Our Board

WNT Ventures is New Zealand’s leading technology incubator accelerating innovation and global growth of intellectual property to achieve commercial success.

Richard Hughes

Role Independent Chair

Richard Hughes has spent much of his career in the private equity industry in the UK, China, Australia and New Zealand, and has also held roles in emerging market venture capital funds in Africa, Central America and Asia. 

He now advises a number of businesses involved in the broader private equity industry and is a member of the Investment Committee for the Auckland University Business School Entrepreneurs Challenge. 

Richard is a Chartered Accountant and graduated from Cambridge University where he read Engineering.

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