Co-founder Willem Middelkoop is responsible for research and works closely alongside his co-fund manager Edwin Bergshoeff. Willem has been a private investor in Canadian (junior) mining companies for over 10 years, and is an expert in ‘Discovery Investing’. Willem ceased his work as a financial journalist, in 2009. He is, however, still an active writer, publishing books on financial and economic topics.
Edwin Bergshoeff is a fund manager of the Commodity Discovery Fund. During the nineties he was a partner at Optiver and became an independent market maker at the stock market until 2008. Due to his elaborate experience as an options trader, the fund is in a good position to make efficient use of options, warrants and futures to enhance performance. Edwin graduated in Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and is one of the founders of the fund.
Jan Dobber is the only member of the Advisory Board, and has been an active professional in the financial sector since 1985. Following employment at ABN AMRO Bank, he became director at Optiver, a position he held for 17 years. At Optiver, Jan was jointly responsible for the firm’s expansion to one of the largest and most distinguished global trading houses. Jan, along with the two fund managers, co-founded the fund in 2008. All three own a third of the Commodity Discovery Management B.V.
The founders are personally invested in the fund. The total value of their investments amounts to approximately three million Euros. This is roughly five percent of the total investment capital.