Stephanie Komsa joined Gazelle Finance in September 2014 and serves as Chief Operating Officer of the company. Stephanie brings over 10 years of fund management experience, including investor relations, transaction execution, team management, and portfolio management, with a focus on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in pioneer markets.
Prior to joining Gazelle, Stephanie worked as the Deputy Director of the Schulze Global Investments (SGI) Ethiopia Growth and Transformation Fund, an $87 million fund capitalized by family offices and institutional investors. At SGI, Stephanie played a critical role in establishing and launching operations and overseeing the fund’s first five investments, ranging $1-10 million per deal, and directly managed an agribusiness investment and a healthcare sector investment. Prior to working in Ethiopia, Stephanie was the Deputy Director of the Georgia Regional Development Fund (GRDF) managed by Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF), a $30 million fund making debt and equity investments into small and medium enterprises in Georgia. Stephanie played a key role in executing $20 million in investments in the fund’s first three years, ranging $500,000 to $3 million per deal, and directly managed an animal feed investment and a hotel investment. In Georgia, Ms. Komsa also founded and managed an investment advisory company. Projects included, among others, investment advisory services and business plan preparation for a Georgian mining company, a winery, and a produce distributor; authorship of a pharmaceutical sector investment guide for the Georgian National Investment Agency; and the brokering of an aircraft for tourism development for the Georgian government. Prior to living in Georgia, Stephanie worked for SEAF’s global investment operations based in Washington, DC, where she held a wide range of fund management oversight and support responsibilities and where she led the company’s initiative to track, analyze and report on the development impact of its investments.
Stephanie holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), concentrating on international finance and economics, and a B.A. from Drew University. A native English speaker, Stephanie speaks with professional fluency in Russian and basic proficiency in Georgian.