Board of directors

The SOLEVO Group is governed by a board of directors, which sets the strategy and advises the management team. Each of its 8 members brings strong and complementary expertise in the field of agriculture, chemistry, business development, financing, international institutions or customer service.

Three Members of the Board represent SOLEVO’s investors:

Simon Poole

Helios Investment Partners

Souleymane Ba

Helios Investment Partners

Toufic Sehnaoui


They appointed an Independent Non-Executive Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Directors to the Board.


Chairman of the Board of Directors

Diego Bevilacqua

He has a long Board experience at Danisco AS and Pepsi Lipton International. He is currently an NED at Stock Spirits PLC, POSpulse GmbH as well as a senior advisor for the strategy consultancy firm Bain Inc.
Diego brings with him strong distribution and sales credentials in both Emerging and Developed markets having worked for many years at Unilever PLC where he last served as President for Africa, Middle East and Turkey. He was also Executive Vice President, Chief Customer and Marketing Officer at Metro, a global retailer. Italian citizen, Diego speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Independent Non-executive Directors

Joris Coppye

He is the CEO and co-founder of Incendin, a holding company that produces and markets fire retardant materials. Prior to this, he was CEO of Azelis, a global specialty chemicals distributor. Joris is a Belgian national and brings extensive experience in the chemicals sector.

Robert Coviello

He is the Managing Director, Asia, for Bunge, since November 1, 2016. Bunge is a leading global agribusiness and food company operating in over 40 countries with approximately 32,000 employees.
In this role, Robert is responsible for leading Bunge’s China, SE Asia and Australia business units. He joined Bunge in 2003 and has held a variety of commercial leadership positions in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Prior to Bunge, Robert served in trading roles at Cargill in the United States. he has a BA in History from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jean Christophe Juilliard

He was until recently CEO of Limagrain, a large French cooperative specialized in the production and distribution of vegetable seeds as well as cereal products. Prior to this role, he was President for the Europe and Africa region at Dole, a global leader in fresh produce. Jean Christophe is a French national.

Dr Kanayo Nwanze

He served between 2009 and 2017 as the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries. Prior to this role, Dr Nwanze served as the Director General of the Africa Rice center. He is a Nigerian citizen and holds an M.Sc. in Agricultural Biology and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Entomology.

The board members meet every trimester and at least twice a year in Africa to review the management reports, discuss specific business developments and potential acquisitions.



Chief Executive Officer

Stéphane Constant

Stéphane Constant was named CEO of SOLEVO in September 2018 and reports to the Board of SOLEVO Holding B.V. through the Board Chairman, Diego Bevilacqua. Prior to this position, he held the position of CEO for Malteurop, subsidiary of the Vivescia Cooperative Group, specialized in the production and international distribution of malt for beers and achohol factories. Stéphane Constant spent his career in Chemical and food industries in holding senior leading positions in global companies such as: the American Group DuPont de Nemours E.I. , Unilever, DSM, Rhodia and Danisco.

Stéphane will bring excellent B2B know how well as the transformational leadership qualities Solevo was looking for to achieve it ambitious focus on growth.

Diego BevilacquaChairman of the SOLEVO Board

Chief Financial Officer

Christophe Barraud

Christophe Barraud has been appointed CFO of SOLEVO in 2016 to prepare the carve-out and divestment from Louis Dreyfus Company. Prior to this current role, he held during 4 years several CFO positions within successive LBO takeovers in Agrobusiness industry in structures such as Goemar, Arysta and Platform Specialty Product where he was in charge of business development projects in EMEA and Americas. He also held different CFO and Corporate finance positions in Europe and Africa in the Telecom Sector. Christophe is a French national with both finance and legal background who began his career in M&A and Investment Banking.

Chief HR & Communication Officer

Yasmine Cissé Dagassan

Yasmine Cissé Dagassan was named Groupe Head for Human Resources and Communications in April 2018, with the mission to support the company’s strong development across the African continent. She held several HR and corporate affairs positions in the Telecoms and Pharmaceuticals industries in Europe and Africa. In her previous position at SANDOZ, a Novartis Company, Yasmine managed a 18 country clusters for West & Central Africa. She brings a strong multicultural leadership and capacity to develop the HR function and to conduct change. French and Senegalese national, Yasmine has a marketing and human resources background.