ABOUT MOOTRAL

Mootral is a British-Swiss AgriTech company that develops innovative carbon and antibiotic reduction solutions for companies and governments

Today, farmers are facing economic hardships and regulatory challenges unforeseen just a few decades ago. In order to support their future financial prosperity in a sustainable way, and one that meets the emerging needs for food safety of consumers, new thinking is needed. Mootral’s solutions are the result of that thinking – bringing strong benefits to all stakeholders.

Cutting methane emissions is the fastest opportunity we have to immediately slow the rate of global warming.

Environmental Defense Fund 2021

SAVING OUR CLIMATE, ONE COW AT A TIME

Mootral Ruminant

Methane is naturally released by ruminants during their digestion process called enteric fermentation. While methane is the second most abundant greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere due to human activity, it is also 84 times more powerful than CO2 over the first 20 years of its molecular life. And that’s why we need to help cows to help us saving our climate, one cow at a time!

Mootral Ruminant is a 100% natural feed supplement that significantly reduces methane emissions from the enteric fermentation of ruminants. It is based on a proprietary combination of garlic and citrus extract and is produced in a pellet format.

Our research shows up to 38% reduction* of enteric methane emissions under real farm conditions (in vivo). Without impacting taste or texture of milk or meat, Mootral Ruminant can also help increase yields, animal health and reduce the number of flies. Additionally, carbon credits can help (co)finance the product costs.

*Dependent on animal breed, age, farm conditions and feed regime

Tackling antimicrobial resistance

Reducing the use of antibiotics in livestock

According to the United Nations, the overuse of antibiotics in farming is a major threat to human health. In some countries, approximately 70% of antibiotics sold are used in the animal sector, largely for growth promotion in healthy animals. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics in animals and humans is contributing to the rising threat of antibiotic resistance, the second major crisis we are tackling.

Our second solution is a natural feed supplement that reduces or eliminates the need to use antibiotics in monogastric livestock via improved gut health and reduced infection rates, resulting in a significantly higher profitability.

MEET THE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Thomas Hafner

THOMAS HAFNER

FOUNDER & CEO

Thomas has more than three decades of experience as a serial life sciences entrepreneur, with a track record of fostering successful, market-leading businesses with first in class/best in class product propositions and multiple successful exits in consumer health, biotech and agritech.

ISABELLE-BOTTICELLI

ISABELLE BOTTICELLI

CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Isabelle has more than 25 years experience in multinational companies like Unilever, Novartis and GSK in various functions (R&D, Quality, Supply chain).

CHRIS-KANTROWITZ

CHRIS KANTROWITZ

CO-FOUNDER & HEAD OF NORTH AMERICA

Chris is a serial entrepreneur in various industries since the age of 14. He has extensive experience in growing startups and brings with him top drawer networks in the areas of funding, industry and policy. 

Irshad Kathrada

IRSHAD KATHRADA

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Irshad is a versatile professional with extensive strategic finance, investment banking and start-up experience. He held a number of positions with JPMorgan and served as economic advisor to the South African minister of trade and industry.

Bart Tas

DR. BART TAS

HEAD OF SCIENCE

Bart has over 20 years experience in animal nutrition science at both research institutions like Wageningen University and  Schothorst Feed Research, as well as commercial organisations, like ForFarmers.

EILEEN RÜTER

HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Eileen is an experienced commercial thinker and has a background of applying new technologies and disruptive business models to more traditional industries in multinationals like P&G as well as in start-ups.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Board of Directors consists of seasoned professionals with diverse backgrounds.

Carin Beumer

CARIN BEUMER

CHAIR OF THE BOARD, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Carin is a co-founder/co-owner and board director of a number of life-science companies in the fields of human health (Onya Therapeutics and Mariposa Therapeutics) and agritech (Mootral). These companies engage in cutting-edge research and develop novel solutions for today’s challenges to the health of mankind, such as Antimicrobial Resistance, and Climate Change. Carin is also a (chair) board director of high impact global humanitarian organizations (Mercy Corps and HealthNet TPO) and an exceptional educational institute (Aiglon College).

Carin qualified as a certified board director (IDP-C) at INSEAD and graduated with a degree in economics from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She started her professional career as an investment banker. She currently lives in London.

Thomas Hafner

THOMAS HAFNER

MEMBER OF THE BOARD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (CEO)

Thomas Hafner is the Founder & CEO of Mootral, the company he founded in 2018.

He is also Co-Founder of the life science venture firm Zaluvida Ventures, and the Chairman of Neem Biotech, an innovation and incubation platform for a growing portfolio of start-ups with groundbreaking therapeutic solutions in the space of Anti-microbial Resistance (AMR) and rare diseases.

Thomas has more than three decades of experience as a serial life sciences entrepreneur, with a track record of fostering successful, market-leading businesses with first in class/best in class product propositions in consumer health, biotech and agritech. During his entrepreneurial journey so far, he has had multiple successful exits.

Kartick Kumar

KARTICK KUMAR

MEMBER OF THE BOARD, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Kartick Kumar is the Managing Director of Climate at King Philanthropies, a Bay Area Family Office, where he leads investment operations and manages a portfolio of high-performing ventures addressing the challenges of climate change.

Kartick has two decades of investment and operations experience in frontier markets across Asia, Europe and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East. Previously he held a range of senior roles within the World Bank Group.

Kartick believes the most impactful companies of our time will utilize breakthrough technologies to solve systemic climate problems in a profitable, scalable way. He backs these founders and supports their ideas, which will make a meaningful difference in the fight to create a sustainable climate.

Alberto Turri

ALBERTO TURRI

MEMBER OF THE BOARD, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Alberto Turri has 25 years of professional experience as a specialist in international business consulting and management of international groups.

As Swiss chartered accountant and trustee, Alberto has a wide experience as advisor for individuals and companies on international strategic planning and operations. Holding of assets and trading of consumer goods and commodities have been his daily tasks, performing the necessary activities to achieve clients’ personal and companies’ goals.

Graduated in Economics and Trading in Turin, with an MBA at SDA-Bocconi in Milan, living and working between Lugano and Dubai, with a focus on Brazil, Alberto is strongly committed to the development of Mootral’s new solutions, aiming to balance the impact of human behaviours on earth’s ecosystem.

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