Bob Foresman

Senior Advisor


Bob joined SDR Ventures in 2022. In his current role as Senior Advisor, Bob is responsible for leading and closing transactions and business development across a variety of industries.


Bob Foresman served as Vice Chairman of UBS Investment Bank, based in New York, from 2016 to April 2020. Prior to joining UBS, he was the Barclays Group country head from 2009 to 2016 for Russia and the wider region, where he represented and coordinated the activities of Barclays Group in the region, including investment banking and wealth management. Prior to his work at Barclays, Bob was deputy chairman of Renaissance Capital from 2006 to 2009; chairman of the management committee for Russia and the CIS at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (from 2001 to 2006); and head of investment banking for Russia and the CIS at ING Barings (from 1997 to 2000). Bob also ran the Ukrainian Privatization Advisory office of the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) from 1993 to 1995 in Kyiv and worked on private equity and project finance transactions as an investment officer at IFC’s head office in Washington, DC, from 1995 to 1997. Bob served as an independent non-executive director of TMK Group, one of the world’s largest producers of steel pipe for the oil & gas industry, from 2012 to 2019. He is currently a shareholder and board member of Miami Steel, a $510m private greenfield micro steel mill development and eco industrial park in South Florida; a member of the board of Ascendant Digital Acquisition Corporation II, a $300m NYSE-listed Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation (SPAC); a member of the board of Twelve Seas Investment Company II, a $345m Nasdaq-listed SPAC; member of the board of InfoSec Global, a cybersecurity firm based in Toronto; and chairman of the advisory board of Amber Lion, a Zurich-based wealth investment management firm.


Bob is a member of the advisory board of Harvard University’s David Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Bob graduated from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences in 1993 and Bucknell University in 1990. He also received a certificate from the Moscow Energy Institute in 1989.


Bob and his wife, Luda, have 5 children and reside in Rye, NY.