Geetha Tharmaratnam is a member of the Abraaj Group Growth Markets Health Fund, an innovative fund investing in health ecosystems in primarily Africa and South Asia to provide affordable and quality health care to low-middle income consumers. She is currently developing a business plan to provide a last mile solution for low income individuals to access healthcare relating to maternal and child health as well as to non-communicable diseases.
During her career in Global Growth Markets Private Equity, Geetha has worked as both part of the Chief Investment Officer’s Office as well as the Global Portfolio Management team on sustainable private sector development, new fund development and the implementation of Environmental, Social and Governance practices. A member of the team who developed and raised the first Base of the Pyramid Fund, the Africa Health Fund, she manages the multi- million dollar Africa Health Fund Technical Assistance Facility which provides funding to portfolio companies to enhance access, affordability and quality of health goods and services for low income people. As a pioneer in the development of the first index measuring the impact of private equity in emerging markets, Geetha focuses on furthering her private equity firm’s mandate to invest sustainably in emerging markets. In developing the index, she personally engaged with a wide range of stakeholders including the Firm’s Board and colleagues from 30+ countries to develop the innovative index which has since stood as a significant differentiator for the firm globally. She has updated the index with the intent to make it open source so other investors can also measure their private sector impact when working with growing businesses in the emerging markets. Formerly Deputy Group Financial Controller for Alea Group, a Global insurance and reinsurance company, she has worked in the US and Switzerland. Geetha holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance from the University of Bridgeport, a Masters in Business Administration from Oxford University (focus on Social Finance) and a Masters in Management Research from Oxford University (research on the use of Private Equity as an instrument of development in Africa). She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts with a specialty in Impact Investing. Geetha was nominated to be a 2015 Eisenhower Fellow. Geetha is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Development, developing a pragmatic multi-stakeholder framework for action relating to the UN’s post-2015 development agenda by focusing on financing and delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals. The council will also develop a 2030 vision and 2063 vision for Africa. She sits on the Investment Committee of the Small Enterprise Impact Fund, a Fund of Funds investing $100m in financing intermediaries targeting small enterprise development in Emerging Markets. She is also on the Emerging Markets working group of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing and publishes and speaks frequently on topics of global sustainable investing and investing in Africa. She was a member of the working group on international development as part of the G8 taskforce on Impact investing and on the healthcare social franchising collaboration on affordable and scalable healthcare. She is also an Advisor to Capria Ventures and Capria Accelerator, the first global business accelerator for impact fund managers backing early-stage startups in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Geetha is a 2015 Multi Nation Eisenhower Fellow.
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