European Investment Fund
Jose Romano heads EIF's Istanbul Venture Capital Initiative (a EUR 160M fund-of-funds program) and is responsible for EIF's Turkish operations. Jose focuses on providing access to finance to small and medium enterprises in the EU and Accession countries by developing and implementing programs that meet the needs of the market while generating a return on investment.
Prior to EIF, Jose was a Manager at the Emerging Markets Group of Deloitte & Touche where his principal responsibility was co-managing a EUR 25M fund. He also led several investment advisory projects, principally in Nigeria, the Middle East, and Latin America. Before that, he worked at private equity adviser Actis and as a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jose started his career as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow working as a senior economist in the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Namibia.
As an individual Jose has particular interest in public-private partnerships for private sector development, especially in the areas of early stage financing and emerging markets.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Jose is a graduate of Queen Mary College, University of London, where he obtained a First Class Honors degree in Economics. He holds an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA ('la Caixa' Scholar) from London Business School.
As a member of Class 15, Jose served his fellowship at the European Investment Fund.