Dr. Bernd Schanzenbächer
Bernd is an acknowledged leader in Agricultural Investments, Sustainability and Socially Responsible Investments with over 25 years of experience in financial markets, business practices, and international public policy. Prior to EBG Capital, Bernd was Global Co-Head of Credit Suisse's Environmental Business Group (EBG) where he led implementation of the overall strategy and execution of EBG's cleantech and natural resource investment strategies. Bernd played a key role securing Credit Suisse's mandate for the Masdar Clean Tech Fund with Abu Dhabi and Siemens. Until 2007, Bernd was Credit Suisse's Global Head of Sustainability Affairs. He contributed as a Lead Author to the Chapter on "Impacts of Climate Change on Financial Services" of the IPCC Third Assessment Report. IPCC won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Prior to joining Credit Suisse Group in 1998, Bernd was the Economic Affairs Officer with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya and in Geneva, Switzerland. Bernd holds several Board / Advisory Board mandates including VTB Capital Agriculture Fund, Ariya Capital, ARGOS Real Asset Fund, and IFPRI Land Governance Initiative. Bernd is a lecture at the agricultural colleague of the University of applied science in Berne. He is a sought-after speaker in agricultural / sustainability conferences, and has been interviewed several times by national and international media such as NZZ or Thomson Reuters. Bernd holds a Master in Agronomy (Dipl-ing. agr.) and a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Hohenheim in Germany.
Dr. Urs Tuor
Urs has a broad professional experience spanning applied research in natural sciences, environmental engineering, and industrial agriculture and related food processing.
Trained as an organic chemist, his interest in environmental technologies led him to work in the cleantech sector, working on the remediation of toxic waste sites, water purification, and renewable energy. He supervised a collaboration on biological pest control in cash crops with an agricultural University in India, and served as a senior project manager in setting up the first industrial, green-field factory in India for the production of frozen concentrated orange juice, which attracted international industrial and strategic investors. In recent years, his focus was on permanent crops in emerging countries, namely citrus and cocoa.
As an entrepreneur, Urs was a co-Founder of a start-up company developing novel vaccines against bacterial diseases. 10 years into its existence, the company was acquired by a major global pharmaceutical company.
Urs holds a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences from the ETH in Zürich, and an Executive MBA from the Rotman Business School/University of Toronto.
Peter Falkenstein has over 10 years of experience in farm land investment. He has worked for ASI where he set up several farming operations for investment funds as well as for private investors.
He is experienced in investment analysis and practical farm management. He was working as consultant for a broad range of different clients mainly in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Prior to
this he was working for 9 years for Asgrow-Monsanto as marketing manager in the seed business in Germany.
Peter holds a master in Agronomy (Dipl-Ing. Agr.) from University of Hohenheim in Germany
Dr. Joerg Zimmermann
Joerg was raised on a cash crop farm near Stuttgart, Germany and Farm Management is still his passion.
Since 2009 he and his family live in Winnipeg/Canada. Joerg runs a Farm Management Advisory business working with his farm clients in Western Canada on strategic planning, goal setting, cash flow management, financial analysis and income projecting. Being involved in the AGRI-TREND network as Business-Coach allows Joerg to access a huge network of professionals within the North American farming sector. Prior to that he a position in International Sales with Ag Growth International Inc., where he was managing the International Sales Support Organization for the same company.
Between 2005 and 2008 Joerg developed a seed sales network in Northern Kazakhstan and managed an affiliated 2,000 ha demo farm in this area. Shortly after that, Joerg joined an US-based investment fund with large farm operations in Eastern Europe and the CIS, where he planned, analyzed and benchmarked the farms owned and operated by the fund.
Besides the work on his PhD thesis Joerg consulted large scale farms in Eastern Europe and the CIS in the area of Business Management for more than 7 years. During this time he was employed by large scale agricultural enterprises in the CIS and Russia. Starting in 2002, he built up and co-owned a 2,000 ha (5,000 ac) farm in Samara, Russia, where valuable lessons about practical farm management were acquired.
Joerg keeps close ties to German agriculture as he is involved in a 4,000 ha (10,000 ac) farming partnership in Eastern Germany operating several independent farms including his own.
He graduated from the University of Hohenheim, Germany majoring in Agricultural Economics. He completed his PhD in the area of management techniques for large farm enterprises at the same German university.
Jorge Vidal is an advisor with EBG Capital, with expertise in corporate finance, consulting and development finance.
