Roger Allen has had three careers… as an IT entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist and philanthropist. His career began from a small Melbourne suburb where he built the Computer Power Group into a substantial global IT business employing over 3,000 people with revenues in today’s dollars of over $1 billion.
Subsequently he co-founded Allen & Buckeridge Pty Ltd, a Venture Capital company with offices in Silicon Valley, CA and Australia which has provided over $300m of much needed capital to over 50 early stage companies, of which 20 derived directly from University research and development. In addition Roger has personally invested in some 20 early stage technology companies.
He served on two Prime Ministers’ Science and Technology Councils and has chaired both Victorian and NSW Government ICT Advisory Boards. He was deputy Chairman of Austrade for 7 years. Roger has been frequently recognised by the Australian and global Industry and in 2011 Roger received an Order of Australia Honour (AM) for his services to the information technology sector through leadership roles, venture capital investment and professional development and in recognition of his support of the Indigenous community and philanthropic interests.