Agriculture & Food

James Allen | Investment Manager, Stafford Agriculture & Food | London, UK

James Allen | Investment Manager, Stafford Agriculture & Food | London, UK

James is responsible for portfolio management, origination, due diligence and investor reporting.

Prior to Stafford, James was a Senior Analyst at EBG Capital, an agricultural investment advisory firm, where he completed mandates for various Family Offices, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the German International Development Agency. Before this, James was an Investment Manager at EnerCap Capital Partners in Prague, focusing on wind farm project finance and M&A in central and eastern Europe. He also has experience in carbon finance (with Climate Change Capital) and public market transactions.

James holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences from Clare College, Cambridge.

Jos Boeren | Managing Partner, Stafford Agriculture & Food | London, UK

Jos Boeren | Managing Partner, Stafford Agriculture & Food | London, UK

Jos is head of Stafford’s Agriculture & Food investments where he is responsible for all investment management activities in this sector. Most recently he was global lead Capital at agri-food executive search firm Kincannon & Reed, servicing a variety of investors, investment managers, portfolio companies and agribusinesses. He also served as head of Agriculture & Food at the advisory firm, Sherpa Millbank. Prior to this, he was Head of Agri M&A at Société Générale and worked in strategic planning at publicly-traded agribusiness company, Bunge. Jos has deep industry insights across the entire agri-food value chain and holds longstanding relationships with a wide array of industry operators and stakeholders across the world. He started his career working in Corporate Strategy & Development roles at AirFrance-KLM and JTI. Jos studied Economics at the University of Amsterdam.

Geoff Norman | Chairman and Co-founder | Sydney, Australia

Geoff Norman | Chairman and Co-founder | Sydney, Australia

Geoff is Chairman and co-founder of Stafford Capital Partners. Prior to this, he founded Pantheon Ventures’ Asia Pacific operations before it was acquired by Pantheon. Geoff is involved in relationship management, strategy formulation, and investment evaluation. He holds Bachelor degrees in law and finance, and earned a Masters degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan Fellow).

Dr. Bernd Schanzenbaecher | Partner, Stafford Agriculture & Food | Zurich, Switzerland

Dr. Bernd Schanzenbaecher | Partner, Stafford Agriculture & Food | Zurich, Switzerland

Bernd is a member of the Stafford Agriculture Investment Committee and is involved in the development of the business and the selection, negotiation, due diligence, portfolio management and relationship management functions through his role on the Investment Committee.

Prior to joining Stafford, Bernd was Founder and Managing Partner of EBG Capital, an advisory firm that provides high net worth families services to build, manage and grow investments in agriculture and advises International Organisations around responsible investments in agriculture. EBG Capital was a spin-out from Credit Suisse, where Bernd was the Global Co-Head of the Environmental Business Group and led implementation of the overall strategy in natural resource investments. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Bernd was the Economic Affairs Officer with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya and in Geneva, Switzerland. He is currently a Vice Chair of the OECD Advisory Group on responsible business conduct in agriculture. Bernd holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics and an MSc in Agronomy from the University of Hohenheim.

Bill Travers | Investment Analyst, Stafford Agriculture & Food | London, UK

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Bill is responsible for investment appraisal, financial modelling, due diligence, negotiation and investor reporting.

Prior to Stafford, Bill spent more than 4 years as an Analyst for the Macquarie Pastoral Fund, Paraway Pastoral Company, located in Australia involved on both the asset management and financial and business reporting functions. He has also worked with Hassad Australia and Consolidated Pastoral Company.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney with majors in Finance and Marketing.

Angus Whiteley | Chief Executive Officer | London, UK

Angus Whiteley | Chief Executive Officer | London, UK

Angus is involved in relationship management, strategy formulation and investment evaluation across Stafford Capital Partners.

He previously spent 14 years working on direct investments in private equity and venture capital. Angus started his career with Thompson Clive Partners, a life sciences and technology venture capital firm with investments in Europe and the US. He then co-founded Solon Ventures, a UK venture capital firm.