Beachhead Advisor, South East Asia
Jennifer Buckley has over 20 years experience in private equity having held leadership roles focused on growing mid-sized businesses across Europe and Asia. Much of her career was with GE Capital, where she operated both as an investment leader and board director, and where she developed deep practical experience in applying GE’s extensive management best practices to developing opportunities and solving business challenges, both ultimately aimed at value creation. Her expertise spans strategic & operational planning, financial & risk management, leadership & organisation design, salesforce effectiveness and M&A execution & integration.
In Singapore since 2011, Jennifer now leads SEAF’s Asian operations where she is building an investment initiative across South East Asia supporting women’s economic empowerment as well as global investment initiatives around delivering accessible, high quality low-cost healthcare in poorly served markets.
Previously Jennifer spent 14 years leading GE’s EMEA private equity business from London before moving to Singapore as GE Capital's Chief Investment Officer, Asia. In her tenure at GE she managed 36 investments across 17 countries over a diverse range of industries - healthcare, financial services, business services, communications & technology and oil & gas. She was a hands-on Board director in 13 of these investments working closely with the leadership teams on their day-to-day business challenges, particularly on driving growth through new products/services and new market strategies, both organically and through acquisitions where possible. Jennifer also worked with the leadership teams and 3rd party consultants to assess and implement operational improvements.
Jennifer partnered her GE Equity investment operation with GE’s Industrial businesses to develop deal opportunities where technology and innovation had scope to drive greater industry efficiency. In Asia she worked closely with GE Healthcare marketing its new product innovation, service delivery and healthcare IT to public-private partnerships, and to constituents seeking to improve the local healthcare systems in Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Viet Nam and Malaysia.
Jennifer spent her early career with Fletcher Challenge working both at it corporate headquarters in the Equity Management division as well as in an operating role in its Building Products division. Jennifer left Auckland in 1996 and joined Goldman Sachs International’s London office in a debt capital market role within its Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities division before leaving to join GE Capital in 1999.
Jennifer received her MSc in International Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics. She also holds a LLM (Hons) and LLB (Hons) from the University of Canterbury.
Private equity/investment management, strategic & operational planning, business development, new market entry, M&A/integration, financial & risk management, leadership & organisational design and social impact design/measurement.
Healthcare, Financial Services, Business Services, Communication & Technology, Oil & Gas/Energy Efficiency
Jennifer has experience working in Singapore, Malaysia, Viet Nam, Philippines, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia as well as in the United Kingdom and across EMEA.