What is Rabo Investments?

Rabo Investments is the captive investment franchise, supportive to the mission of Rabobank: Growing a Better World Together.

Through capital solutions (equity, subordinated debt & scale-up financing), Rabo Investments supports its clients in the Netherlands and globally (Food & Agri focus), thereby contributing to the goals of Bank4NL and Banking4Food.

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Francis Quint

Global Head Rabo Investments

Francis Quint

Global Head Rabo Investments

Francis joined Rabo Investments in November 2019. Francis spend the early years of her career in international M&A for KPN Telecom, before setting up a global customer care company on behalf of KLM. She joined Private Equity firm NPM Capital in 2000, where she could leverage her business experience as well as her financial expertise in investing in medium to large sized (family owned) companies.

She decided to switch her career in 2009 to her other passion, art, in working as an exhibitions curator and writing a book about Michiel van Musscher, an unknown portrait painter in the Dutch Golden Age. After that she realised, she missed the impact and the ambition of the investments and she became responsible for setting up and managing early and later stage venture capital funds for InnovationQuarter until November 2019.

Francis choice for the VC/PE world results from a passion for innovation and a desire to make an impact in the world. She is one of the founders of Fundright, a VC initiative to increase diversity in investment funds and their portfolio companies. She is also board member of several funds and at Matrix/Science Park Amsterdam.
Francis has a graduate degree in Business economics from the VU Amsterdam, and a bachelor’s degree in Art history from the University of Amsterdam.

Pieter van der Meché

Head of Rabo Ventures

Pieter van der Meché

Head of Rabo Ventures

As of January 2022 Pieter is responsible for the Venture activities of Rabo Investments, where he can combine his investment experience to contribute to the positive change in Food & Agri chains and the impact of this to climate change. Before this role Pieter was active in the Dutch market where he was assisting growing companies. Before Rabo Investments Pieter has worked in the M&A teams at ING and Rabobank where he was leading transactions in the TMT sector and for private equity. He began his career at Triple Value Strategy Consultants (now Steward Requeen), where he advised companies on sustainable strategies from the conviction that the financial value creation and impact can go along together. Pieter studied Business Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Ronald Klein

Financial Director

Ronald Klein

Financial Director

Ronald has been working for RI since October 2016. Before that he worked in Control Rabobank for three years. Ronald started his career as a management trainee at ABN AMRO where he worked for six years in various positions within Audit. After ABN AMRO, Ronald worked for KPMG Transaction Services where he conducted financial due diligence. In this job, Ronald worked on several acquisitions, disposals and restructuring activities. Ronald studied Economics at VU Amsterdam. Ronald is also RC

Björn Aarts

ESG Director

Björn Aarts

ESG Director

Björn joined Rabo Investments in October 2022.
Björn oversees and is responsible for the ESG strategy and execution across the whole portfolio of Rabo Investments. He has been with Rabobank for over 20 years and has held several positions in business banking, management and sustainability. Björn is a pioneer and expert in the Circular Economy.

In his former role in Sustainable Finance at Commercial Banking, he supported both clients and colleagues on sustainability related matters, such as structuring KPI’s for Sustainability linked loans, advising on Circular Economy business models and ESG. Alongside his professional experience in sustainability and circularity, Björn gained expertise in this field a.o. during his MBA study at Nyenrode Business University and postgraduate at Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership.

Myrthe van Bijsterveld

Head Fund & Co-Investments

Myrthe van Bijsterveld

Head Fund & Co-Investments

Myrthe joined the RI team in January 2019, focusing on global Funds and Co-Investments in the Food & Agri sector as well as local investments in the Netherlands across all sectors. Prior to RCI, Myrthe gained experience within Acquisition Finance and Corporate Finance (Sector Banking Origination) at Rabobank, bringing relevant deal experience and sector knowledge to portfolio companies and partners. Myrthe holds a Master’s degree in International Business from the University of Maastricht.

