Ewa Kozicz has approximately 20 years of investment experience across many sectors and geographies with a significant history of investing in agriculture globally.
Mrs. Kozicz has recently resigned from BlackRock to start a new investment platform, Anthelion Capital, focused on the theme of Sustainability in the Agriculture, Energy and Transportation sectors. In 2017, she joined the board of Calyxt, a gene editing technology company focused on food and agriculture.
In BlackRock, Mrs. Kozicz was a Managing Director and a Portfolio Manager. She initially joined the firm as the Head of US Strategy and Corporate Development, helping the firm execute on several acquisitions and joint ventures as well as helping the management to define the strategy for the firm’s Alternatives business unit. Mrs. Kozicz led the firm’s efforts to create and fundraise capital for a Bermuda based reinsurance company start up, ABR Re, which was a joint venture between BlackRock and Chubb Ltd. ABR Re launched its operations in April of 2015, after raising $800 million of capital. The Company currently has assets of over $1 billion, which are exclusively managed by BlackRock. As part of the effort of creating ABR Re, Mrs. Kozicz assumed the role of Portfolio Manager in the Alternative Solutions Group where she managed portfolios of alternative private assets across sectors and geographies for large institutional clients including pension funds and insurance companies.
Mrs. Kozicz spent most of her career in Goldman Sachs where she started out as an investment banker. Most of her time with the firm, she spent in Goldman Sachs Principal Strategies Group where she managed the firm’s capital across various strategies. In that role, she focused on evaluating and making investments in the agriculture sector globally. On behalf of the firm, she was responsible for being a top shareholder in some of the largest agriculture firms including Monsanto, Potash Corp, and Yara. She also helped the firm evaluate farmland acquisitions in Eastern Europe and Latin America. Mrs. Kozicz was involved in the firms investment in the ethanol sector in Brazil representing Goldman Sachs on the board of a private Brazilian ethanol company. Through her efforts, the firm also invested in agriculture in Latin America through an investment in a private fund in Argentina.
Prior to BlackRock, Mrs. Kozicz spent a couple of years at Caxton Associates as an equity Portfolio Manager. She initially started her career in investment banking at Credit Suisse First Boston in the Financial Institutions Group where she was focused on advising insurance companies. Besides her focus on agriculture, Mrs. Kozicz has a meaningful experience with the financials industry in various capacities. She advised financial companies as an investment banker in both Credit Suisse First Boston and Goldman Sachs, invested in the sector as a portfolio manager, helped to create a new reinsurance company in her role in BlackRock as well as served as a director on the board of a New York based federal credit union.
Mrs. Kozicz has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Math and Economics from Columbia College.