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Our team has a diverse set of international experiences and profiles that allows us to assist our portfolio companies to achieve the maximum results with our investment.

Based in the Netherlands, we invest in companies active in different parts of the world. We understand the opportunities and risks related to emerging markets and the agricultural & food sector. The team has a global network that they actively engage throughout the investment process and after investing.

Paulo Bello

Paulo worked in the global commodity markets for 20 years before founding ForestEffect Fund in 2016. He worked for organisations such as Cargill, Intersnack, BHP Billiton and has deep knowledge of local conditions for the production of commodities in developing countries. During this time, his work brought him to most regions where commodities are produced. This includes West Africa, South and Central America and Asia. Since 2005, Paulo has invested in companies and projects in emerging markets and the Netherlands with sustainable business cases.

In 2016, his experiences and network led to the ForestEffect Fund where he acts as CEO and investment manager. In the new Fund, he will act as CEO of the Manager and his key role is deal development and deal negotiation.
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Walle Oppedijk van Veen

Walle has been investing in sustainable projects and companies in emerging markets since 2005. He has developed deep knowledge and skills to create business cases around sustainability. He worked for Accenture, Shell and BHP Billiton and in 2008, Walle co-founded an investment and trading firm with Paulo. Since that time, he developed and executed many investments in emerging economies in sectors such as sugarcane, citrus, cocoa, agroforestry, palm oil, coffee and fruits (juices).

In 2016, he co-founded ForestEffect where he is responsible for deal origination, executing investments and assisting investee companies on the development of sustainable business cases. In the new Fund, he will continue to act as a partner and his key role is deal negotiation and deal execution.
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West Africa office (Ghana): Fodé Bangoura

Fode brings extensive experience in impact investing, as well as an important network in Africa.