Detlef Schoen

1st January, 1970

Detlef Schoen

With more than four decades of experience in farming and a multi-billion-dollar track record as a senior agribusiness executive, Detlef Schoen is one of few experts globally that combine experience and a successful track record all the way from hands-on farming to international agribusiness and financial markets. He is widely known for his thought leadership in sustainable farmland and agribusiness investments.

After his studies of agricultural economics he joined Cargill where he had a fast-track career with stations as country manager, Cargill Germany, and product line manager of the European grain trading business. He left Cargill to set up his own grain origination company which he grew from a small local trader to a significant country merchant and the largest exporter of German quality wheat. Having exited from this business, he ran the global grain book for NIDERA – at the time the 6th largest grain trader worldwide. From NIDERA he moved to Aquila Capital to build a farm investment franchise which quickly became the largest foreign investor in New Zealand agriculture at the time. He left Aquila Capital to invest in and manage a club deal of grass-fed beef farms in Australia from where he transferred to London as Head of Real Assets at Insight Investment. Driven by the firm belief that the world needs a fundamental shift in the way it is farmed, he recently left Insight to pursue his ambition of setting up a first-of-its-kind large-scale, sustainable and climate neutral farming und agribusiness company.


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