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in the Food Transition

Thursday 30 May 2024
13:30 - 18:00 in Amsterdam

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in the Food Transition

Thursday 30 May 2024
13:30 - 18:00 in Amsterdam

Co-hosted by

Join us to explore how private wealth holders can effectively align their investments to foster a fair and future-proof food system.

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be conducted entirely in Dutch. Please have a look at our other events for English-language content.


Liz Duijves

Liz is co-founder of InvestNL's Fastlane program which prepares impact-driven Agrifood pioneers for their next round of funding. She has also invested in startups and venture capital funds operating in the food industry at InvestNl.

Our food production, distribution, and consumption methods do not only negatively impact our health but also the planet we live on.  An inclusive, sustainable, and resilient food system is possible, but it requires cooperation from a range of stakeholders, including farmers, consumers, governments, businesses, and investors. 

During this afternoon you will hear from experienced impact investors who are passionate about improving our food system and fund managers who will share how they invest in regenerative agriculture and aquaculture in Europe, Africa, and worldwide.

These investors will share their experiences:

Arne Driessen

Golden Bird Impact Investment

Arne is a gardener, japanologist, investor and grower of food forest plantings. Sustainability runs like a thread through his life. Arne is primarily involved in setting up, financing and guiding businesses and sustainable projects to make people's lives greener and healthier.

Ilse Bastmeijer

Goeie Grutten Impact Fonds

In the entrepreneurial family where Ilse grew up, food was central and that remained so throughout her working life as a marketer. With the discovery of impact investing a few years ago the desire arose to deal with food in a completely different way. Her passion for food turned out to go very well with the useful use of capital. Together with Bernd Voorsluijs, Ilse founded the Goeie Grutten Impact Fund. Since then, she has been active as an impact investor.

Koen van Seijen

Investing in Regenerative Agriculture

Koen van Seijen is the author and host of the Investing in Regenerative Agriculture podcast series. He interviewed over 300 investors, investment fund managers, opinion leaders, farmers, and scientists to find out how best to put money to work to regenerate soil, people, local communities, and ecosystems. 

These fund managers will share their knowledge


Frank van Roest - Board Member Portfolio Companies

Frank has been with Aqua-Spark since early 2015, just when Aqua-Spark started investing, and has had various roles within the investment team. After being the lead investment manager for the first 3 years, he led the investment team for over 5 years. He currently focuses on various board roles for portfolio companies. 
Frank has broad experience in deal structuring, portfolio management & active board positions, leading teams, as well as broad aquaculture sector knowledge.

In addition to board positions, Frank is the first point of contact on behalf of the investment team towards (potential) investors. Before Aqua-Spark, he was an associate at Stichting de Verre Bergen, a Rotterdam Venture Philanthropy Fund.


Gijs Boers - Founder & Managing Partner

Gijs is a co-founder of Grounded. With a Master of Finance & Investments and eight years of hands-on experience in building agri-businesses in Africa, he is the architect behind Grounded’s models and corporate structures. Leveraging 10 years of family office-backed early-stage investment experience and eight years of ground-up company development and capital raising in Africa through Grounded, Gijs brings invaluable experience in deal-structuring and business development. Together with Thekla, Gijs is responsible for investor relations. He divides his time between South Africa and the Netherlands.


Rogier Pieterse - Managing Partner

As a former entrepreneur and passionate about bringing change, Rogier has been leading Pymwymic since 2016. He is excited about those who aim to do good and the catalytic role of impact investing – aiming to keep pushing for improved standards in the way we all invest. 

Rogier has an investment background with extensive experience in evaluating, negotiating, structuring deals and creating value by scaling and initiating successful businesses. 
He has been an active board member for Pymwymic’s successful exits of Fairphone and Augmenta.

Van Lanschot Kempen

Tim van den Pol - Portfolio Manager

Tim is one of the portfolio managers of the SDG Farmland Fund. He joined Van Lanschot Kempen in 2017 and has worked with different teams within Van Lanschot Kempen investment management. 

Before joining Van Lanschot Kempen, Tim worked at a technology startup in the mining sector and completed internships at PwC Corporate Finance and Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research. He grew up on a family farm and spent his early summers on farms in the Netherlands and Germany. 

Date & Time:
Thursday 30 May, 13:30 - 18:00

KIT Royal Tropical Institute
Mauritskade 64, 1092AD Amsterdam

What is PYM

PYM is an independent foundation that connects and guides wealth owners to invest their capital consciously for a better world. We are a peer-to-peer community of families, philanthropists, individual investors, family offices, and foundations.
We believe in the power of money as a force for good. That is why we promote listed and non-listed impact investing. You can invest successfully in businesses, directly or through funds, that have a purpose beyond profit.

We focus on investors in the Benelux, but we welcome everyone who shares our goals to join us.

* The content of this program does not constitute professional and/or financial advice but is intended to give you a flavour of what is out there in this field. 


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