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John Butt is Chief Executive and General Partner of Conduit Ventures Ltd, a UK and Shanghai based specialist growth capital investment and advisory firm which manages capital contributed by blue chip financial, sovereign and industrial groups. John is responsible for the strategic direction of the Conduit funds and represents Conduit on the boards of several public and private companies in North America, Europe and Asia. Conduit operates with a strong emerging markets geographical bias bridging Europe, the Gulf region with Africa and Asia on an industry platform of Energy, Water and Food Security. Its operations are against a background driven by fundamental changes in technology and climate change policy which are disrupting the traditional supply and demand patterns of a variety of industries. John’s experience spans projects, investments and transactions in UK/Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and North America. Priorto Conduit, John worked at senior levels with Citigroup and Price Waterhouse International Privatization Group based in the US and Europe (including CEE/FSU) and Africa. John began his career as a regulatory Analyst with the Bank of England, London and holds degrees in Biochemistry from the University of St. Andrews Scotland and an MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.