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Based in Ghent in Belgium, Straco’s investment professionals include people with skills ranging from due diligence to investment banking and strategy consulting.

Meet our team

Ignace joined Straco in 2021. He started his career at EY Brussels where he became chartered auditor and was responsible for advising listed corporate clients on IFRS technical matters. Prior to joining Straco, he was overseeing the European finance activities of a US listed over the counter consumer products company. Ignace holds a Master’s degree in Commercial Sciences and an Executive MBA from HEC Paris.

Nele joined Straco in 2015 and is mainly involved in the day to day management of the portfolio companies. Nele gained experience for 4 years in financial audit and advisory services at Mazars and holds a master degree in Applied Economics from the Catholic University of Leuven.

Nicolas De Quinnemar is Co-CEO of Straco and Managing Director of the CMA-Medina group. He started his career at Allen & Overy where he advised clients in M&A, financial markets and corporate transactions. Nicolas holds a double degree in Law and Notary from the Catholic University of Leuven and an MBA from Vlerick Business School.

Luc has been active as Director Finance of Straco since its foundation. He has over 30 years of experience in financial and strategic functions, and has been involved in various transactions in the past. Before, Luc has worked at CMA-Medina Group where he was active as finance director. He holds a degree in accountancy.

Julie joined Straco in 2021 as Management Assistant for the Director Private Equity. She has experience in several administrative and supportive positions. Earlier, Julie worked for a renowned hotel in Ghent and therefore for multiple years in aviation, mainly at Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium. She holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial science – aviation.

After completing a Master’s degree in Applied Economics, Bart Elias obtained an additional degree at Vlerick Business School. He started his professional career at the ‘Generale Bank’ and joined Straco in 1986. Prior to founding Odebrecht in 1996 Bart was co-owner and CEO at ‘DW plastics’. Currently Bart Elias is CO-CEO of Straco and CEO of Odebrecht.

Since 10 years Evelien is responsible for the property management of the real estate portfolio. She takes the lead in all commercial negotiations next to a constant evaluation of possible opportunities (buying, selling, renovating). Prior to Straco, she was active at Devimo and Cushman&Wakefield. She holds a double degree in law and notary degree and an MBA of the University of California. Evelien is especially knowledgeable in lease contract law.

Joachim joined Straco in 2019 as Investment Analyst. He started his career at the corporate finance department of BNP Paribas in Brussels. Joachim holds a Master degree Business Engineering from the University of Ghent with an additional degree in Financial Management from Vlerick Business School.

Kathleen manages all aspects of the properties in the portfolio of Odebrecht. She coordinates all administrative support to the accounts and is the first point of contact for all technical interventions. Kathleen has a graduate degree in Business Economics and Management. Before joining Straco, Kathleen worked in HR for several years.

Maarten leads the private equity activity at Straco. He is responsible for the development and the day to day activities of the private equity portfolio as well as the management of the investment team. Before joining Straco to launch the private equity strategy Maarten was Manager at Accenture where he advised oil & gas majors and financial institutions on corporate strategy. He started his career at Ernst & Young in the audit and transaction advisory team. Maarten holds a Masters’ degree in Business Economics from the VUB in Brussels and a Masters’ degree in Financial Management from the Vlerick Business School.

Wout joined Straco as Associate in 2018. Prior to joining Straco, he was active as a senior consultant at the transaction advisory services department of EY Brussels, focusing on financial due diligence. Wout holds a Master's degree in Business Engineering from the University of Ghent.

Erik Van Den Eynden is CEO of Straco as from March 1st, 2021. Prior to joining Straco Erik experienced a long-standing career of 30 years at BBL and ING. The last 3,5 years he stood at the helm as CEO of ING Belgium. He holds a Master’s Degree in applied Economic Sciences from the University of Antwerp.

Emile joined Straco in 2021 as an Investment Manager. Based in the Amsterdam region, Emile primarily focuses on private equity investments in the Netherlands. Before joining Straco, Emile worked at the Investment Banking Divisions of Nomura and Rabobank. Emile holds a Masters’ degree in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science from Tilburg University. During his studies, he went on exchange to join the International MBA programme at the University of South Carolina.

Having experience in all-round administrative positions, Evi Verdoodt joined Straco in 2017 as administrative assistant. She holds a Master degree in Business Administration from Ehsal management school. Since 2019, Evi is active as accounting assistant.


Contact us

Rijvisschestraat 122, B - 9052 Ghent, Belgium
+ 32 9 241 54 90