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Michael Ryan to Head Public Equities for Harvard

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Harvard Management Company, which manages the endowment for Harvard University, has tapped Michael Ryan to lead its public equity team. Ryan will report to Stephen Blyth, managing director and head of public markets. Ryan will start in September 2014. The US$ 32.7 billion endowment fund wants Ryan to manage the endowment’s global equities portfolio and work with the entity’s list of external manager relationships.

“Mike brings deep experience across global equity markets, including expertise managing large, diverse investment teams and extensive knowledge of the global landscape and hedge fund strategies,” Stephen Blyth said in a statement.

Ryan is the founder and former chief investment officer of New York-based investment management firm MDR Capital Management. Before Ryan’s role at MDR, he was co-CEO of JAI Capital Management, a long-short hedge fund. Ryan was also head of global securities at Credit Suisse and co-head of global equity products at Goldman Sachs. He served on the partnership committee at Goldman Sachs. Ryan graduated summa cum laude from Yale University, with a B.A. in economics.

QIA Becomes the Largest Shareholder in Colonial

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The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) became the biggest shareholder of Inmobiliaria Colonial, SOCIMI, S.A. (Colonial), a Spanish listed real estate company. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Mumtalakat Discloses Investment in Khairat Bahrain

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Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company disclosed an investment in Sudan called Khairat Bahrain. This is an agricultural investment in Sudan. The food and agriculture sector is key investment sector for many Gulf-based state investors. Khairat Bahrain is located in the world’s richest expanse of groundwater (the Nubian Sandstone Basin) occupying an area of approximately 100,000 feddans (400 square kilometers). The Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System is the world’s largest known fossil water aquifer system.

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Temasek Acquires Cybersecurity Firm Sygnia

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Singapore’s Temasek Holdings agreed to acquire Sygnia, Inc., an Israeli cybersecurity technology and services provider. Unverified estimates of the deal amount are around US$ 250 million. Sygnia runs out of Tel Aviv, but has an office in New York. Sygnia assists companies respond to cyber threats.

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