Brent de Jong
Director and Chairman
Mr. de Jong is a Partner at Castlelake, responsible for the firm’s investments in emerging markets. He joined Castlelake in 2016 with over 20 years of investment experience, having worked on more than 200 investments across 43 countries. Over the course of his career, Mr. de Jong has developed a broad range of expertise in emerging markets in a variety of sectors, including: energy, telecom, financial, natural resources, real estate, and transportation. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. de Jong was the chief executive officer of Zaff Capital LP, a private equity and real estate investment firm specializing in distressed investments and emerging markets. During his time at Zaff, Mr. de Jong also served as an executive board member of RA Holdco, which emerged from the reorganization of Arcapita, a Bharaini investment bank, and was the first Sharia compliant bankruptcy in the US. Prior to joining Zaff, Mr. de Jong was the lead investment professional with Ashmore Investment Management for special situations and infrastructure investments and served on the firm’s investment committee. During his time at Ashmore, Mr. de Jong founded and was seconded to AEI, a U.S.$10 billion emerging market energy infrastructure company, and served as the chief executive officer and vice chairman of the board of directors and focused on strategy and development. Earlier in his career, Mr. de Jong worked at JPMorgan’s financial institutions group in London and JPMorgan’s structured finance group in New York. Mr. de Jong received a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University in economics. Mr. de Jong currently serves as an executive director at Agria Corporation, a NYSE listed company with assets primarily in New Zealand, and a board member of several other organizations in the investment, mining and non-profit sectors. Mr. de Jong is a current director of GB Minerals Ltd., a TSXV- listed issuer, and has previously acted as a director of Connacher Oil and Gas Limited (TSX) and Largo Resources Ltd. (TSX).