New Zealand

Mohammed Hikmet, Executive Chairman, HMI Technologies Ltd.

Mohammed Hikmet fled war-torn Iraq in 1996 to start a new life in New Zealand. He went back to school to earn a degree in Electronic Engineering, delivering pizzas to support his family. Mohammed had a feeling that computers were the future, so in 2002, he and his brother launched a computer repair business that became HMI Technologies. 

Mohammed saw an opportunity to make electronic signs for buildings and motorways. He spent four years in China, where he established his own factory to ensure a quality supply chain. Today, Auckland-based HMI Technologies has around 70% of the market share for digital road signs in New Zealand.

Mohammed then pivoted to build a consortium alongside Christchurch Airport, the Ministry of Transport and the New Zealand Transport Agency to bring the first self-driving shuttles to Australasia. HMI Technologies achieved the first commercial delivery of a New Zealand autonomous vehicle in 2019.

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