Director Strategy Food & Agriculture
Sami leads the food and agriculture sector coverage and strategy at CDC Group Plc. CDC Group is the UK Governmentâ€s Development Financial Institution (DFI) and worldâ€s oldest impact investor with assets under management of close to $8 billion. The core geographical focus is Africa and the Indian sub-continent and will expand to select countries in S.E Asia by end of 2022. CDC Group has pioneered DFI investing in Africa and Asia with over 72 years of successful development work and over 415 cumulative investments in the Food & Agri sector. It is also one of the largest investors in Africa and South Asia. Sami has nearly 25 years of diverse experience in the food and agriculture industry in emerging markets in various capacities from supply chain management, private equity investing, advisory work & strategy development, impact investments, agritech consulting and business development. Prior roles include Director, Food & Agribusiness at Accenture for S.E Asia in Singapore, Director of Food & Agriculture investments at Khazanah (Sovereign Wealth Fund of Malaysia) & Investment Committee member of their VC funds, Operating Partner at Rabo Equity Advisors (pioneering food and agri PE platform in India) and Head of Strategic Advisory & Research at Rabobank S.E Asia in Singapore. Prior to that Sami was heading supply chain and international business development for a start-up agribusiness & nutraceuticals company in South India with a contract farming base of over 8,000 farmers and a global clientele. Sami is a Singapore national with an MBA from Babson College and BSBA from Boston College.