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Oxford Foundry Advisory Board members.

Academic steering committee


Our Academic Steering Committee is made up of senior representatives drawn from divisions and departments of the University of Oxford.

  • Chas Bountra, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Innovation - Chair of OXFO Academic Steering Committee
  • Peter Tufano, Peter Moores Dean, Saïd Business School - Vice-Chair of OXFO Academic Steering Committee
  • Sarah Whatmore, Head of the Social Sciences Division 
  • Martin Williams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education
  • Miles Young, Warden of New College, Chair of the Conference of Colleges
  • Matthew Wood, Deputy Head, Medical Sciences Division
  • Dermot O'Hare, MPLS Associate Head (Industrial liaison and innovation)
  • Karen O'Brien, Head of the Humanities Division
  • Mohamed Amersi, Chair, The Amersi Foundation 
  • Mark Evans, Partner, Kindred Capital - external member 
  • Matt Perkins, CEO, Oxford University Innovation
  • Jim Wilkinson, CFO, Oxford Sciences Innovation
  • Stephen Conway, Director of Research Services 



“Government, business and civil society all have roles to play in building a safer, more inclusive and prosperous world. But universities have an equally important role, in connecting and empowering their talented students and academics to approach challenges with an entrepreneurial mindset, to build viable commercial ventures, and positively shape our societies. The Oxford Foundry’s impact is global, and we are so proud to support it!”

Mohamed Amersi, The Amersi Foundation

“Being an entrepreneur means being able to think differently, act boldly and develop new ideas into successful businesses. By encouraging University of Oxford students to develop a creative mindset, and giving them the space and resources to explore their entrepreneurial ideas, the Foundry is empowering the leaders of tomorrow.”

Alexsis de Raadt St James, Managing Partner, Merian Ventures

“Equipping young people with an understanding of new technologies such as AI and machine learning, and ensuring that they understand the ethical, social and economic implications of these, is incredibly important. The Foundry provides practical support to Oxford students through its programmes, ensuring that they have the skills and the ability to effect strong social impact as they develop into global leaders in their field.”

Jørn Lyseggen, Founder and CEO, Meltwater

“The Oxford Foundry is a powerful catalyst: it is uniquely placed to draw in the inherent curiosity and talent of Oxford’s students and academics, and to combine this with its strong networks, resources and opportunities to translate it into real, commercial and societal value.“

Toby Coppel, Co-founder, Mosaic Ventures

“Entrepreneurs often find themselves charting new territories, and that can be both terrifying and lonely. But a facility like the Foundry, that brings diverse people together, offers practical support
and encourages fearlessness, it’s a tremendous gift that will yield greater outcomes for everyone.”

Pete Flint, Co-founder, Trulia and Managing Partner, NFX

“Effective entrepreneurship is a fundamentally multidisciplinary endeavor, and nobody does this better than the Oxford Foundry. The environment is perfect for bringing together people with farranging backgrounds, disciplines, and approaches, and focusing them on solving real-world problems. I’ve been inspired by every visit to the Foundry and am thrilled to be part of its evolving story.”

Phil Libin, Co-founder, Evernote and All Turtles