfolio management and asset allocation of all funds and mandates. Philipp joined BlueOrchard in 2018 from Partners Group, where he worked for ten years in Switzerland and the UK, most recently as Senior Vice President of Investment Solutions.
Philipp holds an MBA from ETH Zurich and a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Zurich.
Maria Teresa Zappia
Chief Impact & Blended Finance Officer, Deputy CEO
Maria Teresa is responsible for the Public Private Partnership (PPP) funds under BlueOrchard’s management and impact practice. Maria Teresa joined BlueOrchard in 2008 as Chief Investment Officer. Previously Maria Teresa worked as Senior Banker in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development financial institution team both in London and Central Asia. Prior to that she worked for the Asian Development Bank in Manila and was an ODI Fellow in Africa.
Maria Teresa holds a M.Phil degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Florence.
Head of Private Equity & Sustainable Infrastructure
Felix is responsible for BlueOrchard’s private equity and sustainable infrastructure practices. Prior to joining BlueOrchard as Chief Operating Officer in 2016, Felix was an Executive Director of Corporate Business Development at Bank Vontobel. He has over 20 years of experience in shaping asset managers and financial services organizations as consultant and member of management.
Felix holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Chief Credit Officer
Normunds leads BlueOrchard’s private debt investment team globally. Before joining BlueOrchard, Normunds worked for 18 years with the World Council of Credit Unions, where he held a variety of Chief of Party and Project Management positions and performed multiple short-term consultancy assignments in Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia.
Normunds’ academic research at the University of Liverpool focused on microfinance for micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses in Sri Lanka.
Global Head of Business Development
Daniel is responsible for business development at BlueOrchard. He has over 20 years of in-depth industry knowledge and extensive experience in business development for traditional and alternative investments. Before joining BlueOrchard in 2018, Daniel held various Director positions in Harcourt Investment Consulting, Muzinich & Co., and Franklin Templeton.
Daniel holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and attended an executive program of finance at INSEAD in Fontainebleau.
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Regional Director - Eurasia
Before joining BlueOrchard, Sevara worked for 15 years with the USAID and ADB, where she held a variety of managerial positions. She worked on development projects focusing on reforms of the banking system and the development of microfinance in Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. She has been a board member of the Credit Union Association and a number of credit unions in Uzbekistan.
Sevara has graduated from the Tashkent Finance University with a Bachelor’s degree in Banking.
Head of Information Technology
David is Head of Information Technology, overseeing the BlueOrchard’s technology and IT infrastructure. Prior to joining the firm in 2009, David worked as an IT consultant and software engineer specializing in the development and integration of business solutions based on Microsoft technologies. David holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from the School of Engineering and Management Vaud, Switzerland. He is a certified ITIL Expert, Microsoft Solution Developer, Microsoft Database Administrator, and PRINCE2
Senior Investment Manager
Ernesto has over 20 years of experience in financial markets. He has worked in M&A advisory, structured credit and investment management in a number of institutions including Goldman Sachs and HSBC in London, Towers Watson and Credit Agricole CIB.
He holds an MBA from IE Business School and is a CFA charter holder.
Head of Corporate Development
Martin is responsible for BlueOrchard’s corporate development activities. In his role, he drives strategic growth initiatives and facilitates innovation and new products. Prior to BlueOrchard, Martin was a project manager with a leading international management consulting firm advising clients in the energy and transportation sectors on strategic topics.
Martin is a CFA® charterholder. He holds a Master’s degree in Energy Science and Technology from ETH Zurich and wrote his Master’s thesis at UC Berkeley.
Regional Director - Africa and Latam
Yann is the Regional Director of Africa and Latam at BlueOrchard Finance. He joined BlueOrchard from ProCredit Group where he worked for 13 years in management of ProCredit banks in Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. He has served on board of directors of ProCredit Ghana and Banco ProCredit in Colombia and has extensive experience in SME finance, among others having developed programs for agricultural and green finance in Mozambique and Colombia. Apart from his managerial positions, he has been involved in setting up a professional training institution in Africa and was teaching in Latin America and Germany on various finance related topics.
Yann has completed a Master’s degree in Economics at the Institute of Political studies in Paris (Sciences-Po), after having earned the Diploma from the same institution. He previously completed undergraduate studies in Economics and Sociology at Goethe University in Frankfurt.
Head of Finance
Patricia is Head of Finance at BlueOrchard, supervising all the financial tasks and tax requirements of the company. Patricia has over 20 years of experience in financial accounting, tax reporting, payroll and audits for multinational companies with subsidiaries in various jurisdictions.
Patricia is a Swiss Certified Public Accountant.
Head of Private Debt Portfolio Management
Before joining BlueOrchard, Sébastien worked in Paris for nine years for Réunica, a major French institutional investor. He was responsible for portfolio management, asset-liability management, asset allocation and mutual fund selection in multiple asset classes.
Prior to this, he held various roles at Caisse d’Epargne des Alpes in Grenoble for two years in the asset management team. Sébastien travelled by bicycle for two years on the American continent from Alaska to Patagonia to meet MFIs and microfinance customers on the way.
Sébastien holds a Masters Degree in Management from Grenoble Graduate Business School and is a Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA).
