Dr Spencer Maughan

Visiting Fellow, United States Studies Centre

Dr Spencer Maughan

    Spencer Maughan is a Visiting Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He is a partner with Finistere Ventures a specialist AgTech venture capital company based in Silicon Valley.

    Previously Spencer has been an entrepreneur-in-residence at Kleiner Perkins (KPCB) working alongside members of the Green Growth Fund on AgTech opportunities and as an investor at Venrock, a venture capital firm with >$2b under management. Spencer’s investment focus has been centered on technology-driven companies that intersect with sustainability and agriculture.

    Spencer has a BSc and PhD in Genetics from the University of Melbourne where he was a Melbourne Research Scholar with funding from Bayer CropScience.

    Upon finishing his PhD, Spencer was named a Marie Curie fellow at the University of Cambridge (UK) within the Institute of Biotechnology. While at Cambridge, Spencer’s work on malarial drug-resistance type proteins received a commendation from the UK Houses of Parliament.

    Spencer also holds an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he was the American Australian Association’s Macquarie Bank Fellow.

    Areas of expertise

    • Innovation and entrepreneurship