The 2019 Challenge

The C-Prize 2019 judges

Introducing our talented team of judges for C-Prize 2019. 

Professor Juliet Gerrard, Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor

Professor Juliet Gerrard
Professor Juliet Gerrard

Since moving to New Zealand in 1993, Juliet Gerrard been a research scientist at Crop & Food Research, and appointed as a Lecturer in Biochemistry at the University of Canterbury, where she became Professor and Co-Director of the Biomolecular Interaction Centre.  

In 2014, Juliet moved to the University of Auckland as a Professor in the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Chemical Sciences and later the Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Science. Her research covers a broad base and is interdisciplinary, cutting across biochemistry, chemistry, health, agricultural and food science and biomaterial design.

Prior to her appointment in 2018 as the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Juliet held governance positions in the research sector, including as Chair of the Marsden Council and a Director for Plant & Food Research. She has also held an Industry and Outreach Fellowship and founded a start-up company.  

Anne Haira, Deputy-Secretary Partnerships and Customers, Ministry for the Environment

Anne Haira
Anne Haira

Anne has had a rich and diverse career spanning the public and private sectors. She is part of the executive leadership team at the Ministry for the Environment and leads the Partnerships and Customers division. A core focus of Anne's role is to tangibly shift mindsets and change behaviours in New Zealand through effective partnering and engagement.

Anne joined the Ministry from Primary ITO where she was part of the senior leadership team focused on growing workforce capability within the primary industries. Prior to that, she pioneered the strategic development of Fonterra's relationships with Māori.

She began her career at the Ministry of Economic Development and Te Puni Kokiri (Ministry of Māori Development). She has also worked overseas for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in New Caledonia and the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs in Canada. Anne affiliates to Te Arawa and Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa.

Brett Holland, GM Innovation Services, Creative HQ

Brett Holland
Brett Holland

Brett is passionate about supporting new business founders and developing their entrepreneurial capability.

He set up his first business in 1998, and has started and developed three other companies since then. He has also helped over 250+ startups and innovation teams develop new products and business ventures, and has mentored a range of young companies in both New Zealand and the US.

Brett is GM Innovation Services at Creative HQ where he leads innovation programmes for startups, corporate enterprises and government agencies. He previously worked on the Creative HQ Board, and currently sits on the Global Accelerator Network Advisory Board. He is also active in the Angel HQ investment group with a small portfolio of early-stage investments.

Arama Kukutai, Co-founder/Partner Finistere Ventures

Arama Kukutai
Arama Kukutai

Arama Kukutai is a co-founder and Partner at Finistere Ventures a pioneer in the Agriculture and Food technology sectors founded in 2005. He has been a company founder and entrepreneur in the Agribusiness sector with over 25 years’ experience. He served as Executive Chairman of PKW Farms, a successful agribusiness and diversified investment entity involved in dairy farming and seafood activities in the Asia Pacific region, and has led the New Zealand government’s Trade & Investment agency in North America. 

Arama led the creation of Finistere’s global network in Agrifood technology which includes presence in Tel Aviv, San Diego and Silicon Valley, and Dublin, Ireland.  He is currently serving on the boards as a Director or Observer of AgGenetics, Invert Robotics, Biolumic, Growers Edge Financial (Chair), CropX (Chair), Plenty, Taranis and Zeakal. 

Arama is actively involved in the development of the Agrifood investing ecosystem establishing the Finistere Pitchbook annual VC report, and is co-convenor of Farm2050, a frequent media commentator and presenter at leading industry events. Finistere has built a global platform investing in the leading Agrifood companies and partnered with corporate leaders including Nutrien, Bayer, Pepsico and International Farming Corporation. 

Sean Molloy, CEO, Avertana

Sean Molloy
Sean Molloy

Sean Molloy is the co-founder and CEO of Avertana, a circular economy process technology company. Avertana’s technology creates new supply chains for the chemicals and materials needed to meet the quality of life demands of the growing global middle class, in a lower-cost and sustainable way. Avertana has a team of 33, has raised US$20m to date, and is currently active in commercialising its technology internationally. Sean is an engineer who has spent his career in waste to value businesses, including biofuels and sustainable chemicals.

Suse Reynolds, Executive Director, Angel Association NZ

Suse Reynolds
Suse Reynolds

Suse Reynolds is a member of the Callaghan Innovation Stakeholder Advisory Group, and currently sits on the Board of Angel HQ and CreativeHQ, and is an enthusiastic believer in the ability of angel investment to make the world a better place. Suse was formerly the Chief Operating Officer and GM Investment at Grow Wellington and prior to that had a 10-year career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs focussing on international trade.

Conrad Lendrum, Group Manager Advanced Materials, Callaghan Innovation

Conrad Lendrum
Conrad Lendrum

Conrad Lendrum is a materials scientist with over 15 years of research and development experience, working in academia, industry and government laboratories.  Since 2013, Conrad has led the Advanced Materials Group within the Research and Technical Services Team at Callaghan Innovation.

 

Updated: 2 December 2019