People & Structure

Our Team in Germany

Antje Virkus - CEO BaumInvest AG

CEO BaumInvest AG

“The concept of BaumInvest just convinced me I can use my competencies and experience exactly where they can be used in a meaningful way – in a continuous investment in bringing nature, economy and social aspects in harmony with each other.That is pioneering work for the good of others.”
Heiko Rock - Finances and Controlling

Finances and Controlling

“As an economist, I am intrigued by the simplicity of BaumInvest’s idea: an investment in property and continuous silviculture, which is practical for humanity as a whole. Reforestation and binding CO2 are also promising markets in the future, at least for the next two decades.The forest fair is an investment that our children will profit from.”
Simon Mader - Business Development GER

Business Development D

“I am concerned that we have to change the way our economy works in order to stop the destruction of habitats, as well as the loss of biodiversity as a result of climate change. For me, BaumInvest is acting as an exemplary model with aforestry concept that is economically attractive and ecologically effective.”
Michael Metz - Quality & Certification

Quality & Certification

„It fascinates me to work across national borders and oceans with people who share a common vision: to overcome the problems of our time with sustainable approaches. In the BaumInvest Group, I can optimally contribute my skills to advocate for a future worth living.“
Bastian Wenz - Graphic & Web Design

Graphic & Web Design

“In BaumInvest, I found an employer who shares my values, meets me at eye level and appreciates my input. This mutual respect is seen at all levels from the boardroom to those maintaining our forests. This holds true both in Costa Rica and Freiburg.”
Dr. Anna Mohr - Head of Sales
Dr. Anna

Head of Sales

“What motivates me the most is being able to view the fruits of our labor at the end of each day: seeing our natural forests grow one tree at a time. Additionally, the everyday work is just filled with life – because of the team work that spans across two continents, and cooperation between different universities who remain in immediate contact with our shareholders.”
Barbara Magdalena - Forest Coordination

Forest Coordination

“Again and again, it is exciting to play a part within a motivated and qualified team who shares the same vision as me. BaumInvest is a living example of a sustainable economy and I would love to see their concept replicated around the world in similar projects.”
Romana Hansen M.A. - Administration & Executive Assistance
Hansen M.A.

Administration & Executive Assistance

“Sustainability is one of the solutions for the ecological challenges of the future and knowing that I am part of the solution makes me arrive at work with a smile everyday. It is exhilarating to be part of an extraordinary team in which everyone enjoys working together towards the same goal.”
Daniel Zeiss - Administration


„I have always wanted to really support the protection of species and the environment. With my work at BaumInvest, I am making my contribution to a solution that I also really trust.“
Lion - Watch dog

Watch dog

„I like working at BaumInvest – something is always moving here. I’m also glad that I can do my core competences like: Disposing of employees’ food, spreading good humour and occasionally barking at annoying postmen – in the office in Freiburg and not in our forests in Costa Rica.“
Christian Engel - Freelancer


When I was a child I thought trees were for hiding and climbing. As an adult, I know that forests are so much more: they are the source of life for all of mankind. This is why we need to protect these forest areas like BaumInvest does with expertise and dedication. Working here has given me the confidence to trust experts such as BaumInvest to protect these forests.”

Our Team in Costa Rica

Marco Soto - CEO BaumInvest S.A.

CEO BaumInvest S.A.

“BaumInvest has all of the ingredients that make it a picture perfect small company for present and future enterprises. We consider innovative plantation concepts and the conservation of natural forests to be a key element in our search to improve the environment, social justice, and economic competitiveness.”
Rodrigo Lopez - Finances und Controlling

Finances und Controlling

“My main motivation for working at BaumInvest is participating in the intercultural exchange between Costa Rica and Germany while promoting social and economic well-being. This enabled me to refine my professional skills and apply them outside of this organization as well.”
Pablo Angulo - Forestry - Timber

Forestry – Timber

“To me, the biggest motivation to be part of the team is seeing how economic and ecological values are applied on our plantations which mirror my own ideas about environmentalism. BaumInvest offers an opportunity for me to help develop initiatives that help fight the effects of climate change and save timber as a valuable resource for generations to come.”
Justus Koßmann - Forestry - Compensation

