Founder and CEO of Medicine Mondiale (New Zealand)
Sir Ray Avery GNZM is a successful Scientist, Author, inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist and start up Investor.
Ray is an internationally recognised charismatic and entertaining public speaker who challenges everyone to “Dream Big” and develop game changing disruptive thinking strategies.
A former street kid Ray went on to become an internationally recognised scientist and entrepreneur and Knight of the realm.
A founding member of the Auckland University School of Medicine, Department of Clinical Pharmacology and former Technical Director of Douglas Pharmaceuticals who, over the past thirty years, has made a major contribution in the development of New Zealand’s Pharmaceutical and Medical device Industry.
Sir Ray uses disruptive technology and thinking to develop game changing businesses provides companies with the tools to create a culture of innovation.
Working throughout Africa and Asia and exposed to the raw and real shortcomings in healthcare, Ray was determined to use his knowledge of Pharmaceuticals, Science and Product Design to tackle big health issues endemic throughout the developing world at a very practical sustainable level.
In 2003, Ray founded Medicine Mondiale and using his contacts, and charisma he enlists the help of other scientists, and social entrepreneurs to work with him.
Today, an International network of scientists, technologists together with New Zealand companies and Nobel Laureates’ support him and somehow everyone finds themselves donating their time and knowledge for free and they are rewarded by making a difference.
Ray has also invented the Acuset IV Flow Controller which was a finalist in the 2008, Saatchi & Saatchi World Changing Ideas Award, and Proteinforte a revolutionary treatment for Protein Energy Malnutrition and the low cost Lifepod infant incubator specifically designed for use in the developing world.
His work has been recognised by his peers and he has received numerous awards including a Rotary Paul Harris Medal, The Bayer Research and Development Innovator Award 2008, World Class New Zealand Award for Biotechnology 2009,TBWA Disruption Award 2010,Kiwi Bank New Zealander of the year 2010.The Blake Leadership Medal 2010 The Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur Award 2011.
Ray is also the Patron of the Non Resident Nepali Association of New Zealand a position previously held by Sir Edmond Hilary.
In January 2011 Ray was appointed a Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand order of Merit which is the highest order of the New Zealand Knighthood honors.