I’m delighted to confirm that leading agritech venture capitalist, Arama Kukutai, is to present the keynote speech at Techweek’18’s headline event ’10 billion mouths’.


Arama Kukutai

Arama is a co-founder and Partner at Finistere Ventures a pioneer in the Agriculture and Food technology sector. Finistere was started in 2005 with Dr. Jerry Caulder and is currently investing from its second fund.  Finistere is one of the leading AgTech focused venture funds and partnered with industry leaders including Nutrien, Bayer, Pepsico, Graincorp and International Farming Corporation.  Arama has been a company founder and entrepreneur in the Agribusiness sector for over 20 years.

Arama is of Ngati Maniapoto, Tainui and Te Aupouri descent on his father’s side.  He served as Executive Chairman of PKW Farms, a successful agribusiness and diversified investment entity involved in dairy farming and aquaculture activities in New Zealand, Asia and Australia.  Arama also led the New Zealand government’s Trade & Investment agency in North America, following which he emigrated to the USA.  He has led the creation of Finistere’s global network in AgTech which includes offices in Tel Aviv, San Diego and Silicon Valley, and Dublin, Ireland in partnership with the Irish Strategic Investment Fund.  Arama serves on the boards as a Director or Observer of Finistere portfolio companies AgGenetics, Biolumic, Crop Pro Insurance, CropX, Hi Fidelity Genetics, Plenty, Taranis and Zeakal.

Arama is an active member of the AgTech investing community and regular presenter at leading industry events.

Techweek’18’s Headline Event, ‘10 billion mouths’ is a one-day exploration of the future of food production, highlighting New Zealand agricultural innovation that’s good for the world. The event is being hosted at the ASB Baypark Arena in Tauranga on 23 May. You can join Arama and others and book your early bird ticket now to attend this outstanding event.

10 billion mouths. Wednesday 23 May, 8.00am – 6.30pm. ASB Baypark Arena, Tauranga. Book your your early bird tickets here.