23 May 2024

Veteran Food Industry Leader Filip Kegels Appointed as Operational Partner at Astanor Ventures

Brussels, May 23rd 2024 –Astanor Ventures, a leading global venture capital firm dedicated to sustainable agriculture and food technology, proudly announces the appointment of Filip Kegels as Operational Partner. With an illustrious career extending overdecades, Kegels brings a wealth of experience and expertise to further drive Astanor’s mission of supporting innovative solutions in the food and agriculture sector.

Filip’seducational background includes a master’s degree in economics from UFSIA (Catholic University of Antwerp) and a master’s degree in management and business administration from VUB (University of Brussels). His academic foundation has laid the groundwork for a successful career characterized by leadership, strategic vision, and a commitment to sustainability.

Prior to joining Astanor Ventures, Filipserved in various executive roles and board positions across renowned companies in the food industry. Notably, he held the position of Vice President Dairy Asia,India & Middle East and served as Non-Executive Chairman at Group Danone China & Japan. His tenure at Danone also included roles such as VP Africa, Middle East, Asia-Pacific, General Manager for Eastern, Central, and Northern Europe, and CEO, among others.

Filip’sextensive experience in the food industry extends beyond Danone, with notable roles such as Managing Director ad interim at Michel and Augustin in France. He also serves as a Non-Executive Board Member for companies like La Lorraine Bakery Group NV in Russia and Drums Food International in India.

“We are thrilled to welcome Filip Kegels to Astanor Ventures as an Operational Partner,” said Hendrik Van Asbroeck, ManagingPartner at Astanor Ventures. “Filip’s extensive experience and deep understanding of the food industry will be invaluable as we continue to identify and support transformative technologies and ventures that address the pressing challenges facing our food system.”

As an Operational Partner at Astanor Ventures, Filip will play a pivotal role in guiding portfolio companies, leveraging his strategic insights and industry knowledge to drive sustainable growth and impact.

“I am excited to join Astanor Ventures and contribute to its purposeof investing in solutions that promote a more sustainable and resilient food system,” said Filip Kegels. “I’m eager to contribute to Astanor’s mission and support early-stage companies in scaling up for global expansion in the food industry.”

Filip Kegels’ appointment further strengthens Astanor Ventures’ position as a leader in sustainable agri-food innovation, reaffirming its commitment to supporting entrepreneurs and technologies that have the potential to shape the future of food.

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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