Our Team

A diverse group of 20 passionate and dedicated professionals with entrepreneurial experience and spirits are building this fund together.

John Mairlot

Investment Manager

John Mairlot

John is part of the investment team of Aqua-Spark. Prior to joining Aqua-Spark, he worked as an Investment Manager at Cobepa...
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Mike Velings

Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Mike Velings

A lifelong entrepreneur, Mike has spent decades jumpstarting a range of successful businesses....
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Stephanie Rakels

Development &
Investor Relations Director

Stephanie Rakels

Stephanie brings in-depth knowledge of the fund and its investment strategy to head Development and Investor Relations at Aqua-Spark..
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Amy Novogratz

Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Amy Novogratz

Amy brings almost two decades of experience in fostering collaborative solutions to some of the world’s big challenges...
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Joel Mugwisa Ssemukaaya

Investment Manager

Joel Mugwisa Ssemukaaya

Joel has over 15 years investment experience in investment management, investment banking and development finance in Sub-Saharan Africa ...
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Josien Bakker

Investment Manager

Josien Bakker

Josien is part of the Investment team of Aqua Spark. Previously she worked at Robeco Private Equity, where she was responsible for sourcing deals...
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Tom Prins

Head of Dealflow

Tom Prins

Tom manages the process of screening new business opportunities for Aqua-Spark and negotiating new investments. He joined the fund in 2015
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Lauren Quiros

Executive Assistant

Lauren Quiros

Lauren is the Executive Assistant to the Managing Partners. She is passionate about solving local to global social and environmental issues...
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Marjolein Jetten

HR Director

Marjolein Jetten

Marjolein heads Human Resources at Aqua-Spark, where she channels her passion for working with people and making connections between people...
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Jan Slootweg

Investment Manager

Jan Slootweg

Jan is part of the Investment Team of Aqua-Spark. Prior he worked at SHV, globally active in energy, animal nutrition, industrial services and private equity ...
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Kim Wagenaar

Investment Manager

Kim Wagenaar

Kim is part of the Investment Team of Aqua Spark. Prior to joining Aqua Spark, she worked at Low Carbon, a renewable energy investment fund...
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Frans van der Peijl

Finance Director

Frans van der Peijl

Frans heads the Finance team at Aqua-Spark and joined the fund in September 2019. Frans has extensive experience in the finance discipline...
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Frank van Roest

Investment Manager Director

Frank van Roest

Frank heads the Investment team at Aqua-Spark. He joined the fund in early 2015, just as the first investments were being made, and spent three years ...
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Kathryn Goris

Associate Counsel

Kathryn Goris

Kathryn is part of the Legal and Compliance team. She brings over 10 years’ experience at US law firm Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in Londone...
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Thomas Giehm

Head of Dealflow

Thomas Giehm

As a part of the investment team Thomas screens new business opportunities for Aqua-Spark and manages the first stages of the investment process...
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Frank van der Gelt

Investment Manager

Frank van der Gelt

Frank supports Aqua-Spark’s portfolio companies and coordinates follow-on investments. He strategizes with the entrepreneurs in the Aqua-Spark portfolio...
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Flavio Corsin

Director of Partnerships

Flavio Corsin

lavio has spent more than two decades working in responsible aquaculture globally for non-profit, intergovernmental, and for-profit organizations ...
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Nashrin Azad

Fundraising & Investor Relations Manager

Nashrin Azad

Nashrin is responsible for Institutional asset raising and investor relations at Aqua-Spark as of September 2020. She has over a decade of experience in fundraising...
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John Vogel

Head of Legal

John Vogel

John heads the legal and compliance team of Aqua-Spark as of March 2021. Prior he worked at Sanoma Media, a multi-media company, where he managed a legal team...
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Willem van der Pijl

Editor in Chief Aqua Insights /
Senior Aquaculture Industry Analyst

Willem van der Pijl

Willem van der Pijl has been in aquaculture for the past 10 years already. He worked as a business developer for a well known NGO as well as a top university....
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