For over 20 years, Peter has owned and managed multiple software development companies in the UK, India and New Zealand. As Managing Director of HB Internet Ltd., he helped lead his company to its 1999-2000 recognition as BT 'E-business Solution Provider of the Year' in the UK. In 2001 Peter established his first software development company in India's IT city, Bangalore. Since 2007 he has focused on building the technology platform that is now Pingar. Peter holds an LLB from the University of Liverpool.
Arnold was most recently Managing Partner at Frontier Capital Partners. He has also held a number of senior positions at ABN Amro Bank, including Head of Corporate Development and Head of Merchant Banking. Prior to that he was a Managing Director, Investment Banking for Swiss Bank Corporation. Arnold holds a Doctorate in Economics from Erasmus University, and an MBA in finance from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.
Jacqui has held senior finance and administration roles for the past 15 years in both the UK and New Zealand. She was Finance Director of HB Internet from 1996 – 2003 and has been CAO since Pingar’s inception in 2007.
Jacqui holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from Massey University, New Zealand.
Nigel spent 25 years with the Thomson Organization as Director, Executive Vice President and CFO of the parent company The Thompson Company (now Thomson Reuters) from 1989 – 1999. Since then he has held a number of directorships in private companies, and was Senior Managing Director from 2008 – 2010 at Berkery Noyes, a leading US independent investment bank focused on the information industry.
Rod is a former CFO and CEO of the global telecommunications group Cable & Wireless, and a former non-executive director of Standard Chartered Bank. He has acted as advisor, director and investor in a wide range of businesses in Europe, Asia and Australasia. He is currently based in Hong Kong and is Chairman of Mobilis Networks Limited, a fast-growing New Zealand telecommunications software applications company.
Rod is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington.
Lord Erroll has worked in IT for most of his life.
In Parliament he plays a role in several ICT (information and communication technology) groups, especially those looking at regulatory issues involving communications, the internet, personal identity and government data sharing. He sits on the council of PITCOM (Parliamentary Information Technology Committee) and the board of EURIM (European Information Group). He is Secretary of apComms (All-Party Information Group) and Vice-Chairman of the All-Party Group on Entrepreneurship.
Lord Erroll is a Hereditary Peer in the UK’s House of Lords, where he takes a particular interest in ICT, the environment, the constitution and Scottish matters. He is also High Constable of Scotland.
Professor Witten is a professor of computer science at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.
He directs the New Zealand Digital Library research project. His research interests include information retrieval, machine learning, text compression, and programming by demonstration. He received an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University, England; an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Calgary, Canada; and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Essex University, England. He is a fellow of the ACM and of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He has published widely on digital libraries, machine learning, text compression, hypertext, speech synthesis and signal processing, and computer typography.