CIO & CO-FOUNDER, AGFUNDER
Michael is co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at AgFunder, a San Francisco based online investment platform for global agriculture and food technology.
Michael leads the AgFunder investment team and oversees deal identification, origination and execution on the AgFunder platform. A regular speaker on food and agriculture technology investing at various global conferences, Michael is a start-up mentor for several global agrifood tech accelerator programs. He is a board member of the Australian SproutX Agtech Accelerator and sits on the advisory board of the Netherlands based RockStart AgriFood Technology Accelerator.
A seasoned agriculture investor and operator, prior to starting AgFunder, as a founding partner of SeedRock Capital Partners, Michael founded and operated SeedRock Africa Agriculture (SRAA), an African impact agribusiness based in West Africa. SRAA incorporated farming operations on 3,000 hectares including a 1,500 strong local farmer out-grower program; an edible oil processing facility; the “Africa Gold” sunflower oil brand and government granted leaseholds to over 43,000 hectares of agricultural land across three West African countries. A qualified lawyer, Michael previously advised many of Australia’s largest investment and operating corporations on their acquisition and development activities across the property, agribusiness, renewable energy, resources and construction sectors. He has substantial experience of large-scale projects and acquisitions incorporating complex development and structuring issues. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Sydney.