Rogier Leenheers

Executive Director

Rogier Leenheers

Executive Director

Rogier joined Rabo Investments in January 2021, focusing on Funds and Co-Investments in the global Food & Agri sector as well as investments in the Netherlands across all sectors. He brings along a longstanding experience and network in the financial sponsor community given his prior experience in a variety of roles in leveraged finance and sponsor coverage at Rabobank, in the Netherlands, Europe and US. Since Rogier joined Rabobank’s Leveraged Finance department in 2005 he has been maintaining and building relationships with the global financial sponsor community by originating and executing transactions for Private Equity clients.

Rogier has worked in both the European and the US market where he has been located in the New York office between 2015 and 2018. Before joining Rabobank, Rogier worked for 8 years with several Dutch mid-market M&A boutiques. Rogier holds a Master’s degree in Tax Law from Tilburg University.

Roelant Mantel

Executive Director

Roelant Mantel

Executive Director

Roelant joined RI in December 2015, where he focuses on ambitious Dutch companies that want to grow further. Prior thereto he was active in the fields of capital structuring and acquisition finance at Rabobank, where he was involved with various management and leveraged buy-outs as well as strategic acquisitions. Realising growth and improvements together with management teams is what drives Roelant. He started his career at Rabobank as a management trainee in 2006. Roelant studied Business Administration at the VU Amsterdam and Law at the University of Amsterdam.

Aukje Wolbert

Executive Director

Aukje Wolbert

Executive Director

Aukje joined Rabo Investments in 2021, focusing on the junior capital proposition of RI. She has several years of experience as an investment banker and manager in both the international wholesale and mid-market domain. In her current role, she focuses on risk-bearing capital solutions for fast growing companies in the mid-market domain.
Aukje started her career as equity research analyst with SocGen and Credit Lyonnais.

After her position as credit analyst with Lloyds, she joined Rabobank in 2005 and fulfilled various positions in Acquistion Finance, Portfolio Management, Sustainability and FR&R Restructuring NL. Aukje holds an MBA from the University of Durham, UK.

Ilias Benjeddi

Director

Ilias Benjeddi

Director

Ilias has been working for RI since March 2014. He focuses mainly on Private Equity fund investments. Ilias started working for Rabobank in 2013 as a Management Trainee. Following his traineeship of one year, he started working as an analyst in the Private Equity team focusing on debt-to-equity swaps and the management of this turn-around portfolio. Since 2017 Ilias started focusing more on private equity fund investments both in Dutch (sector agnostic) and International (Food & Agri focus) funds.
Ilias graduated in Business Administration from the VU University Amsterdam.

Arjan van der Hout

Director

Arjan van der Hout

Director

Arjan is principally focused on working with young, fast growing scale-up companies and more mature mid-market companies.
With experience in debt, equity and hybrid solutions, Arjan is adept to structure tailored solutions for growth companies in whatever lifecycle phase they may be.

Arjan started his career as a management trainee at Rabobank, during which he worked for Global Client Solutions, the Financial Institutions Group and the Mergers & Acquisitions department. He followed his traineeship with a two year tenor at Global Client Solutions, the wholesale unit dedicated to structured and subordinated finance solutions. Since joining Rabo Investments he has been working on risk-bearing debt and equity transactions.

Arjan graduated with a double bachelor's degree, a double master's degree, and a post-grad in business, economics, international relations and diplomacy from Leiden University, the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Australian National University and the Clingendael Institute of International Relations. He currently reads for a degree in Laws at Queen Mary, University of London.

Elena Makina

Director

Elena Makina

Director

Elena joined Rabo Investments in May 2022. She has over 10 years of investment banking experience and has been involved in various M&A transactions in the Netherlands and Belgium. With her broad background working with both large corporates and mid-market companies at Lazard, Alantra and ING, she will support our management teams in their growth ambitions. Elena holds a master degree in Finance & Investments from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

Jorn van der Poel

Executive Director

Jorn van der Poel

Executive Director

Jorn has been working for RI since Juni 2018. He focuses on Direct Investments and high risk financing solutions for Dutch SMEs and Scale-ups. Before, Jorn worked in Structured Finance where he was involved in the structuring and origination of tailor-made financial solutions including subordinated debt, scale-up debt and cumprefs for Dutch mid and large corporates.

