Oliver Cassels

Associate Managing DirectorEurope
Areas of Expertise

Agribusiness, Start-Up Organizations

About

Based in Europe, Oliver is a is a dynamic executive search professional with more than a decade spent in the food and agribusiness sectors. His appreciation for the intersection of food, agriculture, and leadership combined with his expertise, enables him to provide a consultative approach and top-tier service for our clients.

Oliver discovered his passion for talent consulting at a high-growth tech business. His background includes various commercial roles in agribusiness, from agritech start-ups to investors in East Africa. Oliver holds an MSc in Agricultural Economics and a BA in Political Science & Geography.

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