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Lutz Goedde


Lutz Goedde is a Partner at Paine Schwartz Partners.

Dr. Goedde joined Paine Schwartz Partners in 2021 bringing over 25 years of experience in the food and agribusiness sector. Prior to Paine Schwartz, Dr. Goedde served as a Senior Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Denver office as the Global Leader of the firm’s Agriculture and Food Practice. He advised companies on developing growth strategies, implementing commercial excellence initiatives and executing on operational improvement, in addition to working with private equity firms, including Paine Schwartz Partners, and institutional investors on strategies for investing in the Agriculture and Food Sector across developed and emerging markets.

Before joining McKinsey, Dr. Goedde was a member of the leadership team that built the agricultural development program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation entrusted with a $2+ billion grant envelope. He also spent several years running a global agribusiness operation as CEO of Alta Genetics, a cattle genetics improvement company based in Canada. In his early career, Dr. Goedde worked for Bayer Crop Science in Central America and South Africa in sales and marketing. He also served in the past on the boards of the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) and the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicine (GALVmed).

Dr. Goedde is fluent in English, German and Spanish and has extensive work experience in North America, Latin America, Europe, Southern Africa and Southeast Asia. He is also a member of the firm’s ESG committee. Dr. Goedde holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Bonn in Germany and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Dr. Goedde was raised in Dortmund, Germany.