Ms. Patel joined Imprint Capital in March 2013. She leads the sourcing and analysis of investment opportunities in the firm’s Emerging Market practice and also manages certain client relationships. Ms. Patel joined Imprint from The Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF), a nonprofit private foundation that is part of the Open Society Foundations. SEDF supports economic development in post-conflict countries and in nations transitioning to democracy. There, Ms. Patel focused on early to growth stage investments in the agribusiness, financial services, health and logistics sectors. She managed the Fund’s investments in Haiti and worked on several other investment opportunities in Palestine, India and parts of Africa. Previously, she worked with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, an agency of the US Federal Government. There she was a Presidential Management Fellow and Investment Funds Officer responsible for developing and evaluating top-quartile and first-time emerging market private equity fund managers.
Ms. Patel began her career as an M&A analyst with Merrill Lynch and First Union Securities covering the automotive, healthcare and telecommunications industries. She also spent just under a year in Nepal with Students Partnership Worldwide as a Program Manager working on environmental education and women’s issues as well as teaching English. Ms. Patel holds an M.B.A. from Georgetown University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.