Iggy has a long track record in building companies in the technology, finance, and impact markets – in both emerged and emerging markets. Over the past 19 years he has advised many global companies (inc. Fortune 500), sovereigns, and entrepreneurs on solving problems in competitiveness, sustainability, scenario planning, and structuring complex transactions. He works at the intersection of technology, sustainability, food security, global security, and innovative thinking around the collaborative economy.
He is a passionate about innovative ventures and ideas that address global sustainability concerns. His most recent venture GADCO, focused on sustainable agriculture and livelihood development in West Africa with LATAM technologies. GADCO secured global investors and partners including Acumen Fund, Soros, and Root Capital, Syngenta, and the World Bank.
He is currently assessing the use of digital platforms to mobilize resources from citizens and enterprises to fund inspiring urban and sustainability projects. In addition, he is exploring the role of big data in solving sustainability and food security challenges with partners.
Demeter is a great platform to support emerging market entrepreneurs with innovative ideas.
Independent Advisory and Entrepreneurship May 2015 – Present (LATAM/EU) Independent advisory projects with partners in the fields of sustainability; impact markets; and innovation. Current projects include (1) assessing digital platforms for deeper corporate and citizen engagement in solving urban and sustainability issues; (2) assessing the use of big data and predictive analytics in the agri-food sector.
GADCO Coöperatief U.A. / Co-founder & Board Director October 2009 - March 2015 (W.Africa/LATAM/EU) Pioneered the original idea to build a vertically integrated agribusiness in West Africa with a focus on sustainable financial, social, and environmental returns. Attracted global investors and partners – concluded strategic sale to RMG in July 2015.
Argopolo Management Company / Co-founder & Director January 2007 - December 2009 (EU/GCC) Advised in the areas of innovation, sustainability, and wireless telecoms in Europe and Middle East. Partnered with the Monitor Group on advising Middle Eastern clients on sustainability policy, risk analysis, with a particular focus on the region’s long-term strategic issues of food and water security.
Monitor Group / Private Equity Development January 2005 - April 2007 (EU) Re-joined the firm for a fixed term to work with the Office of the Chairman to focus on expanding its European private equity presence and develop emerging markets private equity.
Exigen Group / Business Development & Partnerships August 2001 - May 2004 (EU) Exigen is a US based provider of business process solutions for Fortune 500 enterprises - aimed the telecom, banking and insurance markets. Exigen rolled up 20+ companies and attracted venture funding ($70m+).
Cadrion Technologies / Co-founder & CEO April 1999 - June 2001 (EU) Co-founded VC-backed enterprise software company specializing in web-based workforce management solutions for large enterprises. Pioneered the idea and closely managed and conceptualised the early R&D into the advanced data-matching algorithms and initial functionality of the applications. Attracted US venture capital backing and private investors.
Renaissance Ventures / Co-founder & Director April 1999 - October 2000 (EU) The firm offered advisory services to the technology focused private equity community, whilst simultaneously developing Cadrion Technologies.
Earlier Positions (1996-1999) - Monitor Group - Management Consultant (EU) - Broadview International (Now Jefferies) – Mergers & Acquisitions in TMT (EU)
University of Cambridge MPhil / The Judge Institute of Management Awarded the Economic and Social Research Scholarship (ESRC)