Our Team

 

We leverage our experience as entrepreneurs, long history in the food industry and strong connections to early adopter networks and strategic partners to support the success of our investments.

 
Chris Kerr CIO

Chris Kerr

Chief Investment Officer

Chris has nearly thirty years of leadership experience with start-ups and venture capital investing. He has spent the last decade focused on impact investing with a concentration on food markets and the plant-based foods sector. As CIO, Chris manages portfolio strategy and serves as a strategic adviser to most portfolio companies. On behalf of New Crop, Chris serves as Co-CEO and chair of Good Catch, managing member of Trellis New Endeavors, director of Purple Carrot and Next Foods, and observes Miyoko's Kitchen. Additionally, Chris is director at Unovis Partners, Sirabella's, Wicked Healthy, Mathgarden, Pitcairn Financial Group, and Anark Corporation.

Mark Langley Portfolio Manager

Mark Langley

Portfolio Manager

Mark has worked as an engineer, analyst, economic consultant, and as an advisor to plant-based start-ups. He has more than a decade of experience on Wall Street, where he analyzed special-situation and high-tech companies. He has contributed to several books, been interviewed for television and radio programs, and has been quoted in a variety of leading publications. As Portfolio Manager, Mark works with Chris to manage deal flow, and performs asset and market level analyses.

Dan Altschuler Malek Sr. Venture Partner

Dan Altschuler Malek

Managing Partner, North America and Israel

Dan is an entrepreneur experienced in sustainability, startups, and international trade. His endeavors over the last 20 years include launching a natural snack company, heading a logistics firm, opening a restaurant, and managing a creative agency. He holds a degree in Business Management from Mexico’s Universidad Iberoamericana and an MBA from Babson College. As Managing Partner, Dan pursues strategic opportunities for New Crop Capital’s portfolio companies.

 
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Kim Anders Odhner

Managing Partner, Europe and Asia

Kim is an experienced venture capital and private equity investment professional with more than 20+ years executive and board level experience in the emerging markets of Asia.  Covering Europe and Asia, Kim brings to New Crop Capital a deep knowledge of deal-sourcing and structured transactions, as well as post-investment strategy and portfolio operations.  Kim’s broad sector exposure includes consumer products, food processing, animal feed, transportation-distribution, hospitality, for-profit education, and telecommunications.  He holds a Masters degree from the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, is currently a director of Nextfoods, a Member of the Fletcher International Advisory Group, and is based with his family in The Netherlands.

Laura Zaim Venture Partner

Laura Zaim

Venture Partner

Laura likes to eat vegan foods, and joined New Crop Capital with the purpose of bringing more such products to market. She is a social entrepreneur and environmentalist working to shift our world away from industrial agriculture. Previously, Laura co-founded WorkAmerica, a venture-backed social enterprise that connected Community College and vocational school graduates to employment opportunities. Laura earned a BA in Anthropology summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis. She speaks French and Spanish, and is originally from the DC Metro area, where she remains committed to growing the social enterprise community through volunteering, mentoring and public speaking.

Jay Karandikar Venture Partner

Jay Karandikar

Venture Partner, India

Jay graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering. During his time there, he managed a student-run business and worked at a fund of funds in Tokyo. Prior to joining New Crop, he developed trading systems at a quantitative hedge fund in Connecticut. He is excited by the potential of innovative companies to transform global agriculture and wants to be a part of that transformation.

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Frohman Anderson

Venture Partner

Frohman co-founded Pure Haven Essentials, a brand of non-toxic and organic personal care products, and assisted the company though its acquisition in 2016. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a degree in Environmental Studies, Frohman established EverHope Capital, a private venture capital fund, to invest in innovative and scalable alternatives to animal-based products. In addition to managing EverHope Capital’s portfolio, Frohman is Venture Partner at New Crop Capital, focusing on deal flow, analysis, fundraising and new ventures. He is also co-chair of the NEXUS working group on animal welfare and biodiversity conservation.

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Steve Molino

Associate

Steve is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School whose professional experience prior to business school spans five years across various roles within financial services and strategy. The majority of his career has focused on private equity and venture capital fund investing, and he has spent time evaluating mission-driven, early-stage investments in sustainable and humane food. Throughout his time in business school, he has also targeted opportunities to diversify his skillset, most recently working as a management consultant. Steve is an avid health and wellness enthusiast focused on the intersection between nutrition, sustainability, and the future of food.

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Sunil Surana

CFO

Sunil has over 30 years of wide-ranging financial experience from entrepreneurial startups to Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries (CPG, Semiconductors, Airlines and a Ratings Agency).  The last 15 years have taken him back to Food & Beverage, as one of his earliest endeavors was creating a casual, vegetarian restaurant concept serving clean and compelling flavors from around the globe.  With his in-depth Operational and Managerial Finance experience, Sunil’s role is to consult with portfolio companies to help them manage their Accounting and Finance functions as they grow their businesses.  Sunil has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from University College London and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

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Barbara Amoia

Portfolio Operations Specialist

Barbara has an extensive record of achievement in the management of corporate supply chain operations. Her expertise is in logistics, procurement, and distribution of raw materials and finished goods, and her background is in the food/beverage sector, including co-packer, company-owned manufacturing, eCommerce fulfillment, and contract manufacturing environments. Previous positions include managerial roles in logistics and operations for Rao’s Speciality Foods, Barrie House Coffee Company, and New Leaf Iced Tea and Iceland Spring Water. At Rao’s, she was selected for a transition team to guide the $412M sale of company.

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Kristen Rocca

Analyst, Europe and Asia

Kristen is an MBA candidate at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain originally from Toronto, Canada. She also holds a Chemical Engineering degree from McMaster University. Prior to beginning her MBA and joining New Crop Capital, she focused on operations, strategy, and sustainability as a technology consultant with various international corporations. She has also supported non-profits ranging from international animal rescues to food and agricultural advocacy. During her MBA, she has consulted with early stage startups on strategy and operations initiatives. In her spare time, Kristen loves adventure travel and cooking delicious plant-based meals.