Jorn started his career at Rabobank International in 2010 and has a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering & Management from University of Twente. 

Bas Verlee

Executive Director

Bas Verlee

Executive Director

Bas has been working for RI since March 2018 and has years of experience in corporate and investment banking. In his current role, he focuses on risk-bearing capital solutions for fast growing companies in the mid-market segment. Bas joined Rabobank in 2012 as a credit analyst for the mid-market. In 2015 he moved to wholesale banking, specializing in Acquistion Finance and Structured Finance.

In 2006 he started his career at ING in corporate banking. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda.

Laura Alberga-Berendsen

Director

Laura Alberga-Berendsen

Director

Laura has a core focus on subordinated debt solutions and scale-up financing. Her main goal is to help clients solve their key challenges and issues. Prior to this she worked at Capital Structuring and as a Management Trainee. Laura studied business economics and financial economics in Rotterdam.

Jorg Jentjens

Associate Director

Jorg Jentjens

Associate Director

Jorg has been with RI since October 2018. After internships with Porsche China and Avedon Capital Partners in Düsseldorf, he started his career as a trainee at Rabobank. After his traineeship he gained relevant experience within the Rabobank Acquisition Finance Group. Jorg holds a Master’s degree in Management (University College London) and Corporate Law (Maastricht University). At RI, he supports a variety of SME clients with equity and subordinated debt solutions.

Malaya van Ruitenbeek

Associate Director

Malaya van Ruitenbeek

Associate Director

Malaya has joined RI in August 2019, where he helps Dutch entrepreneurs reach their ambitious growth goals. Between his experiences as a small business owner, working in a start-up and being part of a global strategy consulting firm, he got to appreciate the venturous and open way of working of RI when doing Commercial Due Diligence work for them. After having closely supported SME and midmarket companies as a management consultant, he now combines his business sense and inquisitiveness to help entrepreneurs reach their goals with RI’s financial solutions. Malaya holds a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Delft.

Mai Karas

Associate Director

Mai Karas

Associate Director

Mai Karas joined Rabo Investments in April 2018, initially focusing on investing seed and growth equity in start-ups in food and agriculture. Since 2019 Mai is dedicated to co-investments, targeting more mature businesses alongside private equity partners in North America and Europe. Prior to Rabobank, Mai spent two years in private equity and venture capital at ADM Capital and Shift Invest, investing across F&A value-chains. During his studies in Wageningen, he founded and ran a super-food company, producing and distributing healthy juices from his native Croatia.

Mai holds a master’s degree in Management in Life Sciences from Wageningen University, and a joint Bachelor degree from KU Leuven & University of Zagreb in Agriculture engineering and Agriculture economics.

Shishir Sinha

Director

Shishir Sinha

Director

Shishir joined Rabo Ventures in December 2021, following his deep passion for environmental sustainability, food & agriculture, and investing.
He joins after spending the previous decade in management consulting at Bain & Company and Frontier Strategy Group, with experience across Southeast Asia, Japan, and Western Europe, focused on investment advisory and strategy. In his most recent role, he advised top-tier PE clients on issues across the investment lifecycle from executing commercial diligences to creating post-acquisition value-creation plans to designing fund strategies.

He has also managed major programs alongside senior executives in agriculture, food, and technology industries. Shishir holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from Singapore Management University.

Daniëlla Vellinga

Director

Daniëlla Vellinga

Director

Daniëlla is active for Rabo Ventures. She has a genuine passion for enabling entrepreneurs to grow their companies and to contribute to the banking4food strategy of Rabobank. Daniëlla joined Rabobank in March 2015 as a Corporate Management Trainee. Before joining Rabo Ventures, she was involved in creating and executing bespoke solutions for various corporate clients within the food & agri sector. Daniëlla has a long-standing involvement in innovation in the food and agri space, and co-founded an initiative to assist Kenyan dairy farmers leverage their own operational data to help them grow sustainably and to improve their access to finance. Daniëlla holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Amsterdam.

