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Dubai Eye 103.8 radio interviews Global AgInvesting speaker
Desmond Sheedy, CIO of Duxton Asset Management (2.25.2013)

ABU DHABI, U.A.E (24.2.13) – Desmond Sheedy, co-founder and CIO of Duxton Asset Management and a speaker at this week’s Global AgInvesting conference in Abu Dhabi, spoke to Dubai Eye, radio 103.8, on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 about food security issues.

Key points include recommendations to invest in a diversified set of investments in agriculture across the globe and invest considering these four variables:

1. climate
2. political risk
3. commodities
4. management of different styles

“We are facing challenges to the food chain and are on the cusp of a food crisis… but we have the ability to produce as much food as we need… the question is what will be the catalyst to change…,” said Sheedy, who will speak at the Global AgInvesting Middle East conference on Wednesday on a panel entitled Investing in Regional Food Security.

Hear Sheedy’s 14+ minute interview here.

Sheehy (CIO) is the co-founder of Duxton Asset Management (Duxton). Prior to joining Duxton, Desmond worked for DeAM Asia from July 2005-April 2009, where he was the Head of the Complex Asset Investments Team, raising approximately USD 600 million worth of assets and launching 3 funds. In addition to providing fiduciary oversight and managing the day-to-day running of the funds, Desmond’s roles included sourcing and evaluating new opportunities for investment, planning, structuring, financing and conducting in-depth financial, technical, legal and financial due diligence of investments.

Prior to joining DB, Desmond worked at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) as a Senior Investment Officer in both Washington DC and Hong Kong, where he was responsible for the origination, execution and supervision of investments throughout Asia, working on several innovative and successful deals across the region. Before joining IFC, Desmond spent nine years as an engineer working throughout Europe and Asia on large infrastructure projects. Desmond holds an MBA from INSEAD (1998) and a BE (1988) from UCC in Ireland.

Global AgInvesting Middle East, hosted by HighQuest Partners in conjunction with the Food Security Center of Abu Dhabi, will highlight strategies for ensuring regional food security, including outsourcing food production and financing technological advances, while also providing a comprehensive overview of global agriculture investment opportunities and strategies.

The conference is one of the four annual Global AgInvesting conferences held each year in New York, Singapore and London. Visit www.globalaginvesting.com for more information.

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