Co-founder, Darcy Schack, suffers from an autoimmune disease known as sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that affects multiple organs in the body, but mostly the lungs and lymph glands.
Darcy takes immunosuppressants and as such is keen to develop products which enhance his, and others', health and natural immune system. Darcy has a background in physics and engineering and extensive food industry experience.
Darcy worked with co-founder, Anna Campbell (PhD, plant biotechnology), to combine their scientific knowledge and develop a natural product to support immunity and improve lung health. They are developing several other plant-based, scientifically proven health products for Zestt Wellness customers.
Anna has extensive scientific and commercial experience, she spent 15 years with AbacusBio, six of those as Managing Director, where she led an international team working in over 20 countries, on food and agricultural programmes. She also holds directorships in New Zealand and international (UK and US) science businesses.
Darcy and Anna are joined by their business partners, Danny Chan and Lisa Shi.
Danny is a third generation New Zealand Chinese, brought up in Wellington where he received a BCA with honours from Victoria University.
After success overseas in funds management, he developed his own businesses in New Zealand and founded the Academic Colleges Group Limited - the largest private school group in New Zealand.
Danny holds several directorships in New Zealand, including both private and public companies.
Lisa is experienced in international trade, with extensive knowledge and expertise on China market regulations and access. She immigrated from China to New Zealand 21 years ago and received a Master of Art degree from the University of Auckland.
Lisa has a part time position at the University of Auckland. She is also a director of an export business and a partner in biotechnology and medical devices investments.