Core Staff


Students & Interns

Duncan Mackintosh | BVSc Massey

Chief Executive Officer

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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. More…

Bruce Bowering | BCMS, MSc (Hons) Waikato

Information Technology Manager

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  • P: +64 7 858 5020
  • M: 021 843 851

Bruce is a Software Developer and IT Manager for WaikatoLink. His roles include undertaking application and web development, as well as managing WaikatoLink’s IT infrastructure. Bruce also has extensive knowledge in administrating and developing for Microsoft SharePoint. After returning to University as a mature student, Bruce completed a Bachelor of Computer Science and Mathematics and then his Masters which considered interfaces for managing large, location aware photo collections. Prior to returning to University and going onto work for WaikatoLink, Bruce’s background was in sales and management and continues his interest in music as a life student of the guitar. More…

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Lana Engelbrecht


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  • P: +64 7 838 4861

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 maintaining of the payroll system. More…

Darren Harpur

Commercial Manager

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  • P: +64 7 838 4232
  • M: 021 408 828

Darren Harpur is responsible for the management several companies spun out of research conducted at the University of Waikato. As a commercial manager Darren is also involved in creating value for businesses out of new research carried out at the University of Waikato. Darren works closely with researchers at the University to help shape these opportunities early in the research pipeline, and engages with industry to help identify the needs/problems that exist. Darren comes from a background of 15 years experience in the financial sector, ranging from international trade and finance, commercial lending and retail banking. Darren managed a business contracted by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise to deliver business management and advisory services to small and medium enterprises in the greater Lake Taupo District, and has owned several businesses himself. He has acted as a mentor to business owners under a nationally funded Business Mentor program. Most recently Darren co-managed a large scale residential gated golf estate. Darren has a broad and extensive knowledge of risks facing early stage business start ups and has experience in business planning and strategic planning. More…

Lynda Hitchcock | BCom (Ag) Lincoln

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  • P: +64 7 858 5128
  • M: 027 504 7291

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. More…

Nidhie Kumar | BSc, MMS (Hons) Waikato


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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 2 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. More…

Nigel Slaughter | BSc, MBA (Hons) Aston Business School, MInstKT

General Manager Commercial

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  • P: +64 7 858 5623
  • M: 021 476 710

Nigel leads the commercial team at WaikatoLink, with the goal of increasing knowledge transfer and decreasing the complexity of the process. He has worked in commercialisation and technology marketing since 1995, 15 of these years in Europe. Over the course of 300+ commercialisation / marketing projects he has identified a series of essential ingredients for a successful project and these are now reflected in our processes. Nigel has an MBA from Aston Business School and a BSc in International Business from Aston University. More…

Bram Smith | BEng Mech (Hons), PhD Canterbury

General Manager KiwiNet

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  • P: +64 7 858 5126
  • M: 021 848 786

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. More…

Grant Waring | CA, BMS Waikato

General Manager Finance

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  • P: +64 7 858 5622
  • M: 021 066 0301

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. More…

Nick Waterhouse | BCMS, MSc (Hons) Waikato

Technology Developer

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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. More…