Thomas R. Gibian

Thomas R. Gibian Back to Board Founder, ECP Private Equity (Africa)

Mr. Gibian serves as the Head of School for Sandy Spring Friends School, a PK-12th grade college preparatory day school with an optional boarding program located in Sandy Spring, Maryland.
Mr. Gibian has served as Head of Sandy Spring Friends School since July 2010. His earlier affiliation with the School was as a Trustee (1996-2004 serving as Clerk from 2002-2004). Prior to becoming Head of School, Mr Gibian founded ECP Private Equity, a leading private equity manager focused exclusively on Africa.

Headquartered in Washington DC, ECP has seven offices across Africa and fifteen years of successful investing experience in companies operating in over 40 countries on the continent. As CEO of ECP, Mr. Gibian assisted in the formation and implementation of ECP’s investment strategy and managed key relationships with shareholders and portfolio companies. He remains a member of ECP investment committees.
Prior to founding ECP, Mr. Gibian served as Chief Operating Officer for the AIG African Infrastructure Fund, managing the daily operations of the fund and overseeing the structuring and valuation of investments. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Gibian served as a Managing Director in EMP Global’s Asia Funds, which managed more than $2.8 billion in capital for investments. Prior to his work with EMP Global’s Asia Funds, Mr. Gibian spent three years as Executive Director and Co-Head of the Structured and Project Finance Group at Goldman Sachs Asia, where he was the firm’s senior representative on several groundbreaking transactions in China and Southeast Asia.
He has served on the boards of NYSE, NASDAQ and London listed companies as well as private companies in Europe, Africa and Asia. He is presently a Trustee for the Center for Global Development, Kendal Corporation, Friends Council on Education and was recently nominated as a Trustee for the College of Wooster in Ohio.
Mr. Gibian received a bachelor’s degree with honors from the College of Wooster and received an MBA in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.