Honorary Board Members

  • Bert van der Vaart
    SEAF CEO and Co-Founder

    Bert van der Vaart

    Bert van der Vaart co-founded  Small Enterprise Assistance Funds in 1989.  He managed SEAF’s first fund in Poland from 1994 to 1997, when he became SEAF’s CEO and President. He has led the growth of SEAF to more than $700 million in committed capital, 35 investment funds, and more than 400 investments. SEAF operates throughout Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. 

    Prior to 1994, Mr. van der Vaart was a Partner and Associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C, and Brussels. Prior to that, he was a management consultant with Bain & Company in London and Munich.

    Mr. van der Vaart holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.Phil in Economics and a B.A. in Politics and Economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar.

    A Dutch national and dual citizen of the Netherlands and the United States, Mr. van der Vaart speaks Dutch, English, German, French, and some Polish.

  • Susan Niczowski
    Canada

    Susan Niczowski

    Susan Niczowski knew her calling early in life. She started her business in the basement of her parent's house, where she and her mother, Francis, thinking 15 years ahead of their time made home replacement dinners years before it became fashionable. In 1991, Susan started Summer Fresh Salads Inc., and at that time, the company focused all of its attention servicing the local Toronto market with , prepared salads creations.

    Over the years the company has grown to offer a full line of prepared salads, home meal replacement solutions, dips, appetizers and fresh soups. Since its inception, Summer Fresh Salads Inc. sales has grown in leaps and bounds; a growth of almost $10 million in 3 years, reaching over $41 million in 2005. Summer Fresh has grown today from a Toronto delivery system to a company recognized across Canada and in the USA.

  • Zoran Jolevski
    Macedonia

    Zoran Jolevski

    Professor Zoran Jolevski is currently the Minister of defence in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia. Previously he served as an Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the United States . In November 2008, he also has been appointed the Macedonians chief negotiator on name differences with Greece under the auspices of the United Nations. From January 2011 he is non resident Ambassador to Mexico and to Brazil.

    From 2000 to 2004, Ambassador Jolevski was Chief of Staff to the late Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski, and served as the Chief Adviser to the Macedonian Government on Macedonia's World Trade Organization accession. He has served in various other capacities in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Working for Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading US consulting firm, he was managing the Macedonian Business Environment Activity and the World Trade Organization Compliance Activity

    Ambassador Jolevski has been the founder and the first President of the Institute for Economic Strategies and International Affairs Ohrid. He served also as a President of The Boris Trajkovski International Foundation from 2004 to 2005. Prior to his appointment as ambassador he served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tobacco Company PRILEP, as well as member of the board of SEAVUS, Airports MACEDONIA and SKOPJE FAIR. He also was Vice Chairman of the UN/ECE Committee on Trade, Industry and Enterprise Development (2005-2007), as well as a Member of Team of Specialists on Internet Enterprise Development at UN/ECE (1999-2003) Ambasador Jolevski holds a Ph.D. in International Economy from the Faculty of Economy, as well as a Master of Science in International Trade Law. He is author of two books, chief editor of several books as well as author of more then hundred articles.

    Zoran Jolevski married Suzana Jolevska and they have two sons: Pero (1988) and Filip Jolevski (1992).