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John Cunningham


John is the Executive Director of Ignition Partner Ltd, which negotiates strategic alliance deals internationally and raises capital for New Zealand's high-growth companies. He is Chairman of CLIM Systems Ltd and a Director and shareholder in Resin & Wax Holdings Ltd. He is an expert reviewer for the MBIE and Callaghan Innovation. A chemical engineer with corporate development and Venture Capital experience, John helps companies to commercialise technologies.

John picked up line management and corporate development experience working for Fernz Corporation Ltd for 15 years during its growth phase. Experience included licensing technologies, protecting IP and growth, through internal development and external acquisition. The company expanded in industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals and animal health products to reach sales of $1bn. After Fernz, John set up Caltech Capital Partners, one of the early Venture Capital firms in NZ.

John is a fellow if IChemE, Engineering NZ and a member of IOD. He has an ME in environmental engineering and a DipBIA. He is also a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Scientist. He is a past President of IPENZ.

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