Sundrop Farms has assembled a seasoned team with diverse experiences across strategy, operations, business development, project management and private equity.
Philipp began his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs where he focused on corporate finance for real estate and lodging companies. He later became project manager for an eco-friendly property development project in Costa Rica, anchored by the Four Seasons hotel group.
More recently, Philipp was an investment professional at King Street Capital, a hedge fund, where he covered real asset investments in Europe.
Philipp is also a Director of Saumweber Holdings, a family office, where he led investments and operations across the agricultural value chain globally, including the initial investment in Sundrop Farms in 2010.
Philipp received a BA degree in Economics from Dartmouth College and a MBA from Harvard University.
Reinier began his career at Seawater Greenhouse in Oman in a project development and management capacity. He later joined Netherlands-based Innogrow, the company behind the development of the innovative Closed Greenhouse system. Most recently, Reinier was a researcher at the Innovations in Energy Systems division of Ecofys, focusing on innovative greenhouse systems and designs.
Reinier joined Sundrop Farms in 2009 to project manage the commercialization of the Sundrop technologies at its pilot greenhouse in Australia.
Reinier received a MSc degree in International Land & Water Management from Wageningen University, Netherlands.
Hugues began his career at Axioma where he was employed as a Senior Consultant. Most recently, he worked at GDF Suez for 14+ years. At GDF SUEZ, Hugues was responsible for financial structuring and project finance funding of multi-billion dollar energy projects, held a role as a divisional CFO in Turkey, and oversaw acquisitions, investments, and financial advisory in various energy markets globally.
Hugues holds a BS in Applied Maths from the Universite Catholique de Louvain, an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London, a PhD in Operations Research from the Centre for Operations Research and Econometrics (UCL)/ Columbia University, and attended INSEAD’s General Management Program.
John has had a varied career that has touched nearly all the relevant fields involved in the development of Sundrop Farms’ agricultural installations. He began his career in the architecture and construction industries, and later transitioned to real estate and corporate finance in New York.
Most recently, John was CFO of a privately-held manufacturing firm based in the US. Previously, he was CIO of a boutique Swiss investment firm, developing real estate and agriculture projects in the northeast of Brazil.
John received a BA with honors as a Senior Fellow from Dartmouth College, where he earned a Citation for Academic Excellence; a M.Architecture degree from the Parsons School of Design, specializing in sustainable technologies; and a MSc in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, where he focused on greenfield development and finance.
Steve has held roles of Managing Director and CEO for more than 12 years in multinational businesses within the produce and food industries, including Australian Quality Plus, National Food Industry Strategy and Chiquita. Most recently, Steve was the CEO of the South Australian Potato Company, one of Australia’s major farming, washing and packing operations.
He is a former Chair of the South Australian Premiers Food Council, has exported to more than 35 countries, and has won multiple business awards for his commercial acumen and ability to develop multi-faceted and vertically integrated businesses. He comes from three generations of farming and retail operations within the horticulture industry.
Michael began his career in commodities trading at Dominion Resources where he focused on valuation of structured deals and trading analysis. More recently, Michael was an investment professional at RJI Capital, a boutique private equity and strategic advisory firm, where he covered both direct investments and corporate finance advisory mandates.
Michael joined Sundrop Farms in 2014 to lead business and project development efforts as the Company expands in markets outside of Australia and into new product categories.
Michael received a BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MSc with Distinction in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School.
Sundrop Farms’ board includes representatives appointed by its two principal shareholders: KKR and Saumweber Holdings.
Niraj Javeri joined KKR in 2010, and is based in Sydney. He is a member of the Special Situations team within KKR Credit and is integral in expanding KKR’s Special Situations businesses across the Asia Pacific region. Niraj has more than a decade of experience investing in public and private markets in Asia, Australia, Europe and the US.
In addition to Sundrop Farms, he also sits on the boards of Findex Australia, McColls Transport and Santanol. Niraj received a B.S. from Cornell University in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and an M.S. from Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering.
Leigh Oliver is a senior member of KKR’s private equity team in Sydney. Leigh has over a decade of experience in private equity and investment banking where he has worked with management teams to enhance the performance of companies, and provide advice on strategy, operations, capital raising and deal structuring.
At KKR, Leigh has been actively involved with the firm’s investment in Bis Industries and also serves on its board of directors. Prior to joining KKR, Leigh was a member of the private equity team at The Carlyle Group in Sydney, and prior to that was at JP Morgan and Ernst & Young. Leigh is a CFA Charterholder, a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland.
Jay Krehbiel is a partner at KF Partners, a family office headquartered in Chicago. Previously Jay was Director of Business Development at Molex, Inc. a large international manufacturer of electronic components. Before Molex, Jay worked 4 years at Pacific Equity Partners in Sydney, where he focused on investment opportunities in private equity in Australia and New Zealand.
Before that Jay was an associate at Audax Group, a Boston based middle market private equity fund. Jay was also a consultant at Bain and Company in Chicago and New York. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.