• Jean P. (“JP”) Michel
    Co-Founder, Managing Partner

    JP Michel is a co-Founder and Managing Partner at Sethos Capital Partners. Prior to joining Sethos, Mr. Michel served as a Principal at Blue Ocean Harvest, a boutique private equity and advisory firm, where he worked closely on the firm’s frontier and emerging market infrastructure investments (port, seaports, toll roads) across the Caribbean, Central and South America, including being granted the negotiation rights to design, build and finance a US400 million rehabilitation program of an international airport in the region. Prior to, Mr. Michel successfully solely funded, built and sold a valuation risks/analytics software company called Cognit Enterprises, Inc. that delivered value at risks analytics to asset managers and investors across the United States and Europe. In addition, Mr. Michel served nearly six years working at JP Morgan investment bank serving as a Vice President to the firm. He is currently a partner at HedgeServ—a US fund administration firm with nearly US205 billion in AuA—where he leads the firm’s South American division. Mr. Michel also worked at IFS, Ltd at the Director level, an early funds administration company he lead successfully while in Dublin, Ireland and of which later was successfully acquired by US State Street Bank in 2002.

    Throughout his career, Mr. Michel has advised a number of finance ministers, central bank governors and presidents across Latin America, encouraging many to adapt market based policies that would strengthen trades with country-partners and improve overall foreign direct investments in their respective countries. Mr. Michel received an Executive MBA from Columbia University Business School and a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

    Mr. Michel is a peer member of Tiger 21, a private equity group with over US5 billion in investable assets. He is currently assisting (pro-bono) a large public University in the Caribbean to raise US170 million to build an advanced research lab.

    CONTACT JP MICHEL

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    Address: 445 Park Avenue, 9th floor New York, NY 10022
    Phone: 212 829 5531

  • Lester Robert
    Managing Principal

    Lester Robert is a Managing Principal at Sethos Capital Partners. Prior to Sethos, Mr. Robert served as Chief Financial Officer for Blue Ocean Harvest specializing in financial due diligence, transaction structuring, and financial planning and analysis. Mr. Robert joined BOH in 2007 and brings experience from various positions within corporate finance, working for several Fortune 500 companies. He has served as Finance Manager for The Walt Disney Company, responsible for financial planning and decision support for the North American Publishing business based in New York City. Prior to, Mr. Robert spent three years as a public finance banker structuring more than $2 billion in bond financing transactions for Public Power entities in the United States and delivering project funding opportunities.

    Mr. Robert holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. in Finance and Corporate Strategy from The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

    CONTACT Lester Robert

    Address: 445 Park Avenue, 9th floor New York, NY 10022
    Phone: 212 829 5531

  • Carlos Velásquez
    Managing Principal – Colombia

    Carlos Velásquez is the Principal Colombia Partner at Sethos Capital Partners. Prior to joining Sethos, Mr. Velásquez served as Partner at LeafAir, LLC, a renewable energy consultancy organization across Europe and Latin America. During his tenure at LeafAir, Mr. Velásquez successfully transacted several projects such as installing a 35MW plant in Italy, 25MW wind farms and 19MW biomass plant in Poland, and a 20MW plant in Colombia. Mr. Velasquez also served as Vice President at Blue Ocean Harvest where he led on the successful “pilot” development of 140 residential apartment units in Antioquia, Colombia. The project’s aims were to confirm his team’s initial investment thesis that strong financial returns could be realized in the real estate sector within Colombia. In addition, during Mr. Velásquez’ tenure working at Argos Group in 1996, he became very instrumental in the design, execution and implementation of the reengineering program– a program that lead tremendous savings to the company. Mr. Velásquez also helped to launch Equity Home Lending Inc., a financial institution specializing in mortgages and financing for the construction sector, facilitating loans up US50 million.

    Mr. Velásquez is also a farmer. He is a grower of avocado, and today is helping local farmers work the transformation from conventional farming to organic farming. Pro-bono, he is helping Latin American farmers increase greater access to international markets by raising their productive farming capacity. Mr. Velásquez is a graduate of Universidad EAFIT and received a bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance.

    CONTACT Carlos Velásquez

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    Address: Carrera 43A 9 sur-91, Torre Norte, Oficina 1201
    Phone: +57(4) 444-9070

  • Kenneth Johnson, MBA, MD, FACC
    Managing Director

    Dr. Kenneth Johnson is a Managing Director at Sethos Capital Partners. Dr. Johnson began his career as a practicing physician in the field of cardiovascular diseases, where he obtained board certification in cardiology, interventional cardiology, vascular medicine and endovascular medicine. He eventually became the Director of Interventional Cardiology at the esteemed Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas Texas. It was during his tenure there that Dr. Johnson readily embraced and formed the foundation for his business acumen by creating new service lines for his practice and developing new referral streams never before conceived by his partners. Realizing that he truly belonged in the business arena, Dr. Johnson decided to obtain a formal business education by attending the renowned Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where he obtained a Masters in Business Administration in corporate finance and strategy.

    During his matriculation at the Kellogg School of Management, Dr. Johnson was recruited to be a Senior Director by a major pharmaceutical company to work with the strategy teams to assist in the launch of a novel cardiovascular drug. After successfully bringing the drug to market, Dr. Johnson was offered the position of Chief Strategy Officer for the practice management company responsible for the largest private practice cardiology group in the country. In this role Dr. Johnson was pivotal in realigning the corporate strategy for this assembly of cardiovascular service providers so that they could better endure the tumultuous climate of healthcare cuts and contracting referral streams. By creating and executing a business strategy that maximized revenue capture, developed ancillary business lines and eliminated waste, Dr. Johnson has helped this cardiovascular services group maintain independence in a climate that favors hospital integration for physicians.

    Dr. Johnson also serves as a member of the board of directors for Medtel24, one of the premier companies specializing in the medical telemetry arena, a business that generates $6 Billion in revenues annually.

    CONTACT Kenneth Johnson

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    Address: 445 Park Avenue, 9th floor New York, NY 10022
    Phone: 212 829 5531

  • Andrés Zorrilla
    Sr. Associate

    Andrés Zorrilla is a Senior Associate at Sethos Capital Partners. Prior to joining Sethos, Mr. Zorrilla was a private banker with Wells Fargo, serving some of the firm’s high-net-worth clients (HNWC) across Latin America. In addition, he brings over a decade of experience in commercial (as well as residential) real estate financing. Mr. Zorrilla earned a B.A. in Business Marketing from Florida International University. He is fluent in Spanish.

    CONTACT Andrés Zorrilla

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    Address: 445 Park Avenue, 9th floor New York, NY 10022
    Phone: 212 829 5531

  • Santiago Cáceres
    Sr. Associate

    Santiago Cáceres is a Senior Associate at Sethos Capital Partners. Prior to joining Sethos Capital Partners, Mr. Caceres was an analyst at Tipalma—a leading manufacturer of cardboard and packaging in Medellin, Colombia. While at Tipalma, Mr. Caceres lead the firm’s purchasing strategy that included significant saving gains. In addition, Mr. Caceres helped to co-found a ProPlanet—the only company in the City of Medellin to perform the recovery of TetraPak to fully renewable paper-based products. Mr. Caceres received a degree in international Business from CEIPA Business School. He speaks fluent Spanish and English.

    CONTACT Santiago Cáceres

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    Address: Carrera 43A 9 sur-91, Torre Norte, Oficina 1201
    Phone: +57(4) 444-9070