Michael Dean

Michael Dean

Co-Founder/Chief Investment Officer, AgFunder

Michael is the co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at AgFunder, a San Francisco based online investment platform for global agriculture and food technology.

Michael has over 20 years of legal, business management and project development experience. He leads the AgFunder investment team and oversees all deal identification, origination and execution on the AgFunder platform. A seasoned agriculture investor and operator, prior to starting AgFunder, Michael founded and operated SeedRock Africa Agriculture, an African agribusiness. He managed all development activities in West Africa including the implementation of farming operations; the construction of the company’s edible oil processing facility; the launch of the “Africa Gold” sunflower oil brand and the granting of official government leaseholds to over 43,000 hectares of agricultural land.

A qualified lawyer, Michael previously advised many of Australia’s largest investment corporations on the acquisition and development aspects of their property, agribusiness, resources, renewable energy, construction and associated investment activities. He has substantial experience of large-scale projects incorporating complex development and structuring issues.  Michael is a regular speaker on food and agriculture technology investing at various global conferences, and sits on the advisory board of the UK based World Agri-Tech Investment Summit. He holds an LLB, and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Sydney.