TerraProtein Australia grows team – institutional funds management and agribusiness mix

TerraProtein Equity Partners welcome their newest team member, Dorianne Coventry, whose institutional funds management background, coupled with her agricultural management and joint venture experience, brings a complementary skillset which will support the firm’s Australian and global clients.

Australia-based TerraProtein partner Hamish Webb said he was delighted to welcome Dorianne to the team.

“Dorianne has a lot of experience to bring to the table – not only two decades’ within institutional funds management, relationship management, and marketing, but also as a forward-thinking grazier who successfully established a progressive joint venture with a luxury European wool fashion brand,” Hamish said.

“This wealth of knowledge is extremely relevant to us at TerraProtein, given our focus is on developing equity partnerships between leading agricultural operators and investors.”

Image: Hamish Webb and Dorianne Coventry

Raised in San Francisco and educated in Boston, Dorianne has held various roles in institutional funds management in Boston with Wellington Management (AUM US$1 trillion) and subsequently Lazard Asset Management (AUM A$300 billion), based in New York and Sydney. After moving to the New England in northern New South Wales to pursue interests in a family-owned mixed farming enterprise, Dorianne and her husband established a joint venture with Ermenegildo Zegna Group. The partnership was the first of its kind, connecting each end of the wool supply chain.

Dorianne is passionate about agriculture and its future growth opportunities.

“Agriculture is an essential, and often under-appreciated industry.  It is a far more sophisticated and complex sector than people generally recognise, and the growth potential is enormous,” Dorianne said.

“In agriculture you’re constantly working with unknowns, calculating risk, making decisions, and thinking strategically. It’s also a really exciting space when it comes to innovation and technology, which is why I am looking forward to my role working with agtech startups and scaleups through the “AgTech Gateway” project.”

A major focus of Dorianne’s will be to drive AgTech Gateway by providing strategic marketing and corporate financial advice to startup and scaleup businesses in the University of New England’s SMART Region Incubator’s (SRI).

“As a corporate financial advisor with global reach, TerraProtein is developing tailored business solutions to meet the needs of these startups,” she said.

“Tech is an exciting space and certainly a ‘hot spot’.  Like any hot spot, there are many ideas being floated, some of which are likely to succeed and and some of which are surfing the wave of momentum.  However, the calibre of ideas, innovation and energy stemming from the businesses in the SRI is first tier. They truly have the potential to put Armidale on the map.”

For more information about AgTech Gateway, contact dc@terraproteinequity.com.

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