Peter JohnsonManaging Partner

From the firm’s first work on an impact investment vehicle (in microfinance) in 1999, Peter has helped lead DWM’s core function of creating and managing market-return impact investments in the developing world. For many years Peter managed the Products and Partnerships Team and was responsible for the origination of new impact funds, impact structured products and investor relations. Today, as Managing Partner, he serves as the relationship manager for certain key investors and partners and he chairs the DWM Credit Committee and is on the DWM Investment Committee.

From 1994 through 2004, Peter co-managed DWM I Fund, L.P., the firm’s legacy activity, with Judy Kirst-Kolkman, which participated in over 350 IPOs and Secondary Offerings on local emerging and frontier market stock exchanges. 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 their direct investments in Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. In New York, Peter conceived and executed multiple bond issues to restructure $14 billion of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) debts to the U.S. government by sovereigns from South Asia to North Africa. In Cairo, Peter opened and managed Bankers Trust’s Egypt office and negotiated Bankers Trust’s first debt for equity swap and first asset backed financing backed by workers’ remittances.

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. From 1996 to 2013 Peter was on the board of Pro Mujer International and served from 2003-2006 as Chairman of the Board. Until 2007 he was also on the board of Pro Mujer Mexico. From 2011 to 2013 Peter served as a shadow board member at Bank Andara in Indonesia.