Stefan Maard
Managing Director, DIVA Ventures L3C


Stefan is co-founder and originator of DIVA Ventures: a not-for-profit venture incubator that partners with foundations and impact investors to co-develop and co-invest in for-profit ventures championed by multinational corporations that can achieve long-term impact at scale. DIVA aims to catalyse maximum impact by focusing on existing products and services that require innovative business models and partnerships to achieve impact in underserved markets.

Concurrently, Stefan is transitioning out of his role as Head of Sustainable Business Development in Novozymes, where he leads a team that pursues radical and high-impact business opportunities. The team serves as an internal incubator that also identifies and develops strategic partnerships to support business development objectives. One such partnership is DIVA, where Novozymes is a co-founder and investor.

Prior to joining Novozymes in 2006, Stefan worked with UNDP in Guyana – helping businesses in the region develop profitable solutions to poverty reduction. Stefan holds a MPhil in Development Studies from Cambridge and a MSc in Business Administration and Philosophy from Copenhagen Business School.

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