Jack Lowe

ESG Committee Chair

Senior business executive with over 25 years of experience in venture investment, startup management, and acquisition and strategic alliances; professionally affiliated since 1983.

 Jack Lowe is Chair of the GCA EMF ESG Committee as well as a Member of the Fund’s Investment Committee.

2014-2014 Chairman of Azure Partners, a Swiss advisory firm specializing in microfinance funds. Azure Partners sold to Banque BonhOte of Switzerland end-2014. 

In 2009 he was Senior Advisor to the Blue Orchard Group. 2004-2008 he was CEO of Blue Orchard Finance SA, a Swiss-based for profit microfinance investment manager. In this timeframe the assets of Blue Orchard invested in microfinance went from $50 million to $1 billion, reaching 5 million ultimate borrowers. By the end-2008, the largest private microfinance lender in the world. 

1985-2011 Founder and General Partner of Lomastar SA, Nyon, Switzerland. Lomastar is the manager of privately-held companies in the food distribution and restaurant business. Lomastar was also the international partner of Montgomery Securities, a San Francisco based investment bank and brokerage house sold to Bank of America in 1997. This partnership invested four private equity funds in Europe and emerging markets from 1987 to 2002.

1976-1984 Owner of Romacsa SA, licensee of McDonald's Restaurants in Switzerland. Winner of the Ronald award in 1982 as best worldwide franchisee. Sold to McDonald's Corporation in 1985. 

1974-1980 Owner of Hemisphere Pipe and Supply, supplier of Japanese-produced oil field equipment provided to operators in the North Sea and Middle East. Company sold to Marubeni Corporation of Japan in 1980.  

1969-1974 Consultant with McKinsey and Co. in San Francisco, Tokyo, and Paris. 

1966-1969 Manager of supply and distribution for Caltex Oil Corp, New York and Tokyo. 

MBA Stanford University 1965. BA Stanford University 1963 Political Science with honors.
Speaks English, French, Japanese, Spanish. Married; 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren. Activities include skiing, mountaineering, bicycling and diving. Swiss citizen and born in the USA.