Mr Addams, Managing Director, co-leads HighQuest Consulting, LLC, advising senior clients across the breadth of agriculture and food value chains. He has been involved in strategy for leading global organizations throughout his career, including a wide range of private sector companies (technology, consumer, extractive resources, investment, services), as well as public-sector and social-sector institutions.
Prior to joining HighQuest Consulting, Mr. Addams was Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Valmont Industries (NYSE:VMI), a global player in infrastructure, agricultural equipment, and agricultural technology, where he had responsibilities for growth strategy and for government relations. He has also co-founded Good Earth Irrigation, a startup company harnessing analytics and financial solutions to deploy efficient irrigation systems.
Earlier, Mr. Addams was part of the founding global leadership group of McKinsey & Company’s Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice, advising private sector companies and public institutions on business strategy across multiple sectors – including agriculture and food, water resources, technology, energy, extractive resources and infrastructure. He is a co-author of Charting our Water Future, a foundational report of the 2030 Water Resources Group which has been a framework for the World Economic Forum’s governmental partnerships on water resources. He has engaged on water resource issues and related agricultural issues with key governments, companies, and non-governmental organization in the Americas, Asia, and Africa.
Mr. Addams currently serves on several Boards of Directors, including International Development Enterprises (iDE), the Middle East and North Africa Network of Water Centers (MENA-NWC), and CropMetrics, an irrigation technology company. He holds a Ph.D. (Earth and Environmental Sciences) from Stanford University, a B.Sc. (Applied Physics) from Brigham Young University, and has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He is fluent in Spanish as well as English.
Michael joined NCH Capital in 2003 and is based in Kiev. He is responsible for identifying and developing NCH’s investments in Ukraine, and in certain sectors in Russia, Moldova, and Albania. Michael oversees NCH’s agribusiness portfolio in Ukraine, known as AgroProsperis Group, which he has built from inception, in the process deploying more than $730 million. The AgroProsperis portfolio includes 50 farms across western, central and northeast Ukraine, as well as numerous businesses across the agricultural supply chain, including lending, distribution, storage, and transportation. Prior to NCH, Mr. Bertram was the Vice President and Head of Industry Group at ABB Equity Ventures, where he oversaw investments aggregating $750 million over six years. Before that he was Business Development Manager responsible for private infrastructure projects at ABB. Prior to that, Mr. Bertram was Cost and Risk Manager in ABB’s power generation division. Mr. Bertram received a Diploma in Nuclear Engineering from the Odessa Technical Institute and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Michaelは2003年にNCH Capitalに入社し、現在キエフで勤務している。NCHのウクライナでの投資先や、ロシア、モルドバ、アルバニアの一部セクターでの投資先の調査および開拓を担当している。また、設立当初から携わり、7億3,000万ドル超の投下資本を有するNCHのウクライナにおけるアグリビジネス部門、AgroProsperis Groupを監督している。AgroProsperisの投資先は、ウクライナ西部、中部および北東部の50か所の農場のほか、融資、販売、保管、輸送などの農業サプライチェーン全体の多数の事業などである。NCHに入社する前は、ABB Equity Venturesでヴァイス・プレジデント兼ヘッド・オブ・インダストリー・グループを務め、6年間に渡って総額7億5,000万ドルに上る投資を監督していた。それ以前には、ABBでプライベート・インフラ・プロジェクト担当のビジネス・ディベロップメント・マネージャーを務めている。また、ABBの発電部門でコスト・アンド・リスク・マネージャーを務めた経験もある。Odessa Technical Instituteで原子力工学の学位を、Harvard Business SchoolでMBAを取得している。
Anthony is Chief Executive Officer of Isola Capital Group, a multi-family office owned platform focused on alternative asset investments.
Anthony had an extensive career in investment banking with Credit Suisse, Citigroup and Lehman Brothers Asia before transitioning to private equity and principal investments. He has broad investment experience across the Asia Pacific region in consumer, education, food safety, industrial, and technology sectors.
Anthony attained a Bachelors of Commerce (Finance and Economics) from The University of Sydney and Bachelors of Laws (Honours) from The University of Sydney Law School. Anthony is a graduate from the Financial Engineering Program of Stanford University and attended the Stanford Executive Institute. He is a Responsible Officer for Type 1, Type 4 and Type 9 activities licensed by the HKSFC. Anthony is a Director on the Board of various private and public companies.
