Tamas Szalai
Investment Director


Prior to joining CEE EP, Tamas was Managing Partner of Virgin Green Fund Emerging Markets an Emerging European midmarket private equity fund supported by Sir Richard Branson focusing mainly on sustainability themes such as resource efficiency, consumer sustainability and renewables.


Before this, Tamas spent 11 years with Bancroft Private Equity covering the whole Emerging Europe region including Turkey. During this time he spent 6 months in Istanbul acting as interim CEO of an auto parts company. As partner and member of the Investment Committee he was responsible, among other things, for investments in companies such as Standard Profil (automotive components, TK, BG), Starman (cable operator, EST), EKO Faktoring (SME factoring, TK), Farutex (leading foodservice company in PL) and Computer Press (print media, B2C e-commerce CZ). Tamas also played key roles in Nowaco (#1 food service company in CZ, SK and HU), Bonton (media & entertainment group, CZ) and Dumagas (trucking and logistics, RO).

Tamas began his career as a financial journalist working first for the leading Hungarian business daily (Napi Gazdasag) and then for HVG, the number one Hungarian financial and economic weekly. He moved into investing as head of equity research with Concorde Securities in 1997.


Tamas holds a Masters degree in Economics and Sociology from Budapest University of Economics (Corvinus University) and an MSc in Finance and Economics from the University of Illinois. A keen runner, sailor, skier and tennis player, he also loves theatre and film and speaks English, Hungarian, some Russian and basic Spanish.


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