• MATTHEW MAGENHEIM

    Matt joined the Investments Office in February 2018.  He was previously a Co-Founder and Partner of Development Capital Partners, an investment manager focused on Africa and other frontier markets.  Prior to Development Capital, Matt was based in Johannesburg where he concentrated on sub-Saharan Africa for Allan Gray, a South African asset manager with over $40 billion in assets under management.  Previously, Matt worked on private equity investments in Southeast and Central Asia for Leopard Capital and Projects International.  He also worked in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley.

    In addition to his financial experience, Matt has held management positions at the William J. Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative and Climate Initiative’s Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program.  Matt received his M.B.A. with honors and distinction from Columbia Business School and his A.B. summa cum laude from Bowdoin College.  He is a recipient of the Royal Government of Cambodia's Sahametrei Medal and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Friends Without a Border, a nonprofit organization that has built two pediatric hospitals in South East Asia.

What do you love about Wesleyan?

I only recently joined the team so am still getting acquainted with the University, but as a graduate of a fellow NESCAC college, I have a deep appreciation for the liberal arts education.  At a time when data and information are changing faster than ever before, it seems that knowing how to think and articulate a viewpoint have never been more important than knowing just a technical answer. 

I would add that there is a terrific sense of community at Wesleyan which is particularly strong in the Investments Office.

What inspires you/ what do you care about?

I have been fortunate to spend most of my career to date living, investing and working in the developing world.  I have witnessed the impact of affordable and reliable electricity on a remote village, a new export market on the lives of rural herdsmen and a bottle of nevirapine solution on an HIV-exposed newborn.

These experiences have inspired me to find ways to combine my financial and entrepreneurial background with my philanthropic interests to promote the “common good.”   Although the most personal rewards come from direct interaction and mentorship, the greatest impacts can often be made by contributing to an institution and its mission.  I am motivated in my current position by the role that the Investment Office plays in supporting Wesleyan’s financial aid budget and program development and knowing that this relationship will catalyze today’s students as well as future students to impact the world for good.

What do you do for fun?

Most of my free time these days is spent playing with my nine-month old daughter who seems to be learning something new on a daily basis – mastery of turning while in the walker most recently.  I am also Chairman of the Board of Friends Without a Border (www.fwab.org),  a nonprofit which has built pediatric hospitals in Siem Reap, Cambodia and Luang Prabang, Lao PDR that have treated almost two million children in Southeast Asia.

While my hook shot has atrophied a bit since the arrival of my daughter, I still enjoy playing pick-up basketball (and softball).  I am an avid Podcast listener and try to do the crossword puzzle every day.  Lastly, I enjoy international travel, especially in Asia and Africa.