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Kiwi Landing Pad Team

Sian Simpson

Director of Community and Content

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Sian Simpson

Director of Community and Content

sian@klp.org.nz

Sian is passionate about the internet, a community builder, marketer and online video expert. She has spent the last 5 years working for high growth NZ tech companies implementing and managing their online strategies, growing their communities, creating and curating content across multiple platforms.

Sian operates the Kiwi Landing Pad globally as the sole employee, supporting the board and Chairman/Co-Founder (John Holt); working closely together to achieve the KLP 20 year mission which is to make a meaningful impact on the New Zealand Technology and Innovation Community. Currently we are 8 years in.

Sian oversees the full program of works which covers all aspects of Community, Content, Marketing, Operations and Program Delivery.

We work on the core pillars of providing our community with Networks, Information and Access. Our community is going on 4,000 strong with members in over 32 countries around the world.

We have an exciting mission to take New Zealand technology to the world, and help make New Zealand a world class place to live where Kiwi's thrive in business, life and environment.

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John Holt

Chairman Wellington

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John Holt

Chairman Wellington

john@klp.org.nz

John is a serial entrepreneur passionate about Technology, Innovation and New Zealand. Based in Wellington New Zealand, John has worked as a senior executive in multinational corporations Xerox, HP, IBM and ANZ Banking Group and now focuses on internet based technologies and commercialisation opportunities.

In 2006 he co founded Sonar6 an HR Technology company which he was CEO and Director of until 2012 when the company was acquired by NASDAQ listed company Cornerstone on Demand.

John acts an advisor and part time executive for a number of tech companies in New Zealand and San Francisco and is a Director of Generator, Kiwi Landing Pad and Technology and Innovations New Zealand.

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Sam Morgan

Board Director

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Sam Morgan

Board Director

Sam started his career at Deloitte Consulting and is best known for founding online auction website Trade Me which, in 2006, sold for $750 million. Sam also built successful online dating and friend reuniting businesses in New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

Sam serves on the Board of Directors at Xero, VisFleet and Fairfax Media Limited. Sam is an active investor and philanthropist through Jasmine Investment Holdings Limited.

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Phil McCaw

Board Director

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Phil McCaw

Board Director

Phil is the Managing Partner of MOVAC and a cornerstone investor in all the MOVAC Funds. He was a founding partner of MOVAC, and one of the first investors in Trade Me. He has at times been director, chairman and chief executive of different MOVAC-backed ventures, and is currently Chair of IndieReign, Kaynemaile, and a Director of Mesynthes,BIMStop and Crema Capital.

Phil is also the past Chair of the Angel Association New Zealand. Prior to MOVAC, he served a 10 year apprenticeship with Deloitte Consulting in New Zealand and the United States. He was awarded a Senior Scholarship from Massey University and has a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in Accounting & Finance and Information Systems.

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Craig Elliott

Board Director

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Craig Elliott

Board Director

With over 25 years of experience in networking and communications, Craig is an international leader in technology with a long history of working with great companies that do great things. Craig is currently Co-founder & CEO of Pertino where he is working to reinvent networking for the cloud era.

In addition to his current role, Craig serves on the Board of Directors of Global Vet Link and Xero and as a Strategic Advisor to the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise agency. Craig is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand and a Council Member for the Yosemite Conservancy. Craig is also the author of several top-selling books in computer science, home automation and automobile racing.

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Simon Holdsworth

Board Director

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Simon Holdsworth

Board Director

Simon is the CEO of Evander Management, the private holding and investment company of the Holdsworth family. He is a director of IT services company Datacom and actively supports the New Zealand technology scene through venture investment and support of ecosystem initiatives such as Kiwi Landing Pad and Lightning Lab.

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David Downs

NZTE

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