Kieran Furlong

Venture Partner

Kieran Furlong

Venture Partner

Kieran joined Rabo Investments in 2020 as a Venture Partner for Rabo Ventures. His extensive experience in early-stage companies and venture capital, built on an earlier career in the global chemical and agribusiness industries.

Previously Kieran was with Finistere Ventures following leadership roles in a number of start-ups in renewables and industrial biotechnology. With Finistere he moved from San Diego to Dublin to open the firm’s first European office and was Partner for the Ireland Agtech Fund. He has worked at the intersection of research and technology commercialization at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kieran is a Senior Fellow with COWS at UW-Madison, has a degree in Chemical Engineering from UCD and an MBA from Stanford University where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Albena Todorova

Venture Partner

Albena Todorova

Venture Partner

Albena is a Venture Partner with Rabo Ventures since July 2021. She has a significant expertise in food and agriculture venture investments, backed by a previous career in M&A and portfolio management.

Prior to joining Rabo, Albena was working for Sumitomo Corporation, managing their food and agriculture technologies investments in Europe and Israel. She invested in early stage startups in the farmtech, biotech and foodtech space and lead business development activities, helping the portfolio companies increase their customer base within the 900+ companies big Sumitomo Corporation Group.

Albena has a M.A. degree in Digital Management from Hyper Island, also known as Europe’s Digital Harvard University, and Teesside University. Her grandparents on both sides were farmers and agronomists which she takes great pride in.

Rosan Jansen

Associate Director

Rosan Jansen

Associate Director

Rosan joined Rabo Investments in 2022. She is part of the private equity team and actively supports Dutch portfolio companies realizing their ambitions. Rosan has an additional focus on data analytics and/or pricing strategies with the portfolio companies.

After having done various internships (NIBC, PWC, Deloitte), she started her career at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where she worked as consultant for 4 years. At BCG she advised multinationals across many sectors, focusing on marketing, sales and pricing, corporate strategy and organizational transformations. As part of her development she was on secondment for half a year with Bol.com where she joined the business development department.

Rosan holds a Master’s degree in Econometrics and Management Science from the Erasmus School of Economics in Rotterdam, with a specialization in Quantitative Finance.

Ilse Brouwer

Associate

Ilse Brouwer

Associate

Ilse joined the team in October 2020, focusing on global Funds and Co-Investments in the Food & Agri sector as well as local investments in the Netherlands across all sectors. Before joining the team, Ilse completed the Rabo Global Traineeship. During her traineeship she gained experience in Acquisition Finance, Financial Restructuring & Recovery, Financial Advisory & Solutions and Rabo Investments. Ilse holds a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Amsterdam.

Kars Hillenius

Associate

Kars Hillenius

Associate

Kars joined the team in December 2021, focusing on Fund and Co-Investments. He started at Rabobank in October 2019 as a Global Management Trainee. During his traineeship of one year he gained experience at Credit Risk, Global Corporate Clients (London), Financial Restructuring & Recovery and Mergers & Acquisitions. Prior to Rabo Investments Kars worked within the Financial Restructuring & Recovery department where he supported companies in financial distress. Kars holds a Master’s degree in Business Law from the University of Leiden.

Sjoerd Hopman

Analyst

Sjoerd Hopman

Analyst

Sjoerd joined Rabo Investments in August 2022, focussing on global Fund and Co-Investments in the Food & Agri sector as well as investments across various sectors in the Netherlands. He started his career at Rabobank in April 2020 as a relationship manager in the SME segment. Before joining the team, Sjoerd completed the Rabo Global Traineeship where he gained experience in Corporate Lending, Corporate Venturing, Trade & Commodity Finance and Rabo Investments.

Sjoerd holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Management from Tilburg university, with a specialization in sustainable corporate entrepreneurship.

