Brent de Jong
Chairman & Founder
Brent de Jong is Chairman for Emergent Technology.
Brent de Jong has more than 20 years of investment experience, having worked on over 250 investments across 50 countries. Over the course of his career, Brent has developed a broad range of expertise in emerging markets in a variety of sectors, including energy, telecom, financial, natural resources, real estate, and transportation. He has built or helped manage multiple regulated businesses and has held various board roles in the investment, mining and non-profit sectors.
Brent is currently a partner at Castlelake, L.P., a global private investment firm, where he is responsible for investments in global special situations. He also serves as Chairman of Itafos, a vertically integrated phosphate fertilizers and specialty products company. Previously, Brent was the Chief Executive Officer of Zaff Capital LP, a private equity and real estate investment firm specializing in distressed investments and emerging markets. During his time at Zaff, he also served as an executive board member of RA Holdco, which emerged from the reorganization of Arcapita, a Bahrain investment bank, and the first Shariah compliant bankruptcy in the U.S.
Prior to joining Zaff, Brent was Ashmore Investment Management’s lead investment professional for special situations and infrastructure investments and served on the firm’s investment committee. During part of his time at Ashmore, he was seconded to AEI, a $10 billion emerging market energy infrastructure company, where he served as the Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, focused on strategy and development.
Earlier in his career, Brent worked at J.P. Morgan’s financial institutions group in London and J.P. Morgan’s structured finance group in New York. He has previously acted as a Director of companies including AEI, Promigas, Agria, Largo, Connacher Oil & Gas amongst others. Brent earned a B.A. from Georgetown University in economics.