Down 2 Earth Capital is a close-knit team of professionals with years of experience, in both private equity and industry. The partners have been working together for many years, even before the investment fund was formed. Our team grew as we invested in more companies and set up a second fund. One of our great strengths is the diversity of profiles within our team, which provides an excellent balance between financial and operational experience.
The team has an impressive track record and works on the future with ambition, drive and common sense. All of our team members are personally invested in our private equity fund, which guarantees that our team’s interests are aligned with those of external investors.
Together with Ivo and Peter, Alain is one of the founders of Down 2 Earth Capital. He previously worked at GIMV for 21 years as head of Buy-out & Growth and later as Managing Partner Sustainable Cities and a member of the executive committee. It was in this period that he got to know Peter as a colleague. Alain trained as an economist at the UFSIA in Antwerp.
Ivo is one of the founding partners of Down 2 Earth Capital together with Peter and Alain. After graduating as a civil engineer, he gained experience as a consultant at Bekaert-Stanwick and as Managing Director of start-up Altro Steel. From 2001 to 2013, Ivo was CEO of H. Essers.
Joost joined Down 2 Earth Capital as a Principal in 2018. Before that, he worked for Uber Belgium, first as Operations Manager and later as General Manager. He started his career at The Boston Consulting Group where he worked for four years, both in Brussels and Boston. Joost studied civil engineering at Ghent University and obtained an MBA from INSEAD.
Christophe joined the Down 2 Earth Capital team as an investment manager in October 2022. He previously worked for about 5 years as a senior associate at the investment bank Kempen & Co in equity research and investment banking. Christophe obtained a Master degree in Commercial Engineering from KU Leuven and another in Finance from Free University Brussels (VUB). In addition, he obtained further training in PE & VC. After studying commercial engineering, Christophe co-led and ran a start-up for a year and a half.