Peter Jansen

Analyst

Peter Jansen

Analyst

Peter joined Rabo Investments in January 2023. He is part of the Private Equity team and is committed to helping portfolio companies further accelerate in their various growth phases.

Before joining Rabobank, Peter gained direct private equity experience at Victus Participations, where he focused on established Food & Agri companies in the Benelux. As a student, he completed relevant internships in M&A and Private Equity.
Peter graduated magna cum laude with a Masters in Financial Economics from KU Leuven in Belgium with an extensive specialisation in Global Management at NEOMA Business School in France.

Saloni Khetan

ESG Associate

Saloni Khetan

ESG Associate

Saloni joined Rabo Investments in April 2023. She is a part of the ESG team. She is excited to work with the investment teams to showcase the added value of ESG and impact driven actions and integrate these in daily actions, eventually making it ‘business-as-usual’.

Before joining Rabo Investments, Saloni gained impact measurement and management experience at Triodos Investment Management, where she focused on improving the impact measurement and agenda of food focused private equity funds. She also gained experiences in Food innovation focused venture capital fund, Sustainability consultancies and Asset Management services. As a student, she completed Masters in Strategy & international Management from University of St Gallen in Switzerland and Masters in Global Business Sustainability from Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands.

Bar Rubin

Associate

Bar Rubin

Associate

Bar joined Rabo Investments in April 2021 after completing the Rabo Global Traineeship. Her genuine passion for impact investing have driven her to join the Ventures team where she can combine her background in sustainability and finance to contribute to the success and growth of start-ups.

Bar started her career at Rabobank in April 2020 as a global trainee, during which she worked for Global Network Management, Wholesale Sustainable Business Development, Rabo Investments and Mergers & Acquisitions. Since joining Rabo Investments she strives to scale start-ups while contributing to the wider ‘growing a better world together’ mission of Rabobank.

Bar holds a Master’s degree in Sustainability and Innovation from HEC Paris.

Sanne van Kouwen

Analyst

Sanne van Kouwen

Analyst

Sanne joined Rabo Investments in August 2022, where she is part of Rabo Ventures. Within the Ventures team she can combine her passion for technology and innovation to contribute to the success of groundbreaking food and ag start-ups

Sanne started working for Rabobank in April 2021 as a Rabo Global Trainee, during which she gained experience in Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Corporate Finance, Innovation (FoodBytes Digital), and Rabo Investments. Sanne holds a Master's degree in Innovation Sciences from the University of Technology in Eindhoven, where she specialized in strategy, policy & innovation.

Boyd Meijer

Associate

Boyd Meijer

Associate

Boyd Joined Rabo Investments in July 2022, focussing on global Fund and Co-Investments in the Food & Agri, Sustainability and Energy Transition sectors as well as investments across various sectors in The Netherlands. Prior to RI, Boyd gained 2 years of experience at a Merger & Acquisition Boutique in the SME and mid-market segment where he specialized in Business Valuation, Financial Due Diligence and Corporate Law. Before that, he completed internships as a Strategy Consultant at Accenture, Stedin and Koninklijke BAM Groep with a focus on digital innovation and the energy transition.

Boyd holds both a Master's degree in Business Development & Entrepreneurship from Utrecht University with a specialization in Entrepreneurial Finance and a Master's degree in Financial Management (graduated cum laude) from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam with a specialization in Corporate Valuation.

Tobin Wiersum

Analyst

Tobin Wiersum

Analyst

Tobin joined Rabo Investments in August 2022 following the completion of the Rabo Global Traineeship. During his graduate program Tobin gained experience with the bank’s Private Equity, Venture Capital, Private Debt and Digital Payments & Identity divisions. As part of the Rabo Ventures team he focusses on high growth Food and Ag Tech businesses across Europe, the US and Israel.

Before joining the bank, Tobin completed various M&A Private Equity and operational internships in the Netherlands and South East Asia. Tobin graduated cum laude with a Masters degree in Business Administration specialising in Finance and Investment.

Astrid van der Zanden

Analyst

Astrid van der Zanden

Analyst

Astrid joined Rabo Investments in August 2022. She is part of the Private Equity team and actively supports Dutch entrepreneurs in realising their growth ambition.

