Supervisory Board

Chairman of the Board
Enrico Ferrari

Enrico is since 2021 a Senior Advisor to McKinsey on Digital Growth Strategy and Venture Building.

He is the former Global Chief Marketing Officer of Rocket Internet, the largest European Venture Studio, and Partner to its Venture Capital arm (2016-2020). Over the years, he advised more than 100 businesses, from early stage startups to public companies. In 2018-2019, he served HelloFresh USA as Chief Growth Officer, contributing to making it the largest meal kit delivery company worldwide. In 2015, he launched a grocery delivery company in Germany and Australia.

Enrico holds a summa cum laude MSc in Finance from Bocconi University in Milan, and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Member of the Board
Jermaine Saaltink

Jermaine loves working with founders changing the future of energy and mobility and with that contribute to global decarbonization step by step. Jermaine has been investing in the climate tech and mobility transformation space for Shell Ventures since 2013, most recently as an Investment Director covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Jermaine has been investing in the energy B2C space both in Europe (e.g. sonnen and Greencom), India and Africa (e.g. Husk and SolarNow).

Before Shell Ventures, Jermaine worked in various Finance roles at Shell. He holds a Master’s degree in Finance, a LL.M. in International Law and a Bachelor Degree in International Relations. Jermaine is a Dutch Registered Controller.

Member of the Board
Jeroen Schreur

Jeroen is since 2018 the Fund Manager Thematic Investments at APG Asset Management in the Netherlands.

Before he joined APG Asset Management he supported the Board of Trustees of Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP in establishing a long term (responsible) investment policy (2010 – 2018). He was previously the CFRO of ABP investments US, Inc in New York and President of ABP Investments Asia, Ltd in Hong Kong (2003 – 2010).

Jeroen holds a Master degree in Econometrics from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Member of the Board
Richard van der Meulen

Richard is a seasoned entrepreneur with extensive experience in the financial services industry. He has a strong focus on developing new business models and service concepts. In this capacity, he has been an external program manager for ABN AMRO and ANWB in the past. From his role as consultant he has completed many change management processes within multiple organizations. Richard has been involved with Soly since its founding.

Global Management

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Patrick van der Meulen

Patrick is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Soly. He founded Soly together with his brother Milan in 2013.

Founder and Chief Marketing & Digital Officer
Milan van der Meulen

Milan is Chief Marketing & Digital Officer and co-founder of Soly. He founded Soly together with his brother Patrick in 2013.

Country Management

Country Manager Germany
Alexander Brunst

Alexander is the Managing Director of Soly in Germany. He is a seasoned serial entrepreneur and former top management consultant. Alexander was previously Managing Director of Gorillas Germany, of which he later became Vice President of Sustainability, Public Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility.

He holds a PhD from RWTH Aachen and studied at the Universities of Sydney, Mannheim and Harvard.

Country Manager South Africa
Erika le Roux

Erika started her career with BDO Inc as an Audit Manager (2009-2012), whereafter she entered the Commercial Market as Head of Finance in the Financial Services Sector and worked both in South African and London (2013-2018). Her experience in the Renewable Energy Sector started as the Group Financial Director for a Wind Development Group developing Wind Farms in East Africa (2019-2020) after which she became the Managing Director for a South African EPC focusing on the Residential and Commercial Markets (2020-2023).

Erika is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA) and registered with SAICA (The South African Institute for Chartered Accountants).

Country Manager United Kingdom
Neil Anderson
Country Manager The Netherlands
Anastasia Dellis

Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Anastasia Dellis grew up assisting her family’s supermarket business, fostering an entrepreneurial spirit from an early age. From a young age, she had to take on the role of owner-operator of her family business while completing her commerce degree and starting a graduate internship at The Shoprite Group of Companies, Africa’s largest retailer. In 2020, she moved to the Netherlands and consulted for international grocery companies before joining Gorillas as the Commercial Director.

In 2023, she successfully participated in the multi-billion dollar merger and acquisition before seeking new projects aligned with her commitment to creating a positive societal impact. Joining Soly in July 2023 as the Managing Director, Anastasia looks forward to harnessing the company’s mission and vision to drive tangible change.