The Cibus Fund Investment Advisory Team
CO-FOUNDER AND JOINT CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER, LONDON
Robert Appleby is a co-founder of ADM Capital, and its joint Chief Investment Officer. Before establishing ADM Capital, Robert was a Managing Director in the Asian Fixed Income Division at Credit Agricole Indosuez and before that spent 13 years at Lehman Brothers. In the last 20 years, Robert has accumulated a wealth of experience investing in emerging and developed economies across Oceania, Asia and Europe. Robert is a co-founder and Director of the ADM Capital Foundation, a charitable organisation established in 2006 to fund innovative approaches to promoting equity and environmental conservation in Asia. Robert received an MA in Zoology and BA in Zoology and Anthropology from Oxford University, England.
HEAD OF AGRICULTURE,
Jason Silm is Head of Agriculture at ADM Capital with overall responsibility of all food and agriculture investments. Jason has over 20 years of experience in agribusiness investment in both developed and emerging markets throughout Australia, Brazil, China, Europe and CIS. Prior to joining ADM Capital in 2015, Jason was based in Moscow as Head of Agribusiness Investments and Senior Investment Director for VTB Capital Private Equity. Prior to VTB, Jason was Global Head of Operations and Division Director at Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management with AUM and commitments of AUD 1.06bn across beef, sheep, grains, dairy, forestry and horticulture assets in Australia and Brazil. Jason holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Charles Sturt University, Australia.
HEAD OF EARLY STAGE INVESTMENTS,
Alastair Cooper is a Senior Investment Director at ADM Capital with responsibility for Early Stage Investments. Alastair spent 18 years as an Investment Banker, 16 years of which were at Morgan Stanley, within the Equity Division, as a Managing Director based in London and Hong Kong. His responsibilities included Head of European Derivatives, Proprietary Trading and Head of Asian Equity. Upon leaving Morgan Stanley in 2002, Alastair completed the One Year Farming Course at the Royal Agricultural College and has managed his own mixed organic farm since. As an active private investor, Alastair has made a number of investments within renewable energy and agriculture. Alastair holds a BSc in Zoology from Exeter University, England.
The Cibus Fund Investment Advisory Team
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER,
Jeremy Alun-Jones is ADM Capital’s COO with oversight of operations, valuations, finance and risk management. He joined ADM Capital in March 2014 after many years as an investment analyst and hedge fund assessor. Previously he developed and sold fund of hedge fund business, Montier Asset Management, to Stenham Asset Management where he became Group Managing Director of their Hedge Fund Division. Prior to that he spent many years as an equity research analyst following the retail and later, telecom industries. Jeremy was educated at Oxford University, England where he received a MA in Human Sciences.
Annie Rainsford joined ADM Capital in November 2016 as European Counsel with a focus on the Cibus Fund and Cibus Managed Accounts. Annie was previously General Counsel at Motion Equity Partners (formerly Cognetas) and Bluefield Partners. Annie qualified as a lawyer at Ashurst in 2000 having studied law at Guildford Law School after reading Economics at Durham University.
David Whyte is responsible for sourcing, analysing and executing Australian and New Zealand-based deals for the ADM Capital funds. Before joining the firm in 2014, David spent two years working within the Chinese start-up scene having previously worked with KPMG for 7 years in their Consumer and Industrial Audit and Capital Markets Division in Hong Kong and Australia. David holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Tasmania and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Damon is the Investment Director at ADM Capital responsible for implementing the Australian and New Zealand agricultural strategy. Damon is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Business from The University of New England. He has spent the last 12 years working in Audit, Financial Reporting and Taxation in both public practice and commercial enterprises, predominately in the agricultural sector. In his previous role, Damon was responsible for the formation, integration and sale of a beef supply chain, comprising of Sanger Australia and Bindaree Beef.
Aurore Gil is an Investment Director at ADM Capital. Prior to joining in 2019, Aurore was an Executive Director at UBS. She spent 14 years in the Investment Banking division, of which 11 years working in the Telecoms Media and Technology team, during which she advised European clients on corporate finance strategies, including M&A, sell side, buy side, IPOs, equity and debt financings. Aurore graduated from ESCP Business School in 2004 and holds French Business Law degrees from Paris X and Jean Monnet University. Aurore has a strong interest in ESG challenges and completed the Business Sustainability Management course from Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in 2018.
Vladimir is an Investment Director covering European food and agricultural strategies. Vlad spent ten years as a senior banker at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) working with the Agribusiness team, annually executing over EUR 950m of investments. Prior to the EBRD, he was Head of Corporate financial management at UniCreditBank and a Senior Associate at Deloitte. Vlad is a CFA Charter Holder and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Finance from the University of Toronto.
The Cibus Fund Advisory Board
CEO ADM CAPITAL FOUNDATION & SUSTAINABILITY, HONG KONG
Lisa Genasci oversees sustainability of the Cibus Fund. Lisa established The ADM Capital Foundation ten years ago as an innovative philanthropic vehicle to support critical research and impact-driven approaches to promoting environmental conservation in Asia. ADMCF has been widely recognised for its work on solutions to some of our most intransigent challenges: Our depleting oceans, the nexus between forestry and development, air quality and public health, the intersections between food, energy and water. Lisa advises ADM Capital to shape its investment principles and provides ESG advisory services to ADM Capital funds. Lisa holds a BA degree with High Honors from Smith College and an LLM in Human Rights Law from HKU.
Dr. John C Rich
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER,
Dr. John Rich is an advisor to LP Advisory Board of the Cibus funds. Dr. Rich is the senior regional consulting agribusiness industry specialist for the International Finance Corporation (EMENA and West Africa) a non-executive director of Axzon Denmark, UKPF Kazakhstan, OJSC Saba Azerbaijan and LSE-listed MHP SA Ukraine and an executive director of Australian Agricultural Nutrition and Consulting Pty Ltd. In addition, he is a senior board advisor for six agribusiness companies worldwide. Dr. Rich holds a BSc and a BVSc from the University of Sydney, Australia is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and a registered member of the Royal College of Veterinary Scientists with post graduate experience in the food and finance industry.