Robert Ashcraft

Investment Director, Samsung Corp.

Role: Associate

Site: CDL-Toronto

Stream: Matter

Robert Ashcraft is an Investment Director at Samsung Ventures (SV), based in Boston. SV is the VC arm of the Samsung Group, with over $2.6B under management from 16 Samsung Group companies and select outside investors. This includes various divisions of Samsung Electronics, Samsung Display, SDI (battery), Samsung Biologics/Bioepis, and Engineering/Construction.

Robert joined Samsung in 2012 as part of the Open Innovation group for the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT). He supported internal technology strategy and external collaboration activities for SAIT until joining Samsung Ventures in 2023. Robert has experience in energy technologies, batteries, quantum computing, and advanced materials, and has a passion for bringing impactful new technologies to reality. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT and a bachelor’s from NC State University. Prior to joining Samsung, Robert was a postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University in Belgium and worked for Exponent as a technical consultant in their Thermal Sciences practice.