Forestry – Compensation

“Around the world, large-scale deforestation is increasingly destroying forests, threatening the habitats of many species and releasing greenhouse gases.
BaumInvest is actively addressing these disasters and creating habitats and capturing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere by planting new forests.
I am happy to be a part of this and plant trees for all of us.”
Alejandra Rojas - Administration


“It is satisfying to be working in a project in which you get to do what you are passionate about. This project allows you to constantly learn new things while simultaneously contributing to creating ecological and social well-being. Ethical values are being taken seriously by our professional and engaged team that values cooperation as well.”
Glenda Baez - Office Staff

Office Staff

“For me it has become a personal and professional milestone to be part of a working team in a company with such high quality standards on an international level as BaumInvest is in Costa Rica. With the help of this experience, I have taken the chance to get to know a large number of different species as they develop in different regions with different climatic conditions.”
Alexis Quiros - Forester (La Virgen)

Forester (La Virgen)

“I enjoy working for BaumInvest because I have been pursuing this work since a young age. It’s great to have gained the knowledge from this experience that it is possible to protect the environment with meaningful and sustainable reforestation.”
Jarling Mendoza - Forester (El Porvenir)

Forester (El Porvenir)

“My motivation to work for BaumInvest is that I contribute to nature conservation, improve flora and fauna, counteract climate change by creating a near-natural mixed forest.”
Luis Irigoyen - Forester (Las Delicias)

Forester (Las Delicias)

“I am very happy to work as a forester for BaumInvest, as I can contribute to climate protection and promote flora and fauna.”
Delvis Angulo - Forester (San Rafael)

Forester (San Rafael)

“It’s a pleasure for me to be part of BaumInvest and to do the job as a forester here, to help protect forests and animals.”

The Supervisory Board of BaumInvest AG

Carolin Salvamoser - Chairwoman of the Board

Chairwoman of the Board

“What do we want? Climate justice! When do we want it? Now!’ I can still hear these calls for change ringing in my ears from the Friday for Future demonstrations. At BaumInvest, everyone can start the change here and now. This is the kind of project we need if we want the concept of climate justice to be realised.”
Gudrun Welsch - Vice Chairwoman

Vice Chairwoman

“This endeavour is looking for a new path along the values of equality and social responsibility. To me, this is a matter of the heart. In this very long-term oriented investment, we want to find methods that are self sustaining and therefore can be replicated and expanded. Earning money is not an end in itself but just a means to an end.BaumInvest is a commitment and an act of environmental justice.”
Gabriele Rück - Board Member

Board Member

“As a member of the BaumInvest board, I can always apply my skills right where they are needed in this future-oriented and sustainable project. I am deeply convinced of the economic and ecological relevance of this AG and excited to shape it. For a promising future, we have to tackle this together.”
Ursula Sydow - Board Member

Board Member

“To me, BaumInvest acts as an example of a project that can shape the future: It’s not inconsiderate economics only looking for short term profits, but a responsible community-oriented long term investment with real values. The reforestation of tropical mixed forests increases biodiversity, binds CO2, and offers economic prospects to the local inhabitants.”
Joachim Koschel - Board Member

Board Member

„“Being able to shape a project and help it grow to become a AG symbolises growth in two ways. If idealism and the wish for a sustainable company meet, it is possible to create something truly special. I work here and I will continue to do so with pride.“
Erhard Schulz - Board Member

Board Member

„With my commitment to BaumInvest, I want to encourage even more people to privately invest in the green revolution in order to shape a sustainable future with silviculture.”
Martin Homola - Board Member

Board Member

„Globally speaking, there are only a few financially successful investments in reforestation that follow ecological standards and and support social quality – but they exist and I believe BaumInvest is one of them.“

BaumInvest AG’s Structure

BaumInvest consists of two groups, namely BaumInvest AG in Germany and two sub-companies in Costa Rica.

BaumInvest AG and the BaumInvest group is let by the same CEO. BaumInvest AG is divided into 4 groups and one executive office. Each employee works in one of these four areas which are directly under the CEO.

The sub-company ISLA Bosques S.A. is in Costa Rica is the holder of properties and trees whereas BaumInvest S.A. is responsible for operative functions.

The BaumInvest group has a company overarching steering committee which consists of the management team. Members of the management team are the CEO of BaumInvest AG, the CEOs of the stock companies and selected members with expertise in the fields of financing, law, organisation, and process development.

Organizational Structure of BaumInvest in Germany and Costa Rica