A graduate of one of Australia’s top ranked agricultural universities James is an experienced finance executive with a global perspective and has managed accounting and reporting functions in Australia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. James’ career has seen him hold accounting and secretarial roles in companies in the resources, agriculture, import/export and information technology industries. James also has extensive experience managing listed entities including reporting, marketing and investor relations, market positioning and branding and capital raising.
ID Capital is a boutique VC investment and advisory company headquartered in Singapore and specialized in agritech and foodtech in the APAC region.
Its Founder and CEO, Isabelle Decitre, has had a 20-year corporate career in the luxury and beverage industries (lastly as SVP Marketing & Communications for the Cognac brand Hennessy, member of the Executive Committee) before moving to Singapore in 2012 and setting up the company.
After careful research for an emerging sector to invest in she was convinced that the foodtech & agtech sectors were bound for dramatic change and in the need for disruptive and sustainable solutions.
The Future Food Asia platform was born mid 2016 out of the belief that challenges facing agriculture are often region-specific, and thus, the best minds to tackle these problems can be found within local teams. Supported by Singapore Economic Development Board and leader Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) the platform connects startups with investors and multinational companies on an ongoing basis. It also helps building an ecosystem around the most pressing challenges of the food value chain.
The platform is accelerated by the Future Food Asia Award, a regional startup competition. Its first edition in 2017 received an overwhelming response, with startups from 19 countries applying.
Philippe de Lapérouse has more than 30 years of senior level experience working with leading global companies in the agro-industrial and value-added food chain, including Ralston Purina and Bunge, as well as working as an investment banker at the beginning of his career. As Managing Director of HighQuest Partners, he has led over 50 engagements advising executive teams of major strategic and financial investors operating and investing globally across the food, biotech and bioenergy value chains to on making informed decisions regarding resource allocation, new business opportunities and developing investment strategies to address the challenges facing global agriculture. Prior to joining HighQuest, Mr. de Lapérouse was Director of Business Development for Bunge North America, Inc., where he was responsible for the company’s efforts to expand its oilseed processing operations into Mexico and the Caribbean Basin, as well as developing export markets for oilseed products and feed grains into the Caribbean, North Africa and eastern Mediterranean. Previously, Mr. de Lapérouse held senior line management positions with Ralston Purina International where he managed operations and was responsible for functions including marketing, sales and developing dealer distribution networks targeting the industrial livestock and poultry sectors in Western, Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. de Lapérouse served as director of Sodrugestvo Management Company, Ltd., the leading importer, crusher and distributor of soybeans and feed ingredients in Russia from 2009 to 2012 and was instrumental in making the introduction which resulted in Mitsui acquiring a 10% shareholding in the company. He serves on the Advisory Committee of the Ag Innovation Showcase at the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO, and is the author of the report, Private Financial Sector Investment in Farmland and Agricultural Infrastructure (2010) which was commissioned by OECD in 2010 to provide insights on this emerging asset class and the impact that private sector investment is having on the regions in which they are investing. He received his B.A. degree from Trinity College and an M.B.A. degree from The Darden School of Business at The University of Virginia.
Mr. Duerksen is Chairman & CEO of Kincannon & Reed, the world’s leading retained executive search firm in the agriculture and food value chain, and a top 25 firm globally amongst all industries. The firm counts among its clients many of the world’s most important companies and non-profit institutions, and has placed senior executives in all functions in all corners of the globe. Kincannon & Reed’s motto is, “We recruit leaders for organizations that feed the world and keep it healthy.”
Before entering executive search, Mr. Duerksen was a senior international executive. As CEO, he led the successful turnarounds of a Pepsi-Cola® bottling company in Mexico and of Latin America’s largest fertilizer producer and exporter. Prior to these posts, he was Vice President, Marketing & Development for a Fortune 500 crop input company. As chairman of the Food Safety Committee of the Chemical Producers & Distributors Association, he twice testified in Congress on food safety issues. In his early career he was a consultant for McKinsey & Company and as an Associates Fellow wrote case studies for Harvard Business School’s acclaimed Agribusiness program. He received a B.A. from Augustana College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is a native of South Dakota, where he grew up on a mixed grain and livestock farm and experienced early career failure as a classical musician.
