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Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni


Sebastiano is an entrepreneur, investor, activist, and advisor to businesses, governments, and nonprofits around the world.

He is the chairman and CEO of NKGB, a strategic advisory firm specializing in Asian and European ventures as well as global M&A. He is also the founder and chairman of Vegan Capital, an early-stage investor in plant-based and cruelty-free companies and products.

Alongside financial sector leader Miray Zaki, Sebastiano is the comanaging partner of Dismatrix, two funds specializing in dynamic capital solutions and vegan investments. He is also a partner in the Blue Horizon Group, a company investing at the crossroads of food security, health, sustainability, and animal rights.

Sebastiano is an investor and partner in several prominent plant-based ventures, including Matthew Kenney Cuisine, Lighter, Plantable, The Vurger Co., Barvecue, and several others. He also serves as Senior Strategic Advisor to New Reality Solutions (NRS), a convergent innovation platform leveraging bioscience and data science to address some of the most pressing threats to global public health.

Sebastiano is the owner and honorary chairman of Querciabella, a Tuscany-based vegan and biodynamic winery that has garnered international acclaim and won numerous awards, including “Best Wine of Italy.”

In early 2020, Sebastiano founded the Plant-Based Empowerment Foundation (PBEF), a nonprofit operating in rural Senegal that is dedicated to providing children and women access to education, healthcare, and nourishing plant-based food. PBEF also provides access to fair trade for local women-led agricultural cooperatives.

Sebastiano supports several global nonprofits working to end the exploitation of animals. He serves on the boards of Animal Outlook and the Culture & Animals Foundation as well as on the advisory boards of Animal Equality, the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, Project Coyote, and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Sebastiano served as advisor to Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi from 2014 to 2016.

Originally from Milan, Italy, he now divides his time among Europe, Asia, and the United States.