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Meet the Booster Innovation Fund team

Booster Innovation Fund (BIF) has a dedicated investment committee and management team. They're focused on building a diverse portfolio of companies across different sectors, business stages and developing technologies.
BIF's investment committee takes advice from its Advisory Board, with experts in early-stage investment.
David Beattie

David Beattie

Chair of the Investment Committee

David is a Principal with the Booster Group and is Chair of the Investment Committee.

He has over 35 years’ experience in investment management and portfolio research, including 16 years at a major Australasian bank where he was responsible for the management of $1.5 billion of managed funds.

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Nic Craven

Chief Investment Officer

Nic has over 15 years' experience in investment analysis

Nic originally joined Booster in 2004 and has held a number of specialist portfolio management and analysis roles, covering fixed interest portfolios, equities, currencies and overall asset allocation. Nic is a CFA Charterholder.

Brendon Doyle

Brendon Doyle

Invesment Committee Member

Brendon brings 30 years of financial markets experience, working in both the private and government sectors.

Brendon has held senior roles with New Zealand Treasury, Westpac Banking Corporation, and the Rural Bank.

Duncan Wylie

Duncan Wylie

Investment Committee Member

Duncan has previously led an internal merger and acquisition team for a major New Zealand entity, was a corporate finance partner at Ernst & Young for 13 years, and was with an international bank for 14 years of which 6 years as New Zealand country manager.

Melissa Yiannoutsos

Melissa Yiannoutsos

Innovation Funds Manager

Melissa has over 20 years’ experience in the investment and science commercialisation sectors. 

Melissa has had technology commercialisation roles in both the public and private sectors. She has held executive and director roles in technology start-up companies, leading strategic growth and capital raising, establishing international sales and negotiating key partnerships.

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Alison Payne

Chief Operating Officer

Alison is the Chief Operating Officer for the Booster Group and has been with Booster since 2007.

Alison has over 20 years’ experience in investment banking and energy markets, focusing on settlement and administration, and also has a strong business analyst background from the various roles she has performed during her career.

Jenny Morel

Jenny Morel

Chair, Advisory Board

Jenny is the Chair of the Advisory Board. Following a number of years in investment banking, Jenny established her own mergers and acquisitions company working with young high growth technology companies with global ambitions.

She then moved into venture capital and during the past 20 years, Jenny has been an investor and director of many early stage businesses, and has developed a strong reputation for her expertise in this specialised area. Jenny is now founder & Managing Director of Morgo, a community of people building technology and other high growth companies going global.

John Selby

John Selby

Advisory Board, Independent Director

John is the Chair of the Manager's Board of Directors, and an independent director. He brings a wealth of experience from his 37-year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, of which 25 years has been as a partner in advisory and assurance.

John has extensive experience across different sectors and has held a number of governance roles in various industries including Wellington UniVentures, the company that supports the commercialisation of innovation developed within Victoria University of Wellington, and NZ Innovation GP Ltd, which is the general partner of NZIB.

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