Team

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Tanja Havemann

Co-founder, Director

With over a decade of experience in the environmental finance sector, Tanja has worked with companies, Governmental, Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on investments, research, strategy development and advisory. Tanja established Clarmondial (previously BeyondCarbon) in Zurich in May 2010 to facilitate investments linked to improved natural resource use efficiency, including payments for environmental services (e.g. carbon finance), climate smart agriculture, renewable energy, and sustainable forestry. Tanja previously worked for Climate Change Capital (UK), and has carried out work for organisations including the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), GIZ and BAPPENAS, the Indonesian Ministry responsible for planning, the East African Community (EAC) and the World Economic Forum (WEF).Tanja has an LLM in Environmental Law and Policy from University of Kent, and an MSc in Applied Environmental Economics (Imperial College London) and a BSc (Hons) in Tropical Environmental Science from University of Aberdeen. She was born and grew up in Tanzania and Kenya. She speaks English and Danish fluently, and limited German, Portuguese and Swahili.

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Fred Werneck

Co-founder, Partner

Fred is a specialist in private investments in emerging markets and financial structuring, with 20 years of experience across various markets and financial products. He co-founded Clarmondial with Tanja Havemann in 2010, to design and implement investment solutions within the natural resource management sectors. Fred also acted as Chief Investment Officer of IFIT Fund Services from 2013 to 2016. Prior to joining IFIT, he was the fund manager of responsAbility Ventures I, a venture capital fund for businesses that address basic needs of low-income population in emerging markets. During his nearly 5 years at responsAbility, Fred led equity and quasi-equity investments in multiple sectors and continents, heading a team that analysed some 2’000 SMEs and microfinance institutions. He worked in investment banking (M&A) in South America from 1999 to 2006, before earning an MBA at London Business School, and leading climate-related investments at Climate Change Capital, a London-based asset manager. Swiss and Brazilian, Fred is a native Portuguese speaker, is fluent in English and Spanish, speaks French and is learning German.

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Kaspar Baumann

Partner

Kaspar has over 10 years of experience in private investments in emerging and frontier markets, primarily in financial inclusion and sustainable natural resource management. Previously, he worked at a Swiss asset manager specialized in impact investments, where he was responsible for private equity investments in financial institutions in 14 countries Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Since 2014, Kaspar is an independent member of the board of directors of an SME-focused bank in North Macedonia. He holds an MSc in Neuroscience from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and an MBA from Saïd Business School (University of Oxford). He speaks German, English, French and Spanish.

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Dr. Christine Negra

Christine has a PhD in Soil Science from the University of Vermont and is an internationally recognised expert in sustainable land management. Building on her early career as a soil chemist and agricultural Extension agent, Christine has led research programs for EcoAgriculture Partners, the CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS), and the H. John Heinz III Centre for Science, Economics and Environment. She has also delivered multi-disciplinary research projects with the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the World Agroforestry Center, the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative, CSIRO, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Based in New York City, Christine’s work emphasizes policy and finance innovation to address climate change and other challenges facing agricultural landscapes.

Christine is an advisor to Clarmondial.

Ali bin Mohamed

Mohamed counts on 15+ years of experience in investment advisory (including Islamic finance) and consulting roles. Former Head of Africa for a sovereign wealth fund, Mohamed originated and executed transactions in a variety of sectors, including Agriculture. In his previous banking experience, he has been involved with a large variety of transactions, capital raising and advisory across Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Mohamed was previously head of Africa for Qatar Financial Centre, where he has led mandates for prominent African groups including the Central Bank of Kenya, Bank of Uganda, Central Bank of Tanzania, Kenya Commercial Bank and Equity Bank. He was previously head of Agriculture for Hassad Foods. He sits on the boards of Fintech Group International Kenya, ABM Capital Mauritius and East African Bank Djibouti. Mohamed holds an MBA and is a certified Sharia’a Auditor and Advisor and is an associate Member of Chartered Securities & Investment Institute (CISI) in the UK. He speaks English, Dutch, Afrikaans, Swahili, Somali and Arabic.

Mohamed is an advisor to Clarmondial and is based between the Middle East and Africa.

Frank Hicks

Frank Hicks

Based in Costa Rica, Frank has circa 30 years experience with sustainable land management investments, including sourcing, investments and technical assistance. He has significant experience with supporting new funds in the sustainable commodities sector, having acted as board chair (and currently as board committee member) to Root Capital and board member to the EcoEnterprises Fund. Frank also has extensive technical know-how through his work with Forest Trends, Rainforest Alliance, TechnoServe, USAID Biodiversity Conservation Network and the Ford Foundation. Frank holds a BA from Stanford in Human Biology and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard, John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Frank is an advisor to Clarmondial, mainly with regards to the Food Securities Fund.