Astrid started her career at Rabobank as Global Trainee, during this graduate program she gained experience with the bank’s Sector Banking, Rabo Carbon Bank, Sales & Trading, and Rabo Investments departments. Before joining Rabobank Astrid completed various relevant M&A internships, both at Investment Banks as well as at Corporates. Astrid holds a Master’s degree in Finance & Investments from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

Arnoud Vink

Risk & Control Business Manager

Arnoud Vink

Risk & Control Business Manager

Arnoud has been with Rabo Investments since December 2019, focussing on the Risk & Control environment of RI and its liaisons with the corporate departments of the Rabobank, such as Compliance, Risk Management, Legal, Tax. Arnoud gained relevant international working experience in the field of performance management, governance and risk management in various positions within Achmea, as an Operational Risk Manager within MN and as a consultant.
Arnoud holds a Master’s degree in Fiscal Law from Groningen University and an Executive Master in Finance & Control of the VU Amsterdam (CIMA).

Martin de Zwart

Senior Business Controller

Martin de Zwart

Senior Business Controller

Martin has been working for Rabo Investments since Augustus 2021 as Senior Business Controller. In this role he supports the Finance Director and focuses mainly on the financial side of the department. Before that he worked at the Finance & Accounting department of Rabobank for three years. Martin started his career at KPMG where he worked in various positions within the International Business Support department. Martin holds a Master’s degree Accounting & Control and is currently studying for an Executive Master in Finance & Control (CIMA) at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam.

Ingrid Ruigrok van der Werve

Business Controller

Ingrid Ruigrok van der Werve

Business Controller

Ingrid has been working for RI since May 2012 and handles file management, process control and administration. Ingrid has been employed by Rabobank since 1986, and has worked as an employee of credit management at Rabobank Amsterdam in the past few years. In 2018 Ingrid completed her HBO module Corporate Law.

Diana Brouwers

Senior Support Officer

Diana Brouwers

Senior Support Officer

Diana has been working as a Senior Support Officer at RI since January 2019. The booking and subsequent management of the debt portfolio is one of her focus areas. Diana has been working at Rabobank Nederland since 1986 and also has a lot of experience as portfolio manager at Project Finance and Acquisition Finance. In addition, she has worked via Rabo Connect as (internal) account manager at various affiliated banks. Diana studied Economics & Management at the Hogeschool in Utrecht.

Imo Siahaija

Finance Support Officer

Imo Siahaija

Finance Support Officer

Imo started working at Rabo Investments from December 2022 and is part of the Finance team, focusing on the Corporate Venturing portfolio.

Imo has been working at the bank since 2004 and has gained a lot of experience over the years in various departments such as Payment Operations, Global Financial Markets, Transaction Banking, Trade Services. He fulfilled his last role as an Financial Institution associate within Markets in the dealingroom. He studied Management, Economics & Law at the Noordelijke Hogeschool van Leeuwarden.

Andreea Roman

Investment Risk Officer

Andreea Roman

Investment Risk Officer

Andreea joined Rabo Investments in April 2022 but before she was part of the Treasury and Cash Management team where she managed the cash reserves of the bank and provided liquidity for all branches/departments of Rabobank around the world.
Prior to this, she completed her treasury experience for large corporates in different fields like pharmaceutical industry, retail and telecommunications.

During her experience in corporate treasury she did not only learn about the importance of liquidity, hedging, investment or managing debts but she also got to value the importance of being in compliance with regulators and knowing your customers; knowledge that she is now applying to different funds/entities where Rabo Investments is a stakeholder. Andreea holds a Master’s Degree in Health Services Management and a Post Graduate’ Degree in Fundamentals of Treasury at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

Hester Streefkerk van Meerveld

Investment Risk Officer

Hester Streefkerk van Meerveld

Investment Risk Officer

Hester has been working as a Transaction Support Officer at Rabo Investments since April 2022. One of her focus areas is taking care of correct and complete Know Your Customer checks of the parties in which RI does make investments.
Hester has been working at Rabobank since 1991 and has a lot of experience as portfolio manager at Project Finance and Acquisition Finance. In addition, she has been working in the Finance domain for several years. Hester has studied Business Economy at Hogeschool Windesheim in Zwolle.

