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Frank N. J. Braeken

Board Chair

Frank N. J. Braeken graduated with a Law Degree and holds an MBA Degree in Finance from the University of Leuven (Belgium). He is an alumnus of the Wharton Executive Programme, Penn University (Philadelphia/USA). In his professional career, he specialized in finance and general management. From 1996 to 2013, Frank held various management functions in different countries for Unilever, among them the position of Regional President of Unilever China (Shanghai), Regional President of Unilever Namca (Dubai), and Regional President of Unilever Africa (Dubai/Durban).

Subsequent to leaving Unilever, Frank has acted as an investment advisor for large-scale agro and food enterprises on the African continent. He is a member of the board of Swiss engineering group Buhler, Zambia-based agro-business Zambeef, Blue Skies, a leading supplier of fruit products in Europe with operations in Africa and Latin America, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and Marie Stopes International. In 2016, he was elected Chairperson of the Board of Feronia Inc, a Toronto-listed palm oil producer on the African continent.