Michael joined Syngenta Ventures in 2013 and is based in Switzerland. He serves as a director on the boards of Brandtone and PGT.
Prior to this, Michael worked in VC and PE recruitment in London (with PER), and with Unilever’s Corporate Venturing Group in both California and London.
Earlier in his career he was a bench scientist in both academia (postdoctoral insect research at the University of London) and industry (with Unilever in Holland, developing novel edible oils).
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Michael holds life science degrees (Bachelor’s and Doctorate) from the University of Durham, and an MBA from RSM Erasmus in Holland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, and has published over thirty papers, predominantly in the fields of insect enzymes and peptide hormones.
Michael is a member of Kauffman Fellows Class 10 and served his fellowship under mentors Dion Madsen and Phil Giesler at Unilever Technology Ventures.