Our Team

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Brent Ogilvie, BSc. (Bio.), MBA, CFIP, MInstD

Managing Director

Brent Ogilvie is co-founder and Managing Director of Pacific Channel. Through Pacific Channel's activities, Mr. Ogilvie serves as Director of:

  • Engender Technologies Limited
  • Breathe Easy Limited
  • Living Green Group Limited
  • Pheromite Limited
  • Vortex Power Systems Limited

Mr Ogilvie was also previously Director of:

  • Somnaceutics Limited, which successfully developed and sold the intellectual property of a sleep-enhancement tonic and its other business assets to an NZX-listed company;
  • Ecodiesel Limited, a biodiesel technology company that sold its business assets to Z Energy.
  • D'Arcy Polychrome Lmited, which sold its assets to Drikolor Inc
  • SciTOX Limited, which sold its assets to CertusBIO Limited
  • Footfalls and Heartbeats, which is commercialising a process for designing & manufacturing textiles where the textile itself can perform a sensory function; and

He is a Council Member of the Angel Association of New Zealand.

Prior to founding Pacific Channel, Mr Ogilvie was New Zealand Consul & Trade Commissioner to New York. He was formerly an industrial product manager for a global corporation and an advisor to New Zealand start-ups.

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Blair Pritchard, BA. (Econ), LLB, GAICD

Consultant

Blair Pritchard was previously a Partner at Pacific Channel but is still involved in an advisory capacity. He is now based in Sydney, where he is a director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). At the CEFC, he is responsible for increasing the innovative and early stage investing activities. This includes pioneering new investment programs designed to promote clean energy innovation, investing directly in early stage companies, and advising such companies on growth strategies.

Blair was the Chief Investment Officer of My Angel Investment, an equity crowdfunding platform as well as the CFO of Phoenix Water, a Melbourne based water technology company

Blair has also worked at Macquarie, where he ran a team making principal investments in early stage clean-tech and environmental companies as part of the Macquarie Group. This role included setting up/acquiring early stage companies and remaining actively involved in their ongoing management including Board representation. The business reached profitability after two years.

Prior to that he acted as Chief Investment Officer of a $7bn funds management unit within Macquarie. Earlier in his career, Blair worked as an investment analyst for Mercer Investment Consulting, performing asset-liability modelling for Australian pension funds.

Blair’s areas of interest include financial structuring and product development cycles in early stage companies. He has law and economics degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Kieran Jina, MSc (Hons), MBioEnt (Hons)

Senior Associate

Kieran Jina has experience in assessing investment opportunities, assisting and managing early stage life-science and engineering based ventures from conceptualisation, through to becoming investment ready. Mr Jina manages the development and commercialisation programmes of early stage ventures. Since joining Pacific Channel in May 2015, Mr Jina has held a range of operational and analytical roles in Pacific Channel’s portfolio companies to facilitate their growth and investment, including as Operations Manager for Engender Technologies, Pheromite and Orbis Diagnostics.

Mr Jina’s principal interest is in technology commercialisation, especially opportunity analysis and intellectual property strategy. Mr Jina has experience in performing initial due diligence review of life science technologies for investment, including technical review, assessment of technology development plans, analysis of competing technologies and review of market potential.

Prior to joining Pacific Channel, Mr Jina was the Market Analyst at Aroa Biosurgery, a NZ-based reconstructive surgery medical device company, which was named the 12th fastest growing company in NZ by the Deloitte Fast 50.

Mr Jina holds a MSc (Hons) (Biomedical Science), investigating reproductive immunology, and MBioEnt (Hons) (Bioscience Enterprise), investigating value drivers for medical devices, from The University of Auckland.

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Lachlan Nixon, LLB, BMus

Associate

Lachlan Nixon provides business development, commercial and investment readiness assistance to Pacific Channel’s clients and portfolio companies.

His principal focus is on capital raising and M&A. In addition, Lachlan undertakes monitoring and oversight of our portfolio. He also provides business development, commercial, corporate governance and statutory compliance support to our companies. He is involved in evaluating and assessing investment opportunities, intellectual property strategy, commercialization strategy and market validation.

