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Global Farmland: The New Institutional Real Estate Asset Class?

When Jan 22, 2014
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Mill Lane Lecture Room 7
Contact Name
Attendees Carl Aitken
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Abstract:

A review of the increasing popularity of international farmland as an asset class by major global financial institutions, with a discussion about the risks and returns in different regions and production systems.

Speaker:

Carl Aitken

Biography:

Carl Atkin is Co-founder of KinnAgri Limited, an international agribusiness management and consulting firm.  Carl's business consultancy interests have latterly extended across agricultural supply chains and farming and food businesses with a focus on the CEEC/FSU region. He has worked with clients across the whole agribusiness value chain including life science companies and food processors as well as numerous private and corporate farming businesses. 

In the agri-investment arena he has consultancy experience across the UK, Europe, Middle East, Former Soviet Union and Africa including studies on investment opportunities and working on implementation strategies with local overseas partners.  He has also written and spoken about the challenges and opportunities of investing in land markets in transition, as well as speaking more generally at conferences in the EU, MENA Region and North America on Food Security and Agri-Investment trends. 

Carl is also Deputy Editor of the International Journal of Agricultural Management (jointly with John Gardner, Massey University, New Zealand) as well as being a member of the Institute of Agricultural Management, the International Farm Management Association, the Agricultural Economics Society and the Agricultural Law Association.

Carl has a first class Honours Degree in Agriculture and Farm Business Management from Newcastle University (2000), a Postgraduate degree in Business Administration (MBA) (2007) and has also attended the Agribusiness Leadership and Development Seminar at Harvard Business School.