Pioneering Ventures
at a Glance

We are a team of investors and entrepreneurs based in Switzerland and India, organizing, deploying, and growing capital to catalyse the transformation of under-served India through industrial-scale ventures, delivering sustainable financial returns with solid governance and verifiable social and environmental impact.
Our company is in the process of building India’s most comprehensive agri-food platform consisting of vertically integrated and technologically supported agri-food businesses. Our platform enables us to build strong core competences across the value chain and create synergies between our portfolio companies.
Our compliance with global standards, strategic foresight and local execution capability make us the go-to company for many co-investors interested in participating in the Indian growth opportunity and global corporations strategically intending to grow their footprint in the Indian market. We are committed to create sustainable and verifiable social impact among the farming community and other stakeholders along the value chain in an environmentally responsible manner.

Key Principles

PEOPLE

We respect all living beings
and their environment

IMPACT

We strive to create sustainable
positive impact

TRANSFORMATION

We continuously look for better
ways of doing things

INTEGRITY

We always do what we know
is right

COMMUNICATION

We listen carefully and communicate
things as they are

LEGACY

We are committed to building ventures that
create a better future for India

Vision

Accelerate the modernization of rural India through best-in class ventures

Mission

We are on the path of building India’s most comprehensive agri-food platform, modernizing supply chains and its adjacent sectors while generating attractive financial returns in a socially and environmentally responsible fashion. We are fully committed towards rural India, its people and communities and have a blueprint to uplift its undeserved sectors.

Our platform enables us to build strong core competences across the value chain and create synergies between our portfolio companies.

Ron Pal
Ron Pal

Founding Partner & Chairman of the Board

Experience

  • Indian agri-food venture investor, incubator and solution developer for global companies wanting to enter the Asian market
  • Start-up entrepreneur and change management consultant

Work history

  • CEO and Board Member AccessArena AG

Ron Pal

Dr. Pablo Erat
Dr. Pablo Erat

Co-Founding Partner & Board Member

Experience

  • Indian agri-food venture investor and incubator
  • Strategy consultant, marketing specialist, leadership trainer and start-up entrepreneur

Work history

  • Co-founder and partner of Executive Insight AG

Dr. Pablo Erat

Dr. Didier Sangiorgio
Dr. Didier Sangiorgio

Board Member

Experience

  • Partner at Walder Wyss Ltd
  • Professional board director with deep experience in providing legal advice to corporations from various sectors
  • Co-Chair of the Zurich Bar’s Technology and Telecom Law Practice Group

Dr. Didier Sangiorgio

Francisco Fernandez
Francisco Fernandez

Board Member

Experience

  • Founder & Group Chairman of Avaloq
  • Visionary digitalization expert who dedicated his career to IT with a focus on improving stability of large-scale financial systems

Francisco Fernandez

Peter Ackermann
Peter Ackermann

Executive Partner, Legal & Compliance

Experience

  • Built the Legal & Compliance Department in responsAbility Investments AG
  • Professional board director with deep experience in providing legal advice

Work history

  • General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer of responsAbility Group
  • Counsel with MME Legal
  • Founding Partner of BIA Law and DigitalLaw (Orion Ventures)

Peter Ackermann

Martin Wittwer
Martin Wittwer

Partner, Operations

Experience

  • Advisor in cross-border transactions to India and other emerging markets
  • Former senior executive with large multinational companies in consulting and technologies

Work history

  • Chief Client Officer of the Monterosa Group
  • Senior Vice President Operations at Kudelski Group

Martin Wittwer

Akshaya Kamath
Akshaya Kamath

Partner, Director India

Experience

  • Leader of multinational teams in Asian agriculture businesses
  • Business transformation and merger expert