Head of Agribusiness in Private Equity, Luiz Foggetti is in charge of the Agri portfolio in Patria that identifies the best opportunities in the sector as well as participates in management of the companies after the investment. Previously, Luiz Foggetti was Global Head of Crop Protection in Louis Dreyfus Commodities based in Switzerland, and before that Head of Europe for FMC Agro Science. Luiz Foggetti is engineering graded in USP and MBA in FGV. Recently he got the post-graduation in Insead.
Steve is New Harvest Investment Management – General Manager Agriculture, an asset management company focusing solely on Agricultural assets. An agricultural fund established to capitalise on the unique opportunity in agricultural investment in Australia.
Steve possesses more than 30 years of farm management experience, covering many facets of the agricultural sector as both an owner and operator.
Steve was Head of Elders Agribusiness Investment Group (AIG). He was Responsible for the development and management of the Elders Agribusiness Investment Group (AIG). This targeted strategic growth through the development and implementation of appropriate investment strategies, products and funds.
Prior to this for 10 years, Steve held the role of CEO of Bydand Pastoral Co. (~AUD150m capital invested) and related subsidiary company Bydand Agricultural Management Services. He oversaw the acquisition, portfolio development, financial monitoring and strategy implementation for the group’s agricultural operations which included large scale cattle, sheep and cropping enterprises (both irrigated and rainfed).
Bydand Agricultural Management partnered with UBS Global Asset Management, Steve was responsible for the design and delivery of specialised agricultural business plans, projects and asset management mandates.
Steve led Bydand’s creation and establishment of QIA/Hassad Australia (~AUD500m capital invested), now one of the largest sheep and cropping enterprises in Australia. Throughout this mandate, he oversaw farm acquisitions, development of cropping systems, livestock purchases and marketing, executive and farm staff appointments, farm operating systems and financial reporting including preparation and presentation of farm plans, budgets, operational and board reports.
Patrick joined NCH Capital in 2007 and is based in Moscow. Patrick is responsible for the general management of NCH’s agribusiness portfolio in Russia, known as AgroTerra Group, which he has built from start-up into a leading industry player, with more than $530 million of invested capital. AgroTerra’s investment portfolio includes 32 farms in Central Russia, and several other companies providing services in grain origination and storage, crop input distribution, and development of agricultural technology. Prior to NCH, Patrick worked in corporate development and strategic planning with Bunge Ltd. Patrick also held positions in principal investing and M&A with Behrman Capital, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. He received his MBA from the Harvard Business School and his MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Patrickは2007年にNCH Capitalに入社し、現在はモスクワで勤務している。NCHのロシアにおけるアグリビジネス部門、AgroTerra Groupの経営全般を担当。同グループ設立後、業界大手にまで育て上げ、その投下資本は5億3,000万ドルを超える。AgroTerraの投資先は、ロシア中部の32か所の農場のほか、穀物の栽培や保管、穀物用投入財の販売、および農業技術開発に関するサービスを提供するその他数社である。NCHに入社する前は、Bunge Ltdで企業開発および戦略立案に携わっていた。また、Behrman Capital、Goldman Sachs、JP Morganで投資やM&Aなどに従事していたこともある。Harvard Business SchoolでMBAを、Princeton UniversityのWoodrow Wilson School of Public and International AffairsでMPAを取得している。
Kenichi Hori has more than 30 years of professional and managerial experience with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. He has managed a number of Mitsui’s chemicals operations earlier in his career including its animal and nutrition operation in North America, and moved on to manage various corporate development projects in the areas of healthcare and various service businesses on a global scale. Hori has also managed Mitsui’s financial businesses in the Americas and its global commodity trading businesses. He also served as the investor relations officer of Mitsui. In 2014, Hori served as the managing officer in charge of corporate planning and strategy, and has been instrumental in developing Mitsui’s overall strategic plan. Since 2016, he has been the Chief Operating Officer of Mitsui’s Nutrition & Agriculture business. A native of Japan, Hori had been stationed in the United States for a total of 11 years.
