Mr. Pohren co-founded 57 Stars in 2005. He leads private equity partnership, secondary, and co-investments transactions, and is a voting member of the firm’s investment and management committees.
Prior to forming 57 Stars, Mr. Pohren served at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. As a Director in OPIC’s Investment Funds Department, he oversaw significant parts of OPIC’s USD 3.5 billion private equity program and was instrumental in redesigning OPIC’s investment funds product, structure, and fund manager evaluation processes. Before joining the Investment Funds Department, Mr. Pohren worked as a Manager in OPIC’s Project Finance Department where he structured direct financings throughout the emerging markets. In 2004, Mr. Pohren took a leave of absence to accept an assignment with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, to help design and implement an emerging markets private equity investment plan. Prior to working at OPIC, Mr. Pohren was an Associate in corporate finance at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company.
Mr. Pohren earned a BS (with high distinction) in Business Administration from the University of Maine and an MBA from University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Mr. Pohren is a returned Peace Corps volunteer.