The Nest LogoThe Nest Logo

About Us

The Nest is a Belgian family office investing in the future of food. We are driven to create a healthy and fair world for generations to come. Learn more about our impact philosophy.
Investments Icon

Investments

We invest in companies and funds that are creating a more resilient food system.
Foundation Icon

Foundation

We provide support to initiatives that get the flywheel going.

We are partners.

While other firms invest in deals and talk about exits, we invest in people and talk about partnerships. Our relationships endure.

We are pragmatic.

It is never going to be perfect. A small improvement on a large scale can have more impact than a large improvement on a small scale.

We are decisive.

We make rapid, informed decisions. We are direct with a hint of impatience. Some may not like it. We think it helps us to push forward.

The Team

Our team mirrors the people we partner with: challengers at heart driven by a sense of urgency and a deeply ingrained need to do good.
LinkedIn
Els built her career in the Americas division of her family business, TVH, growing and scaling the business over a period of 16 years from 4 to 16 locations, and from 200 to 1200 employees. Driven by a passion for people and their well being, she returned to Belgium and started The Nest to increase the scale of impact on human lives even further.

Els Thermote

Chief Executive Officer
LinkedIn
After a 12 year career in Belgium in the industrial and construction environment, Laurent was fortunate to run multiple projects in the U.S., including real estate investments and start ups in recycling. He hopes that The Nest family office will inspire other families to follow the movement toward a better world.

Laurent Vannest

Managing Director
LinkedIn
Passionate about finance for over 40 years, John was CFO for the TVH Group, which grew to over €1 billion with operations in over 180 countries. Handing over the torch to the next generation, he is now coaching, motivating, and challenging the young potentials of The Nest Family Office.

John Laebens

Chief Finance Officer
LinkedIn
Louis has always been a person who makes things happen. His path took him through audit and consulting to entrepreneurship. Then it dawned on him that he could make an even bigger impact working with many entrepreneurs at once. He believes that collaboration is everything, especially when facing the urgent challenge of climate change.

Louis Dhont

Chief Operating Officer
LinkedIn
With a commercial engineering degree and an enormous respect for nature, Anouk leads The Nest's food & ag investments. Formerly in strategy consulting, with solid experience in both the non-profit world and family advisory, she focuses on bringing the corporate and philanthropic worlds closer together to drive profound shifts in our food system.

Anouk Schoors

Investment Director
LinkedIn

An Van Eycken

Senior Accountant
LinkedIn

Hallie Fox

Senior Associate
LinkedIn

Eva Somers

Associate
LinkedIn

Wanna join?

Contact us!

Our Values

Pragmatism Icon

Pragmatism

Apply pareto principle. Be an idealist but keep reality in mind. Do.
Humanism Icon

Consciousness

Connect with nature and with yourself. Tap into your purpose. Love.
Perseverance Icon

Perseverance

Be persistent. Believe you can be the change. Start over if necessary. Adapt.
Courage Icon

Courage

Dare to question. Be audacious. Innovate and dare to change. Challenge.
Awareness Icon

Awareness

Be a thought leader. Share knowledge. Be generous. Educate.
Gratitude Icon

Gratitude

Be humble. Give back. Maintain a positive state of mind. Be enchanted. Enjoy.
Blob