Mr Roger Allen AM is a well-known entrepreneur, venture capitalist and social impact investor whose global career has spanned over 50 years.
Roger helped pioneer the Australian technology industry through the Computer Power Group, one of the first Australian founded tech companies, to scale globally and subsequently IPO. Following its acquisition in 1995, Roger co-founded Allen and Buckeridge Pty Ltd, the originally early stage venture capital firm, raising over $300m to seed and support over 50 start-up companies. After establishing two successor VC firms, Roger retired from the firm in 2007 to focus on his private investment portfolio and social venture projects, where he has been a major early stage investor and mentor.
Roger has served on two Prime Minister’s Science and Technology Councils, chaired State Govermnent ICT Advisory boards, served as deputy Chairman of Austrade for 7 years and adjunct Professor at Swinbourne University and INSEAD school of entrepreneurship in Paris and Singapore. Along with many prestigious industry accolades in 2011, he was awarded the Order of Australia honour for services to IT, venture capital and in recognition of his support of the indigenous community and philanthropic sector.