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HighQuest Partners managing director to chair roundtable discussion at Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture

BOSTON (31/1/14) – Chris Erickson, managing director at HighQuest Partners, will be a chair for the roundtable discussion on Investing in Regional Food Security at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, which will be held next week in the Middle East, 3-5 February at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre.

The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (www.innovationsinagriculture.com) seeks to present game-changing innovations in sustainable agriculture, with a focus on the Middle East and Africa. Four keynote speakers, including, via video address, Bill Gates, founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and also a sponsor of the event, join 150 other speakers at the forum. More than 1,000 participants are expected from over 60 countries to gain insights from two days of conference proceedings, attend technical tours and visit with over 150 exhibitors.

The roundtable discussion that Erickson will chair takes place the opening day of the event and addresses food security issues in the MENA region. This includes a review of the incentives for private investors to invest in solutions to food security challenges, the political and social risks of outsourcing food security, and which investments can be made locally and which support greater food security.

Since 2006, Erickson has been managing director at Highquest Partners, a globally recognized strategic consulting and conference company serving the agriculture, agribusiness, grains, oilseed, food, and biofuels markets that was founded in 2000. He has spearheaded many of the new initiatives at the firm, most notably the development and implementation of the Global AgInvesting franchise, which includes a conference series with four events a year – in New York, London, Singapore and Abu Dhabi (this event will take place 24-26 February 2014 at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi; visit www.globalaginvesting.com for details).

Erickson has worked with the leading private equity and institutional investors in the space to develop overall strategies, as well as evaluate specific investments. In addition to financial managers, Erickson has worked with a global network of strategic players in Asia, South America and Brazil. He is a frequent speaker on agricultural issues in Southeast Asia, Africa and the U.S.

Prior to joining HighQuest Partners, Erickson worked for Abbott Labs in sales and sales management positions. Before joining Abbott Labs, he served four years in the U.S. Army as an armor officer assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, where he held various direct leadership roles as a platoon leader and executive officer.

CONTACT: Michelle Pelletier Marshall
PR/Media Manager, HighQuest Partners
978.887.8800, x117

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