Jeffrey Liebert

CEO, Gazelle Finance

Jeffrey Liebert has specialized throughout his career in building, operating, and investing in SMEs in developed and emerging markets.  He is now the CEO of the fund manager Gazelle Finance, which is responsible for managing the Gazelle Fund, a $28M investment fund that targets high growth SMEs in the Eurasia region. Prior to this, Jeffrey was a co-founder of an alternative energy and carbon offset project development company, Verdeo Group, which was sold in 2011 to Sindicatum. Prior to Verdeo Group, Jeffrey was a Vice President for Climate Change Capital’s (acquired by Bunge) US$1 billion carbon fund, where he was responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of industrial energy efficiency and methane gas utilization projects throughout Eurasia.

As an Investment Officer at IFC, Jeffrey was one of the founding principals that developed a $30M emerging market clean-tech venture capital fund (now IFC’s Cleantech Investment Group with over $200M AUM) and led early stage equity investments in WaterHealth International and MBA Polymers.  He structured a $465M energy efficiency finance and renewable energy risk sharing facility (CHUEE) with $46M of IFC capital in first and second loss positions with Chinese banks: Industrial Bank, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, and Bank of Beijing. The deal was the runner-up for the 2006 Financial Times Sustainable Deal of the Year Award. As of today the facility has mobilized over $1.7B in financing in over 200 energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Before IFC, Jeffrey consulted to multinational corporations on market entry strategies for China and established and managed textile factories throughout Central Asia and China. Jeffrey served in the Peace Corps in Mongolia immediately following the collapse of the Soviet Union, holds an MBA from Wharton Business School, a BA in Russian Studies and International Relations from Tufts University, and speaks Mandarin, Mongolian, and Russian. Jeffrey serves on the board of The Taimen Fund, a conservation organization that he helped to establish in 2003.