Co-founder and 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.
Fred Werneck is a specialist in private investments and financial structuring, with ca. 20 years of experience across various markets and financial products. He 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. Fred is Brazilian and worked in investment banking (M&A) in South America from 1999 to 2006, before earning an MBA at London Business School. He also led carbon credit-related investments at Climate Change Capital, a London-based USD 1bn AUM asset manager. Native Portuguese speaker, he is fluent in English and Spanish, speaks French and is learning German.
Kaspar has a seven-year track record in private equity investments in emerging and frontier markets. He worked at responsAbility, a Zurich-based asset manager specialized in impact investments, where he acquired minority positions in financial institutions servicing SMEs and agricultural clients. Kaspar worked on all elements of the investment cycle and was in charge of periodical valuations of the investment portfolio. In this role, Kaspar conducted on-site due diligence of over 20 financial institutions in 14 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. He worked on 16 transactions, including two exits, ranging between USD 3-12m in 11 different institutions. Kaspar is an independent member of the board of directors of an SME-focused bank in Macedonia (FYROM). He holds a master degree in Neuroscience from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and an MBA from Saïd Business School (University of Oxford).
Samiksha has over 10 years of experience in identifying and scaling green business solutions. She has worked with governments, development organizations, corporates and small and growing businesses (SGBs) in sectors related to climate change, energy, land use and economic development. Samiksha began her career in Washington, DC focusing on energy regulatory issues before focusing on renewable energy project development. Samiksha also works with the World Bank Group leading the design and testing of new support models and early stage financing mechanisms for African green SGBs. Samiksha has also led various working groups for the World Economic Forum (WEF), including a Climate Smart Agriculture pilot in Vietnam with several leading companies. She has also worked on sustainability strategies for national governments and municipalities in the United States and Africa. She holds a Masters in International Relations and Economics, concentrating on Energy, Resource and the Environment from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and an MBA (Hons) from the University of Geneva, and a BA (Hons) in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University. Samiksha was born in the United Stated and has lived in South Africa, India, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Dr. Christine Negra
Dr. Christine Negra 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.
Allison Grove Smith
Allison brings two decades of experience in agricultural research and NGO development programs. Among other roles, she has served as Initiative Manager at an institute of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), with oversight of a strategic portfolio of research projects. Prior to CGIAR, she was Chief of Party for a USAID-funded project in Kosovo. As Director of Quality Assurance for a major US NGO in their Middle East-North Africa-Eastern Europe operations, Allison guided technical assistance ranging from Microfinance to Food-Assisted Education. Various earlier roles in Armenia and United States, as well as MSc research and life experiences in Senegal and Botswana, round out Allison’s profile. Allison holds an Environmental Science and Policy MSc from Johns Hopkins University (USA), a degree (BA) in Sociology/Anthropology, and is completing an Executive MBA (2018) from IE Business School (Spain). Allison resides in Italy.
Allison is an advisor to Clarmondial.
Edgar has solid private investment management experience in Africa and Europe. He worked at a Swiss venture capital fund leading investments in various industries, at a Swiss single family office executing debt and equity investments in Africa and Europe, and contributed to the setup of a fund for sustainable investments in Africa. Edgar also acted as interim CFO at a sustainable agriculture company in Africa for over two years. From 2000 to 2005 he worked as a consultant for the automotive industry in Germany. Edgar holds a MBA from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and graduated in electrical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences, Osnabrueck. He is fluent in English, German and Spanish.
Edgar is an advisor to Clarmondial.
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.
Based in Kenya, Innocent has over 10 years of experience in Sub Saharan Africa in the agricultural, banking and telecommunication sectors. From 2011 to 2016, he led the development and execution of various smallholder and SME programs for John Deere, a leading US agricultural equipment manufacturer. In this role, Innocent worked with financial institutions to facilitate agricultural credit arrangements as well as a USD 9m first-loss guarantee program to unlock loans to smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, Inncoent gained credit analysis & management experience at a Kenyan bank. He holds a degree in Economics and Business Law from the Edith Cowan University in Australia, as well as certifications in credit analysis, insurance and project management.
Innocent is an advisor to Clarmondial with regards to the Food Securities Fund.
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.
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.
Nigel has over 25 years of experience in agribusiness and finance, most recently as Managing Director, Global Head, Global Trade Finance at Commonwealth Bank in Australia. Previously he acted as Global Head of Agribusiness (International & Institutional) for Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) in Singapore and Sydney. Prior to this, Nigel worked as Managing Director (Head of Portfolio Management) for the Climate Change Capital Carbon Funds (2007-2010), Global Head of Structured Commodity Finance and Environmental Products at J.P. Morgan Chase Bank (2005-2007) and Global Head of Commodity Finance and Trading at Rabobank International (2000-2005). Nigel started his career at Cargill (1991-2000) covering various regions in the cotton and grain markets. Nigel is also an active member of the International Cotton Association arbitration committee. Nigel graduated from Imperial College, London.
Nigel is an advisor to Clarmondial.