Kiersten Stead

Kiersten Stead

Investment Director at Monsanto Growth Ventures

Startupbootcamp FoodTech Rome Mentor

Dr. Kiersten Stead is an Investment Director at Monsanto Growth Ventures.  Monsanto is a leading global, agricultural company providing products to growers worldwide.  Monsanto Growth Ventures is the Venture Capital arm of Monsanto; through investment and partnership, MGV encourages entrepreneurs and innovative start-up companies, to take on the challenge of a more sustainable future for world food production.   Dr. Stead has over 15 years of experience in the Ag & Biotechnology space. Prior to joining MGV, Kiersten was on the Burrill & Company Venture Team which invested broadly in Life Sciences and Industrial Biotechnology.

Previously, Kiersten was a Management Consultant specialized in early stage company development in nanotechnology, agriculture and materials engineering.  She was a Research Associate in Genetics & Molecular Biology at the University of Alberta and at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.  She holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology & Genetics.  In addition, she also holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Alberta, where she attended as the AHFMR ForeFront Scholar.  Kiersten is currently on the Board of Plant Response Biotech, VitalFields, Understory Weather (O) and Blue River Technology (O). She is also a member of the Investment Committee of Genome Canada GAAP, The Keystone Symposia Scientific Advisory Board, and the EULC, a sport-not-for-profit.