Read our information sheet to learn more about Frontier Investments Group.
The Frontier Investments Advisory Council is a board of seasoned investment professionals eager to contribute their thoughts, leadership, and expertise to help Frontier Investments professionally execute its mission of broader financial inclusion at the base of the pyramid. The Council enables Frontier to solidify its position as a leader in the impact investing arena, bringing best practices from the venture capital and private equity worlds to double-bottom-line investing. The group serves as a sounding board to evaluate early-stage business models and to offer feedback on deal structuring.
The group is comprised of seasoned professionals with experience in the following areas:
Background in investing in early-stage companies, ideally in emerging markets and nascent industries
Understanding of business environments and constraints in emerging markets
Evaluating technology-and financial services-focused business models
Strong interest in expanding financial inclusion at the base of the pyramid
Familiarity regarding structuring, managing, and running an investment fund with foreign exposure
Great Hill Partners
Johns Hopkins (SAIS)
Brad BernsteinPartner, Head of Business Services, FTV CapitalBrad Bernstein has 17 years of private equity experience. Brad’s representative investments include CMS, EXLService, FreeBorders, Globant, MedSynergies, Mu Sigma, and PowerShares Capital Management. Prior to FTV Capital, Brad was a Partner at Oak Hill Capital Management, where he managed the business and financial services group. He began his private equity career with Patricof & Company Ventures and started his professional career in the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch in New York. Brad received a BA magna cum laude from Tufts University.
Sean FootePartner, Labrador VenturesSean is a partner with Labrador Ventures. He is active on the board of directors of Eoplex Technologies, Everyone.net, and Integrated Materials Inc. and is an observer on the boards of Altierre Corporation and Solaicx. He also serves on the Development Council of Entrepreneurs Foundation, a nonprofit organization that engages high-growth companies in corporate citizenship and philanthropic efforts. Before venture investing, Sean was a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, working in a wide range of industries such as telecom, computers, healthcare, banking and automotive on topics ranging from strategic alliances to internet strategies.
Sean is a member of the professional faculty of entrepreneurship at the University of California's Haas School of Business and has also taught classes on entrepreneurship and venture capital funding at the University of Michigan's Business School, University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. Sean received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri, Rolla, and an MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business, where he received the Shermett Award.
Nish KotechaFounder and Principal, Sphere Partners; Founder and Chairman, TiE UK
Nish is a serial entrepreneur. Nish has been working in the field of financial inclusion and education, focused on the unbanked, since 2006. Nish is the founder of Geosansar, a financial inclusion institution delivering banking and financial products and services to those at the bottom of the pyramid in India. Geosansar has been one of India's fastest-growing financial and banking service institutions. It is also known in India as the ‘One Rupee Bank.’ Geosansar now operates from five states in India and is the largest operator of its kind.
Nish is also the founder and the current elected chairman of TiE UK and finance chairman of TiE Global Board. TiE is a not-for-profit organization of entrepreneurs and industry professionals who share a passion and energy for driving entrepreneurship, enterprise and wealth creation. Nish is also the founder and principal of Sphere Partners (est. 2002), an independent corporate finance and investment boutique. Previously, Nish spent over 18 years at Sphere Partners, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan and Barclays. During this period he spent over 6 years covering Asia. Nish is a graduate of the London School of Economics, where he received his bachelor's with honors in management science.
Michael KuminManaging Partner, Great Hill PartnersMichael Kumin is a managing Partner at Great Hill Partners, where he is responsible for originating and evaluating investment opportunities in the media, Internet, software, and business and consumer services sectors. Michael currently serves on the boards of directors for BuscaPé.com, Inc., Spark Networks, Inc., Gorilla Nation and Jobing, Inc. Michael's prior board seats include IGN Entertainment, Inc. and Action Media Holdings, LLC. Prior to joining Great Hill, Michael served as a co-founder and executive vice president of Creative Planet, Inc., a venture-backed information and technology company targeting the entertainment industry. Before that, he served as an associate at Apollo Management, a $10 billion private investment partnership, where he worked with companies in a wide range of industries including media and communications, financial services and healthcare. He began his investing career as an analyst with Goldman Sachs' Whitehall funds, focusing on real estate and restructurings.
Michael received a bachelor’s degree with honors from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the President’s Council of Accion.
Roger S. LeedsProfessor, Emerging Markets Private Equity, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Roger Leeds is a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and director of SAIS’ Center for International Business and Public Policy. Roger also is an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Business School, where he teaches a course on private equity investing in emerging markets, and has taught in the Executive MBA Program at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania. He has served as the founding chairman of the board of directors of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), a global industry association that is the preeminent source of research and information on private equity in developing countries.
Previously, Roger was an international finance practitioner for 25 years, first as an investment banker at Salomon Brothers in New York, then as a senior staff member of the International Finance Corporation (World Bank), a partner at KPMG in charge of its global privatization practice, and a managing director focused on emerging markets at a major private equity firm in New York. During his career, he has worked in more than 100 countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Roger is the author of Financing Small Enterprises in Developing Countries and more than 30 published articles. He has lectured at numerous universities around the world and been a guest commentator on various radio and television programs, including CNN, Bloomberg News, CBS News, CNBC, and National Public Radio. He received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and earned a master’s degree and a PhD from SAIS.