Ricardo Vernazza-Paganini

Regional Director - Europe

Ricardo Vernazza (2) B&W

Ricardo has 24 years of experience in the Food & Agri space encompassing investments, operational and consultant roles for Corporations, Family offices and Agri Funds.

His track record includes exposure throughout the food value chain including permanent & row crops farming, ag inputs, food logistics, food processing & packaging, biofuels, food branded retailing, and foodservice. Ricardo´s global agribusiness expertise spans four continents including the US, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, China, Russia, South Korea, Malawi, and S. Africa.

Between 2017-2020, he was Managing Partner of Torreon Capital, a PE Agribusiness firm in Spain, dedicated to sourcing and deploying capital from Institutional investors into the EU permanent crop space.

Formerly and for 5 years he was part of the senior team at Vadela, a Family Office in Latam dedicated to Agri investments & operations in grain logistics and milling, soybean crushing and animal protein businesses.

Earlier in his career, he was Regional Manager of the US & Canada Planning Sourcing Group of PMI, overlooking a $400 million cost center; and at the age of 30, he was Director for Latam for the US Meat Export Federation, where he advised the USDA during the negotiations of Colombia, Peru, and Panama ‐Free Trade Agreements.

Ricardo holds an MBA at the University of Chicago graduating with High Honors, an MS in Agricultural Economics at UC Davis, and an Agronomy degree at Universidad de República (Uruguay). He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for academic excellence by the US Government. Ricardo is a native of Uruguay and was born from a 3rd generation Italian family established in S. America in the early 1900s.