Dr. Brigid O’Brien is a technologist and investor. She serves as the Head of Venture Investment for BHP Ventures.
BHP Ventures is the internal venture capital unit within BHP, a leading global resources company. Through its investment activities, BHP Ventures seeks to solve critical global challenges, particularly in relation to decarbonization and sustainable resource extraction. Brigid is responsible for identifying, investing, and guiding a portfolio of game-changing, start-up technology investments. Prior to BHP, Brigid was at In-Q-Tel (IQT), a not-for-profit strategic investor that accelerates the development and delivery of cutting-edge technologies to the United States, United Kingdom, and Australian governments. She co-founded IQT's Australian subsidiary, served as its Managing Director, and built an international program to support a global innovation initiative. Brigid's passion has been helping organizations transform experience and operations with cutting edge technology and has spent her career traveling the world deploying technologies to help solve hard problems. She earned her bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Commonwealth Honors College and holds a doctorate in Materials Science from Johns Hopkins University.