Cibus Capital hires head of natural capital

Kristen Weldon takes on newly created role

Kristen Weldon


Michael Nelson

Sustainable food and agriculture investment firm Cibus Capital has hired Kristen Weldon as a partner and to take on the newly created role of head of natural capital.

In this new role, Weldon will focus on the integration of natural capital across Cibus’ existing strategies as well as the launch of future strategies dedicated to natural capital. She has also become a member of the firm’s investment advisory committee.

Prior to joining Cibus, Weldon was in the office of the chief investment officer and global head of sustainable investing for BlackRock Alternatives investment platform, where she was responsible for instilling a firmwide sustainable investing strategy across the private equity, infrastructure, real estate, hedge funds and credit businesses with a focus on energy transition, natural climate solutions and carbon markets. She has also worked at Louis Dreyfus Company, Hedge Fund Solutions and JP Morgan, bringing experience of multi-strategy investment to her new role.

Weldon said: “I am thrilled to be joining Cibus Capital to lead the firm’s efforts in natural capital. Nature and natural capital are a critical part of the transition to a low-carbon economy, and I look forward to applying my nearly 25 years of investment experience to this growing opportunity.”

Rob Appleby, founder and chief investment officer at Cibus, said: “We are delighted to have Kristen join the team. Her experience will elevate Cibus’ natural capital investment capabilities and support our current portfolio to integrate biodiversity and ecosystem services best practices. Kristen’s joining shows testament to Cibus’ growth as a firm over the past eight years and our serious commitment to natural capital as an asset class.”

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