Hiroshi Jinno is Chief Investment Officer for International Finance Corporation based in Tokyo. He is responsible for developing and managing strategic relationships to mobilize Japanese companies for strategic projects and materializing new opportunities for high impact strategic investments in emerging and developing countries by engaging with the clients.
Prior to joining IFC, Mr. Jinno has extensive experience in corporate and investment banking business over three decades. He has broad exposure and expertise to structured finance, corporate finance, capital markets and M&A to advise his Japanese and global
clients as well as principal investments. He held senior management positions with international financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Aozora Bank and Deutsche
Bank.Mr. Jinno earned B.A. from Keio University and M.P.P.M. from Yale School of Management.
Melissa is an Executive Director and a Portfolio Manager for the Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners Private Equity Fund of Funds group. Prior to joining AIP, Melissa worked at IFC, the private sector arm of World Bank Group, where she was a Principal Investment Officer and Regional Lead for East Asia Pacific, responsible for private equity funds investments, based in Indonesia. In that role, she was responsible for new business that covers 15 countries and oversaw $1 billion of portfolio investments and sat on several advisory boards. In addition, Melissa was also the Global Lead for gender investment for funds. Previously, she was CEO for a private equity fund of funds business in Asia, a joint venture between ING Investment Management and Pomona Capital, based in Hong Kong. Before that, Melissa had held senior positions at 3i and DBS Bank, responsible for direct investments in Asia. Prior to her private equity career, Melissa spent 8 years in equity investment research and SME finance. Melissa received a B.A in economics and political science from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Applied Finance from the University of Adelaide, Australia. Melissa is a participant at the 2000 YMP Program at Insead.
Jeffrey Khoo is currently a Vice President and Senior Orginator at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions for the Food and Agriculture Business, responsible for business development and origination for Agriculture Insurance for Southeast Asia and China. Jeffrey graduated with Honors from the National University of Singapore in Botany in 1994. He speaks five Asian languages and is one a few Singaporeans with both a background in agriculture and business. Prior to Swiss Re, he was the Director, Agribusiness at Caudex Asia. He was previously Deputy CEO of Green Agritech International Ltd. In 2007 he was the General Manager of Singapore Stock Exchange listed agriculture and biotechnology company, Guangzhao IFB. Jeffrey is the current Chairman of Intellectual Pursuit at the National University of Singapore Society, Honorary Adviser to the Myanmar Rice Traders Association, Chairman of the NUSS General Election Political Dialogue, and Agriculture Adviser, to the Accounting Standards Council (ASC) that governs the Singapore Accounting Act.
Born in 1988, Lisa Kikuchi holds a Bachelor and Master of Agriculture in International Agricultural Development from the University of Tokyo with research focus on the role of the fisheries cooperatives in both the local and global fisheries resource management.
Previously, Ms. Kikuchi worked at McKinsey & Company in growth strategy and organisation reform strategy projects in the manufacturing and energy sector.
Ms. Kikuchi joined SenSprout in April 2016 and was promoted to the CEO in April 2017.
Jung is a director of ACA Investments, a private equity firm headquartered in Singapore, with a network of joint ventures and subsidiaries across Asia. The firm is affiliated with Sumitomo Corporation, one of the largest trading companies in the world.
Previously Jung served as VP of International Investments at Ant Capital Partners, a leading private equity firm in Japan. He has led and managed growth equity investments in several major sectors including clean technology, agriculture, IT and healthcare.
Jung started career at Tokyo/Toronto offices of McKinsey & Company as management consultant. He has a B.A. in Government from Harvard University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Ben is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Gold Agriculture, LLC and its affiliated companies and oversees all orchard management and investment related activities. He brings with him more than 40 years of agriculture experience.
In 2002, Ben also co-founded MCP Asset Management, which managed over $5 billion in alternative investment assets for Asian Institutional Investors with offices in Chicago, Tokyo and Hong Kong.
Ben brings his deep knowledge and experience in both agriculture and asset management to offer global investors accessibility to highly productive tree nut related management and investment, while maintaining a focus on sustainability, transparency and accountability.
Ben earned his B.S. and J.D. from University of California, Davis where he was awarded a Departmental Citation in Agricultural Economics. He earned his M.B.A. from California State University, Sacramento. Ben developed a passion for trees and sustainable agriculture growing up and working in Colusa County, California where his family has been farming for over 150 years.
