Mr. Deakin is the Director at Providence Private Markets. He has almost 30 years of a proven international track record establishing companies and profit centers through private investments /venture capital, and property development in U.S, Europe and Brazil. In addition he established companies and profit centers by creating and implementing successful business strategies, creation of trading/sales desk and execution of corporate coverage divisions for investment banks. With investment experience in alternative asset & lending since 1987, Mr. Deakin was previously the Managing Director for Rio Bravo, successfully spearheading international fund raising activities for the Rio Bravo Energy fund. Before this, Mr. Deakin was a Partner of CRP Participações, which is Brazil’s oldest private equity/ venture capital firm, where he was an investment professional and subsequently responsible for international fund raising. Prior to entering the private equity arena, Mr. Deakin gained substantial international experience in the other sectors of alternative assets, such as real estate, where he was a CFO and partner for 11 years for a Brazilian real estate developer, and in capital markets with Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch in London A dual British and American citizen, Mr. Deakin is an economist from Tufts and Oxford University with a MBA in International Marketing and Finances from the Anderson Graduate School, UCLA, and in addition to English is fluent in Portuguese.