With our growing world population we are placing Earth’s natural resources under severe pressure. One of our most pressing challenges will be to feed everyone a balanced and nutritious diet while keeping our effects on the environment to a minimum.

Our Team

A diverse group of passionate and dedicated professionals with entrepreneurial experience and spirits are building this fund together.

Amy Novogratz

Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Amy Novogratz

Amy brings almost two decades of experience in fostering collaborative solutions to some of the world’s big challenges...
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Mike Velings

Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Mike Velings

A lifelong entrepreneur, Mike has spent decades jumpstarting a range of successful businesses....
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Stephanie Rakels

Development &
Investor Relations Director

Stephanie Rakels

Stephanie brings in-depth knowledge of the fund and its investment strategy to head Development and Investor Relations at Aqua-Spark..
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Jeroen van der Zee

Investor Relations Manager

Jeroen van der Zee

Jeroen van der Zee has joined the Development & Investor Relations department at Aqua-Spark as Investor Relations Manager. Previously he...
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Flavio Corsin

Director of Partnerships

Flavio Corsin

Flavio has spent more than two decades working in responsible aquaculture globally for non-profit, intergovernmental, and for-profit organizations ...
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Frans van der Peijl

Finance Director

Frans van der Peijl

Frans heads the Finance team at Aqua-Spark and joined the fund in September 2019. Frans has extensive experience in the finance discipline...
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John Vogel

Head of Legal

John Vogel

John heads the legal and compliance team of Aqua-Spark as of March 2021. Prior he worked at Sanoma Media, a multi-media company, where he managed a legal team...
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Marjolein Jetten

HR Director

Marjolein Jetten

Marjolein heads Human Resources at Aqua-Spark, where she channels her passion for working with people and making connections between people...
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Tom Prins

Head of Dealflow

Tom Prins

Tom manages the process of screening new business opportunities for Aqua-Spark and negotiating new investments. He joined the fund in 2015
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Frank van Roest

Investment Director

Frank van Roest

Frank heads the Investment team at Aqua-Spark. He joined the fund in early 2015, just as the first investments were being made, and spent three years ...
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Kim Wagenaar

Investment Manager

Kim Wagenaar

Kim is part of the Investment Team of Aqua Spark. Prior to joining Aqua Spark, she worked at Low Carbon, a renewable energy investment fund...
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Josien Bakker

Investment Manager

Josien Bakker

Josien is part of the Investment team of Aqua Spark. Previously she worked at Robeco Private Equity, where she was responsible for sourcing deals...
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Kathryn Goris

Associate Counsel

Kathryn Goris

Kathryn is part of the Legal and Compliance team. She brings over 10 years’ experience at US law firm Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in Londone...
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Thomas Giehm

Investment Manager

Thomas Giehm

As a part of the investment team Thomas screens new business opportunities for Aqua-Spark and manages the first stages of the investment process...
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Willem van der Pijl

Editor in Chief Aqua Insights /
Senior Aquaculture Industry Analyst

Willem van der Pijl

Willem van der Pijl has been in aquaculture for the past 10 years already. He worked as a business developer for a well known NGO as well as a top university....
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Jan Slootweg

Investment Manager

Jan Slootweg

Jan is part of the Investment Team of Aqua-Spark. Prior he worked at SHV, globally active in energy, animal nutrition, industrial services and private equity ...
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Maria Velkova

Investment Manager

Maria Velkova

Maria is part of the investment team of Aqua Spark. Prior to joining Aqua Spark, she worked as an advisor to the Minister of Energy in Bulgaria, advising on green transition and decarbonization. Before that Maria ...
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Katrina Clem

Portfolio Sales & Marketing Support Manager

Katrina Clem

Katrina Rowley Clem joins the investment team of Aqua-Spark as Portfolio Sales & Marketing Support Manager.
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Chen Zhu

Investment Manager

Chen Zhu

Chen is part of the Investment Management team of Aqua-Spark. She co-founded Mana Impact in 2017, which is an impact investment company in Asia...
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John Mairlot

Investment Manager

John Mairlot

John is part of the investment team of Aqua-Spark. Prior to joining Aqua-Spark, he worked as an Investment Manager at Cobepa...
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Andrews Ansong

Dealflow Manager: Africa

Andrews Ansong

Andrews is part of the Dealflow team as Dealflow Manager Africa. He screens investment opportunities in Africa and helps manage the first stages of the Investment Process. Prior to working at Aqua-Spark...
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Miguel Knudsen

Dealflow Manager

Miguel Knudsen

Miguel was born and raised in Cali, Colombia. He holds a Master in Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management from Wageningen University. Prior to Joining Aqua-Spark...
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Sophie van Dongen

HR Associate

Sophie van Dongen

Sophie van Dongen is part of the Aqua-Spark Human Resources Department, specifically as an HR Associate. She has just finished her Masters's degree in Informatierecht at the University of Amsterdam...
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Niran Warin

Community Manager Thailand

Niran Warin

Niran Warin joins Aqua-Spark's rep office in Thailand as Community Manager Thailand. He holds a Master's in Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management from...
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