Head of People & Development
Raphaël is Head of People & Development at BlueOrchard, overseeing the human resources function. Raphaël started his career in finance and subsequently gained multiple exposures to HR practices through various consulting assignments at a leading advisory firm specialized in corporate governance, risk & finance, compensation, and HR management. Raphaël is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Master’s degree in finance from the Universities of Lausanne, Geneva, and Neuchatel and a Bachelor’s degree from HEC Montreal.
Martin Diaz Plata
Head of Private Equity Investments
Martin is a 25-year veteran of emerging markets private equity investments. Martin was previously Managing Partner in Capital Group Private Markets in London, which he joined in 2003, and prior to that he spent seven years at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners in New York and Buenos Aires. Martin has extensive experience and a deep understanding of emerging market investing across a variety of sectors and geographies.
Head of Investor Relations
Before joining BlueOrchard, Ebony worked at Hyposwiss Privatbank AG for more than five years as an assistant manager for Latin America. Her responsibilities included account management and administration as well as relationship management with clients and external asset managers.
Ebony holds a Bachelor’s degree of Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration in Zurich and an Executive Master of Business Administration from Brown University in Providence and IE Business School in Madrid
Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel
Matt oversees the risk management, legal and compliance departments of BlueOrchard. He joined the company from from impact investment pioneer Root Capital, where he built the in-house counsel function and a comprehensive framework for the management of legal and operational risk. He previously served as Special Counsel to the Division of Trading and Markets at the US Securities and Exchange Commission at its Washington headquarters. Among the few lawyers specialized in impact investment, he has been closely involved in the efforts to develop a specialized field of legal practice in this emerging field.
Matt began his career as an adviser on domestic and international policy for a senior Member of the US Congress. An attorney at law since 2008, he holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from Northeastern University School of Law and a B.A. in History from the College of the Holy Cross.
Head of Communications
Before joining BlueOrchard, Tahmina worked for four years at the German development bank NRW.BANK as strategic assistant to the executive board and as parliamentary affairs manager.
Tahmina holds a Master degree in Political Science from the University of Bonn and a PhD from the University of Konstanz.
Chief Operating Officer
Sascha has over 20 years of experience in emerging markets, banking and finance. Before joining BlueOrchard, he established an investment fund in Georgia, the pioneer in collective real estate investments. He resides in Tbilisi since 2007, where he initially served as CFO and later as CEO of ProCredit Bank Georgia and subsequently as Deputy CEO of Bank of Georgia. Prior to that, Sascha held various senior executive positions in a German Technology Group, which focused on international development and investment.
He serves on a volunteer basis as Chairman of the German Business Association (DWV) in Georgia. From 2015 to 2017, Sascha was also elected by the Parliament as an independent Board Member of Georgia’s Financial Supervision Agency (FSA).
Sascha has a background in finance and business administration and was awarded with an honorary doctoral degree, affirmed by the German Ministry of Education and Science.
Head of Public Debt Portfolio Management
Evariste is the lead Portfolio Manager of BlueOrchard listed debt’s funds. Before joining BlueOrchard in 2017, Evariste worked for more than 12 years at BlackRock (formerly Barclays Global Investors) in London, where he was managing active investment strategies across fixed income with a focus on emerging markets. Evariste holds an MSc in Financial Markets and Investments from Skema Business School and a Master’s degree from Paris Graduate School Of Management.
Head Investment Solutions
Michael is Head Investment Solutions at BlueOrchard. In this function, he is heading the Global Investment Committee and overseeing the portfolio management and asset allocation of BlueOrchard’s funds and mandates as well as the development of product solutions. He has over 20 years of in-depth knowledge and extensive experience in public and private markets investment management and design and development of product and investment solutions. Prior to joining BlueOrchard, Michael held several management positions at Partners Group as Head Group Internal Audit and Co-Head Structuring Services in Switzerland and UK.
Michael is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Master in Banking & Finance from the University of Zurich.
Head of Sustainable Infrastructure Investments
Ashwin is responsible for BlueOrchard’s sustainable infrastructure investment practice. Prior to joining BlueOrchard in 2021, he was an Investment Director at African Infrastructure Investment Managers, deploying equity into infrastructure investments across the African continent, with an energy sector focus. He has over 20 years of experience across the full infrastructure project lifecycle (project development, equity and debt investments, asset management).
Ashwin holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
We became a member of the Schroders Group in 2019. BlueOrchard and Schroders share the strong belief in the value investments can create for society and our planet. Through our joint contributions, we can create positive change and drive innovation in the impact space.
“BlueOrchard is made of fantastic individuals – individuals, who are great personalities with excellent skill sets and vast experience.
When I see how passionate and motivated my colleagues are in implementing our mission – fighting inequality and climate change – I feel very proud. They know they are part of something bigger. That’s what our company is built on.”
“I am passionate about impact investing because it plays a crucial role in providing access to much-needed financing for micro-entrepreneurs and SMEs. As an investment officer, I am always in touch with our clients and end-beneficiaries across Africa. Learning about their stories and working together towards a common goals is what I enjoy most about my job.”
“I enjoy working in a multicultural environment and being part of an international team that shares the same goals. In addition, working at BlueOrchard allows me to advance financial inclusion and impact investing.”
“BlueOrchard built up a team of people from different cultures, all pulling in the same direction of having a sustainable and verifiable positive impact on the economy, society, and environment. To reach this goal, the culture is by nature very collaborative, the environment is dynamic, and the trust given by the management gives me enough space to grow and be happy in my role. I appreciate that the company promotes talent management and growth from within.”