Organization and Team

Organization is the fund manager of the Business Booster Fund.

Business Booster Fund is deposited with the Stichting Business 4 Impact, the formal keeper of the assets of the Fund. The Depository monitors the Fund manager and gives advise on important issues.

Team is a network organization with a number of Business Development Managers and Business Acceleration Experts in the field (10 locations) and is managed by a small team in the Netherlands consisting of a Director, a Controller and Investment Officers.


Laura Smeets

Laura lived and worked over 10 years in emerging markets. She started her career working for a social enterprise in Tanzania and then set up her own business consulting enterprises in East and Southern Africa. During her last position as Investment Director at BiD Network she assisted entrepreneurs attract finance for their business. Laura is the Director and help grow agri-businesses in emerging markets by providing them a combination of business support and investment.

Business and Financial Controller

Chantal Doop Watkins

After Chantal has been working for 15 years in the financial sector, 8 years at Robeco and 7 years with an investment company in the private equity, Chantal decided to switch to entrepeneurship with social impact. As financial controller specialized in investments, to be responsible for financial and other decision oriented information, She has a good experience in advising director and management in performance, value creation and business operations. Chantal is enthusiastic in supporting a great team to bring Truvalu to a higher level.

Investment Officer

Maarten Hasselman

Maarten holds a Master in Global Business and Sustainability and has experience and interest in social venturing and impact investing. He is a hands-on conceptual thinker and with his analytical skills he loves to dive deep into business cases to understand the potential of a company.

Investment Officer

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Koert Jansen

Koert is an Agricultural Value Chain Finance expert and passionate to share his 15 year of experience in this field with other (emerging) professionals. He has built his knowledge and skills in different roles and capacities, e.g. as managing director of an investment company focused at smallholder based agricultural value chains in emerging economies. But also as a fund manager of a trade finance fund focused at financing farmer cooperatives and private SMEs active in coffee and other agricultural commodities (Latin America and Africa) as a senior investment officer working with smallholder based businesses and microfinance institutions in Africa and as a trainer and advisor.

Business Development Manager South America

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Andrés Jiménez

Andres Jiménez has more than 15 years of experience in implementing technical assistance in the areas of Small & Medium Entrepreneur (SME) development, as well as support of agriculture international negotiations, inclusive businesses and supporting government and community institutions.

He is a professional with passion for entrepreneurship, social impact and enlarging opportunities for all. Andres is able to motivate and lead multi-disciplinary professional teams based on an adequate balancing of strengths, weaknesses and passions of team members. Developing and managing multi stakeholder partnerships.

Business Development Manager Central America

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Corstiaan van Aalsburg

Corstiaan is an experienced professional with passion for private sector development in developing countries. With his experience, especially in setting up supply chains with small farmers and other rural entrepreneurs and SMEs. He has the potential to significantly contribute to sustainable economic development, either from the perspective of corporate social responsibility, business development or the enabling environment. Sound business analyses of SMEs in order to spot opportunities is his specialism.

Business Development Manager Uganda

Davis Baasha

Davis is a Chartered Account (Uganda & UK) with over fifteen years of experience in Accounting, Financial Management, SME Business Support and Investments. He has previously worked with BiD Network Foundation, Deloitte East Africa, KPMG Cayman Islands, BDO East Africa, PKF East Africa and PWC Belgium among others. He is very passionate about supporting SMEs in Africa to achieve scale and is a certified Business Coach.

Business Development Manager India

Subir Singha

Subir has more than 27 years of experience in the field of Finance and Budgeting, Micro Finance, Business Acceleration and Investment. Prior to his current position, he was working as Sr. Program Finance Manager in ICCO India. He also worked in Non-Banking Finance companies and Corporate Sector. Subir holds a Master Degree in Commerce.

Business Development Manager Bangladesh

Naba Tareque

Naba Taraque has a wide range of working experience in bank, merchant bank, government and research organization and gained a lot of knowledge on both global and local financial industry through her academic experience. Her strong foundation of industry knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills as well as an ability to adapt in different work settings make her a professional to build a portfolio of promising companies in Bangladesh.

Managing Director Bangladesh

Sharawwat Islam

With more than 15 years of experience in the financial sector of Bangladesh, Sharawwat joined Truvalu from her passion to work with impact investments. Before joining Truvalu, she worked as an investment banker for over 9 years. Her expertise involves origination, structuring and execution of equity and fixed income deals, project financing, M&A and advisory transactions. Her work involved advisory and fundraising transactions for companies across different industries like Power, Steel, Engineering, Food and Beverage, Bank, Financial Institution, Textile, Pharmaceuticals, Hospital, and Information Technology. Prior to that, she worked in different local and multinational banks for 5 years in the areas of Financial Reporting, Asset – Liability Management, Liquidity Management, and Market Risk Management.

Business Development Manager Indonesia

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Rajis Sinaga

Rajis has over 15 years experience both for development sector as well for private sector. He has been working with ICCO Regional Office, Save The Children, ASEAN Secretariat, Crown Worldwide Group, et cetera. His expertise’ are business administration, companies valuation, grants management, sub-grants management, financial analysis, donor reporting, project management, financial management, forecasting, taxation and budgeting. He has vast experience in managing several projects in the region in develop countries like Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea. His portfolio including the NGOs and social enterprises that promote Value Chain Development (VCD) concepts with multi stakeholders approach. 

Business Development Manager South East Asia

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Arnello Astillero

Arnello is Business Development Manager of Southeast Asia. As program manager he manages relationships with local partners , provides advisory services concerning Value Chain Development and evaluates the project implementation. Arnello views SMEs as the best solution to poverty alleviation and has contributed to the cause as former Project Manager of Philippine Fair Trade that helped 270 SMEs access the local market.


Strategic Advisor

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David Kamukama

David Kamukama has over twenty four years of private sector experience in Uganda and the Eastern African region (Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Rwanda), focusing on development of industrial and agribusiness integration projects; directing/managing private sector business projects, management of SMEs and implementing development and investment projects. He has served in various leadership capacities in the private sector companies and local agricultural associations. David has developed business models for companies, institutions, and NGOs in the agricultural value chains, supported partners to prepare business plans and propositions for finance through loans, investments or other financial instruments in Eastern Africa. He has a strong network among public institutions and private sector agencies and has served on many public/private boards.

Senior Advisor

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Hans van Kesteren

Early 2015 Hans has ended his job at Shell and is now looking for a next step in his career. His ambition is to contribute to the wellbeing of people building on his strengths and experience. Hans has been exposed to many cultures during his childhood and international career and he is very comfortable connecting with people regardless of their background. His strengths are about selecting, developing and motivating people, creating high performing teams, aligning people across the globe towards common goals, managing stakeholders to ensure their support and commitment, dealing with ambiguity and delivering results under demanding circumstances. Hans is a Finance and IT professional with a hybrid career both in IT and Finance.