Richard is NZVIF's Chief Executive. He has held a variety of leadership roles in venture capital and private equity backed opportunities, capital markets and financial technology in Europe, Asia and North America. He has extensive investment banking experience, working in Australian and New Zealand in mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets. He also serves on the boards of Kea NZ, the NZ Rugby Union, Harmoney and the Blues. He has an MBA from Cambridge University and is qualified as a barrister and solicitor, and chartered accountant. Richard is a member of the Institute of Directors New Zealand.
Aaron Tregaskis has been with NZVIF since its inception as the Investment Director overseeing the Venture Capital Fund, including the pre-investment due diligence, post-investment monitoring and fund performance, and risk analysis. Prior to NZVIF, he worked in the international equities markets including managing a discretionary US$50 million listed international equity portfolio, and consulting for UK public and corporate pension funds on equity manager selection and portfolio construction. Aaron has a BCA (Econ) from Victoria University.
Chris Jagger joined NZVIF in 2017 as an Investment Director and has extensive experience in the private equity and growth capital industries globally. Chris has managed private equity portfolios at Sovereign Wealth Funds in New Zealand and Australia. He has
also led healthcare sector coverage and managed a number of high growth investments for private equity and development capital funds in Europe. His background also includes leadership roles in healthcare companies. Chris has BCom and LLB(Hons) degrees from the University of Auckland and an MBA(Hons) from Wharton.
Bridget Unsworth is an Investment Director at NZVIF responsible for providing the management team with key market and analytical information relevant to NZVIF's fund of fund activity. She previously worked in private equity in the United Kingdom and was involved in deal co-ordination, logistics, industry research, deal execution. Bridget has a BPhysEd from Otago University and a BCom from Victoria University.
Molly Yang is an Investment Manager assisting with key market and analytical information relevant to NZVIF's fund of fund activity. She previously worked for US and Chinese private equity and venture capital funds in Shanghai, and for Cure Kids Ventures after moving to New Zealand. She has experience in market research, financial analysis, due diligence, investment execution and post-investment management. Molly has a MAF from Macquaire University in Sydney.
Hattaf is an Investment Analyst supporting the investment team across both the Venture Capital and Seed Co-investment Funds. Hattaf has previously worked in the private equity industry in Dubai and recently at the ecentre, Massey University. He has experience with startup companies in the software and advertising sectors and experience in investment management. Hattaf has a postgraduate degree in Banking & Finance from Massey University.
George is a Investment Analyst providing technical and operational support for both the Venture Capital and Seed investment Funds. George previously worked in Venture Capital in New York at the early-stage venture fund, WME Ventures. He has a Master of Science in Applied Physics from Columbia University, New York, and a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. While studying in the United States, he represented New Zealand on a Fulbright Science and Innovation Scholarship provided by the US government.
Owen is an Investment Analyst providing support to the team for investments made through the Seed Co-Investment Fund. He is a recent graduate of the MBA program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he gained early stage investing experience through an internship with the Carolina Angel Network. Owen previously worked as a Structural Engineer for Beca. He has a Master of Science in Earthquake Engineering from the University of Pavia and a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Auckland.
Sarah Hamilton is responsible for all financial and statutory reporting for the company and the funds. She has extensive accounting experience with large fund management companies in New Zealand. Sarah has a Bcom from Otago University and is a CA with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Ruth is a senior operations manager with over 12 years’ experience in operations and project management. Ruth oversees the day to day operations for NZVIF including Board Secretary. Prior to NZVIF, Ruth has experience in public health workforce development, disability, tertiary education and research. She has been with NZVIF since 2006 and has a PGDipBus(Admin) from Auckland University.
Sue Maher's career spans a wide range of administrative roles, both in New Zealand and overseas. She manages the NZVIF accounts and supplier contracts, as well as sharing administrative duties with the Administration Manager.