Peter JohnsonManaging Partner

    As co-founder & co-Managing Partner, Peter has helped lead DWM’s business creating/managing market-return impact investments in emerging & frontier markets starting with DWM’s first impact investment vehicle (in microfinance) in 1999.   Working with institutional investors & partners, DWM’s team of 30 investment professionals have made over 700 private loans and 25 PE investments for a dozen impact funds managed or advised by DWM.   Peter oversees fund management and certain key investor relationships, all within DWM’s investment focus of inclusive finance (financial institutions serving impact needs, such as microfinance and SME finance), agriculture & rural communities, off-grid solar & climate action, water & sanitation, education, housing and, especially, women’s economic opportunity.

    Prior to DWM, Peter spent 14 years with Bankers Trust (now Deutsche Bank), focused exclusively on emerging and frontier markets. As an investment banker in London with Gulf institutional clients, he helped restructure direct investments in Asia, LatAm, and E. Europe. In New York, Peter conceived and executed multiple bond issues to restructure $14 billion of debt to the U.S. government by sovereigns from S. Asia to N. Africa. In Cairo, Peter opened and managed Bankers Trust’s Egypt office and negotiated the bank’s first debt for equity swap (Sudan) and first financing backed by workers’ remittances (Saudi Arabia to Egypt).

    Peter has an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a BS from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and studied at the American University of Beirut. He is competent in French, conversant in Spanish and abysmal in Arabic. He has served on the board of Pro Mujer International and was honored to chair the Board of this pioneering 100% women-focused microfinance & health institution.  He has also served on the board of Pro Mujer Mexico and as a shadow board member at Bank Andara in Indonesia.