"It is undeniable that the Diaspora is critical to the transformational journey of their country of origin. Whether it is through remittances or through repatriation, the Diaspora has been a determining factor in quantum improvements in citizens lives. Here at Homestrings we focus on facilitating and broadening the impact that the Diaspora has on their home country by providing in-depth research, policy advice, and transaction structuring and financing. Since 2011, Homestrings has advised sovereign policy-makers, development financial institutions and project sponsors on how to engage more effectively with the global diaspora to facilitate the needed socio-economic transformation in their homeland."
Mr. Eric Guichard is founder & CEO of Movement Capital Ltd (aka Homestrings), an investment platform that caters exclusively to Frontier and Emerging Market investors including the global Diaspora. Movement showcases promising emerging market companies on the verge of disrupting industries and markets in which they operate. Prior to Movement Capital Ltd, Eric was Founder and Chairman of GRAVITAS Capital, an institutional asset management company he created in 1996. Before his entrepreneurial stint, Eric was Portfolio Manager at the World Bank where he also served as technical adviser to sovereign and multilateral institutions worldwide.
Eric is a graduate of the University of Dakar, in Senegal; of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh; and of the Harvard Business School, where he earned his MBA (World Bank Scholar and Harvard Fellowship award.)
He serves on several non-profit boards, including: the University of Maryland's Center for Financial Policy – an academic think tank on policy reform; and has served on the boards of Capital Partners for Education – an inner city mentorship program; and on OIC International – an initiative that encourages economic self-reliance in Africa. Eric received a 2009 Risk Innovator Award for Finance from Risk & Insurance Magazine for innovative work at GRAVITAS. In 2013 he received "Entrepreneur of the Year Award" from London-based African Diaspora Awards for successfully launching Homestrings.com, precursor to Movement Capital. In 2014, Homestrings Ltd received the "African Financier of the Year" Award from the Association of African-Owned Enterprises, UK.