Thomas Gibian

retired Head of School, Sandy Spring Friend School

Tom served as Head of School for Sandy Spring Friends School, a PK-12 college preparatory day school with an optional boarding program located in Sandy Spring, Maryland. He was appointed Head in July 2010, prior to which he served on the board of trustees (1996-2004) including clerk of the board (2002-2004). Before he became Head of School, Tom founded ECP Private Equity, a leading private equity manager focused exclusively on Africa. Headquartered in Washington DC, ECP has seven offices across Africa and 20 years of successful investing experience in companies operating in over 40 countries on the continent. As CEO of ECP, Tom assisted in the formation and implementation of ECP’s investment strategy and managed key relationships with shareholders and portfolio companies.

Prior to founding ECP, Tom 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, Tom served as a Managing Director in EMP Global’s Asia Funds, which managed more than $2.8 billion. Prior to his work with EMP Global’s Asia Funds, Tom 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.

Tom 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 E L Haynes, a public charter school in Washington DC, the Kendal Corporation, Friends Academy and Partners Global.  He serves a trustee for the College of Wooster in Ohio and is on the Policy Committee of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Tom received a BA with honors from the College of Wooster and an MBA in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.