Stephen Gilmore will take up his new role as chief investment officer in March 2019.
The Irish business has secured the investment for its Renewable Energy Income Fund II.
Plekhanov Russian University of Economics and Bitfury will pilot the program with Russian government funding in the latest of a series of blockchain-related projects announced by higher education institutions.
The former Central Bank of Nigeria deputy governor bemoaned the lack of startup finance in the country.
The Montreal-based accelerator works closely with electronics companies and research organisations.
Nomura Holdings, Daiwa Securities, Mitsubishi UFJ, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial and Mizuho Financial will aim to raise up to $1.78bn for the fund, in partnership with China Investment Corporation.
The fund will invest in agritech companies connected to Brightlands, an ecosystem backed by the provincial government of Limburg.
The investment, made by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, heralds the start of a trilateral agreement.