Melissa Clark-Reynolds ONZM is widely recognized as an inspirational role model and business leader. A graduate of the 1992 Global Excellerated Business School™ for Entrepreneurs, she wrote a business plan at the school, started a business in her bedroom and grew it to over $190m in revenue. She sold the company and founded more technology based businesses, going on to become a Professional Director after 25 years of experience in the industry.
In 2015, Melissa was awarded the Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for services to Technology. Forbes Magazine named her as one of ten women founders to watch in London in 2012. Melissa has raised capital in NZ, UK and Europe. She has invested in other startups and is the founder of NZ’s first Tech accelerators.
Passionate about entrepreneurship, Melissa represented NZ at the APEC Forum on encouraging women entrepreneurs. As well as being a judge for EY Entrepreneur of the Year (2000 and 2004) she is also featured in Her Business magazine's Hall of Fame and was named as one of the 150 most powerful women in NZ Business (Unlimited Magazine 2002).
Melissa is now a Governor of Radio NZ, sits on the Boards of Beef and Lamb NZ, Kiwi Insurance, Jasmax and Softed. She serves on a NZ Government committees and is active in philanthropic and not-for-profit ventures. Last year she took a Harvard course with Clayton Christiansen who coined the term “Disruptive Innovation”.