He is currently an executive at ABANCA, Spain's leading bank in the Northeastern region.
Before joining ABANCA, he worked as a consultant in McKinsey & Company, where he served multinational companies, governments and investment funds in corporate finance and strategy projects in Europe, Africa and North and South America, with a particular focus in Agriculture, Agricultural Finance & Insurance and Financial Services. Prior to this he worked in impact investing and development finance, both as an investment associate at LeapFrog Investments and as an investment officer at the Southern African and Indian Ocean Division of the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg, where he worked in the origination, appraisal and supervision of projects and investment opportunities in the Asia and Africa. Before this, he was a business analyst in the Consulting Department of Deloitte & Touche in Ireland.
Jorge also co-founded a number of businesses that serve rural farmers in West Africa and a professor of finance at Escuela de Finanzas in Spain.
Jorge has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College of Cork (Ireland), a Bachelors of Science in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University (England), a Diploma in Microfinance from UNED (Spain) and University of Pacifico (Peru) and an MBA from INSEAD (France & Singapore). He is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Francesca Camilla Bruno
Francesca has actively supported and developed projects on Sustainable Development and Responsible Investments.
Trained as environmental engineer, Francesca has professional experience from working on Environmental Impact Assessment, Climate Change awareness, Responsible investments in commodities, Health & Safety, Reforestation practises, development of a new incubator for socially and environmentally driven startups. She also worked for a power generation and transport market leading multinational supporting a project on Sustainable Development, air pollution reduction solutions for coal and oil power plants and climate change challenges.
As an entrepreneur, Francesca founded a no-profit association whose mission is to enable climate action and spread awareness by centralising and localising reliable climate change news on a world map. Her ambition is to contribute integrating the vision of sustainability into the dynamics of the business world.
Francesca holds a Master in Environmental Engineering focused on Environmental Remediation Technologies from ETH Zurich and Politecnico di Milano.
Mark is the Chairman of Milltrust International Group, a global investment organisation focused exclusively on providing investment management expertise on traditional
and alternative investments in the Emerging Markets. Mr Ebert plays an active role overseeing the firm’s private placements business, which is focussed on the agricultural
sector and he serves on the advisory boards of a number of agricultural investment companies. Mr. Ebert is a senior figure in the investment world with over 32 years of
experience in managing investment banking, equity brokerage, private equity and asset management businesses.
He qualified as a Certified Public Accountant at Price Waterhouse, joined Citicorp Scrimgeour-Vickers in London responsible for trans-Atlantic M&A, and moved to UBS where he became Head of Mergers & Acquisitions. He then became co-head of Panmure Gordon, a UK institutional broker, and helped found the private equity business there, now Lyceum Capital. He was recruited by Lombard Odier & Cie. to head up its investment banking activities, which included its private equity funds business, now Akina Partners, where he served on the funds’ boards for 7 years. Mr Ebert co-founded Quadrum Partners in Zurich, focussed on advising investment managers, and then became Chairman of the Fortune Group in London, which provided advice on hedge fund strategies. Fortune was sold to Close Asset Management in the UK, and 2 years later he left to join his former Fortune colleagues as Chairman of Milltrust.
James has more than 10 years of experience in carbon finance, clean energy and social and environmental investments.
He is an investment manager with Stafford Capital Partners covering agriculture and cleantech investments. Prior to joining Stafford Capital Partners he was a Senior Advisor with EBG Capital developing agriculture investment strategies, reviewing investment opportunities and doing investment due diligence.
He started his career at Climate Change Capital, where he was responsible for developing their proprietary carbon finance model and helped to raise financing for an EOR carbon sequestration project, a biofuels refinery and an onshore wind farm. James subsequently joined London Bridge Capital where he worked on deals with low-carbon technology companies, both private and publicly-listed, operating in North America, Africa and Asia.
In 2009 he joined EnerCap Capital Partners in Prague as an Investment Manager and worked on a series of successful investments, including the acquisition of an operating 18 MW wind farm in CZ, building a 22MW wind project in Poland (now operating) and a 7.4MW solar park in CZ (also operating) and acquiring a 40 MW wind farm project in Croatia.
James left EnerCap in 2011 to start an advisory business called Tallis Ventures with his colleague Mark Campanale. He advertised a number of funds and companies operating in the agriculture, forestry, clean energy and social investment sectors in Europe, Africa and Asia.
James holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences from Clare College, Cambridge University.