reNature completes Latam team.

With a growing portfolio in Brazil, reNature is adding Daniel Lopes da Costa and Rodolfo Daldegan to the Latam team. The team now includes Project Managers in Brazil who’s task is to manage the Brazilian projects locally, supervised and supported by the Regional Portfolio Manager at reNature’s HQ in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The new additions to the team are helping reNature in their mission to make Regenerative Agroforestry mainstream. 

Expanding the Brazilian team 

With a growing portfolio in Brazil, reNature is adding Daniel Lopes da Costa and Rodolfo Daldegan to the Latam team. The team now includes local project managers in Brazil who’s task is to manage the Brazilian projects such as DFCD DeMendes, DFCD Farfarm, Café Apuí and Nespresso, supervised and supported by a Regional Portfolio Manager at reNature’s HQ in Amsterdam. Having best of both worlds through local expertise and centrally organised project management, is a part of a broader professionalisation of the organisation. 

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Daniel Lopes da Costa  - Latam Portfolio Manager

Daniel has a farming background in Brazil with a true interest in innovation of agricultural systems. After 12 years of working at companies directly related to agricultural production, he started to grow his interest in regenerative agriculture, being a great potential to reduce external crop inputs and increase resilience for droughts in farming operations. At reNature he combines his skills, practical experience and his drive to make a positive impact. A truly purposeful role.

Rodolfo Daldegan - Local project manager Brazil

As an Agricultural Engineer, Rodolfo’s goal is to show that agriculture can be nature-inclusive and profitable at the same time. With his international background from the past 8 years, his ethos is to connect by sharing one’s ideals and beliefs while delivering results. Rodolfo wants to make a difference in the one of the world’s oldest professions; agriculture. He shares the common ground with reNature to rethink the way we produce, consume and demand.

New additions Daniel Lopes da Costa and Rodolfo Daldegan are joining the current Latam team with Maëla Porcheron, interim Latam Portfolio Manager, Tamara Reygers - Latam Project Officer, and local officers Ivens Domingos, Tatiana Cintra and Alejandra Sota. The Latam team is working on multiple projects amongst which are implementing demonstration plots for commercial, regenerative cattle farming with Gran Beef, and supporting the female farmers of Guima Café in their discovery and implementation of new techniques together with Nespresso. The Latam team is responsible for a total of 15 projects.

Other team developments

Growth in the research department  

Massimiliano Miatton joined reNature as a trainee on the Research team in November 2020 and has since been promoted to Science & Expert Relations Coordinator. Massimiliano is a hard-working life enthusiast who firmly believes that restoring planetary health and thriving ecosystems is “the great work of our time”. He built his experience over the course of 7 years involved in farming, teaching, consulting and designing, in cross-cultural projects across the main global climatic zones.  

Marketing and Communications advances 

Samantha Sutton started at reNature as a Marketing and Communications trainee in November 2020 and has since been promoted to Marketing and Communications Junior. Originally from the United States, Samantha moved to London to pursue her academic studies and has achieved a first class degree in International Marketing from the University of Westminster. In 2020, Samantha graduated with Merit from University College London with an MSc in Sustainable Development with a focus on Urban Agriculture. Her interdisciplinary background provides her with a unique perspective that compliments her role at reNature. 

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A broader management professionalisation of the organisation

Next to reNature’s founders Marco de Boer and Felipe Villela, the management team consists of Eva Teekens (former Rabo Foundation), Elena Yurchenko (former Danone), and Guus ter Haar (former NewForesight).

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Eva Teekens - Chief Investment Officer

Development and Impact Finance has been Eva’s specialty for 10 years, who managed the portfolio of African investments for the Rabo Foundation. Next to her work as CIO, Eva is managing Meraki Impact’s portfolio.

Elena Yurchenko - Chief Financial Officer

Given her 12 years of finance experience at Danone, Elena’s role in the MT is creating a value for a step change, always looking at the business need and strategic aim, identifying points of improvement for sustainable growth.

Guus ter Haar - Chief Operations Officer

Guus sees sustainability as an outcome of human decisions constrained by rules, systems, and incentives, and only by inspiring the right people and changing these rules, systems, and incentives, will we bring about the change we want to see. His role as COO is to inspire both clients and teams.

The reNature team at HQ including trainees counts 16.


Triggering large-scale yet context-specific regenerative dynamics implies aligning different types of actors, activities and world views. Happy to be part of a growing organism / organization at the interface between business, academia, third sector and civil society, fuelling win-win partnerships that manifest themselves in sexy regenerative landscapes. Massimiliano Miatton, Science & Expert Relations Coordinator @reNature
When I think about the current challenges faced in agricultural production, such as: loss of soil fertility, erosion, increasing cost of production, drought susceptibility, just to name a few, in addition to the negative impact on the environment; I see regenerative agriculture as the ideal method to mitigate and tackle those challenges. Daniel Lopes da Costa, Latam Portfolio Manager @reNature 
Regenerative agriculture is the key to a net-positive food system--a global movement that positively impacts local communities and ecosystems. Understanding the local context is essential for this; there is no one-size-fits-all solution. This is why we work with dedicated Regional Portfolio Managers and local teams to ensure that local realities, initiatives, knowledge, and the voices of local stakeholders are the seeds from which we grow positive change. Guus ter Haar, COO @ reNature

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About reNature:

reNature’s mission is to restore nature through designing, implementing, and monitoring regenerative agroforestry projects that provide longterm income for local communities and exchange knowledge with farmers, schools and universities. 

reNature Investments BV is the for-profit organization, registered under RSIN: 860114090 and Dossier: 75028891 at the Chamber of Commerce, Amsterdam. 

For more information:

Guus ter Haar, COO @ reNature 

Samantha Sutton, Marketing Communication @ reNature 

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