Pieter Oostlander is founding partner of shærpa. His professional background is in accountancy and finance, where he had various top-level finance functions. In 2004 he switched to the social investment and venture philanthropy sector to build the service organisation of a family foundation. This ultimately was the basis for shærpa. The decision to switch resulted from his ambition to make societal impact (in addition to creating shareholder value) a significant part of his professional life. He sees it as “matching the soul of philanthropy with the spirit of venture capital”. The work with shærpa and the fund management for SI² Fund is doing exactly that.
As the Chair of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA), Pieter actively pursues to further professionalise venture philanthropy and social investing in the European arena. Pieter is also a member of the board of directors of Social Value International, promoting the use of a systematic approach to social value accounting.
Ms. Jennifer Marzullo
Jennifer Marzullo has over 10 years experience advising companies on strategic and operational issues. She has worked with energy and technology clients to identify new markets, products and go-to-market approaches. At i-propeller she has brought this experience to identify new opportunities for clients in line with their social mission. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in art history from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the London Business School.
Mr. Christophe Baudin
Christophe Baudin reinforced the SI2 fund team in September 2014, bringing 20 years M&A experience in investment banking in London first, then within the industrial minerals sector working for the last 15 years for Sibelco, a global leader in the industry. Over those years he has lead to completion numerous and diverse cross-border transactions in Western and emerging Europe, as well as in other regions. He also brings a strong experience in defining and successfully implementing the external growth strategy of the Group, and in establishing home M&A best practices. He believes in impact investing as the most efficient channel to leverage his professional experience to where his social affinity lies. Christophe holds a masters degree in business engineering from Solvay Business School at the Free University of Brussels.
Julien Jacquet strengthens the team on a part-time basis as from the 1st of January 2016 onwards. He allocates his efforts between the SI2Fund and Permafungi, social impact start-up of which he is the Managing Partner. Julien is enthusiastic about New Businesses Development, Finance and Entrepreneurship, particularly in the field of Sustainable and Social Economy. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business and Administration Engineering (Université catholique de Louvain, Queen’s University), as well as a Master’s Degree in Microfinance (Université libre de Bruxelles). Past and current professional experiences have provided the opportunity to be a stakeholder of innovative Start-ups and part of the management of SMEs. Through different positions in Investment Funds with Societal focus, he also had the chance to help Entrepreneurs from various sectors to develop their project.
Lavinia van Rood
Lavinia van Rood works for the SI2Fund on a part-time basis, dividing her attention between Ashoka and the SI2Fund in a combined traineeship. Lavinia employs her tho- roughness on the front end of the deal flow funnel; scouting social enterprises, reviewing them critically, drafting lead sheets and presenting them from a different perspective. Her bachelor’s in Liberal arts and science and Master’s degree in Law and Chinese give her a well-rounded opinion and a refreshing perspective on impact investing.
Mrs. Maja Sanders (President)
Mr. Michael Alberg-Seberich
Mr. Piet Colruyt
Mr. Pieter Oostlander
Mr. Steven Serneels
Mr. Ad Van der Sluijs