Robert Murray

Fellow - National Security Program

Research Areas:

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

Bob Murray, a Fellow in the Program in National Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, brings extensive experience in technology, cybersecurity, digital content and international and mobile payments. Bob 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 was a successful entrepreneur, starting and successfully exiting several technology companies in healthcare, data analytics, cybersecurity and blockchain.

In 2014, Bob founded Terranet Ventures, a seed venture capital company investing in cybersecurity, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and other technology firms in the U.S. and internationally. Over the past several years, Bob built Terranet into a successful investment platform supported by a robust cyber research and due diligence practice, a cryptocurrency trading operation, and a strategic advisory service serving portfolio companies and other organizations interested in acquiring, developing and managing technology assets.

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, Temple University and other institutions.

Recent Talks:

  • “Cryptocurrency and Cybersecurity” Marymount University, Washington, DC, 2021
  • “The Digital Yuan and Central Bank Digital Currencies” Business Executives for National Security (BENS), New York, NY, 2021
  • “Great Power Competition Speak Series: The emerging Digital Yuan” – Mitre Corporation (virtual), 2020
  • “The State of Cybersecurity in the US” – Iron Hill Charity Annual Forum, Princeton, NJ, 2019
  • “Cyber Security Regulations Forum” – Penn Law School, Philadelphia, PA, 2019
  • “The State of the Private Equity Market” – Wuhan Normal University, Wuhan, China, 2016