Partner, Alpha Associates
Henry Potter is a Partner at Alpha Associates, responsible for investing Alpha’s private equity funds of funds in eastern Europe. Henry joined Alpha Associates in September 2008 from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London. Since then Henry has led a number of Alpha fund primary and secondary investments as well as direct co-investments in the region, including a number of large private equity secondary transactions triggered by the financial crisis. Before joining Alpha, Henry worked at the EBRD for 14 years and was responsible for a series of investments that the EBRD made both in private equity funds as well as directly into financial institutions and companies in CEE and Russia/CIS. As Senior Banker, he helped to build EBRD’s private equity funds investment program into the largest in the region. In addition to his managerial and transactional responsibilities, he oversaw EBRD’s private equity performance data collection and analysis, the co-investment program between EBRD and its portfolio funds, and at different points EBRD’s financial sector activities in various countries including Slovenia, Slovakia and Georgia. Over his career, Henry has served on a number of corporate boards, fund advisory committees and fund investment committees for both Alpha and EBRD and has also supported various industry initiatives including as a member of the EVCA CEE Task Force and, most recently, Chairman of the EMPEA Regional Council for Russia, Turkey and CEE. Henry holds a B.A. and a M.Sc. from the McGill/London School of Economics.