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Syft Technologies Employee Share Scheme Terms:
Employee Share Scheme Terms

Investor Information Memorandum presented by Doug Hastie:
Syft Information Memorandum

Research Paper by Andrew Mortimer:
Syft Technologies – Waking up and smelling the roses



Board & Management

Alan Monro


Al has extensive governance and business experience. He currently sits on the Boards of 3 high-tech companies, as Chair of Foster Moore (business registries, including the NZ Companies Office), Chair of Spidertracks (rotary and fixed wing aircraft tracking) and Chair of eStar (eCommerce). He is a past Director of Callaghan Innovation, the New Zealand Government crown entity responsible for growing the R&D investment of New Zealand’s high value manufacturing and services companies and administering R&D grants. He was Chair of the Grants Committee and was also on the Audit and Risk Committee of Callaghan Innovation.  He is also a past Trustee of the New Zealand Hi-Tech Trust.

Al Monro is also Chairman of the Board and a shareholder of Wanaka-based Tarras Cherry Corporation, an orchard holding company with a 35-hectare, 24,000 tree orchard in the Ardgour Valley.

His business experience includes 18 years at IBM (National Sales Manager on departure) and having been Chief Executive of optical touch screen company NextWindow from start-up in 2002 until acquisition by NASDAQ-listed Smart Technologies in 2011. During that period the business grew from two employees and no revenue to in excess of 140 staff and US$46m in sales.

Since leaving Smart Technologies in late 2011, Al has been working with expansion-stage technology companies as an advisor and/or director helping them put strategies in place to grow globally.

Al and his wife Andrea have lived in Wanaka since 2017.

Al holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Canterbury University.


Doug Hastie

Managing Director

Doug completed his honours degree in Engineering from the University of Auckland in 1988 and an MBA from Yale University in 2000. He completed Engineering projects on the Channel Tunnel in the UK, Disneyland Paris and various Burger Kings in New Zealand.

He worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York and in Private Equity for Stonebridge Partners in New York. Since returning to New Zealand Doug created the Chanui Tea & Biscuit Brand.

Since joining Syft in 2012, Doug has been instrumental in commercialising the fantastic technology developed here at Syft and putting us on the map.


Board & Management

Michael Bushell

Non Executive Director

Michael and his family are foundation Shareholders of Syft. Michael has worked in Corporate and Commercial banking and finance for 37 years, the last 13 as a partner in a private finance company specialising in working capital – Pacific Invoice Finance which supported Syft financially up until 31 March 2013.

Michael was part of an independent advisory board to Syft set up in April 2011 and has been involved regularly with Syft and its board on an on-going basis. As part of that role Michael travelled to Europe, USA and Asia initially to meet with Syft’s key Staff, Distributors and Clients.

Desh Edirisuriya

Non Executive Director

Desh has a high level of expertise in R&D, manufacturing operations, quality management systems and business improvement methodologies, a skill set very relevant to Syft’s specialist manufacturing demands. He knows the company well having acted as a consultant in recent times. Desh will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table and as the pace of instrument production continues to grow his skill set will be highly valuable to Syft. Desh currently serves as the General Manager Business Excellence for Fisher and Paykel Healthcare.