GEF is a private equity fund manager focused on resource productivity investments globally. For more than 25 years, the firm has been investing in businesses in both emerging and developed markets, principally in North America, Latin America and South Asia, where changing energy, environmental and natural resource use has resulted in business and financial opportunities.

GEF was founded by Jeff Leonard and John Earhart in 1990 on the principle that well-deployed capital can bring significant improvements to the environment and quality of life throughout the world. Today, GEF seeks to build on this legacy by focusing its investments on resource efficiency across six sectors – energy efficiency, clean energy value chain, water, waste, food and agriculture, and materials.

GEF is passionate about bringing to bear its two key strengths for the benefit of both investors and portfolio companies during the entire investment process:

  • a deep experience gained in over 25 years of partnering with and investing in companies around the world focused on resource productivity
  • an on the ground presence in three core geographies (North America, Latin America, and Southeast Asia), where the growth and change in our sectors has developed a strong network of companies with which to partner