Akshita Wason

Akshita Wason

RDTI Engagement Lead

Research & Development Tax Incentive (RDTI)

Science and innovation driving NZ's growth

I lead the RDTI (Research and Development Tax Incentive) Engagement Team where I am involved in delivering complex science innovation policy objectives working collaboratively with other government agencies to ensure the successful achievement of policy goals. As a results-driven professional, I provide expert guidance on R&D and innovation-related funding and incentives. We help businesses maximise their potential through funding that drives innovation.

I admire two remarkable women pioneers: Indra Nooyi, the former CEO of PepsiCo, celebrated for her exemplary leadership and staunch advocacy for diversity and sustainability. And Dr. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, the Managing Director of Biocon Limited. Driven by her passion for innovation and unwavering commitment to affordable healthcare solutions, she has played a pivotal role in transforming Biocon into a globally recognised biopharmaceutical company.

Among my proudest professional moments is the successful support for 400 customers during their transition to a new funding scheme. This required a massive team effort, as we operated in a challenging environment. Through determination, meticulous planning, and unwavering perseverance, we not only exceeded expectations but also achieved our targets, creating a positive impact on the businesses we supported.

What truly motivates me is the immense potential that each new day holds, especially as I see science, innovation, and funding opportunities create a positive impact and drive growth.

Areas of expertise
  • R&D funding
  • Grants and Incentives
  • Science and Innovation policy
  • Project Management
  • Research design and execution
  • Strategy design
  • PhD, Biochemistry, University of Canterbury, 2014
  • Masters, Entrepreneurship and commercialisation, University of Auckland, 2020
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