He is currently a member of the Water Education Foundation and both the Colusa County Farm Bureau and Kern County Farmers Bureau.
Eiji is a partner and Head of Corporate, M&A and Securities in Japan for the global law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. Eiji is a U.S. qualified Japanese national M&A lawyer based in Tokyo, focused on advising Japanese corporations on cross-border investments and M&A transactions for more than 18 years.
Eiji has advised on a number of transactions across industry sectors including agriculture/commodities, IT/technology, life sciences and healthcare, financial institutions and transport.
Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright, Eiji was a foreign law partner and co-head of the Cross Border Transactions group at Nishimura & Asahi, responsible for many of the firm’s M&A transactions representing Japanese companies in their cross-border transactions. He started his legal career in Houston, Texas, then transferred to the Tokyo office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in 2000.
Eiji is a U.S. qualified lawyer licensed in the State of Texas.
Dr. Bharat Kulkarni is Founding Director of Stalwart Management Consultancy Services, a Dubai consulting firm, working in the field of Agricultural investments, Agricultural Value chain and market microstructures in Africa. Bharat has provided advisory to several agribusiness investment projects in Africa and Asia, ranging from Private investors to Governments. The projects Bharat consulted on include establishment of Agro processing parks, Commodity exchanges, Warehouse receipt systems, food processing industries and Commercial farming. He has worked on several policy level projects with different governments in Africa. Bharat started his career as a commodity trader and then worked for different reputed organizations like MCX India, IFPRI and United Nations Development Program. During his stint with UNDP, he worked on redeveloping the value chain of Coffee and Sesame in Ethiopia. Since 2011, his consulting firm is advising several Agri investment projects. He is a PhD in Commodity Markets and has written two books, one on Agri risk Management and other on Commodity Markets and Derivatives.
Mr Jean François LAURAIN, CEO of UNIGRAINS began his career as the director of a forestry cooperative in the South West forestall region of the Landes de Gascogne (1979).
He joined shortly after the Crédit Agricole group (1981), first by taking the management of the Forestry Investment department of the Bank, then, in 1988, by joining the Investment Subsidiary of the Group, Union d’Etudes et d’Investissements, specialized in Private Equity transactions, as a manager of the Wood and Paper Department.
Jean-François joined Unigrains in 2000 as head of financial engineering.
In 2003, Jean-Francois took the responsibility of launching Céréa Funds (mezzanine and LBO activities Funds) sponsored by Unigrains. After raising 3 funds (Céréa Mezzanine I and II, Céréa Capital I in, respectively 2004, 2008 and 2007), he was chosen by the Chairman of Unigrains to be CEO of Unigrains and was nominated by the Board in November 2011.
Mr. Lin is a Managing Director for Proterra Investment Partners where he directs Proterra’s food investments in China and also oversees Proterra’s current investment portfolio across South East Asia.
Prior to Proterra, Mr. Lin served as a Managing Director for Black River Asset Management, a division of Cargill, where he focused on food sector investments. Mr. Lin joined Black River from Credit Suisse First Boston. He spent multiple years in M&A investment banking in London, Hong Kong and New York. During this time he worked on various cross-border corporate finance and capital market transactions involving Asian markets and Chinese companies. Mr. Lin is currently helping the World Food Center of UC Davis’ establish the Asian Council as a Founding Member.
Mr. Lin holds a Master’s degree in Business & Finance from the Vienna University of Economics in Austria. He is a CFA Charterholder. Mr. Lin speaks English, German and Chinese.
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An international speaker and award‐winning Entrepreneur, Mr. Low has more then a decade of experience in the field of investments and food and beverage.
Mr. Low is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Agrivo International Limited, an agricultural management and investment company. His eye for details and foresights have since assisted the company and many investors likewise to make informed decisions with regards to investing in the agriculture sector. In 2016, to recognize his contribution between ASEAN and China’s One Belt One Road Policy, the committee of the Chinese Pepper Board conferred him as the Vice‐President for the Hainan Pepper Association.
Meanwhile, together with his team, he is also gearing the company towards the initial public offering in 2020.
