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.
Mindy Wu | Group Accountant
Mindy Wu joined WaikatoLink in October 2016 after seven years in the audit industry. She has worked in the manufacturing industry, utilising her auditor skills to implement internal controls. Mindy graduated with a BMS degree from the University of Waikato in 2008, and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants since 2011.
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).
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.
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.
Dr. Roslyn Murray
Roslyn has a Ph.D in Materials Technology from Waikato University, and is a registered Patent Attorney in both New Zealand and Australia. Roslyn oversees WaikatoLink’s Intellectual Property portfolio and liaises with internal and external stakeholders to both prosecute and maintain the portfolio. She also works closely with the Business Development Managers and University Researchers to help commercialise the innovations that come out of the University. Roslyn has been with Waikatolink for over two years, and prior to that worked for a high-tech start-up company before training to become a patent attorney at one of New Zealand’s leading IP firms.