Fady Mishriki is a globally-recognised entrepreneur and innovator, most widely known as the founder of wireless charging technology company, PowerbyProxi.
Born the eldest of four children to Coptic Egyptian parents on the Island of Bahrain, Fady’s fascination with electricity started at a young age, when he famously cut through an extension lead with a pair of scissors to try and make the power jump through the air. Fortunately, he lived to tell the tale but it certainly created a drive for him to rid the world of power cables.
Fady immigrated to New Zealand in 1998, and it was then, while completing his final years of schooling, that he met his future PowerbyProxi partner, Kunal Bhargava. Later, while completing his studies at the University of Auckland, he met leading pioneers in wireless power, Prof. John Boys, Prof. Patrick Hu, and others, who infected him further with a passion for the technology.
He founded PowerbyProxi in 2007, with a mission to design and develop safe, high efficiency and high- density wireless power products – and was soon joined by Kunal. Under Fady’s pioneering stewardship the company quickly grew to become a world leader as the largest wireless power firm globally by revenue, and with over 500 patents to its name. In 2017, Apple acquired the company.
Now in the role of Managing Director at Apple’s Auckland Technology Centre, Fady continues to make a significant contribution to current and future technology.
In addition to his work with PowerbyProxi and Apple, Fady has served on the international board of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) since 2013. WPC is the organisation behind Qi (the equivalent of Bluetooth or Wifi, but for electricity) which enables wireless charging.
Beyond this, Fady’s commitment to foster the next generation of Kiwi innovators and entrepreneurs has seen him maintain an ongoing involvement with a number of initiatives with the University of Auckland – including both the Engineering Dean’s Leadership Program and the Velocity Challenge (Business School) and was recently inducted into the Chancellor’s Circle.
Watch Fady Mishriki accept his award here.