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Hiro is Currently Vice President of Strategic Investment & Business Development – Olam International, a leading global agribusiness (Edible Nuts, Coffee, Cocoa etc…) company listed in Singapore.
Prior to joining Olam International, Hiro was Senior Executive Secretary Staff to Group CEO of Living Essentials Group at Mitsubishi Corporation – where he led Group strategy planning, and executed various investment projects more than US$3 Billion in total, from upstream to downstream in food industry.
Previously Hiro held multiple roles in Mitsubishi Corporation, as Project Manager of factory restructuring in brewery, beverage sector, as Senior Trader of Cocoa futures & physicals, and as Product Manager for Consumer Products Development for retail chains.
He graduated Keio University in Japan, and completed his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in United States.
Phil’s background encompasses more than 25 years of C-level level experience in both public and private businesses in the FMCG, beverage, food and food ingredients, and agribusiness sectors.
In his executive positions, Phil materially improved his company’s operating performance, cash flow management, and balance sheet structures to deliver increased value for all stakeholders including owners, financiers, customers and employees. In addition, he has a record of successfully managing turnaround and recovery efforts on behalf of private equity firms.
Phil began his career at the accounting firm of Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG). He then moved into executive positions with Mount Gambier Cooperative Dairy, Southern Egg, Farm Pride Foods, Evans & Tate, and Gourmet Food Holdings before moving into advisory services.
He holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Deakin University, and is a graduate of the Wine Executive Program at the University of California, Davis. In addition, Phil is a member of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Sebastien joined Temasek in 2014 as an Associate Director in the initial team spearheading the new Agribusiness cluster that oversees direct equity investments across the entire Food and Agri value chain, globally. He has led some of the group’s transactions in the supply chain as well as crop and protein inputs segments. Prior to his current role, Sebastien focused on commodities, within the principal investment team of the Noble Group, and as a Vice President on the trading desk of J.P. Morgan. He previously worked at the World Bank Group, covering energy, clean tech and infrastructure for the Latin America region. Sebastien graduated with distinction from Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington D.C. with an MA in Economics and Finance.
Simon is a Partner and Analyst at Albourne Partners and covers agricultural strategies in Australia and New Zealand. He has been at Albourne since 2011 and is currently based in New Zealand. Simon manages the family’s drystock farm running replacement dairy stock and sheep.
Harsh is currently Director – Rippledot Capital, a growing boutique M&A firm, where he leads the food & agribusiness vertical.
Prior to joining Rippledot Capital, Harsh was Head – Strategic Investments (M&A) at Olam International, a leading global agribusiness company (www.olamgroup.com) – where he spearheaded Olam’s M&A efforts on several acquisitions, divestments, joint ventures as well as portfolio & investment strategy formulation.
Until now, Harsh has led & managed 20+ M&A transactions and strategic projects across multiple geographies (SEA, India, Russia, ANZ, US, Africa). He has developed extensive expertise & relationships in the food & agribusiness space, having worked globally across the value chain.
Previously Harsh worked with Macquarie Capital in Singapore as well as McKinsey & Company in India. He completed his MBA from the National University of Singapore.
Bill co-founded Andean Cacao Ltd. (ACL) in 2013 seeing a unique opportunity to convert Colombian freehold cattle-grazing land and integrating smallholder farmers to create one of the largest sustainable high-tech cacao producing platforms in the world. Currently managing 1250 Ha, Bill and the ACL team have a vision to build the platform to reach 5000 Ha over the next several years, bringing together technology, institutional governance and a clear strategy for sustainability. The group saw a large gap between the market’s demand for a professionally managed provider of consistent high quality cacao and the traditional family run or informal small farmer approach to Cacao farming.
Bill has brought together a team of finance, technical, and cacao agronomy professionals from around the world to participate in the development of Andean Cacao, providing what aims to be best in class agricultural management practices. He has been involved in agriculture venture capital and private equity in South East Asia and Latin America for the last 15 years, and has been working in emerging markets for more than 25 years. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and currently resides in Colombia.
