Aaron T Ratner - Operating Partner with Cross River Infrastructure Partners & with Vectr Ventures
FOUNDING MANAGING PARTNER
Aaron is an Operating Partner with Cross River Infrastructure Partners, a development and commercialization platform for next generation circular economy projects with a focus on carbon, hydrogen and agriculture. He is also a Venture Partner with Vectr Ventures, a Hong Kong-based venture capital investment firm, where he focuses on AgTech, FoodTech and waste upcycling technologies.
Previously Aaron was a Managing Director at Ultra Capital, a sustainable infrastructure project finance fund manager based in Philadelphia, where he worked at the forefront of the circular economy in agriculture, waste, water and renewable energy projects across the U.S. and Canada, including agriculture waste upcycling, livestock manure conversion to renewable natural gas, wastewater and advanced recycling. At Ultra, he was responsible for project origination and held seats on the Investment Committee and the Board of Directors.
Aaron has over 20 years of international investment and advisory experience, including 10 years in Asia, focusing on technology, energy, agriculture and waste. Prior to joining Ultra Capital, Aaron was a Developer in Residence at Generate Capital, where he invested in waste-to-energy and waste-to-value projects. From 2012 to 2014 he was the President of i2 Capital, an impact investment merchant bank with a focus on landscape-scale conservation finance. While at i2, he worked on the Sweetwater River Conservancy in Wyoming, the largest mitigation bank in the U.S. with ~1.3M acres under conservation management. In 2010, Aaron founded Emerging Energy International, a Hong Kong-based developer of mobile electrical power projects in frontier markets.
Aaron began his career as a foreign market entry strategist at WKI, a global strategic consulting firm based in Virginia. In 2000, he moved to Hong Kong to work for Simon Murray & Company, a Pan-Asian multi-strategy investment and advisory firm.
Aaron is a an advisor to the Manure Innovation Challenge, sponsored by The Yield Lab in St. Louis. He has also been an advisor to Fish 2.0, an aquaculture innovation accelerator. Aaron attended the Stanford University Graduate School of Business (MsM) and completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania and Jochi University, Tokyo.