Warren Bebb, Chief Executive
Warren Bebb is an experienced marketer and business development professional, including overseas posts with NZ’s biggest multi-national. He has spent the last 13 years working in start-ups and brings considerable early stage market development and commercial expertise to the company.
Dr Jason Wargent, Founder & CSO
Dr. Wargent is a world leading applied plant UV photobiologist who has focused his career on the responses of plants and horticultural systems to UV light. Dr. Wargent has published major studies describing the agronomic benefits which UV light can provide.
Christopher Boyle, Chairman & Director
Christopher is an experienced CEO and Director with key skills in the creation of business opportunities, risk management. He has over twenty five years of CEO and governance experience in a variety of industries including energy, engineering and technology. Christopher’s pragmatic approach to strategy and market engagement, has supported the company from its formation in 2013 through to current activity.
Christopher is currently a Managing Director of Fabrum Solutions, and Director of AFCryo SAS, Aquaheat NZ, Horizon Energy Group and Third Bearing Limited.
Arama Kukutai, Director
Arama Kukutai is a co-founder and partner at Finistere Ventures. Arama has been a company founder and entrepreneur in the Agribusiness sector with over 20 years’ experience. 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.
Dr John Bedbrook, Director
Dr John Bedbrook received a PhD in Molecular biology at Auckland University, was a Fulbright Fellow to Harvard Medical School, a Cabot Fellow to Harvard University and an EMBO fellow to The Plant Breeding Institute Cambridge England. Dr Bedbrook founded and/or ran several agricultural biotechnology companies, including Advanced Genetic Sciences, DNA Plant Technologies and was President of Maxygen Agriculture. He was the CEO of Plant Science Ventures, a venture firm investing in biotechnology startups. After DuPont bought Verdia Inc. in 2004, Dr Bedbrook became Vice President of R&D for DuPont Agriculture and Nutrition, and subsequently Vice President of DuPont Agricultural Biotechnology.
Kirk Haney, Director
Kirk Haney is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Radicle Growth. Under Kirk’s leadership, Radicle secured top-tier financial and corporate investors including Finistere Ventures, AgTech fund, OurCrowd, Bayer Crop Science and Corteva. Radicle is partnering with great entrepreneurs to bring disruptive innovations to market while leveraging the Radicle Platform to accelerate them.
Previously, Kirk served as President and CEO of SGB, an agricultural biotechnology company, from 2007 to 2014. Prior to SGB, Kirk was the Chairman and President of Green Millennium, the largest sustainable forestry project in the Americas. Kirk also serves on many portfolio company boards.
Mark Houghton Brown, Director
Mark is a pioneer of sustainability in business, leading the way in practical large scale organic farming and building successful eco brands. He has senior experience in governance and is Chair of Organic Farm Holdings, of Clean Planet (environmentally friendly cleaning) and of Plantier Developments (organic & natural cosmetics). He is Chair of Nelson Angels Inc - which invests in innovative & progressive start-ups, and also operates in renewable energy markets, and has a fresh focus on Directed Lasers on plants and Artificial Intelligence applications to Aquaculture.
Richard O’Gorman, Observer
Richard leads the Rabo Food & Agri Innovation Fund, a Rabobank sponsored VC fund investing in early stage innovations in the space primarily in Western Europe and USA. Richard has been with Rabo Private Equity since 2018 focused primarily on Rabobank’s international food and ag venture capital and private equity initiatives. Prior to that he was self-employed in retail and manufacturing and previously worked as an interest rate derivatives trader. Richard’s role with BioLumic is an Observer on the Board.