People: Temasek hires former Monsanto exec; JLL adds to funds advisory team

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Former Monsanto executive Ryan Rakestraw has joined Singapore’s Temasek as an associate director while JLL has made two senior appointments to its Global Funds Advisory team.

Temasek hires ex-Monsanto exec for agri VC role

Ryan Rakestraw, a former executive at Monsanto’s corporate venture unit, has joined Singapore’s Temasek as an associate director in the state-owned investor’s agriculture-focused venture arm.

Rakestraw, who joined Temasek this month, will focus on agriculture and food-related venture capital investments, according to his LinkedIn profile.

“Given the importance of agricultural and food-related innovation needed to feed a growing global population, to support better nutrition, and to increase the sustainability of global agricultural production – Temasek is seeking to back promising entrepreneurs and teams that can profitably address these needs with new technologies and business models,” Rakestraw said in his profile.

At Monsanto, he was a Venture Principal from early 2015 where he made investments in growth-stage companies from seed stage through IPO. Before Monsanto, he was an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the Olin Business School.

JLL adds to funds advisory team

JLL has made two senior appointments — Georg Frauboes as a director based in London, and Eugene Kim as a director in Singapore — to its Global Funds Advisory team to strengthen its capital raising and investment advisory capabilities.

Frauboes and Kim will be responsible for underwriting investment opportunities and managing the capital raising process in their respective regions, an announcement from JLL said. The Global Funds Advisory team was created last July with the amalgamation of existing funds advisory capabilities at JLL.

The team, led by Matilde Attolico in London, works with investment managers across the world to provide support and strategic counsel on product development and capital raising for real estate investment opportunities.

Frauboes joins JLL from UBS Asset Management, where he worked alongside regional teams, underwriting real estate funds globally on behalf of UBS Multi-Manager Real Estate clients. In his new role, he reports to Ms Attolico.

Meanwhile, Kim joins from Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management and reports to Martijn van Eldik, JLL’s head of Funds Advisory in Asia Pacific.

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Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.