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HighQuest Partners Announces Top Experts to Address Global AgInvesting 2010 Conference (4.8.2010)

HighQuest Partners Announces Top Experts to Address Global AgInvesting 2010 Conference

Speakers from El Tejar, TIAA-CREF, Brookfield Brazil, World Bank and Hancock Agricultural Investment Group Lead Distinguished List
Topsfield, MA: April 8, 2010 – HighQuest Partners is announcing the speakers and panel participants at Global AgInvesting 2010, which will be held May 6-7, 2010 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Designed to provide public and private market investors with keen insights about the opportunities and challenges of investing in agricultural lands, private equity, and infrastructure, the Global AgInvesting 2010 program will include:
• Oscar Alvarado, CEO and Chairman of the Board of El Tejar Limited, which is Argentina's largest agricultural producer;
• Renato Cavalini, Managing Partner and Senior Vice President of Brookfield Brazil, who oversees the firm’s agricultural operations in Brazil and was instrumental in large scale development of sugarcane production for ethanol;
• Jeff Conrad, the founder and CEO of Hancock Agricultural Investment Group, the largest U.S. institutional farmland manager;
• Johnathan Lamb, Agribusiness Team Leader for The World Bank, who manages the World Bank’s global Agricultural and Rural Enterprise program;
• Jose Minaya, Director of Agriculture for TIAA-CREF, who oversees the organization’s private equity program in agricultural investments;
• William Wilson, Professor in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University.

More speakers, panelists and moderators can be found on the conference website,

“HighQuest Partners’ content planning team has made concerted efforts to engage the most relevant, experienced participants in the sector,” says HighQuest Partners Managing Director Hunt Stookey, “We are excited to have organized this major league roster of talent and keen insight. We are confident that Global AgInvesting will be unequalled this year in breadth and depth of coverage.”

Global AgInvesting 2010 is the only event in North America to bring together leading fund managers, investors and industry experts from the private sector, public sector and academia to address the fundamental issues that will determine where value will be created over the coming decade in terms of crops, geography and infrastructure on a global basis. This conference has been developed to respond to the growing interest in farmland asset management as investors come to appreciate the fundamentals regarding food production and agribusiness, including issues surrounding food security, a growing world population and rising GDP in the developing world.

The conference will explore:

• Agricultural land as an emerging asset class including the current state of the sector and outlook for the next few years;
• Different global strategies being pursued by leading managers, and how those strategies fit with different investor objectives;
• Opportunities for private agricultural investment outside of the major global row crops, including animal protein production (livestock, poultry, dairy and aquaculture), infrastructure and ag private equity;
• How large-scale farming operations are addressing social and environmental stewardship challenges, particularly in the developing world.

For more information about the conference or to register, please visit
www.globalaginvesting.com or call 800-424-7692.

About HighQuest Partners, LLC

About HighQuest Partners LLC
HighQuest Partners (www.highquestpartners.com) is a management consulting and strategic advisory firm that helps executive teams around the world to make better informed decisions about their strategies, investments/m&a, and governance. Since 1992, HighQuest and its subsidiary SJH & Company have completed over 500 strategic assignments for strategic players and financial investors & their portfolio companies in the global grain, oilseed, food, agribusiness, biofuels, industrial, & financial services sectors.

About Soyatech, LLC

Soyatech (
www.soyatech.com) is a global media, marketing, and event company that assists food, oilseed, agri-business, and agri-transportation sector firms to assess and develop market opportunities through its publications, conferences, webinars, and widely used internet platform. Founded in 1985, the company publishes the annual Soya & Oilseed Bluebook, the industry’s leading source of information on oilseed and agribusiness companies and products, an industry-focused email newsletter (in daily and weekly editions), and Soyatech.com, the award-winning business-to-business online resource for the industry. Soyatech’s information services are referred to by tens of thousands of the world’s leading commodity, food and biofuels companies in over 100 countries every week. Soyatech, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of HighQuest Partners.

For More Information Contact:   

Joe Jordan
207-244-9544 ext. 115

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