Impact investor Astanor Ventures announces new senior appointments

Astanor Ventures has announced the addition of David Barber and Emmanuel Faber to its partnership team. Barber and Faber, two internationally recognised leaders in the movement towards a sustainable agrifood system, join Astanor with a common mission; to align capital with nature and secure a just, sustainable and nourishing future of food for all.

The global agrifood system is a major catalyst of climate, biodiversity, social and health crises across the globe. Astanor is pioneering a new model of impact investing, one that is data-driven, transparent and scales return and impact to transform the economy from a system of extraction to one of regeneration.

Since its creation in 2017, Astanor has invested in 29 agrifood tech companies across the globe, backing only those solutions which promise to generate a significant, material positive impact in the agrifood system. In addition to a number of special purpose vehicles, the firm closed a €264m impact fund in December 2020, setting records for the largest agrifood impact investing fund ever raised.

“Astanor was founded on the principle that impact-driven business is the key to a more resilient, sustainable economy”, said Eric Archambeau, co-founder and partner at Astanor. “This conviction has been a driving force in both David and Emmanuel’s careers for decades, a commitment I have witnessed firsthand throughout our numerous collaborations. Their expertise, leadership and dedication to our common mission make them ideal partners for both Astanor and our investee companies.”

David Barber, Partner at Astanor Ventures said, “Capital’s required role in food system transformation has long been underestimated. Astanor has demonstrated the importance of backing visionary entrepreneurs and scaling growth in line with measurable impact creation. It is a privilege to join their effort to leverage modern technologies to facilitate a food system that nourishes our nature, our environment and our future.”

Emmanuel Faber, Partner at Astanor Ventures said: “I am thrilled that David and I are joining Astanor as partners today. Partnerships of like-minded activists are a recipe for collective intelligence. And this is much needed. Within the incredibly buoyant agtech and foodtech space, where I met and worked with dozens of entrepreneurs and investors over the last two decades, I have picked Astanor as the most entrepreneurial, impact-driven team, with already a fantastic track record of transformational start-ups that they support. We are now partnering to unequivocally focus on our single biggest collective opportunity to halve global carbon emissions by 2030 in a just transition: planetary diets for all, relying on a biodiverse, regenerative agriculture. Our strategy for this will be to leverage cutting edge science and technology, not to replace nature, life and humans, but to put them back front and center of agrifood systems.”