James Jackson is a cattle farmer and agriculture investor with strong interests in Australia. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of ASX-listed Elders, one of Australia’s oldest farming enterprises. He has over 25 years’ Investment experience having held senior roles at JB Were and SG Warburg in London and New York. After a decade in investment banking, Mr. Jackson moved into Agribusiness and served as director (from 2004) and Chairman (from 2008) of ASX listed MSF Sugar Ltd, overseeing significant growth and increase in Shareholder value.
He holds Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland, and completed a Management Development Program at Harvard Business School and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Lee Bannon is Group Managing Director of IBT Industries and IBT Power, owner / operators of integrated commercial agriculture and renewable energy projects in S. America, India, and SE Asia. Previously, Mr. Bannon was a Senior Fund Manager, managing the Macro All-Asset Group, at Brevan Howard Asset Management. During his 20 years’ experience in public & private emerging market investing he was based in Asia (HK, Singapore and India), the Middle East (Dubai) and Europe (Paris and London) and invested in over 350 companies in 43 countries during that time. Mr. Bannon comes from a family of commercial farmers/ranchers based in the Central USA and has double major undergraduate degrees in Geo-Politics & Economics and Agricultural Engineering.
Simon Bentley has more than 15 years of experience advising the agribusiness sector, with a focus on the markets for grains, oilseeds, sugar and biofuels. As a director of research with LMC International, he created diverse, proprietary economic models of many factors affecting agribusiness companies. More recently he served as head of research at Invenio, the asset management subsidiary of Singapore listed Olam. Mr Bentley was also an advisor to the European Commission with some of its major reviews of the European agricultural sector. Mr. Bentley has worked with several energy companies to help them understand how to enter the agricultural space, as well as with biotech companies searching for new crop technologies.
Mr. Bentley studied Physics at Trinity College Oxford, and economics at the London School of Economics. In the past he has worked as a lecturer at the Australian National University in Canberra, as well as at Warwick University in the UK.
Philip Jarvis is the Managing Director of Direct Agriculture, a specialist agricultural investment advisor, facilitating and managing direct investment into farmland, infrastructure and associated agribusiness in Australia and New Zealand.
Educated at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Philip served as a Captain in the British Army before moving to Australia. Philip is an acknowledged thought leader in farmland investments, regularly speaking at industry events and is often quoted in the financial and agricultural media. Philip has been personally invested in Australian farmland for over 20 years.
Dr Ryan Clarke
Dr Ryan Clarke established and runs the Singapore office of Fortman Cline Capital Markets. He also established and runs the Disruptive Technology Vertical with core focuses being healthcare as well as agriculture/food production, working with leading regional private healthcare systems and ecosystem partners as well as plantation owners and food manufacturers. Prior to joining Fortman Cline Capital Markets, Ryan worked for American Chamber of Commerce as Head of Strategy and Business Development, Barclays Capital as Asia and Middle East Head of Analytics, and Deutsche Bank as Asia Head of Analytics/Global Head of Epidemiological Date Intelligence.
Dr. Ryan Clarke is a senior adviser to both the Singapore National University Hospital and the Oxford Nuffield Department of Medicine. In these roles he focuses on commercialisation of IP as well as key scientific findings of leading clinical research labs. Ryan has previously served as Commercialisation Director/Lab Head at MIT Datacollider(Singapore/Boston), Head of Assessments as the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore, as well as Analyst roles at both the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses and the Royal United Services Institute.
Dr. Ryan Clarke holds a PHD from the University of Cambridge in Applied Intelligence and Analytics Specialisation. He was awarded the Salje Medal for the most innovative research and was awarded his Doctoral degree in 2010. Ryan resides with his family in Singapore in Singapore and is fluent in Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi.