By Team Techweek2

  • Agritech
Leading agritech venture capitalist Arama Kukutai to present keynote speech at Techweek Headline Event, 10 Billion Mouths

Techweek'18 Headline Event 10 Billion Mouths is a one-day exploration of the future of food production, highlighting New Zealand agricultural innovation that's good for the world, in Tauranga on 23 May. We are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker, Arama Kukutai.

Kukutai's connection to agriculture in Aotearoa goes back seven-generations. On his father's side, he is of Ngāti Maniapoto and Te Aupōuri descent, and his family have farmed in New Zealand for decades. He's continued in the family line with a career that has involved over 20 years in agribusiness. He served as as executive chairman of PKW Farms, a successful agribusiness and diversified investment entity involved in dairy farming and aquaculture activities in New Zealand, Asia and Australia. Arama also led the New Zealand government’s Trade and Investment agency in North America, following which he emigrated to the USA.

In 2005, he and Dr. Jerry Caulder co-founded Finistere Ventures, a pioneer in the agriculture and food technology sector. Kukutai led the creation of Finistere’s global network in agritech which includes offices in Tel Aviv, San Diego and Silicon Valley, and Dublin, Ireland in partnership with the Irish Strategic Investment Fund. Finistere is one of the leading agritech focused venture funds, and is partnered with industry leaders including Nutrien, Bayer, Pepsico, Graincorp and International Farming Corporation. Kukutai serves on the boards as a Director or Observer of Finistere portfolio companies AgGenetics, Biolumic, Crop Pro Insurance, CropX, Hi Fidelity Genetics, Plenty, Taranis and Zeakal.  Mr. Kukutai is an active member of the agritech investing community - currently investing from Finistere Ventures' second fund - and a regular presenter at leading industry events. 

10 Billion Mouths, Wednesday 23 May, 8am-7pm, ASB Baypark Arena, Tauranga. Get tickets.

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