Vaidhehi is a Vice President at Aspada. Vaidhehi leads work in Aspada’s agri-supply chain and works closely with the agri portfolio companies mainly in strategic planning, process implementation and performance management. Prior to Aspada, she was an energy and chemicals consultant in New York; where she worked across several stages of project development of refining and petrochemical multi-billion dollar projects in the Americas and Africa. Previously, Vaidhehi has the distinction of being the first woman involved in project commissioning and refinery operations at Indian Oil Corporation. Vaidhehi has a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli.
Desmond Sheehy, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Duxton Asset Management (Duxton) is responsible for the general management of the firm as well as the investment management activities of Duxton which include setting and overseeing the investment strategy for the firm. He serves as a non-executive director for a number of Duxton investee companies globally including in Latin America, India, Africa, Asia and ANZ. In addition he serves on a number of global task forces and committees focused on sustainable investment in emerging markets and food security.
Prior to founding Duxton, Desmond worked for Deutsche Asset Management (DeAM) Asia from July 2005 – April 2009, where he was a Managing Director and the Head of Complex Asset Investment group which raised a number of funds and mandates focused on emerging market and agriculture related investments. In addition to providing fiduciary oversight and managing the day-to-day running of the funds, Desmond’s roles included sourcing and evaluating new opportunities and strategies for investment, planning, structuring, financing and conducting in-depth financial, technical, legal and financial due diligence of investments. Prior to joining DeAM, Desmond worked at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) as a Senior Investment Officer in both Washington DC and Hong Kong, where he was responsible for the origination, evaluation, execution and supervision of investments throughout Asia, working on several innovative and successful deals across the region. Before joining IFC, Desmond spent nine years as an engineer working throughout Europe and Asia on large infrastructure projects. Desmond holds an MBA from INSEAD (1998) and a BE (1988) from UCC in Ireland.
Gideon Soesman is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of GreenSoil Investments, an investment company with offices in Raanana (Israel) and Toronto (Canada).
GreenSoil funds companies with transformative technologies that change how we use the world’s resources and has ~$100M under management in two investment funds: GreenSoil Agro & Food Tech (GAFT) and GreenSoil Building Innovation Fund (GBIF). GAFT is the largest dedicated Israeli fund in ag & food tech and is invested in 6 promising start-ups.
Before co-founding GreenSoil, Gideon founded and managed GMS Capital, a boutique investment bank. Prior to GMS Capital, Gideon was responsible for all global merger and acquisition activities for a major division of Royal Philips Electronics and also served as Director of Corporate Strategy & Venturing. Prior to joining Philips, Gideon held senior positions at Shaldor and Ergo, both leading strategic management-consulting firms in Israel.
Gideon holds a B.A. in Economics from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and an M.A. in Business Administration from the Boston University / Ben Gurion University of the Negev. He immigrated to Israel from the Netherlands in 1990, is married and has 3 kids.
As head of APAC, Stephan is responsible for overall management of the division, which includes business development, sales, marketing, finance, production, operations, HR and administration. Also serving as Chairman of China, Stephan is involved with formulating the division’s long-term strategic vision, with a particular focus on China. Prior to joining Netafim, Stephan served as Syngenta’s Territory Head for North East Asia, where he managed its seed and crop protection business in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Before that, he was Syngenta’s General Manager China and Indonesia. Stephan also held managerial positions at ICI Australia and at Zeneca Agrochemicals in Australia and Europe. Stephan served several years as a board member of Swisscham China and as the Vice President for the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in China. In 2011, he was named China’s Swiss CEO/Entrepreneur of the Year. He also served for five years as Chairman of Crop Life China, the Association of International Crop Protection and Seed companies in China. Stephan holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Rural Management, specializing in Agriculture Marketing, from the University of Queensland in Australia.
Linda is an Investment Specialist in food and agribusiness sector experienced in equity, debt and blended finance. She is responsible for ADB private sector agribusiness investment in China. Prior to ADB, Linda was an Investment Officer in the World Bank Group – International Finance Corporation (IFC). She was part of global agribusiness investment team based in Washington D.C. and has substantial investment experience in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Linda holds a Master’s degree in Finance from American University, Washington D.C.
Court is responsible for HNRG’s investment strategy and economic research. Court is a leading expert on the application of financial economic models to forest assets and timberland companies. His research has been published in numerous economics, finance and forestry journals.
