Co-founder & Non-Executive Chairman
Eric has over 30 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist in Silicon Valley and Europe, founding, scaling and investing in disruptive technology companies and leading environmentally and socially impactful projects. He is known for his deep insights in machine learning, data mining, electronic marketplaces and food and agriculture sustainability.
He co-founded several successful companies in Palo Alto including RightPoint, acquired by e.piphany and Trading Dynamics, acquired by Ariba. He went on to become a Venture Capitalist in Silicon Valley with Atlas Ventures in 1999 and later in 2000, founded Benchmark Capital Europe, which became Balderton where he co-led several investments including Betfair and Almonde.
Since 2006, he has been a Managing Partner at Wellington Partners, leading the pan-European expansion of this German firm into one of the top 3 early stage VC firms in Europe. His investments at Wellington include Xing (listed in Frankfurt), Spotify, SoundTrackYourBrand, MyTaxi , Import.io and Onfido.
For many years Eric has also worked as a pioneer social impact investor. As co-founder and Chairman of Quadia Impact Finance, he inspired Quadia’s pioneering work in combining social finance and high-returns, leading to investments in Aventron (micro-hydro energy operator), Soil Capital (regenerative agriculture management), Good Eggs (online farmers’ market in the US), La Ruche Qui Dit Oui (farm to table distribution network in France) and Maven Clinic (a Digital Health Clinic for Women).
Eric is a co-founder of Social-Impact International, a global development programme helping social entrepreneurs increase their social impact with operations in India and Eastern Europe. He was the founding president of the Belgium chapter of WeForest, a non-profit organization focused on sustainable reforestation projects. He was also chairman of the investment committee of the UK government NESTA’s Social Impact Investment program for 2011 to 2015. He has lectured at INSEAD, where he founded the Social Entrepreneurship Department; holds a PhD in Computer Science, Grenoble University; an Engineer Degree in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University; an MBA, Santa Clara University; an MSME, University of California at Berkeley; and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Ecole Centrale in France.
Since 2010, Eric has increasingly focused its social impact activities on the food and agriculture sector and it is this passion and expertise in food which led him to become the Global Chairman of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, leading education and food campaigns globally.