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.

Alain Keppens

Founding partner

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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.

alain@d2e.be

+32 495 597 264

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Ivo Marechal

Founding partner

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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.

ivo@d2e.be

+32 495 346 495

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Peter Kloeck

Founding partner

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Peter founded Down 2 Earth Capital together with Alain and Ivo in 2013. He previously worked at GIMV for 12 years. His career started at Bank Degroof, where he held various positions in different departments. Peter holds Master degrees in Law and Economics.

peter@d2e.be

+32 495 597 362

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Lieselot Peeters

Principal

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Lieselot joined the Down 2 Earth Capital team as a Principal in 2016. She previously worked as Corporate Finance Manager (M&A) at Degroof Petercam as where she also participated in an exchange programme with E.J. McKay & Co in Shanghai. Lieselot studied commercial engineering at the Solvay Business School (VUB).

Matthias Neirynck

Investment Manager

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Matthias has been an Associate at Down 2 Earth Capital since 2017. He previously spent three years as a senior consultant in transaction advisory services at EY. Matthias studied commercial engineering at KU Leuven and obtained his CFA in 2018.

Joost Verdiesen

Principal

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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.

joost@d2e.be

+32 475 435 821

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Jeroen Ducorney

Analyst

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Jeroen is an Analyst at Down 2 Earth and joined the firm in 2020, after completing his internship. He studied Business Administration at IVA Driebergen Business School and obtained a Master’s degree in Financial Management at Vlerick Business School. Prior to joining D2E, Jeroen was the Country Manager for Belgium at the Dutch start-up Goboony.

jeroen@d2e.be

+32 487 75 25 98

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