Sean Hinton is a senior investment and strategy executive, advisor and company director with over 25-years’ experience of leading growth, globalisation and social impact. He has lived in China (2007–2016) and Mongolia (1988–1995) as well as Australia, U.S.A. and the U.K. for many years, and worked in a wide range of sectors including investment, finance, healthcare, real estate, energy, mining and media. Sean’s track record spans the business cycle from leading startups to running IPO’s, and he brings deep cross-cultural experience in corporate governance, government affairs and corporate social responsibility.
From 2015 - 2022 Sean was the CEO of the Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF) and Director of the Economic Justice Program at the Open Society Foundations, one of the world’s largest private foundations. He led the global portfolio of private equity and debt investments, as well as the grant-making and policy advocacy program on economic advancement that he founded, with a total budget of more than $100m/year.
He is Chairman of Global Access Health, a business that works to expand access to affordable state-of-the-art medical technology and diagnostics through its subsidiaries Mologic and GAD, following a buy-out he led in 2021 with SEDF and a group of philanthropic investors. His past board roles include Deputy-Chairman of SouthGobi Resources (TSX: SGQ, HK: 1878), where he led the turnaround of a distressed Hong Kong and Vancouver dual-listed coal mining company, including a period as interim CEO supervising crisis management, public affairs, government relations and managing a multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigation. His non-profit board experience includes the Natural Resource Governance Institute (where he chairs the Nomination and Governance committee), and the International Advisory Board of the Baha’i Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland.
Prior to this, Sean was CEO of Terbish Partners, a firm he founded in 2007 to provide strategic advisory services on cross-border investments primarily in the extractive industries. In this capacity he was a long-term senior advisor to Goldman Sachs (Asia), and the Rio Tinto group on their social impact strategies. In 2007 he led the in-house team running the US$1.9bn Hong Kong IPO and inaugural high-yield debt raise, for SOHO China (HKG: 0410) one of China’s leading property companies.
Sean began his career at McKinsey & Company, specialising in strategy and growth in the media and entertainment practice. As Managing Director of Ealing Studios he subsequently led a £150m acquisition and turnaround of the world’s oldest film studio, before joining and co-leading MEA, a boutique media investment banking and advisory firm in London.
Sean is an Executive-in-Residence at University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School; a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute; a member of the British Academy of Film Television Arts (BAFTA); and served as Mongolia’s Honorary Consul-General in Australia. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the University of Cambridge, and the MIT Sloan School of Management.