Tom Haslett

Tom Haslett has spent his career managing equity investments for institutions and implementing social development programs in Africa. Tom’s investment focus has included large developed markets and frontier markets in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In 2002, Tom left the investment management industry to apply himself to social development in Africa. He led a team to build a youth service program (engaging 18–25-year-old South African men and women to serve in the state-run schools of Gauteng province) in Johannesburg, South Africa. After two years, City Year South Africa was launched and Tom shifted his focus to another development challenges in Sub-Saharan African: vulnerable children infected and affected by HIV. He co-founded an organization called the Bantwana Initiative that today is supporting vulnerable children in east and south Africa: Uganda, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania. Tom’s shared passion for investing and African social development led him to explore double bottom-line investing; he spent three and an half years unsuccessfully trying to raise the Africa Healthcare Fund.  He continues to support innovation in the emerging market of impact investment.