Invitation: INSEAD Private Equity Club online event “Hema, an eventful journey”
Corné Melissen is an executive director on the board of Ramphastos Investments and Buxeros Capital. Ramphastos, a hybrid private equity / venture capital firm with over EUR 2 billion in assets, is an investment vehicle majority owned by Dutch billionaire Marcel Boekhoorn. Buxeros is an emerging markets impact fund, co-funded by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, a Dutch government investment agency.
Corné has been involved in a long list of mostly special situation acquisitions across the globe, ranging from technology (biometrics) to energy (upstream oil & gas), mining and retail. Corné started his career at Dutch private equity firm Alpinvest and in parallel to his business track served as a reserve-officer in the Netherlands Army. He was mobilized as active-duty officer (rank: lieutenant-colonel) in various domestic and overseas deployments including in Bosnia and Iraq. Corné currently serves as a non-executive officer or observer at several boards of companies in The Netherlands, US, Canada and several countries across Africa. Corné holds a Master’s degree in Economics (1991) from the University of Amsterdam.
Joost de Haas is an Adjunct-Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD since 2009, where he teaches Managing Corporate Turnarounds. Joost is also a visiting professor at University of Stellenbosch Business School and Amsterdam Institute of Finance. Until recently, Joost was the CEO of Roto Smeets Group and Executive Director of one of Europe’s leading printing and multimedia companies. After graduating with an MBA from INSEAD in 1986, Joost joined McKinsey & Company. Upon leaving McKinsey he has held several executive and senior management positions in mostly FMCG and telecommunications companies, before turning an entrepreneur in 1994. Joost also holds a Master’s degree in Quantitative Business Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
IPEC – Arjan Snijders, Joeri de Groot, Matteo Racca and Vincent Lüning