Esben Brandi

Head of Business Development, BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group

Esben leads the business development team for the BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group (TIG), where he is responsible for cultivating and maintaining relationships with potential clients, identifying new business opportunities, and expanding the organization’s market presence. With more than 20 years of experience in global timberland investment, Esben previously helped manage a ~€3B AUM natural resource portfolio for a large European public pension fund, and led African and Asian advisory services for a global timberland advisory firm. Esben started his investing career in 2008 managing the world’s first global frontier timberland fund. Within the fund team, Esben was responsible for the origination and acquisition of African investments and was later responsible for investments in Latin America. Esben holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Forestry from University of Copenhagen, as well as an interdisciplinary diploma in Tropical Land Use Management. Esben is a frequent speaker on the challenging nature of responsible timberland investments in frontier and emerging markets.