Henk RogersFounder and Chairman
Blue Planet Foundation
Henk B. Rogers is a Dutch-born computer game designer and serial entrepreneur. He is known for producing Japan’s first major role-playing video game The Black Onyx, and for revolutionizing the video game industry by securing the rights for the blockbuster game Tetris. Today Rogers serves as President & CEO of Blue Planet Software, the sole agent for the Tetris franchise, founder of Blue Planet Foundation, a nonprofit clean energy advocate, and founder of Blue Startups, Hawaii’s first venture accelerator.
Rogers is presently creating one of the first venture accelerators in Hawai’i. Blue Startups will help small teams of budding entrepreneurs incubate into viable businesses, ready for angel and venture capital funding.
A heart attack in 2005 gave Rogers the opportunity to reevaluate the purpose of his life’s work, and thus he became determined to end the use of carbon-based fuel on the planet, starting with fossil fuel use in Hawaiʻi, his adopted home. The Blue Planet Foundation has become the frontline organization in the fight for indigenous renewable energy in Hawaiʻi. Rogers has also founded Blue Planet Research, which is working on off-grid solutions and exploring the hydrogen economy.
Raised in Holland until age 11, Rogers attended New York City’s specialized school for mathematics, science and technology, Stuyvesant High School. He went on to study computer science at the University of Hawaii. He currently resides in Hawaii.
Rogers and his wife, Akemi, currently split their time between residences in Honolulu and Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. They have four children: Maya, Julie, Michael and Leonard. In his spare time, Rogers is an avid photographer and world traveler, and enjoys playing squash and golf.