Margreet Kramer-Kapelle

Senior Office Manager

Margreet Kramer-Kapelle

Senior Office Manager

Margreet joined Rabo Investments in August 2017 as Senior Office Manager. She assists the Head of the department and is secretary of the Investment Committee.
She started at Rabobank as Executive Assistant in 2013 after a long period living abroad and working for the Dutch Embassy in London and Brussels in several positions.
Margreet graduated in business law from the University of Leiden and started her career in 1987 when she joined the Ministry of Finance as policy officer.

Cindy Noordzij

Business Support Officer

Cindy Noordzij

Business Support Officer

Cindy joined Rabo Investments in May 2022 as business support officer for the Equity and Fund & Co team. After a career as management assistant in the IT & Offshore industry she started at Rabobank in 2019 as management assistant in the CIOO Domain.

Tamara Moualhi

Business Support Officer

Tamara Moualhi

Business Support Officer

Tamara studied at the Dutch Aviation College.
For this education she did a traineeship in London in the hotel industry and Martinair, after that she started her career at Schiphol Airport at KLM.
She made a career switch to the banking sector in 2006 and started as an assistant at Rabo Securities where she has worked for several teams like Equity Capital Markets and M&A.
After Rabo Securities was migrated to Rabobank Utrecht, she worked for 10 years at Markets (Dealingroom) assisting departments like Debt Capital Markets, ECM and Equity Sales, Trading & Research.
In 2020 Tamara started to support the Corporate Venturing team within the Digital Transformation Office, now known as CITO. Since 2022 she joined Rabo Investments supporting the Heads of Corporate Venturing and Ventures team.

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Protix joins forces with Tyson Foods securing new funding for the next step in its growth phase

Tyson Foods invests in Rabo Investments portfolio company Protix in new capital round to significantly scale its production capacity and expand globally. Oct. 17, 2023 – We are proud to announce that our portfolio company Protix, a leading Dutch company in insect-based ingredients, has entered into a strategic partnership with Tyson Foods, one of the world's leading food companies. An important milestone for Protix and the insect industry! With this capital round we welcome Tyson Foods, a listed multinational, protein-focused food processing company based in the US and customer of Rabobank, as new investor to the group of existing shareholders. We are excited about this partnership, which also includes the formation of a joint venture to build an insect ingredients plant in the United States. In addition, Tyson Foods is investing in Protix to help accelerate their global expansion plans. This major capital injection underlines the progress and continued long term potential of Protix and will be used to further strengthen and optimise the organisation, make the necessary steps to advance commercial traction and accelerate (international) growth. Protix is a producer of insect protein and fats from the Black Soldier Fly. These insect ingredients offer nutritious and sustainable inputs for pet food, aqua culture and livestock feed and organic fertilizer. Insect ingredients are so green because of their circular nature: Insects are fed with local food waste streams and the mature insects are in turn upscaled into high value ingredients. The substrate in which the insects are farmed is subsequently used as fertiliser, thus completing a circular and sustainable way of food and feed production. This partnership offers an opportunity for Tyson Foods to deploy its waste streams in a commercial way and acquire broader expertise in the alternative protein market. For Protix it is the outstanding opportunity to further build scale in partnership with a major player that has the necessary funding and access to the US market and their customer base. Protix has been a long time banking relationship of Rabobank, as we have supported the company from its earliest beginnings back in 2009. Rabo Investments became shareholder of the company in 2019, on the back of its growth potential and the clear links with two of our core investment pillars: Food & Agri and Sustainability. As a committed shareholder, Rabo Investments is also participating in the capital raise and will remain actively involved to help the company meet the short-term challenges and opportunities associated with an ambitious growth agenda.

19 October 2023

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