20-24 FEBRUARY 2023
DUBAI WORLD TRADE CENTRE

20-24 FEBRUARY 2023
DUBAI WORLD TRADE CENTRE

DENNIS B. LEVINE

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DENNIS B. LEVINE

DENNIS B. LEVINE

Founder, Water Garden Organics, Advisor and Global Strategist
Biography
Dennis Levine has been described by many industry insiders as one of the most influential and creative dealmakers of his generation. As a skilled and innovative investment banker for more than 45 years, Dennis advises many institutions and other prominent clients by providing strategic advice on M&A transactions, capital formation, business development and technology commercialization. His unique combination of skills has allowed Dennis to be a trusted confidant to some of the world’s most important C-suite innovators and entrepreneurs. In a world screaming for safer and higher quality grown foods and a stronger food delivery system, Dennis is focused on emerging food, water and agricultural technologies to address global issues of resource scarcity, supply chain logistics, food security, climate change and the deployment of groundbreaking solutions. With every part of the Agri-Food chain in flux, and sustainability and technology convergence as the key drivers, Dennis formed Water Garden Organics to meet the most exacting standards for high quality production and ESG/Impact investing. Dennis blends his deep background in finance and transaction structuring with compelling Controlled Environment Agriculture and AgTech solutions to meet today’s global food production and resource challenges. By creating profitable and safer production facilities in strategic markets, Water Garden is a fusion of Agriculture, Technology, Engineering, Science and Logistics to enhance the supply chain and create long-term value for consumers and investors. Dennis began his career on Wall Street in 1976. While ascending the investment banking ranks at Citibank, Smith Barney and Lehman Brothers, it was at Drexel, Burnham, Lambert where Dennis emerged as one of the industry’s leading dealmakers. He executed everything from intricate multibillion-dollar mergers to complex financings for Fortune 500 companies, private equity firms and influential family offices, creating innovative business solutions which continue to define the international corporate finance world today. Dennis has chronicled his storied career in the book, Inside Out: An Insiders Account of Wall Street – a defining book about Wall Street during the 1980s. While describing his experiences with many high-profile personalities of the time, Dennis takes an honest and candid approach to the heady deal days of the era. As he reconciles his own mistakes, Dennis describes a powerful morality tale and the redemptive process that has helped to shape his current professional path. Dennis continues to serve as an advisor and strategist to many leading companies and private investors for the past 35 years through his consulting firm, Adasar Group. Dennis works with his network of high-level relationships spanning the global business and financial community from the Far East to the Middle East, relationshipsthat continue to bring value to his companies today. Dennis also continuesto share his life experiences to help guide young professionals. He regularly lectures throughout the world at major universities and organizations on a host of contemporary issues from business ethics to entrepreneurship and emerging technology trends. Dennis holds BBA and MBA degrees in Corporate Finance from CUNY’s Baruch School of Business. He has been happily married to his wife for over 40 years, and they have two grown children.
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