Ken Olisa OBE – Chairman
Ken has been Non-Executive Chairman of Independent Audit since 2007. A Non-Executive Director of Thomson Reuters, he also runs Restoration Partners, a boutique technology merchant bank.
Ken’s technology career spans over 30 years, commencing with IBM where he held various posts in systems, engineering, sales and marketing, before joining Wang Laboratories in 1981. He has held numerous senior posts with leading technology companies including Senior Vice President and General Manager of Europe, Africa and the Middle East at Wang.
In 1992 Ken founded Interregnum, the technology merchant bank, retiring in 2006. Ken was a Director (and Chair of the Remuneration Committee) of Canada’s largest software developer, Open Text Corporation, for a decade until December 2008 and served as a Director of FTSE 50 ENRC (Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation) from 2008 to 2011. In addition, he serves on the Board of, or is an adviser to, several innovative privately-held companies including Prevx and Metapraxis.
He was named 2009 Sunday Times UK Not for Profit Non-Executive Director of the Year. He is a past winner of the BVCA/Real Deals Private Equity Personality of the Year Award, and he was named in the UK’s Top 10 most influential black men in the Powerlist 2010.
In 2010, he was awarded an OBE for his services to the homeless of London.