Prominent entrepreneur and serial founder with over three decades of experience in innovation, investment, and growth, joins Asia’s leading Agritech venture
Abu Dhabi, November 22nd, 2022: Pure Harvest Smart Farms (Pure Harvest), a world-leading, sustainable technology-enabled agribusiness headquartered in the United Arab Emirates with a developing presence across Asia, is pleased to announce that Dómhnal Slattery is joining the firm’s Advisory Board to support Sky Kurtz the Founder and Chief Executive of Pure Harvest. Mr. Slattery brings over thirty years of experience in founding and scaling global companies. He has a long history of fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in his native Ireland and has garnered a formidable global business network, making him an invaluable addition to the Pure Harvest leadership team.
During his career, Mr. Slattery helped the world take flight – facilitating the growth and creation of multiple aircraft leasing platforms where he enabled over 200 global airlines to bring air travel to millions of people, including many for the first time.. Mr. Slattery is now dedicating his time and energy to reaching a net-zero world by working with investors, founders and strategic stakeholders to identify and back companies that can bring solutions to combat the world’s greatest climate-driven challenges.
In an aviation career spanning three decades, Mr. Slattery has played a foundational role in developing the global aviation finance sector as it exists today. He has established two major aviation leasing companies during that time, including Avolon in 2010, which has grown to become one of the world’s largest aircraft lessors, with a balance sheet of over USD $30 billion. He also currently serves as Chairman of Vertical Aerospace, a NYSE-listed company (“EVTL”) revolutionising urban air mobility and decarbonizing air travel.
Sky Kurtz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Pure Harvest, added: “We are honoured to welcome Dómhnal to the Advisory Board to further support me and my team to make food production more sustainable, increasing food and water security across the markets we serve. His extraordinary business acumen, powerful networks, and discernible commitment to both innovation and sustainability make him an ideal advisory partner, who will bring tremendous value as we continue our growth trajectory. Domhnal is an inspiring serial entrepreneur, and he pushes us to better ourselves – both personally and professionally. I am humbled to have him part of our family.”
Dómhnal Slattery, commenting on his new advisory role at Pure Harvest said: “In a world rife with geopolitical challenges, food security is one of the most critical and worrisome issues facing humankind. Few companies in the world are better placed than Pure Harvest when it comes to offering viable, scalable and impact-driven solutions to the very real, daily needs we all face. When I look at companies I work with, I look closely at the intent of the founders, their character, the problems they strive to solve and also the net contribution they make to our planet. In Sky and the Pure Harvest management team – I have found a team that shares my vision and ambition to achieve a more environmentally conscious and indeed food secure world. It is truly an exciting honour to support this stellar team at this critical juncture.”
About Pure Harvest Smart Farms
Pure Harvest Smart Farms is a mission-driven technology-enabled agribusiness headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, focused on year-round, sustainable production of premium-quality fresh fruits and vegetables. As innovators of the Middle East’s first commercial-scale, semi-automated high-tech hybrid growing system, Pure Harvest leverages innovative growing technologies and horticultural best practices to enable local-for-local production of affordable, sustainably-grown, clean, fresh produce anywhere. Pure Harvest is pioneering controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) in the MEASA region, harnessing technology to tackle some of the region’s biggest problems, including food security, water conservation, economic diversification, and sustainability needs. For more information, please visit www.pureharvest.ae
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