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Javier Saade

Associate Administrator
Javier Saade

Javier is the SBA's Associate Administrator for the Office of Investment and Innovation (OII) and is part of the SBA's senior leadership team. He leads the agency's Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program and its Early Stage Investing and Impact Investing initiatives, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program.

He joins the SBA with 20 years of global general management, principal investing, strategic consulting and entrepreneurial experience. Most recently he was an Advisor to a California-based impact investing and advisory firm, Pacific Community Ventures, and an Advisor to a Colorado-based $1.3 billion family office, Aspen Grove Capital. Concurrently to these, he was a Partner at Brand Maestro LLC, a New York City-based brand strategy firm.

Prior to that, he was a Managing Director of The GEM Group, a principal investment firm focused on making private equity, venture capital and structured investments in emerging markets around the world. Before GEM, Javier was a Partner at Pollen Design, an industrial design firm and a co-founder of Atenergy, a company in the solar energy space. He also held positions at Bridgewater Associates, a $130 billion macro hedge fund, and Paradigm Ventures LP, a Chicago-based venture capital firm. While at Paradigm, he co-founded, invested and was one of the first top operational executives of a national media & entertainment company.

Javier's foundational career years were spent at McKinsey & Company, Booz Allen & Hamilton and Abbott Laboratories.

He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in Operations and Technology from Illinois Institute of Technology, and a BS in Industrial Management with a concentration in Manufacturing / Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.