Jennifer McFarlane

Jennifer McFarlane

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Jennifer McFarlane has over 25 years of experience as an executive in finance, management and investment banking. She has most recently focused on global venture backed tech-based companies where, as CFO, she has led strategic planning, developed innovative business models, raised capital; and scaled financial/HR systems to enable rapid growth. Currently, Jennifer is a Board Member of BioGill, an Australian water technology company, an Advisory Board Member of PowWow Energy, and a Board Member of the Pacific Institute based in California.  She is also an advisor to several early-stage clean tech and impact companies on strategy, financing and operations.

Jennifer has held CFO positions at multiple private companies including Zyomyx (med-tech), LanzaTech (biofuel), ClearSpot Energy (solar), as well as at a public Australian company, Southern Pacific Petroleum (energy technology).  In addition, she spent two years in the non-profit sector as CEO of Astia, an accelerator for women-led high growth companies. Jennifer started her career in international investment banking at Salomon Brothers (now Citigroup) and has advised various emerging market governments on privatization. In total, she has assisted in raising over $600M for early-stage companies and has closed approximately fifteen M&A transactions.

Jennifer has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a BSc (Biochemistry) and LLB (Law Degree) from the University of New South Wales, Australia. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Prime Minister of Australia.

What first made you excited to get involved with Benetech?

Benetech has been a pioneer in using IT to scale impact for underserved communities and has already developed numerous technologies that have had a global reach.

Based on your experience, what is the significance of technology in driving social progress?

One of the biggest challenges in achieving social progress is scaling resources. As IT is readily scaled and at minimum cost, it is a key solution to address this challenge. As importantly, IT has proven invaluable in increasing transparency and communication on social issues.