Creafund management
Creafund Comm. VA
Kapitein Maenhoutstraat 77 B
9830 Sint-Martens-Latem
Tel.: +32 9 272 62 00
Fax: +32 9 272 62 09
BTW: BE 0476.260.102

Freshwater Bay Management bvba, represented by Herman Wielfaert

Herman Wielfaert represents Creafund Asset Management nv, which acts as Business Manager-Partner of Creafund Comm.VA. (co-operative partnership). 


Herman Wielfaert was active for four years (1988 -1991) within the ‘Corporate Finance’ cell of ASLK (now part of the Fortis BNP Paribas Group), where he was responsible for alternative financing products.

From 1991 up until 1999, he occupied various positions within the Daimler-Benz Group: financial adviser to Mercedes-Benz Finance, Key Account Manager, and CEO of Daimler-Chrysler Capital Services in succession. During his last 4 years within the same group, he was CEO for both Belgium and The Netherlands. He was responsible for the daily management of the companies with P&L (profit and loss) responsibility. Both companies, with a consolidated total balance sheet of €1.4 billion, were active in alternative financing techniques (tax lease and rentals) for the Daimler-Benz products in shipping, aircraft, and railway assets..

He joined Creafund as CEO mid 1999. 

As part of the activities of Creafund within the Ghistelinck Group, Herman has been the executive chairman since 2006, a board member of Tranics International nv (listed on Euronext) from 1998 up until 2006 and from 2011 until 02/2014, and a board member & president of the remuneration committee of IBt (actual Eckert&Ziegler listed on Euronext) from 2002 up until 2009.

In addition to this activity, he has been a director with the Belgian Venturing Association for a number of years and has 3 mandates as an independent director. In the Desimpel family holding,  he assisted the family restructuring the group.  Since 2006, he has been an independent director of NV Biobest (Biofirst Group) in addition to a mandate as independant director of  the Floridienne Group, active in organic vegetation-pollination and crop protection. Finally he also has a mandate within NV De Bree, the environmental group of B. Dossche and family.  
As from sept 2012 he is a member of the Advisory Board of the Swedish W-Family Office.
Sinds 2019; Herman is director with Vision Healtchare, 

E-mail :  
Tel:  +32 9 272 62 00
Fax:  +32 9 272 62 09  

Givema bvba, represented by Gino Schepens

As a commercial engineer (University of Leuven, cum laude), who has completed further studies in tax law (University of Leuven), Gino Schepens started his financial career in March 1994 at Artesia Bank N.V. (formerly Paribas Bank Belgium N.V.), actually Belfius Bank N.V.) in the credit control department at Kortrijk for the region of East and West Flanders. After a period of internal training, he was soon promoted to the position of Credit Officer (credit analyst) and then Senior Credit Officer from the end of 1998 before moving to Creafund in 2000. This position mainly included the analysis of private and corporate credit files. This involved an examination of the feasibility and level of risk, as well as monitoring the administrative processing and the general risk monitoring of existing credit files.

E-mail :  
Tel:  +32 9 272 62 00
GSM: +32 478 98 88 41
Fax:  +32 9 272 62 09   

Defiman bvba, represented by Kenneth Depuydt

Kenneth Depuydt (1981), CFA, obtained his master's degree in applied economic sciences at UGent in 2003.  He completed in 2004 the masters program in financial management at Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.  In 2008, Kenneth became furthermore CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charterholder and completed both the Guberna courses Director Effectiveness and Board effectiveness in 2017.  

Kenneth started his professional career at Electrabel NV, in de trading room, but soon moved to Fortis Private Equity, following his passion for SME's and entrepreneurs.  He evolved from Investment Analist to Senior Investment Associate, holding various directorships for Fortis Private Equity. 

Kenneth gained further operational and financial experience as a financial manager at a Belgian group of SME's during 2009 - 2012.  In 2011, Kenneth joined Buysse & Partners as Investment manager and became soon Investment Director.  During this period, he has successfully cooperated in closing several private equity transactions and he managed diverse portfolio-companies in realizing their growth plans (by o.a. pursuing buy & build strategies, defining, optimizing and aligning the growth-strategy, optimizing the business-model, optimizing the reporting ...).

Kenneth is guest lecturer at Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School since 2013 on the topic of financial modeling and the Belgian Venturing Association Academy on the topic of valuation.

Tel : + 32 9 272 62 00
GSM : +32 477 86 80 39
Fax : + 32 9 272 62 09  

Karin Mariman  

Karin started her career in the ASLK (now Paribas Fortis) Headquarter in Brussels in the Marketing Department.  Seeking for international atmosphere, she went to work for The Thomas Cook Group Ltd. as a Customer Services Representative for the Travellers Cheques Department.  With the end of the Foreign Exchange, Karin went to work for KPMG Audit in Brussels, Antwerp en Gent, where she was the personal assistant of the Managing Partner.  In 2004 she started working in the real estate development.  Karin joined Creafund in 2018.

Tel : +32 9 272 62 00
Fax : +32 9 272 62 09