16 May 2024

Peter Eckes Joins Astanor as Operational Partner

Brussels, May 16th 2024 — Astanor, a leading sustainable agriculture and food technology investment firm, proudly announces the appointment of Peter Eckes as Operational Partner. With over three decades of experience at BASF SE, Eckes brings a wealth of expertise in agriculture, biotechnology, and innovation leadership to Astanor’s mission of transforming the food system.

“I am excited to join Astanor and contribute to its mission of revolutionizing the agriculture and food industries.” said Peter Eckes “Sustainable agriculture requires innovation to tackle the great challenges in the agrifood sector. At the same time, it is difficult in bringing innovations successful to the market. This requires a passionate team, differentiating technologies and the right go-to-market approach. I am looking forward to supporting Astanor in building a winning investment portfolio and helping its portfolio companies successfully position and scale in these new exciting markets’.

Eckes brings a broad set of skills in research and development, production, marketing and business management to the table. With 25 years in global executive roles, he has driven successful innovation in Agriculture and Nutrition & Health. He is known for his dynamic leadership style, characterized by open communication, engaging mentorship, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. Throughout his tenure at BASF SE, he played pivotal roles in research and development, production, marketing, business management, and innovation leadership across various sectors, including agriculture, nutrition, health, and specialty chemicals.

His extensive experience includes leading the development of innovation and technology strategies, resulting in industry-leading research and development pipelines. Moreover, Peter has a proven track record of initiating and driving successful large-scale change programs, leveraging his international experience and global network to deliver impactful results.

“We are delighted to welcome Peter Eckes to our value creation team as Opertational Partner.” said Eric Archambeau, Founder and Senior Managing Partner at Astanor. “His unparalleled expertise in agriculture, biotechnology, and innovation leadership will be instrumental in driving our agritech portfolio companies toward sustainable growth and impact. Peter’s commitment to fostering high-performing teams and his passion for innovation align perfectly with Astanor’s values and vision.”


About Astanor Ventures: Astanor Ventures is a global B Corp certified impact venture capital investor that backs ambitious entrepreneurs with disruptive, scalable solutions that will create systemic change across the agrifood value chain, from soil to gut. With a demonstrated commitment to sustainability and impactful investments, Astanor Ventures identifies and nurtures early-stage companies that harness technology to drive positive change. With a keen focus on climate transition, nature positivity, resource efficiency, and social and health enhancements, Astanor Ventures is at the forefront of fostering a regenerative and sustainable bioeconomy. https://astanor.com/

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