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John Lazar CBE FREng (South Africa-at-Large & Balliol 1983) recently stepped down as Chairman of Metaswitch Networks, a leading provider of communications software. He joined Metaswitch in 1987 as a software engineer, and worked across the full range of software design and engineering, customer support, product strategy and revenue generation - culminating in promotion to Chief Executive Officer, and then Chairman. John is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and serves on the Academy’s International Committee. He is also a Fellow of the BCS (the UK’s chartered institute for IT). He was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to engineering in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2016. He is an active angel investor and technology start-up mentor. He also sits on the board of What3Words and KindLink, as well as the non-profit organisations Techfortrade, Technology Trust and Starfish Greathearts Foundation. John graduated from the University of Oxford with an MSc in Computation and a DPhil in Politics, having completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

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