Court began his career at Hancock Natural Resource Group in 1990. Court is a chairman of the HNRG Natural Resource Investment Committee, with authority to implement investment actions on behalf of its clients. Court holds an M.S. in Forest Policy from the University of California and a Ph.D. in Forest Economics from Yale University.
Satoru “Sam” Watanabe started a career in IT system design and was involved in multiple IT projects from designing and implementing ERP systems to supply chain and procurement systems. Before joining Farmers Edge, he was with Mitsui’s Venture Capital arm for over 10 years and lead venture investment activity in Japan, China, US and other regions.
Ben Waters is a Senior Managing Director and the Head of Agribusiness, Asia Pacific within the Corporate Finance & Restructuring practice of FTI Consulting, a global business advisory firm providing multidisciplinary solutions to complex challenges and opportunities.
Based in Sydney, Australia, Mr. Waters has led trade-on engagements, asset sales and independent advisory projects within the beef (including stud stock and feed lotting), dairy, horticulture, cotton, irrigated fodder and broad-acre cropping sectors. Furthermore, he has experience in processing and accumulation of agricultural products. Having joined FTI Consulting after 14 years with one of Australia’s leading corporate restructuring and advisory firms he has gained in-depth experience and insight across a wide range of advisory projects. During that time, Mr. Waters spent 15 months working in one of Australia’s largest banks specifically assisting with managing their agribusiness portfolio.
In addition to agriculture, Mr. Waters experience also extends across several other industries including infrastructure, property and significant experience in the management of debenture issuers and associated asset portfolios.
Mr. Waters grew up in Northern NSW on a sheep, cattle and mixed cropping property. He now runs his own self replacing sheep operation and beef herd on a property in the same area. He has held a number of industry roles in wool, beef cattle production, cotton and broad acre cropping.
Bradley Wheaton has over 18 years experience in agriculture, including eight years of corporate directorship experience in agribusiness and agricultural funds management. Bradley’s experience is broad having been involved in developing agricultural and renewable energy investments in Australia, Africa, South America and the Middle East. He has advised on agriculture policy to government and agriculture industry groups in Australia. Brad also has a solid grounding in agricultural operations management with experience with large-scale production, processing and marketing of agricultural products. He has a Masters of Commerce (Economics) with from the Universities of NSW (Aust.) and Copenhagen (Denmark), a Masters in International Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Sydney (Aust.).
Griff Williams, CFA, Co-founder and CEO at Milltrust Agricultural Investments, is responsible for advising on the investment portfolios for Milltrust’s segregated and collective accounts. These include the Australia and the New Zealand Farmland funds and the British Innovation Fund (a fund established to invest in the commercialisation of IP from UK Universities). Griff is a New Zealand national and comes from a farming family in the North Island where he continues to have dairy farming interests. Prior to establishing MAI Griff was Head of Europe and CEO at Itau Asset Management in London. Previous to this he was Institutional Solutions Strategist at Pioneer Global Investments in London and prior to that Investment Director for Railpen Investments, one of the UK’s largest Pension Funds where he managed the global equities portfolio. He commenced his career in Brazil where he worked as an investment analyst for Banco Bozano Simonsen based in Rio de Janeiro.
Griff is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration degree from Victoria University, Wellington. In addition to English, Griff is a fluent Portuguese speaker. He resides with his family in London.
Yuito Yamada is a Partner from McKinsey’s Tokyo office. Since joining McKinsey, he has primarily worked for the Chemicals and Agriculture practice. He recently worked on a project that developed the country transformation for Japan’s Agriculture sector, focusing on improving farmers’ incomes. He also led a commercial due diligence with a Japanese Major Ag company for their growth in emerging markets (including Africa) for their soft commodities business. Other recent projects include developing a global strategy for a Japanese wheat milling and mixing company with a focus on opportunities in Asia, leading a Joint Venture structure building for a Japanese Major Ag company for regions in the United States and Latin America for the agriculture division, and leading a go-to-market strategy for a Japanese chemicals conglomerate in the feed additive business.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Yuito worked as an intern in J.P. Morgan M&A Investment Banking Division (2008), Morgan Stanley Equity Sales Division (2008). Yuito holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Keio University in Japan, and studied as an exchange student in Business and Management at UCLA Anderson School of Business. He is a United States Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
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