Prior to joining NGP, Mr. Ruth served as a partner of Halyard Capital, a private equity firm with more than $600 million under management. Halyard makes growth equity and buyout investments in the communications, business services, and media sectors. Mr. Ruth was responsible for sourcing, screening, structuring and executing buyout, leveraged recapitalization and growth equity investments. He served as a member of Halyard’s Investment Committee and on the boards of directors of its portfolio companies. Prior to the formation of Halyard, Mr. Ruth was a senior investment banker delivering a full array of products to global communications and media clients while at CIBC World Markets and UBS Securities. Previously, Mr. Ruth worked at Alex. Brown & Sons and later at Butler Chapman & Co. focused on merger and acquisition advisory assignments across many sectors. Mr. Ruth's 18 years of experience on Wall Street includes a broad variety of principal investing, advisory and capital-raising experience. He has completed more than 40 transactions representing more than $10 billion in value. He serves as a Trustee of the America's Cup Hall of Fame and the Herreshoff Marine Museum. In 2009, Mr. Ruth was appointed as a member of the US Department of Commerce Iraq Business Dialogue. He has completed an executive education program at Harvard Business School and received a BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. Sethna has been working closely with Iraq’s leading political parties, business families, and entrepreneurs since 2003. Based in Baghdad for the last ten years, he worked for the Government of Iraq on financial, trade, and energy policies from 2003 to 2007. Since then, Mr. Sethna has represented a number of international companies involved in Iraqi oil and gas, banking, insurance, aviation, and construction projects among others. His assignments in Iraq have included: acting as strategic business adviser to Iraq's leading bank; public affairs and government relations consultancy for the world's largest insurance group; business development and government relations for various international oil companies; market entry advice for a Fortune 500 telecoms equipment maker; an in-depth study of the Iraqi oil sector for a European market researcher; and strategic advisory and relationship management for one of the world's leading alternative-investment managers. Mr. Sethna began his career with the United Nations in Brazil and also worked at the Sawyer/Miller Group in New York and the Rendon Group in Washington, D.C. and London. He received a BSFS from Georgetown University and an MIA from Columbia University.
Bartle Bull, an emerging markets fund manager, is the Manager of Iraq Investment Partners I, the world’s first Iraq-only public securities investment fund. Mr. Bull began his emerging markets investment career at the UK’s Jupiter Asset Management, where he established and ran the group’s Latin American investment management operation. Mr. Bull then managed Asian regional equities hedge funds for Jupiter in Hong Kong. He subsequently worked in Baku, Azerbaijan to establish the first portfolio investment fund for the Caucasus and Central Asia, until the Russian debt crisis of 1998. In 2000, Mr. Bull joined the emerging markets debt division of Van Eck Global in New York, leaving to focus on Iraq in 2004. Prior to co-founding NGP with Mr. Sethna in October 2007, he spent four years providing Iraq political analysis to a variety of publications and broadcast media outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, Fox News, the BBC, NPR and many others. Mr. Bull was presented with a personal Commander’s Shield by General David Petraeus in 2008 for the excellence of his Iraq political analysis for various news media. He received his BA from Harvard University and his MBA from Columbia Business School.