AgFunder Key Team Members

AgFunder was founded in 2013 by Michael Dean and Rob Leclerc. Since then, AgFunder has become the global epicenter for agrifood tech investing with a global community of over 50,000 members and subscribers, and over 5,000 investors ranging from high networth individuals to venture capital firms, major agrifood corporations and sovereign wealth funds.

Michael Dean, LLM
Michael Dean, LLM
FOUNDING PARTNER

Michael is an entrepreneur and investor with a background in agriculture, finance and law.

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Rob Leclerc, PhD
Rob Leclerc, PhD
FOUNDING PARTNER

Entrepreneur, scientist, and engineer. Rob is a leading expert on agtech with a PhD from Yale University.

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Louisa Burwood-Taylor
Louisa Burwood-Taylor
HEAD OF MEDIA & RESEARCH

Louisa is a journalist and editor with experience working in Asian, European, and US financial markets.

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Robin R Chauhan
Robin R Chauhan
HEAD OF ENGINEERING

Lead developer, data scientist, program manager. Robin specializes in SaaS platforms, e-commerce, and machine learning.

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John Denniston, JD
John Denniston, JD
INVESTMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

John is a former Senior Partner at Kleiner Perkins and is Chairman of Shared-X which is closing the Yield Gap in Emerging Markets

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Manuel Gonzalez, MBA
Manuel Gonzalez, MBA
SENIOR ADVISOR

Manuel is Founder of Global RIFF and Former Head of Innovation at Rabobank

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Patrick Vizzone, MBA
Patrick Vizzone, MBA
SENIOR ADVISOR

Patrick is the Asian Head of Institutional Banking at National Australia Bank and is a Board Member of COFCO's China Agri-Industries Holdings.

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Lauren Manning, LLM
Lauren Manning, LLM
JOURNALIST

Lauren is a Food & Ag Attorney, and Adjunct Professor of Law at University of Arkansas and a Cattle and Sheep Rancher.

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Justin Bruch, MBA
Justin Bruch, MBA
ADVISORY BOARD CHAIRMAN

A leading agronomist, Justin has managed large-scale farms on four continents and is a frequent speaker at global Ag conferences.

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Brad Farquhar
Brad Farquhar
SENIOR ADVISOR

Co-founder and CFO of Input Capital Corp., the world's first agriculture streaming company.

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Adam Hanft
Adam Hanft
SENIOR ADVISOR

Adam is an internationally known marketing and branding expert, and the founder and CEO of Hanft Projects, a boutique, special-opps brand strategy fir

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John Simon, Ambassador
John Simon, Ambassador
SENIOR ADVISOR

Served as US Ambassador to the African Union, Special Assistant to the President, and Executive VP of the Overseas Investment Corp.

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