Taronga Group appoints George Lowndes as Investment Associate
Taronga Ventures is very pleased to announce the appointment of George Lowndes as Investment Associate within the RealTech Ventures Fund and Taronga Advisory.
George is an experienced management consultant, with an extensive background in working in Asian markets. He was previously at Bain & Company specialising in business-wide transformations in retail and logistics, spending one and a half years working in Japan and China with leading local and international retailers. Prior to joining Bain, he spent a year in Shanghai and Beijing, providing strategic and operational support for Value Retail China and Kuke Music.
George will be working closely with our real estate partners across Asia, looking to accelerate the adoption of innovative technologies and future proofing their portfolios – for the next decade and beyond. The focus will be on increasing sustainability, whilst driving additional revenue, improving operating efficiencies and enhancing customer experience. Furthermore, George will be working with Taronga Ventures growing portfolio facilitating customer interactions and enabling execution of their regional expansion strategies.
George’s appointment coincides with the close of the latest investment round for RealTech Ventures Fund and Taronga Ventures expansion into Asia. The Fund is an integral part of Asia’s largest built environment focused ecosystem with significant investment from strategic global investors in Asia, Europe and the United States.
Following his recent appointment, George Lowndes said, “Recent global events have seen a significant contraction in the time horizon of shifts in how consumers interact with the built environment. Formerly gradual movements towards themes such as flexible working and the digital retail ecosystem have accelerated, becoming top of mind for businesses around the world. The forced experiment resulting from COVID-19 has created an impetus for change and I look forward to helping our corporate partners and emerging businesses navigate this new environment.”
About Taronga Ventures
Taronga Ventures is a technology and innovation investor focused on innovation for the built environment. The RealTech Ventures Fund is targeting $100 million from institutional investors and major real estate corporates. The Fund invests into globally scalable technology and innovation that enhances or challenges traditional real estate and infrastructure across all sectors. The Fund is focused on investing in strategic opportunities and providing its institutional partners first mover advantage, whilst maintaining a focus on creating a better built environment, through sustainable and responsible investment practices. For portfolio companies the Fund provides access to a network of leading asset owners, capital and strategic mentorship. The Taronga Ventures ecosystem also includes RealTechX, Asia’s largest growth program for emerging technology companies reinventing real estate and the built environment. The program is supported by government and leading industry partners as well as Taronga Venture Advisory, a consultancy service that helps corporates to successfully implement and drive innovation.