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MANAGEMENT BIOGRAPHY: HAMID LADJEVARDI

Hamid Ladjevardi is manager of American Baltic Investments which seeks to identify, develop, and arrange capital for investment in targeted projects in the Baltic countries. The focus of investments will be in all aspects of energy, finance, real estate, and transit logistics. He is an advisory board member of the non-profit organization, Latvian Foster Family Society, where he has been active in expanding the operating capacity of the Society for rendering its charitable services with a focus on the work of foster families and guardians in promoting the welfare of orphans and other children left without parental care. Furthermore, it strives to help increase awareness of the benefits of de-institutionalizing of child care in Latvia.

Previously, Hamid Ladjevardi was co-founder and manager of the general partner of Baltic Fund I, L.P., (1994-2002) the first and longest running private equity fund in the Baltics. He has been actively involved in investment projects in the Baltic States since late 1991 and set up Baltic Fund’s management offices in New York, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. His responsibilities were comprehensive and related to all major aspects of the investment, including serving in the supervisory board of major invested companies, management and operations of the Fund.

Prior to co-founding the Fund, Hamid Ladjevardi was Vice President of Morgan Stanley & Company, Inc., where he was a portfolio manager and market advisor for 12 years. As a portfolio manager, he managed funds in equities, fixed income, and currencies for institutions and high net worth families in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. As a market advisor, he advised clients on the state of the U.S. economy and provided them with forecasts on the U.S. stock markets, interest rates, major currencies, and oil prices.

Hamid Ladjevardi previously held senior management positions at the Behshahr Industrial Group in Iran, which his family managed and controlled. One of the largest and most diverse private sector groups of enterprises in that country, the Behshahr Industrial Group was active in banking and insurance, textiles, consumer goods, mining, trade, and distribution, and had extensive trading operations with the United States, Germany, and Japan. Mr. Ladjevardi was also Vice President of Finance and a member of the executive committee and the board of Akam Group of Companies, an enterprise active in construction, building materials, real estate, and new business development. As part of the executive committee, Mr. Ladjevardi was responsible for negotiations with many of the group’s joint venture partners and was subsequently involved in the management of those companies.

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Hamid Ladjevardi received Bachelors in economics and political science and then went on to receive his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He has been listed in numerous publications including Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in Finance & Industry. He participated as a guest speaker at many Baltic financial and government sponsored seminars discussing private equity investment, risk management, and corporate governance in the Baltics. He has been interviewed by and written articles for numerous magazines including Leaders Magazine about the Baltics and economic growth policies for developing countries. He conceived and organized the world premiere touring Baltic Art Exhibition in the United States for which he was awarded the annual prize from the Latvian Artists Union and Cultural Capital Foundation of Latvia for the Best International Project of the year 2000. For the celebration of the 21st anniversary of the declaration of re-independence of The Republic of Latvia in 2012, he conceived and organized, with the collaboration of others, the Important Contemporary Artists of Latvia Exhibition which was exhibited in New York, the Latvian embassy in Washington D.C., the Driehaus Museum in Chicago and Latvian National Museum in Riga. He was a trustee of the Zimmerli Art Museum of New Jersey, which has the largest collection of non-conformist Soviet and Baltic art in the world. Hamid Ladjevardi is Co-Chairman of the U.S.-Baltic Foundation which promotes democracy, free markets, investments, and cultural exchange with the Baltic States. He is a board member of a U.S. based non-profit organization, The Kids First Fund, which is dedicated to supporting the needs of kids that are physically and sexually abused, abandoned or neglected in Latvia and Moldova.


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