Robert Murray

Fellow - Program on National Security

Research Areas:

Technology, Security, Cyber warfare, Digital content, International and mobile payments

Robert Murray, a Fellow in the Program in National Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in technology, security, digital content and international and mobile payments. He is a former investment banker with Lehman Brothers, where he helped raise over $25 billion in international private equity and high yield capital for a variety of governments, financial sponsors and their portfolio firms.

Following Lehman, Bob became an entrepreneur, starting and successfully exiting a multimedia company serving hospital systems and founding StyleMatters, an ongoing enterprise content development and operations management firm based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that serves a global client base.

In 2014, Bob founded TerraNet Ventures, a company focused on investing in and partnering with entrepreneurs in emerging markets to crowdsource research and services for international clients. TerraNet also serves several private equity firms and investment banks, helping them identify and develop investment opportunities around the globe, primarily in areas of transportation, technology and security.

Bob served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force as an interim Defense Attaché in several countries across in francophone West Africa. Bob’s career in the Air Force also included serving in operational positions in Afghanistan, formulating national strategy and policy at the Pentagon, and leading various initiatives in cyber warfare.

Bob holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Strategic Studies from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University. He has lectured on entrepreneurship and international business topics at the University of Pennsylvania.