Rachel Benitez

Rachel was an Analyst with Matū in 2021, responsible for helping with research for Matū’s market intelligence activities and due diligence operations. Rachel is now an impact investment analyst with Soul Capital and Te Pae ki Te Rangi Fund.

She graduated from the University of Auckland with First Class Honours in Biotechnology. Drawing from her key interest in industrial microbiology, her dissertation explored the effects of sound in yeast fermentation to identify potential differentiators for New Zealand’s craft beer market. Rachel also helped lead iGEM TeamMOD in Auckland, which sought out to reduce the environmental impact of nitrate leaching in dairy effluent systems.

Rachel has an interest in impact investment and how impact models can be validated within the New Zealand ecosystem. She still maintains a keen eye for novel applications of microbial research, particularly with emerging trends in waste stream recycling and renewable energy.