Board of directors

The SOLEVO Group is governed by a Board of Directors, setting the strategy and advising the management team. Each of its 5 members brings strong and complementary expertise in the field of agriculture, chemistry, business development, financing, international institutions or customer service in African countries.

Three Members of the Board represent SOLEVO’s investors:

Simon Poole

Helios Investment Partners

Previous companies: Intela Global Ltd, Lawson’s Corporation, Celtel International, Price Waterhouse, Bank of America, BT
Nationality: English

Souleymane Ba

Helios Investment Partners
Chairman of the Remuneration Committee

Previous companies: Warburg Pincus, Carlyle Group, Morgan Stanley
Nationality: Senegalese and English

Toufic Sehnaoui


Previous companies: Pangea Capital, Colony Capital, Citygroup
Nationality: French

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Joris Coppye

After having hold the role of Director for 2 years at SOLEVO’s board, he was appointed Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors on March 2020.

Joris has a strong business and financial background, a business development mindset and extensive change management experience. He was the former CEO and co-founder of Incendin and had executive roles in Common Ground Corporate Finance, Azelis, Sibeco Group, KBC bank, Imec.

Joris is a Belgian national and brings an extensive experience in the chemicals sector.

He represents both the interest of the shareholders and the executive management.

Independent Non-executive Director

Jean-Christophe Juilliard

He is non-Executive Director at SOLEVO since May 2018 and the Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Jean-Christophe is a seasoned international executive with 25 years of experience in the food and agrobusiness sectors. French citizen, Jean-Christophe brings to Solevo his strong experience in Finance, M&A and international management.

Jean-Christophe is currently managing the B2B activities of Sodiaal group, Nr1 French Dairy cooperative. Prior to that he held the positions of CEO at Limagrain (leader in seeds with Vilmorin & HM.Clause), Managing Director at Alvarez and Marsal and President Europe at Dole Food Company.

“Passionate about African agriculture development, I am convinced of the value Solevo can bring to its customers and to the sector in every country where we operate”

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

Joris  Coppye

Joris  Coppye was named CEO of SOLEVO in June 2020 and reports to the Board of SOLEVO Holding B.V.

Chief Financial Officer

Richard Wallace

Richard Wallace has been appointed CFO of SOLEVO in 2020. He was previously CFO at Softbox Systems, a specialist packaging solutions company supporting the Pharmaceutical sector. Prior to that he held a number of senior financial roles in both publicly listed and private equity backed businesses, including at Morgan Advanced Materials, Deloro Stellite, Doncasters Group, Smiths Group, Mobil Oil Corporation and KPMG.

Richard is a british citizen, graduate of the University of Kent as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Chief HR & Communication Officer

Yasmine Cissé Dagassan

Yasmine Cissé Dagassan was named Chief Human Resources & Communication Officer  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.