Venky Kannan

Venky is a Venture Associate with Matū, particularly supporting capital raising activities. Originally hailing from India, Venky moved to New Zealand in 2014 after living in Dubai for 20 years.

His work as a lighting designer took him to over fourty countries over 30 years. Travel and living in some of these countries for long periods of time has helped him understand different cultures and ways to conduct business, in addition to building extensive knowledge in the lighting and construction industries. He has run a successful lighting design firm in New Zealand catering to both indoor and outdoor architectural projects.

He is an active member of Rotary, and has been involved in many social projects including setting up a library in Timor Leste, delivering biodegradable sanitary napkins in Tonga, eradicating sand flies in the Cook Islands, furnishing libraries in Fiji, and providing welcome packs to mental health wards in New Zealand hospitals. Venky now lives in Auckland with his wife and two sons.