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Based in the Netherlands, we invest in companies active in different parts of the world. We understand the opportunities and risk 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 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.
WALLE OPPEDIJK VAN VEEN
Walle Oppedijk van Veen worked for Accenture, Shell and BHP Billiton where he developed the global carbon emissions business together with Paulo. His work led him to invest in sustainable projects in emerging markets and developed his knowledge and skills to create business cases around sustainability. In 2008, Walle co-founded starting 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.
Willem was part of the co-founders of the ForestEffect Fund and the Manager. Willem currently serves as the Chairman of the ForestEffect Fund Investment Committee. He is also partner of Roodhals Capital, a boutique corporate finance firm that advises and arranges financial solutions for investors and mid-sized companies in Europe. Willem was co-portfolio manager of the Branta Solutions Fund (2009-2013) that invested, among others, in trends in agriculture and natural resources. Before that he was a banker at ING Bank (1991 – 2007), where he lent to and invested in agrifirms, ranging from cocoa traders to chicken farms and fertilizer producers.