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2010 New Zealander of the Year.


Entertaining keynote speaker Sir Ray Avery is a successful Pharmaceutical Scientist, 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 industry. He is a compelling motivational speaker with great stories to share.

Ray is a compelling and entertaining keynote speaker, who would be a great addition to your next function.

Current work

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 is also the Patron of the Non Resident Nepali Association of New Zealand a position previously held by Sir Edmund Hillary and is the chair of the World Class New Zealand advisory committee. In 2011 Ray was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit Knight of the Grand Companion in the New Year Honours for services to philanthropy. Ray's book "Rebel with a Cause" is on its fourth reprint.

Previous experience

Background: After spending his childhood in English orphanages and foster homes, Ray developed an interest in science at the age of 14 while living rough on the streets of London and finding warmth and inspiration in public libraries. He went on to become an award winning scientist and successful businessman and is now an accomplished conference speaker.

However, it is Ray’s groundbreaking work in the developing world that has brought him respect and recognition internationally.

Lens Laboratories: As Technical Advisor to the Fred Hollows Foundation, Ray designed, and commissioned two state of the art Intraocular Lens Laboratories in Nepal and Eritrea. Today, these Laboratories supply 16% of the world’s market for IOL’s and thanks to the innovative lens manufacturing technology invented by Ray Avery, the global cost of Intraocular lenses has decreased to less than $6.00 making modern cataract surgery available to the poorest of the poor.

Healthcare: 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, Project Management and Product Design to tackle big health issues endemic throughout the developing world at a very practical sustainable level.

Medicine Mondiale: 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.

Awards: 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 a low cost 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 and The Blake Leadership Medal 2010.

Sir Ray was a great way to end our conference. His life story is extremely inspirational and he appealed to our very diverse range of attendees - our support staff, farm staff, developers, researchers, scientists - there was something for everyone!! We were also pleased that Ray was able to weave real life experiences into relevance for our attendees - making science practical; the power of observation; customer service (provided to our farmers); partnerships - all tying in with our overall theme of “Foundations for the Future”. DairyNZ

We have had some great feedback, but of course it wouldn't have been so successful without your participation. Our members always get so much from this time they get to share information with their peers and your contribution is hugely appreciated. Some of the comments we had in regard to you were "amazing man", "amazing speaker", "awesome", "what a delightful speaker, WOW!" Speaks for itself really! What more can we say except to thank you once again for entertaining and enthralling our (sometimes hard to please) audience!

Professionals Real Estate Group

Sir Ray gave an exceptional presentation that was thoroughly enjoyed by our delegates. He is a great story teller and had some truly inspirational stories for us.

South Island Dairy Event (SIDE) 2015.
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