Erich has 16 years of experience as Partner/SVP with Nestlé’s strategic venture fund manager Inventages. His FoodTech investments include Honest Tea, MooBella, Rissington Breedline, STeaZ, Velle, Vital Foods and Xolution.
Erich was formerly executive at Nestlé, the World Economic Forum, and the German Finance Ministry.
He holds a B.A. in business, economics and law from HSG University of St Gallen, Switzerland, a tri-lingual MBA of EAP-ESCP (Paris-Oxford-Berlin), and an L.LM. in financial law of Geneva University, Switzerland.
Co-Founder, Managing Director
Third generation food entrepreneur, Nadav has actively built many companies specializing in food applications, marketing and distribution. In 2008, Nadav co-founded the food applications lab FoodLab. The innovative developments at FoodLab lead to founding FoodLab Capital, a premier seed fund. The successful portfolio includes DouxMatok, InnovoPro, NextFerm and SimpleOrder.
Nadav holds a B.A in economics and political science from Tel Aviv University and an EMBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.
Ellen de Brabander (USA/NL)
Venture Partner Technical Due Diligence
SVP R&D PepsiCo, Board Member of New York Academy of Science, former CEO EITFood, former CTO DSM and CTO Merial
Rick Borenstein (USA/IL)
Investment Committee Member
Co-Founder and Chairman Sequoia Partners, Chairman of Buddy Platform and Trellis, Board of the University of Michigan’s Center For Entrepreneurship, former president of Wells Fargo Investment Company.
Hands-on Food-Tech & VC experience
Maria Mähl (SE/USA)
Director Arabesque Asset Management and Cidron Ventures, Board Member Kito Impact, Co-Founder BellPal
Tomer Niv (UK)
FoodService & Culinary Expert
Chef, Food Scientist, F&B Manager WeWork, Culinary Director Infarm
Martina Pace MSc Engineering, MEnt (Malta)
7 years Knowledge Transfer Manager University of Malta, Malta Council for Science & Tech, P&G
Joseph Portelli (Malta)
Director, PeakBridge Partners
Joseph has over 35 years’ experience employed in various capacities within the financial industry in the U.S and in Malta. He has experience as a portfolio manager, currency and commodity trader and has been employed with Bank of America, Nomura Securities, Goldman Sachs, Millburn Ridgefield, Liongate Capital Management and was chief investment officer and managing director of FMG Funds, an emerging markets specialist. He is currently Executive Chairman of the Malta Stock Exchange and sits on its Audit Committee. Joseph graduated with a BA from Baruch College, City University of New York.
Sandro Bartoli (Malta)
Director, PeakBridge Partners
MiFID licensed financial advisor and co-founder and former managing director of Question Investment Service acquired by Sparkasse Bank, former investment adviser Globe Financial Management.
Steven Tedesco (Malta)
Independent Investment Committee Member
Steven, a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, has over 25 years experience in the financial industry in particular in the asset management and fund industry. He has served as Chief Investment Officer as well as an Executive Director for HSBC Global Asset Management (Malta) Ltd, where total assets under his management exceeded the EUR1 billion mark. He now sits as a non executive director and independent investment committee member for various entities operating in the financial services sector in general. Amongst others, he is Chairman of the HSBC Malta Funds SICAV plc and a Director of and the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Malta Stock Exchange.
Joseph Giroli (Malta)
Director PeakBridge Ventures SICAV
Former CEO Vodafone Malta, Pharmamed, CFO General Instruments, Chairman Malta Maritime Authority
Mentors & Venture Partners
Ajai Puri (UK)
Non-Executive director Tate&Lyle, Britannia, Firmenich
Former Executive Board Member Royal Numico
Ralf Lottermann (D)
Former President Mars Asia
President Mars Asia, Member of global management Board Mars
Françoise Birnholz (CH)
Legal Head Private Banking HSBC
International Lawyer, Tech Enthusiast, Start-Ups Mentor, Board Member Go Beyond Investing; Senior Executive in global financial institutions – HSBC, Credit Suisse, Julius Bär, Citibank