Engineering and Physical Sciences
Kieran Furlong is the D2P representative for Engineering and Physical Sciences. He joined the University of Wisconsin in 2019 following a career that spanned venture capital, start-ups and the international chemical industry. Most recently Kieran headed the Finistere Ventures E.U. office, which he opened in 2017 in Dublin, Ireland and was Partner for the Ireland Agtech Fund. Kieran remains a Venture Partner with Finistere, a leading agtech venture capital firm based in California. Kieran started his career with the global chemical firm, ICI, and spent a decade in the catalyst industry with ICI and Johnson Matthey in a range of technical and commercial roles across the globe. Following his career in the chemical industry, Kieran entered the world of start-ups. He first worked at Solzyme – an algae biotechnology company – building the company’s manufacturing supply chain and launching its first commercial product. Kieran then led the business development at Virent – a University of Wisconsin spin-out – including a successful partnership with The Coca-Cola Company in the development of the first commercial 100% bio-based PET bottle. Kieran has a degree in Chemical Engineering from University College Dublin, Ireland and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.