Soumaila Diakite

Based in Abidjan, Soumaila was an investment officer at Injaro Investments Ltd, a private equity fund manager specialized in growth equity investing along agricultural value chains in West Africa. He joined Injaro in 2012 and was responsible for sourcing, conducting due diligence and transaction structuring on potential investments in the region. Prior to Injaro, Soumaila worked as a project & investment analyst for BNI Gestion, the asset management arm of the National Investment Bank of Côte d’Ivoire. In this role, he structured several mutual fund projects, performed equity research and monitored portfolio companies. Soumaila started his career in the market research service at Orange Côte d’Ivoire after graduating from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce d’Abidjan (ESCA). He holds a Master (MSc.) in Finance from EM Lyon Business School and the Executive Programme on Impact Investing from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Soumaila is an advisor to Clarmondial with regards to the Food Securities Fund.

Dr Hans Balyamujura

Hans has over 25 years of experience in management of agribusinesses and agricultural financial services. Until September 2019, he acted as Principal Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Hans was the General Manager of Absa AgriBusiness for Africa, where he was responsible for Absa Africa’s agribusiness business development, origination and supporting client relationship management across Africa, until 2013. Hans also worked as the General Manager: Agriculture at TSB Sugar (now RCL Foods) and was Head of Emerging Agriculture at First National Bank. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics (Marketing Tea for Uganda’s Smallholder Sector) from the University of the Free State, a Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Pretoria and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from Makerere University, Uganda. He is currently based in South Africa.

Hans is an advisor to Clarmondial with regards to the Food Securities Fund.

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Yves Speeckaert

Yves is a Luxembourg-based independent director of investment funds (e.g. with Rothschild, UBS, KBL) and industrial holdings, specialising in private equity and alternative investment funds in infrastructure, agriculture, timber, real estate and SME financing. As director of KPMG Consulting in London and Sao Paulo, he led various high profile engagements in the telecoms, energy and agriculture sectors. As director of structured finance of Banca Intesa – San Paolo (Brazil and London), he worked with leaders of the telecom companies and vendors to structure new operators funding in Spain and Latin America. From 2005 to 2010, he was senior consultant in 15 African countries (World Bank, EuropeAid). He is a member of the Luxembourg Institute of Administrators (ILA) and holds an MBA from UC Berkeley.

Yves is an advisor to Clarmondial with regards to the Food Securities Fund.

Danny van Det

Danny van Det

Danny has gained vast experience in banking with an focus on agriculture, credit, and risk, both in the Netherlands and abroad. In the Netherlands he has worked both for local banks and the Rabobank HQ until he moved to Tanzania in 2008 to become the Chief Credit Officer and later Chief Risk Officer of the NMB bank. In 2013, he left for Brazil to become Executive Director – Credit for Banco Sicredi (a major cooperative bank). In 2018, Danny returned to Africa to become the Chief Financial & Risk Officer of the Farm to Market Alliance based in Nairobi, Kenya. In June 2019 he was asked to join the board of Banco Regional in Paraguay as an alternate director. Danny has a degree in Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and speaks Dutch, English, Portuguese, Spanish and Surinamese.

Danny is an advisor to Clarmondial with regards to the Food Securities Fund.

Jacques Taylor

Jacques has over 20 years of experience in banking, agricultural finance, credit operations and commodity trading internationally, with a particular focus on Sub Saharan Africa. He currently leads John Deere’s Agricultural & Turf Sub Saharan African operations. Previously, Jacques was the Managing Director of John Deere Bank in Luxembourg (2015-18) working across the European Union, and John Deere Financial in Sub Saharan Africa and Thailand (2013-15). Prior to joining John Deere, he worked as the Director of Specialized Finance at Stanbic IBTC Bank in Nigeria (2011-12) and Director of Agricultural Banking for Africa at Standard Bank (2008-11). Jacques started his career in positions at Standard Bank (South Africa), Nedbank and Suidewes Co-Op. Jacques is South African. He graduated from UNISA (South Africa) and holds a SAFEX Trader Certificate from the Johannes Stock Exchange.

Jacques is an advisor to Clarmondial with regards to the Food Securities Fund.