Work history

  • MD of Syngenta India
  • Global Head of Rice, Syngenta

Akshaya Kamath

Marco Klinge
Marco Klinge

Partner, Venture Development

Experience

  • Acting CEO DFV
  • Consulting expert and manager of Indian agri-food companies

Work history

  • Consultant at Roland Berger

Marco Klinge

Corsin Steiner
Corsin Steiner

Chief Financial Officer

Experience

  • Corporate finance, controlling, treasury and project management expert

Work history

  • Consultant at Adbodmer AG

Corsin Steiner

Admir Trnjanin
Admir Trnjanin

Head of Investor Relations

Experience

  • Fundraising and client relationship management with global institutional investors
  • Start-up entrepreneur with focus on business development, branding and design

Work history

  • Associate Vice President at BlueOrchard Finance Ltd
  • Co-Founder of rentnerado.ch

Admir Trnjanin

Samarpita Deb
Samarpita Deb

Head of Legal International

Experience

  • Lawyer with focus on handling cross-border transactions and managing legal affairs for companies in Switzerland and other jurisdictions

Work history

  • Practice Lead and in-house counsel for Rikvin

Samarpita Deb

Yashasvini Kumar
Yashasvini Kumar

Head of Legal India

Experience

  • 10 years of experience advising on Indian corporate law matters with a focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Passionate about Indian labour and agriculture related laws

Work history

  • Worked in the mergers and acquisitions and general corporate practice areas of leading Indian law firms for 8 years prior to joining PV

Yashasvini Kumar

Amit Chamaria
Amit Chamaria

Head of Finance India

Experience

  • 10 years of experience in Corporate and Strategic finance with a focus on M&A, venture capital investments and managing large multi-million dollar P&Ls

Work history

  • Finance Lead for M&A at Infosys focussing on potential acquisitions, investments, new ventures, divestures and corporate restructurings

Amit Chamaria

Savita Gupta
Savita Gupta

Head of Marketing & Communications

Experience

  • Communications professional with 12 years of experience in corporate communications and brand management

Work history

  • Communications Lead at International Copper Association India
 

Savita Gupta

Jonny Suter
Jonny Suter

Founder & CEO of Helvetica Capital

Work History

  • Founder & CEO of Helvetica Capital
  • Senior executive with top management experience in private equity and financial services
  • Various board seats in technology and consumer industries

Jonny Suter

Nicolas Oltramare
Nicolas Oltramare

Owner & CEO of Hamberg AG

Work History

  • Owner and CEO of Hamberg AG
  • Member of the Vontobel Advisory Council
  • Advisor to a large number of family offices and member of various Swiss charitable foundations

Nicolas Oltramare

Rajendra Barwale
Rajendra Barwale

Managing Director of Mahyco, India

Work History

  • Founding family and Managing Director of Maharashtra Hybrid Seed Company (Mahyco, India)
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the International Seed Federation
  • Board Member of the Barwale Foundation

Rajendra Barwale

Naoko Felder
Naoko Felder

Founder of NFK Felder Consulting

Work History

  • Founder of NFK Felder Consulting, advisor for microfinance, social entrepreneurship and impact investing
  • Board member of the Frey Charitable Foundation and Barefoot College
  • Former senior executive of Vontobel Asset Management and Nomura Bank

Naoko Felder

Philipp Sarasin
Philipp Sarasin

Active investor

Work History

  • Active investor and board member of several private equity and venture capital companies
  • Seasoned executive with experience in wealth management, investment banking and institutional asset management
  • Former Managing Partner of Lombard Odier & Cie and former chairman of the CFA institute

Philipp Sarasin

Jürgen Bauer
Jürgen Bauer

Co-founder of Tenthpin Management Consultants & Turos Capital

Work History

  • Co-founder and Chairman of Tenthpin Management Consultants and co-founder of Turos Capital
  • Board member of several healthcare and IT growth companies
  • Former Founder, Partner and Board Member of Lodestone Management Consultants and its successor organisations Infosys Lodestone / Infosys Consulting

Jürgen Bauer

Thomas Kunz
Thomas Kunz

Chairman MüllerGroup & Founder of TCInvest

Work History

  • Founder and Chairman of TCInvest
  • Investor and board member in a number of technology, healthcare and consumer goods companies
  • Former CEO of Danone Dairy the worldwide market leader in fresh dairy products

Thomas Kunz