Mr. Gijs Voskamp
Founder, Ocean Capital
Gijs Voskamp is the 3rd generation of their family business, headquartered in the Netherlands and active in the construction industry for over 65 years.
In addition to the family business, Gijs and his brother built a diversified investment portfolio, predominantly consisting of private investments in the energy, resources, healthcare and real estate sectors in Europe and Asia. In many instances they did so together with other family offices.
From 2008 onwards, the family made a firm commitment to increasingly invest in (environmentally) sustainable business models, while divesting their non-sustainable investments over time.
One of their earlier investments in accordance with this change in strategy, was a seed investment in a publicly listed (LSE-AIM) investment company in 2008, which exclusively focussed on investing in environmentally sound investments in private and public companies in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, recycling, electric vehicles and storage, sustainable packaging, etc in Europe. In 2012 Gijs took over the management of the company and was subsequently involved with managing the portfolio for several years.
In addition to managing the family’s investments, Gijs is currently spending a significant amount of his time in Georgia, where he, together with his wife and long-term business partner Ekaterina, who is the former chief of staff of the president and Minister of Economy of Georgia, expanding their investments in the Caucasus and Eastern European regions.