First Vice-President, EBRD
Varel Freeman oversees all of the EBRD’s banking operations. He chairs the Operations Committee, which reviews all investment and loan proposals before consideration by the Board of Directors, and oversees the formulation of the Bank’s strategy to effectively and efficiently promote the transition of the 30 countries where the EBRD invests. Mr Freeman is also a member of the Executive Committee.
Mr Freeman has extensive experience in emerging market economies working with both the private and public sector. He joined the EBRD in June 2006 from Baring Private Equity Partners, where he was Managing Partner responsible for private equity investments in Latin America and Africa. Prior to that, he was partner at Chase Capital Partners responsible for investments in Latin America. Before moving to the private sector, Mr Freeman was responsible for a substantial sovereign lending portfolio at the World Bank, and later, at its private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation, he was responsible for capital markets investments in Latin America and was Director of the Asia Investment Department.
Mr Freeman graduated from Princeton University with Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Engineering degrees. He also holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.