Mitchell Pham, ONZM
Mitchell Pham is a Vietnamese-Kiwi technology business and social entrepreneur who originally arrived in New Zealand as a refugee at the age of 13. Today, he is a director of the Augen Software Group in New Zealand since 1993 and in Vietnam since 2005, and cofounder of the Kiwi Connection Tech Hub - a platform for NZ technology businesses to accelerate presence & engagement in South East Asia since 2016.
Mr. Pham chaired NZTech and cofounded and launched several industry networks and collaborations including NZ Digital Health Association (formerly NZ Health IT Cluster), FinTechNZ, InsurTechNZ, WealthTechNZ, AgriTechNZ, EdTechNZ, ANZBC, NZ ASEAN Business Alliance (ABA), and champions the technology industry's roles in Digital Inclusion and Environmental Sustainability or ESG (Environment-Social-Governance). As Chair of the Digital Council, he contributed to the government’s Digital Strategy for Aotearoa New Zealand.
Mitchell is Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the University of Auckland. He is recognised internationally as a World Class New Zealander by KEA, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, an Asia 21 Fellow and Global Council Member of the Asia Society, and a Fellow of CPA Australia.
In the 2023 New Zealand New Years Honours, Mitchell was appointed as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in recognition of his services to the technology sector and New Zealand-Asia relations.