Our Expert Team

CarbonPool brings together seasoned experts with a wealth of experience in insurance, financial solutions and climate science.

Coenraad Vrolijk

CEO / Co-Founder

Coenraad Vrolijk (CEO, founder) spent seven years as regional CEO of Allianz Africa, from 2015 to 2022, following a stint at BlackRock and as partner at McKinsey. He has served on multiple advisory boards for companies and other institutions and holds a PhD in economics from Brown.

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Nandini Wilcke

COO / Co-Founder

Nandini Wilcke (COO, founder) worked for thirteen years in various roles at Allianz in Germany and in Africa, including as special assistant to the group CEO and general counsel and regional head of M&A for Allianz Africa. She earned her undergraduate and law degrees at Columbia and spent the first years of her career practicing commercial real estate law.

Nan is leading client acquisition and strategic cooperation discussions.

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Frederic Olbert

CFO / Co-Founder

Frederic Olbert (CFO, founder) was previously CFO and head of capital markets at investment management start-up LINUS Digital Finance, following work in investment banking for Goldman Sachs and at Allianz, where he set up a life insurance startup in Ghana and worked on strategy and M&A topics. His MBA is from INSEAD.

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Beat Krauer

Chief Underwriting Officer

Beat Krauer (CUO) has spent 20 years in various roles in the re-/insurance market. After completing his degree as a forestry engineer at ETH Zürich and an assignment in the forestry sector, he joined Partner Re’s catastrophe research team and moved on to agriculture underwriting at Allianz Re before being appointed as the global head of agriculture reinsurance to build up a global team and portfolio at AXA XL.

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Mathilda Ström

Chief Commercial Officer

Mathilda Ström (CCO) was the co-founder and deputy CEO of BIMA, the leading microinsurance and digital health player in emerging markets. Prior to that she was a strategy consultant within telecoms, media, and technology at Spectrum Value Partners. She has also served as a director on multiple boards, including for a renewable energy company in Africa.

Mathilda is leading the commercial strategy.

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Pedro Fonseca

Principal Capital Modeller

Pedro Fonseca (Principal Capital Modeller) holds a PhD degree in theoretical physics from Rutgers University and has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry, where he has been responsible for areas such as risk management, capital requirement, regulatory reporting, and data modelling.

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Kasia Tokarska de los Santos

Principal Climate Modeller

Kasia Tokarska de los Santos (Principal Climate Modeller) holds a PhD in climate modelling, with post-doctoral experience at ETH Zürich and the University of Edinburgh, focused on carbon budgets. She joins CarbonPool following positions at a risk consultancy and McKinsey.

Kasia leads CarbonPool’s carbon removal project risk assessments.

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Oleksandr Kit

Principal Climate Modeller

Oleksandr Kit (Principal Climate Modeller) has been working in the climate and geospatial analytics field for the last 15 years, including as a consultant at the World Bank and as a researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, primarily focusing on developing analytical tools for assessing CO₂ emissions and climate risks. Oles received a PhD in Geography from Humboldt University Berlin.

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Emmanuel Sanchez

Principal Weather Modeller

Emmanuel Sanchez (Principal Weather Modeller) has more than 15 years’ experience modelling risk and pricing insurance products, for firms including UBS and Allianz, where he was a senior deal modeller for parametric weather transactions.

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Maximilian Kremer

Head of Strategic Projects

Maximilian Kremer (Head of Strategic Projects) is a former Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company where he spent 6 years consulting financial institutions on questions concerning strategy, technology, and operations. Maximilian holds a doctoral degree in financial economics from TU Munich, where he researched and taught classes on growth financing and alternative investments. He also holds an M.Sc. in Financial Economics from the University of Oxford.

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Ewoud Vandewal

Investment Associate

Ewoud Vandewal (Investment Associate) holds master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven and management from INSEAD. His bachelor’s degree is in engineering. Ewoud picked up consulting experience at Emerald Consulting.

Ewoud is shaping and executing the carbon credit investment strategy.

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