Karel Nierop is Fund Manager at Triodos Investment Management, with a strong belief that we can make money work for positive social, environmental and cultural change. After a career in mainstream corporate banking at Rabobank, Karel made a shift to live in Nepal to work on the development of a new run-of-river hydropower project. Combining those experiences, Karel joined Triodos Investment Management’s Emerging Markets team in 2012, which invests in financial inclusion, access to renewable energy and sustainable agricultural chains. After having worked as Senior Investment Officer in the financial inclusion team with a main focus on South Asia, Karel now manages one of Triodos Investment Management's funds under management. The fund’s portfolio comprises of early stage debt and equity investments in the financial inclusion space in 20 countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia, with an increasing focus on scalable businesses active in renewable energy and sustainable food and agriculture. For the latter, Karel is keen to explore partnerships in Africa and Asia with likeminded parties.