Mary Jane Potter

Chief Investment Officer, Member of the Investment Committee

Ms. Potter has an international private equity, investment and commercial banking background, dedicated to Africa for the last 15 years and earlier to Asia.  From 1999 to 2005, she ran the $400 million AIG African Infrastructure Fund where she represented AIG as founder/sponsor, general partner, limited partner, portfolio manager, overseer of the outside manager Emerging Markets Partners (now, ECP), and investment committee member for the fund. 

Ms. Potter built a team of investment managers, including a team of resident South Africans in Johannesburg. She developed and managed other private equity funds for AIG (now PineBridge Investments), which, along with multiple direct investments, generated net returns of $110 million over 8 years. Ms. Potter served on corporate boards of directors, especially for telecommunications companies, in Europe, Africa, the US and India.
 Having invested early in the then revolutionary African cellular telecommunications company Celtel (now Bharti AirTel), Ms. Potter also served on a board of joint-venture investors in Celtel.

In 2011, she founded Emerging Economies Health Finance, LLC, a financing consultancy assisting developing world health sector firms prepare for and source third party financing. Prior to joining AIG, Ms. Potter was Vice President at Chase Securities (via Manufacturers Hanover Trust and Chemical Securities). Over her international financial career, she focused on investment and project finance and consulted and worked on building biomass businesses, financed telecommunications companies, and managed loan workouts. She advised the former ATT Submarine Systems in the financing of the first iteration of the Africa ONE fiber-optic submarine cable encircling Africa.  Early in her career she handled correspondent banking and corporate finance banking in Japan and Southeast Asia, after serving as Legislative Analyst for the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C.

Ms. Potter is former chair of the Board of Directors of AMREF Health Africa (USA affiliate), ( As an Executive Volunteer, she conducted micro-enterprise training with the International Rescue Committee ( in Hargeisa, Somaliland and at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.  Ms. Potter has a MIA from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.


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