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NZGDA names new board

The newly-elected NZGDA board includes studio managers, indie developers, students, programmers, designers, lawyers, marketers, serious games developers and is a pretty diverse bunch this year.

NZGDA Board members

NZGDA board members
(top row, from left): Danu Abeysuriya, Joe Chang, James Everett, Stephen Knightly (chair)
(bottom row (from left): Farah Khalaf, Ben Kenobi, Edwin Lim, Mario Wynands

Four members of last year’s NZGDA board return, ensuring continuity and delivering experience. Lawyer Edwin Lim and PikPok founder/CEO Mario Wynands will continue to serve. Stepping down from the position of Chair, but remaining a board member is Ben Kenobi. Former Chair and departing Secretary Stephen Knightly again takes on the organisation’s Chair role.

New to this year’s board are founder of Danu Abeysuriya, Joe Chang, James Everett and Farah Khalaf.

Abeysuriya is founder and CEO of Rush Digital, which creates all manner of digital experiences. Last year Chang won the NZGDA’s inaugural Gamestarter pitch with Phantasmal, which is now on early access on Steam. Game designer James Everett began his career in Canada, worked with PikPok for a while, and is now with Magic Leap. Completing the new member line-up is AUT student Farah Khalaf.

The new board was elected at the NZGDA AGM on Wednesday (5 August) in Auckland.

High on the agenda for the new board will be to complete the planning and execution of this year’s NZ Game Developers Conference, for which programme announcements are imminent, and which will run 10 – 11 September in Auckland.

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