YiA Judges

Vaughan Fergusson

Founder of The Pam Fergusson Charitable Trust

Vaughan Fergusson (previously Rowsell) is the founder of Vend, a New Zealand high-growth tech success story, and founder and trustee of The Pam Fergusson Charitable Trust running initiatives like OMGTech!, Mana Tangata and Voluntarily to help teach innovation and technology to kids of all ages and backgrounds.

He was EY's Tech Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 and is now Chairperson of Judges for the NZ Entrepreneur of the Year programme. He is also the vice-chair of the NZ Hi-Tech Trust celebrating the NZ hi-tech industry through awards and education.

Every year Vaughan does an impossible challenge, something to take him out of his comfort zone, like running 1,000km, learning to sing to get a paid gig in front of 100 people or cycling around the world in 80 days