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Philippe de Lapérouse

Philippe de Lapérouse has more than 30 years of senior level experience working with leading global companies in the agro-industrial and value-added food chain, including Ralston Purina and Bunge, as well as working as an investment banker at the beginning of his career. As Managing Director of HighQuest Partners, he leads the firm’s Global Food Agribusiness and Biofuels advisory practice. He has led over 50 engagements advising executive teams of major strategic and financial investors operating and investing globally across the food, biotech and bioenergy value chains to on making informed decisions regarding resource allocation, new business opportunities and developing investment strategies to address the challenges facing global agriculture. Prior to joining HighQuest, Mr. de Lapérouse was Director of Business Development for Bunge North America, Inc., where he was responsible for the company’s efforts to expand its oilseed processing operations into Mexico and the Caribbean Basin, as well as developing export markets for oilseed products and feed grains into the Caribbean, North Africa and eastern Mediterranean. Previously, Mr. de Lapérouse held senior line management positions with Ralston Purina International where he managed line operations and was responsible for functions including marketing, sales and developing dealer distribution networks, targeting the industrial livestock and poultry sectors in Western, Central and Eastern Europe.

Mr. de Lapérouse was a director of Sodrugestvo Management Company, Ltd., the leading importer, crusher and distributor of soybeans and feed ingredients in Russia from 2009 to 2012 and was instrumental in making the introduction which resulted in Mitsui acquiring a 10% shareholding in the company. He is the author of the report, Private Financial Sector Investment in Farmland and Agricultural Infrastructure (2010) which was commissioned by the Agri-food Trade and Markets Directorate for Trade and Agriculture of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) to provide insights on this emerging asset class and the impact that private sector investment is having on the regions in which they are investing.

Mr. de Lapérouse received his B.A. degree from Trinity College and an M.B.A. degree from The Darden School of Business at The University of Virginia.

Contact Mr. de Lapérouse at pdelaperouse@highquestpartners.com

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 Mr. de Lapérouse's speaking engagements have included:

 • May 2014 – La Coop Federée (largest farmer cooperative in Canada) annual meeting: Les Perspectives 2014 in Montreal, Québec; keynote speaker - Key Fundamentals Driving Investor Interest in Global Agriculture (presented in French)

Jan. 2014 – Financing Aquaculture Roundtable in Atlanta, Georgia; keynote speaker - Key Fundamentals Driving Investor Interest in Global Agriculture

Oct. 2013 – Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) Annual Meetings in Paris; plenary session - Trends in Global Feed Demand for Aquaculture

Sept. 2013 – AgInnovation Showcase: 2013 Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, moderated panel addressing Global AgInvesting: Challenges & Opportunities in Early Stage Financing

June 2013 – Institute of Food and Agribusiness Management Association(IFAMA): 23rd Annual World Forum 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia; served as chair/emcee of the event

May 2013 – IntraFish Media: New York Seafood Investor Forum in New York; participated on panel session addressing Investment Opportunities in Global Aquaculture

Nov. 2012 – UKRAgroConsult conference Agricultural Investments – 2012 Inputs in Kiev, Ukraine; keynote speaker - Agriculture as an Emerging Asset Class

Oct. 2012 – Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) Annual Meetings in Bangkok; plenary session - Agriculture as an Emerging Asset Class

Aug. 2012 – Australian Grain Industry Annual Conference in Melbourne, Australia; keynote speaker - Global Ag Investing Trends and Implications for Australia

April 2012 – World Bank Annual Land Conference: Land in a Rapidly Changing Environment in Washington, DC; Case Studies of Private Sector Funds Investing in Farmland and Agricultural Infrastructure

Jan. 2012 – IKAR annual conference in Moscow Russia - Investments in Russian and Global Agriculture

Dec. 2011 – World Agricultural Forum: 2011 Annual Congress in Brussels, Belgium; moderated session Trends and Developments in the Private Financing of Agriculture

Aug. 2009 – World Soybean Research Conference in Beijing, China; plenary session - U.S. Soybean Crushing Sector: Current Complexity and Near-Term Outlook 

FOR SYNGENTA:

July 2012 – Global Oilseed Strategy Group Meeting in Des Moines, IA; keynote speaker - How the Global Oilseed and Grain Trade Works

June 2010 – APK/Inform conference: Market of Soybeans and Meals of the CIS and European Countries in Kaliningrad, Russia; keynote speaker - The Global Soybean Trade: Near-Term Expectations and Long-Term Trends

May 2010 – OECD: Working Party on Agricultural Policies and Market in Paris, France; presented findings from Survey of Global Developments in Private Sector Investment in Farmland and Agricultural Infrastructure

Nov. 2009 – American Soybean Association : International Marketing Annual Outlook Conference in Tokyo and Taipei; The Global Soybean Sector: Near-Term Expectations and Long-Term Trends

March 2009 – Global Oilseed Strategy Group Meeting in Minneapolis, MN; keynote speaker - Overview of Opportunities and Challenges in the Global Soybean Industry

FOR MONSANTO:

July 2013 – Top Producer - Growth Capital Roundtable; Agriculture as an Emerging Asset Class

Nov. 2011 – OECD: Working Party on Agricultural Policies and Market in Paris, France; presented findings from Case Studies of Private Sector Funds Investing in Farmland and Agricultural Infrastructure

Sept. 2010 – Large Producers Meeting; keynote speaker – Trends in Institutional Investment in Global Agriculture
 

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