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
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.