Augustus Rylands

Desert Technologies

Augustus Rylands is the Chief Investment Officer for Desert Technologies, a renewable energy and water project developer, EPC contractor and solar panel manufacturer. His responsibilities include capital investments and corporate strategy. He joined Desert Technologies from the Arabian Gulf Fund in September 2012, an emerging markets growth capital private equity fund where he had worked as a vice-President since May 2011.

From August 2009 to May 2011, Augustus attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his MBA. Prior to Wharton, he worked as an Alternative Investments Analyst at Banca del Gottardo (Lugano, Switzerland) and as founder of Cornice, a commercial contemporary art fair in Venice, Italy.

Augustus has also worked as a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in Milan, focusing on retail and banking, and in the Private Equity group of the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) in Washington D.C., working on both company and fund level emerging market investments.

During his time at the IFC he was lead researcher for the paper “New Markets, New Rules: Will emerging markets reshape private equity?” published in association with IESE Business School and the Boston Consulting Group. As well as his MBA from the Wharton School, Augustus holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Master of Studies from Magdalen College, University of Oxford.