Aviation entrepreneur Dómhnal Slattery, who stepped down recently as chief executive of Dublin-based aircraft leasing firm Avolon, has been appointed a special adviser to Abu Dhabi-based agritech business Pure Harvest Smart Farms.

Pure Harvest says part of its mission is to offer “true and tangible food security,” helping the United Arab Emirates to move towards self-sufficiency and environmental sustainability.

Mr. Slattery is a co-founder of Avolon and was its chief executive until this year. Avolon is one of the world’s largest jet leasing companies. 
Mr. Slattery is also the non-executive chairman of New York-listed Vertical Aerospace, a developer of electric air taxis that has hundreds of advance orders from global airlines.

“In a world rife with geopolitical challenges, food security is one of the most critical and worrisome issues facing humankind,” said Mr. Slattery. “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.”

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