Management

NutrientLoop – South African Based Team
Leon Louw
Leon Louw

Leon is a geologist and one of the co-founders of ProtiCycle. His many years of work as a geologist extended over several African countries for companies ranging from start-ups to large multinationals. Leon has a special interest, through careful data capturing and analysis, in finding and fine tuning the small things that make the big differences.

His work in BSF includes automating the process of tracking and tracing through the full life cycle of the insect, automated control and databasing of environmental and growth parameters, increasing the fecundity of the breed stock and increasing the yield of the production stock.

He graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in 2004 with a BSc Honours in Geology.

Ivan Mare
Ivan Mare

Ivan is a South African entrepreneur and one of the co-founders of ProtiCycle. Ivan started ProtiCycle with a 15 square foot cage breeding Black Soldier Flies in his back garden and has evolved to become one of the leading experts in BSFL process design, rearing and grow out. Ivan has been an advisor, director and owner/operator of various companies for the past 23 years and has experience in a range of different fields.

Ivan studied mineral economics through Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London. Ivan has worked in 23 countries and in most countries the projects were start-ups. Ivan is married to Suzanne and they have 2 beautiful girls.

Martin Karberg
Martin Karberg

Martin is a metallurgical Engineer (Pr. Eng.) and one of the co-founders of ProtiCycle. He has 30 years experience in processing plant design, construction and operation/management.

His first experience with sustainable development was during 1998 when he managed the conversion of a Uranium processing plant into a Koi fish farm.

Always on the lookout for value adding opportunities, he became aware of the massive potential emerging technologies like BSF production offer. In researching BSF he met the other founding members and ProtiCycle was started, where research was converted into two pilot plants which were operated for more than a year.

These lessons were taken on board in designing and starting a full- scale facility. Qualifications MBL; B Eng. Honns. (Metallurgy), PGD in Engineering Management.

Pieter Van Greunen
Pieter Van Greunen

Pieter has over 30 years’ experience in global mining companies and manufacturing units in various countries including, Australia, Canada, Africa, UK and India.

His qualifications include technical Degrees in Metallurgy, Mechanical engineering and a Master’s degree in Administration (MBA), specialising in financial management and innovation.

Pieter holds four directorships in mining companies across the globe. Pieter has been involved in alternative farming techniques for 4 years now and was introduced to the Black Soldier Fly a few years ago and became passionate about its natural waste reduction ability and sustainable protein provision for the globe and joined the ProtiCycle team as an advisor.

Gideon Du Plessis

Gideon is an attorney at law. He has 37 years’ experience as an attorney in Middelburg, South Africa. He is a director in the law firm Birmans Incorporated. Birmans Inc. was established in April 1896, so it has a long history of serving the people of Middelburg. He oversees company registrations, commercial work and contract drafting.

He is also closely involved in certain clients’ business and structure management. Gideon has a great entrepreneurial spirit and immediately realized the great potential of the black soldier fly as a new source of protein to the world and joined as an advisor to help the ProtiCycle team with his expertise. He completed his studies at the University of Pretoria in 1982.

Dr. Elsje Pieterse

Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Elsje performs scientific research in Animal Science, Aquaculture and Food Science. Her current University project is ‘From waste to feed and food – mass rearing of insects for feed and food’. She has over 20 years of BSFL research experience.

During her time at Agriprotien she performed R & D on insect production systems, insect nutrition and insects as bioconvertors of food waste. Dr. Pieterse has been the chief scientific advisor, to ProtiCycle, Nutrientloop’s pilot facility.

NutrientLoop – U.S. Based Team
Stephen Arees
Stephen Arees

Steve is one of the co-founders of New Millennium Proteins, an insect protein company founded in 2017. Steve is a proven entrepreneur having founded several companies over a 28 year career.

His experiences include all aspects of growing a business from strategy to execution and everything in between including sales, marketing, finance, operations, administration, recruiting, retention, and exiting. He has experience in the technology, retail, importing, services, and outsourcing areas and he knows how to grow a start-up into a thriving business. Steve has been married to wife Li,a Biochemist for 14 years and has two sons, ages 10 & 12.

He a graduate of Northeastern University School of Business Administration, majoring in Entrepreneurship & Finance.

Brian Griffin
Brian Griffin

Brian is one of the co-founders of New Millennium Proteins, an insect protein company founded in 2017. Prior to NMP, he spent over 30 years in finance and marketing within the institutional finance and corporate sales industries.

Brian worked as an institutional equity salesman for the majority of his career in New York City with major investment houses (NYSE, Bank of America, AG Edwards & Sons, etc.). During that time Brian provided investment and business strategy analysis of publicly traded companies to asset management portfolio managers.

Brian also has over 10 years of experience in senior sales executive roles for large fortune 100 companies. He has also held founding executive roles at: Boston Energy Corporation (Energy efficiency company); Epiwave Corporation (med spa devices); Guardride Corporation (Driver monitoring solutions).

Brian holds a B.S. degree in Finance and International Business from Northeastern University School of Business.

Robert Nathan Allen
Robert Nathan Allen

Or RNA as he’s often called, founded Little Herds in 2013 as an educational resource to the public about the nutritional benefits and resource efficiency of edible insects. From 2014 to 2016 he helped Aspire Food Group start a cricket farm in Austin TX, the first US farm to both grow insects for food and turn them into usable ingredients like cricket powder.

In 2016 he co-founded the North American Coalition for Insect Agriculture, a trade association for Insects as Food and Feed focused on forming a better public understanding of insect agriculture and spurring scientific research. He was the co-founder and Advisor to Austin-based startup GrubTubs, upcycling Austin’s wasted food nutrients into high quality chicken feed for urban farms, using insects like the Black Soldier Fly.

In addition to his current role at NMP, he regularly consults with companies and organizations interested in the growing Bug-Ag movement and is an industry expert for a wide variety of publications and media outlets.