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Board of Directors

Candace Kinser Reed


Candace has held a number of senior executive roles in the tech sector including over a decade of experience as a CEO and as a Non-Executive Director on private, not for profit and listed company boards. Her driving passion is helping New Zealand entrepreneurs succeed in business on the world stage.

Candace is currently an Advisor and Director for a number of high growth companies in New Zealand. She is a Director for NZX listed tech company EROAD, global tech recruitment company Talent International, and has served on the boards of Crown entity Quotable Value Ltd, and for family-owned businesses McCashins Brewing and the Superb Herb Company. She has also been on the boards of NZBIO and the NZ Health IT Cluster.

Candace is an Advisor for Palantir Technologies and a Trustee on the Well Foundation for Waitemata DHB. She assists a number of organisations in the government, university, health and tech areas on a volunteer/pro-bono basis. 

Candace was the CEO of the New Zealand Technology Industry Association from 2011 to 2014, representing multinationals, high growth firms, start-ups, government agencies and universities involved in the tech sector of New Zealand.

Prior to NZTECH, Candace was CEO of genetics software start-up Biomatters from 2007 to 2011, winners of the Hi-Tech Emerging Company of the Year for New Zealand and numerous other awards. 

Candace has been named a "Top 10 Female CEO" in New Zealand and was a finalist in the Westpac Women of Influence Awards for Board & Management in 2016.  She founded NZ Women Tech Execs, a national group of C-suite female executives in the tech sector aimed at supporting up and coming women in the industry.
She has degrees in Anthropology & Political Science from the University of Hawaii, a Post Graduate degree in International Business and Masters Degree in Business Management from Massey University in New Zealand. She has advanced qualifications in Bio-Pharma from Rutger's University in New Jersey, Asian Business Risk & Governance from the University of Melbourne in Australia and completed study at MIT on Cybersecurity.

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