PEOPLE BEHIND THE PROCESS
The team at WaikatoLink have a variety of skills stemmimg from diverse backgrounds. From core staff and directors through to contractors and interns, it's the people behind the process that make things happen in commercialisation.
Duncan Mackintosh | BVSc Massey
Chief Executive Officer
Duncan Mackintosh is the Chief Executive of WaikatoLink Limited. Duncan has initiated a number of key strategic initiatives for WaikatoLink including the set-up of seed funds, an international internship programme, founding of ventures from University of Waikato IP and collaborations to facilitate commercialisation and increase the impact of innovation. Prior to WaikatoLink he held roles in commercialisation and technology incubator development and management. Duncan graduated from Massey University in 1995 with a BVSc in Veterinary Science.
Lana Engelbrecht |
Lana is a Chartered Accountant and her responsibilities consists of the day to day accounting of WaikatoLink Limited and the other start-up companies within the WaikatoLink group, monthly management reporting and processing and maintenance of the payroll system.
Dr. Nichola Harcourt | Commercial Manager
Nichola has a PhD in Biomedical Immunology as well as formal qualifications in herbal medicine, plant protection and physiology. Nichola recently completed a 3-year project which identified a novel anti-inflammatory compound in honey, and has a strong technical background in bioactive research. Nichola was recently identified as a key emerging scientist in the functional foods research platform with a MORST award (2010), adding to an impressive collection of awards including Senior Scholar in Biological Sciences at Auckland University (1994).
Lynda Hitchcock | BCom (Ag) Lincoln
Lynda Hitchcock is the Executive Assistant for WaikatoLink and KiwiNet. Lynda is responsible for providing executive and administrative support to the senior management of WaikatoLink and KiwiNet and secretarial services to Boards of Directors. Lynda's background includes roles as the regional project manager for NIWA Hamilton, setting up commercialisation processes and systems for the University of Waikato (prior to WaikatoLink) and project management in private industry in the area of national and regional agricultural projects and product trials. Lynda has extensive experience in research project management and administration. She has a degree in Agricultural Commerce from Lincoln University majoring in economics and marketing.
Nidhie Kumar | BSc, MMS (Hons) Waikato
Nidhie Kumar is involved in supporting the commercialisation process by carrying out feasibility assessments and identifying commercial opportunities to facilitate business case development. Her role also involves co-ordinating WaikatoLink's PR and marketing activities. Nidhie has been with WaikatoLink for over 5 years, prior to which she studied science and management at the University of Waikato. She has completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Chemistry and Marketing, and a Masters of Management Studies with First Class Honours majoring in Marketing.
Nirvisha Patel | BSc
Nirvisha has completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Waikato and has been working with WaikatoLink for about 2 years. She is involved in carrying out market validation and searching for potential commercial opportunities around the different projects we deal with.
Bram Smith | BEng Mech (Hons), PhD
General Manager KiwiNet
Bram Smith is the founding General Manager of the Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet), a consortium of 9 publically funded research organisations in New Zealand. Bram has a background in mechanical and biomedical engineering with specific experience in software development and project management. Prior to KiwiNet he was Technology Development Manager for WaikatoLink Ltd where he was responsible for managing development staff and Consortium Manager for UniCom which is responsible for investing government development funding. He has a history with start-up ventures including starting his own company developing engine tuning software, and was closely involved in a biomedical equipment start-up company from Aalborg University in Denmark. Bram holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Canterbury.
Grant Waring | CA, BMS Waikato
General Manager Finance
Grant Waring joined WaikatoLink as Financial Controller in October 2010 and oversees much of the financial, administrative and HR function of the company. As a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and a BMS graduate from the University of Waikato, Grant began his career in the tax department before moving in to Chartered Accountancy firms following completion of his OE. Through his years with large international accounting practices Grant has a very broad range of experience with a particular interest in transactional accounting services.
Nick Waterhouse | BCMS, MSc (Hons) Waikato
As a Software Developer for WaikatoLink, Nick is experienced in application and web development. He has knowledge and expertise in natural language processing, machine learning, image processing and open-source software licensing. He also plays an important role as a technology translator, helping the commercialisation team understand complex IT technologies. Before starting at WaikatoLink, Nick completed both his Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical and Masters degrees at the University of Waikato. Nick's Masters investigated vehicle licence plate recognition on mobile devices.