Bert van der Vaart was one of two co-founders of SEAF in 1989, when it was known as the CARE Small Business Assistance Corporation (CARESBAC). SEAF invests in small and midcap enterprises in more than 23 emerging markets globally, managing almost $500 million as of December 31, 2008. After serving as SEAF's EVP, he served as Director-General of CARESBAC-Polska, SEAF's first fund, which during his direction completed 27 investments and realized its first 6 exits. In 1997, Mr. van der Vaart became SEAF’s CEO and President, where he has been involved with the establishment and supervision of each SEAF fund, including frequent visits to each SEAF fund office. SEAF has made more than 275 investments, and has realized more than 155 exits. SEAF has offices in 19 countries and employs more than 100 professionals globally. It characteristically focuses on improving the management capacity and transparency of each investment it makes and proactively guiding the company to exit.
From 1984 through 1994, Mr. van der Vaart was a Partner and Associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C, Frankfurt, and Brussels where he specialized in corporate law, primarily with respect to corporate financings and mergers and acquisitions for such entites as Vortech, Waverly Publishing, General Dynamics, Investcorp, Fleetwood, Hilton International, Kellogg’s, Honda Motors, and Westinghouse. From 1983 through 1984, he was a management consultant with Bain & Company in London and Munich. Mr. van der Vaart holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he also studied finance at Yale School of Management; a B.A. in Politics and Economics and a M. Phil. in Economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar; and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar. A Dutch national and dual citizen of the Netherlands and the United States, he speaks Dutch, English, German, French, and some Polish.