Agri-Investing: Along the New Silk Road

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Food Security is now rising to prominence on the political, investment and business agendas. National Governments are asking how they will feed their populations and businesses are identifying investment needs and exploring the global opportunity in this sector. Financial institutions and investors view the sector as an important opportunity. The New Silk Road Forum, in partnership with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and Ashurst, is pleased to announce this briefing.

The panel discussion will address:

  • Issues surrounding Food Security in both a global context and pertinent to the New Silk Road group of countries
  • Investment opportunities offered by the New Silk Road countries
  • Challenges and incentives associated with Agri-investingagri investing

Confirmed Speakers include:

  • His Excellency Mr Erzhan Kazykhanov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 
  • His Excellency Mr Otabek Akbarov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Mr Geoffrey Conaghan, Agent General for the State of Victoria to the United Kingdom
  • Torsten Böhler, Managing Director, ABACUS Emerging Markets 
  • Richard Crane, Partner - Head of Food and Agriculture Practice, Deloitte LLP
  • Vice Admiral Rory Maclean CB OBE, Vice Chairman, Royal United Services Institute
  • Professor Jane Harrigan, Professor of Economics, Member of the Food Studies Centre, The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) 
  • Abradat Kamalpour, Partner - Head of the Emerging Markets and Islamic Finance Desk for SDG, Ashurst: CEO, New Silk Road Forum 
  • Sarah Lain, Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute
  • Iride Ceccacci, Food Security Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

If you would like to attend please RSVP to Patricia Georgiou at

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