Frank N. J. Braeken graduated with a degree in Law and holds an MBA degree in Finance from the University of Leuven (Belgium). He is an alumnus of the Wharton Executive Program, Penn University (Philadelphia / US). In his professional career, he has specialized in finances and general management.
From 1996 to 2013, he held various management functions in different countries for Unilever, including a position as Group Vice President of Unilever China (Shanghai), Executive Vice President of Unilever Namca (Dubai / UAE), and Executive Vice President of Unilever Africa (Dubai / Durban). After leaving Unilever, Frank N. J. Braeken acted as investment advisor and investor for large-scale agro and food enterprises on the African continent.
From 2016 to 2020, he was elected Chairman of the Board of Feronia Inc, a Toronto-listed palm oil producer in Africa. Frank N. J. Braeken is also a non-executive Board Member of Marie Stopes International, AGRA and AECF, all non-profit organizations. He is also non-executive Chairman of Baobab+, a Paris-based solar home systems provider on the African continent, as well as a non-executive Director and Member of the Audit Committee and Risk & Sustainability Committee of Tiger Brands Ltd., South Africa.
He was elected to the Board of Directors of Bühler in 2014. Frank Braeken was born in 1960 and is Belgian.