Lachlan has a genuine passion for helping early stage and high growth New Zealand companies. He is a qualified, capable addition to the Pacific Channel team and has added great value to our work with entrepreneurs, investors and corporate acquirers.

Lachlan holds a law degree and is an admitted Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

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Dr Tina Tian, MD, LLM

Investment and Legal Officer

Tina Tian was appointed as part of our growing focus on Chinese networks and serves as our Investment and Legal Officer. Tina has Bachelor of Clinical Medicine from a Chinese University and worked as a doctor in a Chinese Hospital for five years. She also has a Master of Laws, with a focus on Chinese Financial Law, and has previously worked as the in-house Legal Counsel for a large Chinese corporate for 11 years. 

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Michelle Wang, BBS

Public and Investment Relationship Manager

Michelle Wang joined the team as a Public and Investment Relationship Manager. Michelle has a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University. Following her studies, Michelle started her career at the Shanghai Headquarter of Donghai Securities, one of the major financial services companies in China. In her six years at Donghai, Michelle specialised in foreign operations establishment and investment relationship management. Michelle also worked with a large Chinese agri-feed additive venture for three years. Her experiences provided deep understanding of both the financial and agricultural industry as well as extensive networks and resources in these areas in China. Michelle has already provided great value to Pacific Channel and our comapanies

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Tony Wang, BE, MBA

Associate

Tony Wang holds a Bachelors degree in Communication and Information Engineering as well as an Masters in Business Administration.

Prior to Pacific Channel, Tony worked at a large Chinese state-owned coal company for almost a decade. Tony was in charge of overseeing the senior management and supervisory boards of the subsidiaries within the Coal Group. Tony managed the corporate governance, and daily operations of these subsidiary bodies.

Tony has experience helping with the listing of small to medium enterprises on the China National Equities Exchange. This provided Tony with rich experience in mergers and acquisitions.

Now Tony focuses on Pacific Channel’s network development in China, exploring opportunities for capital raising and M&A for our portfolio companies and clients

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Lisa Li, BBA

International Trade Manager (Scientific Products)

Lisa Li has a Bachelor degree in Administrative Management from HuaDong Science University in China. In addition, she also obtained a Level 7 Business Management certificate from Queen Academic School in New Zealand. Before joining Pacific Channel, Lisa has over ten years of experiences in administration management and customer service experiences in a large Chinese International Corporation based in Shanghai. Currently, she is leading our relationships with Chinese corporations for investment and acquisition of NZ technology companies.

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Yan Li

International Trade Manager (Consumer Products)

Yan Li has joined the team as an International Trade Manager (Consumer Products). Yan Li started her career at an airline company for 8 years. Following that, she worked at Amway for 15 years. Starting at entry level, Yan Li eventually became Amway's Marketing Director for China. She has extensive experience in market development and management. Yan Li has almost two decades of sales experience in China. This allows her to effectively promote New Zealand companies in China, securing opportunities for product sales, investment and divestment.

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Henry Huang, BSc, MBioEnt

Analyst

Henry Huang supports the Chinese business development, networking and communication of Pacific Channel’s clients and portfolio companies. He is also involved in technology review and market validation of new investment opportunities.

Henry is passionate about bridging the gap between science and business, as well as connecting the high-technology industry between New Zealand and China.

Henry holds a Master of Bioscience Enterprise from the University of Auckland. Through this programme, Henry assisted Engender Technologies to examine the networking process of internationalising technology start-ups in New Zealand, particularly on how new ventures can overcome entry barriers in China. Henry completed a thesis detailing his research and findings. Henry also holds a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Auckland. Henry has strong interests in neurobiology and genetics.

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Perzaan Mehta, BE(Hons)

Analyst

Perzaan Mehta is responsible for the due diligence, technical and market analysis and valuations of engineering based ventures. He works closely Pacific Channel’s investee companies in their early formation to develop an R&D programme and long term business strategies. Perzaan has a keen interest in renewable energy technologies and artificial intelligence and has previous operations management experience in a multinational engineering firm. He holds a degree in Mechatronics engineering and is currently completing his second-degree in finance and economics from the University of Auckland.