MILDRED O. CALLEAR
SMALL ENTERPRISE ASSISTANCE FUNDS
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & BOARD MEMBER
Mildred Callear has more than 25 years of experience in the emerging market investment arena. She serves as the Executive Vice President of SEAF and as a member of the SEAF Board of Directors. SEAF is a manager of socially responsible private equity and investment funds investing in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets. She shares worldwide management responsibilities for SEAF with the Executive Chairman and CEO and has broad oversight as a Director on SEAF’s board. She is involved in establishing and implementing corporate policy in a wide variety of areas and serves on a number of SEAF fund boards and investment committees. Over its more than 20-year history, SEAF has invested $450 million globally on committed capital of more than $650 million. SEAF has made more than 400 investments in 32 funds (both debt and equity) and has 20 offices globally. SEAF is actively pursuing investments that deploy proven technology to address environmental challenges in frontier markets.
Ms. Callear has served on the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) since its beginning. ANDE is the global network of nearly 200 organizations that promote small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurship in emerging markets.
Prior to joining SEAF, Ms. Callear served for almost 20 years with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. government’s development finance institution focused on private investment in the emerging markets. For 13 years she was the Vice President/Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, served on OPIC’s investment committee and managed OPIC’s environmental, economic and social impact programs. Ms. Callear served as OPIC’s Chief Executive Officer on an interim basis in 1993 and 1997. Early in her career, Ms. Callear was a lawyer in private practice in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Callear graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Illinois in 1976 and cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1979.