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Apr 2018


Grand Hyatt New York 109 East 42nd Street at Grand Central Terminal New York , New York 10017
Tel: 12128831234
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Global AgInvesting 2018






$3,295 - $3,595


Event Overview:

Global AgInvesting hosts close to 700 attendees and offers a comprehensive overview of agriculture investment opportunities across all major global production regions.

Global AgInvesting will provide attendees with a picture of the agriculture investing landscape and a clear idea of where the real money is moving in the space. Content will focus on our shared history in the sector and an outlook for the future.

About GAI:

Global AgInvestingSM (GAI) is the world's leading resource for events, research, and insight into the global agricultural investment sector. Since 2009, GAI conferences continue to be the most critical and well attended agriculture investment events in the world, attracting more allocators and senior-level decision makers than any other. GAI Research & Insight, launched April 23, 2012, is a unique web platform providing news and analysis, editorials, research pieces, a directory of major players, and much more. Global AgInvesting research pieces and events are produced and conceived by HighQuest Partners, a leading global consultancy focused on agribusiness and agriculture investment.


Apr 23   

9:00-10:00       Check-In & Welcome Coffee

10:00-11:00      Panel: 10 Year Retrospective on an Evolutionary Asset Class – Hear From Pioneers Who Have Been Active in the Sector Since GAI Inception in 2009
Moderator: Michael Whitehead, Sector Head of Food, Beverages & Agribusiness, ANZ Bank
Chris Erickson, President, Parsonage Lane Advisors
Randall PopeDirector and Senior Advisor, former President and CEOThe Westchester Group
Craig Tashjian, Managing Director & Founding Partner, AMERRA Capital Management

11:00-12:00      Panel: AgTech Decade in Review – Success Stories from Start-Ups with Staying Power
Joshua Hofheimer, Partner, Sidley Austin

12:00-1:00        Networking Lunch

1:00-1:30         Presentation: Assessing Macro Trends in the Food & Ag Sector

1:30-2:15         Panel: Meeting Consumer Demand in Organics – Exploring Increased Investment Opportunities
David Gladstone, President & Chief Executive Officer, Gladstone Land Corporation

2:15-2:45         Presentation: Analyzing the Ag Economy – Lessons from History, Current Conditions and Future Forecasts

2:45-3:15        Networking Coffee Break

3:15-4:00        Panel: Using Technology to Increase Land Value, Efficiency and Sustainability
Sherman Black, Chief Executive Officer, Conservis Corporation

4:00-4:30        PE Case Study: Exploring Exit Strategies in the Dairy Sector
Rich Gammill, Managing Partner, Proterra Investment Partners

4:30-5:00        Executive Interview: The Promise of Efficiency & Transparency – Exploring the Role of Blockchain Technology in the Agriculture Economy
Mitchell Presser, Partner and Head of US M&A, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Sumer JohalChief Executive Officer & FounderAgralogics

5:00-6:00       Welcome Reception

Apr 24   

7:45-8:45        Morning Coffee & Networking; Closed-Door Institutional LP Breakfast (by invitation)

8:45-9:00         Presentation: Outlook for Future Opportunities Along the Ag Value Chain
Kevin Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer, Paine Schwartz Partners

9:00-10:00       Panel: Ag Private Equity
Moderator: Alyssa Grikscheit, Partner, Sidley Austin
Sebastian Popik, Managing Partner, Aqua Capital
Jason Silm, Head of Agriculture, ADM Capital
Hunt Stookey, Director of Research & Investment Strategy, Ceres Partners
TBD, AGR Partners

10:00-10:45      PE Case Study: The Evolution of Food and Agriculture Investment – Perspectives from 250 Years Combined Experience
Ben Fishman, Managing Principal, Arlon Group
Ari Gendason, Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Investments, Continental Grain Company
John Vaske, Joint Head – North America, Temasek International

10:45-11:15      Networking Coffee Break

11:15-12:00      Panel: Farmland Investment Returns – The Alpha is in the Relationships
Moderator: Curt Covington, Senior Vice President, Agricultural Finance, Farmer Mac
Steve Barnard, President & CEO, Mission Produce
David Krause, President, Wonderful Citrus

12:00-12:30      Discussion: Making the Investment Case for Black Earth Region Farming
Patrick Ghidirim, Managing Director, NCH Capital
Michael Bertram, Director of Private Equity Investments, NCH Capital
Facilitator: Philippe de Lapérouse, Managing Director, HighQuest Partners

12:30-1:00      Keynote Executive Interview: Perspectives from a Pioneer
Jeffrey A. Conrad, President & Founder, AgIS Capital LLC

1:00-2:00       Networking Lunch Featuring Topic-Driven Roundtable Discussions

2:00-3:00         Panel: Farmland Investment Performance Measurement
Moderator: Dan Dierking, President, NCREIF
Jim McCandless, Managing Director, Head of Real Estate-Farmland, UBS Asset Management, UBS Farmland Investors, LLC
Scott McEwen, Director, Altus Group Limited
Bruce J. Sherrick, Fruin Professor of Farmland Economics and Director, TIAA Center for Farmland Research
Mark White, Head of Real Assets, Albourne Partners

3:00-3:45         Panel: Pension Perspectives on Farmland Investing
Moderator: Anatole Pevnev, Managing Director, US Agriculture
Kurt Akers, Assistant Senior Investment Officer, Washington State Investment Board
Rich Matheson, Portfolio Manager – Agriculture & Real Estate Investments, Utah Retirement Systems
William Proom, Managing Director, Alternative Investments, MainePERS

3:45-4:15         Networking Coffee Break

4:15-5:00         Panel: Making the Investment Case for North American Agriculture
Brandon J. Zick, Director of Acquisitions & Portfolio Management, Ceres Partners

5:00-6:00         Networking Reception – Celebrating 10 Years of GAI

Apr 25   

8:00-8:45        Networking & Morning Coffee

8:45-9:00        Dialogue: Cannabis Investment Outlook
Matt Karnes, Founder, GreenWave Advisors, LLC
Brendan Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer, Privateer Holdings

9:00-10:00      Panel: Making the Investment Case for Australian Agriculture
TBD, Laguna Bay
TBD, New Harvest Investment Management

10:00-10:15      Presentation: Global Livestock Investment Outlook
Troy Setter, Chief Executive Officer & Director, Consolidated Pastoral Company (CPC)

10:15-10:30      Dialogue: Outlook for Sector Participation from Australian Superannuation Schemes

10:30-11:00      Networking Coffee Break

11:00-11:45     Panel: Permanent Crop Strategies

11:45-12:45      Panel: Exploring the Role of Agricultural Finance
Joseph Herrmann, Vice President, Agriculture – Latin America, MetLife
TBA, Proterra Investment Partners
Detlef Schoen, Head of Real Assets, Insight Investment
Ray Smith, Senior Vice President, Prudential Agricultural Investments

12:45-1:30      Panel: Making the Investment Case for Latin American Agriculture
Antonio Wever, Partner, Patria Investments

1:30-2:30         Networking Lunch

2:30-3:15          Panel: Assessing Agriculture as an Impact Investment
Moderator: Noelle Laing, Managing Director, Cambridge Associates
Atish Babu, Vice President, Agriculture Capital

3:15-4:00          Panel: Making the Investment Case for Agriculture in Emerging Markets
Moderator: Suzanne Gaboury, Director, Agribusiness, Food & Water, FMO – Dutch Development Bank Advisors
Rajesh Behal, Chief Investment Officer, Global Agribusiness, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

4:00-5:00          Networking & Farewell Drinks

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