Sir Ray Avery
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. However, it is Ray’s groundbreaking work in the developing world that has brought him respect and recognition internationally.
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.
His work has been recognised by his peers and he has received numerous awards including New Zealander of the year 2010 and The Blake Leadership Medal in 2010. 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.