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SfTI’s Board is supported by four independent science advisors and a host observer from Callaghan Innovation.
John was appointed in March 2016 as SfTI’s inaugural Chair.
Retiring in 2009 after almost 36 years with Fisher & Paykel Appliances, including as CEO and Managing Director, John’s continued business and entrepreneurial involvement has included serving as Netball New Zealand Chairman, as Deputy Chairman of the Vodafone Event Centre Trust, and as Local Chairman of BNZ Highbrook.
John is also Deputy Chairman of the Totara Foundation, Chairman of the Sky City Auckland Community Trust, and of PSCTH Thailand, and the Director of H J Asmuss, NARTA Australia, and WilliamsWarn.
Committed to the South Auckland community where he grew up, John chairs The Rising Foundation, a programme which assists Otara, Manurewa, Papakura, and Pukekohe youth.
John Bongard ONZM, CRSNZ
Traci Houpapa (Waikato Maniapoto, Taranaki, Tūwharetoa) MNZM JP Chair Federation of Māori Authorities and National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women and Co-chair Indigenous Women’s Business Network, is an award winning company director and recognised business leader. Traci serves on a number of companies including The Treasury, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan NZ Forest Investment, Predator Free 2050, Primary ITO and the National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women. Traci has an MBA from Massey University and is a Justice of the Peace and a Marriage Celebrant.
Traci Houpapa MNZM
Waikato Maniapoto, Taranaki, Tūwharetoa
Linda is a professional director, chartered accountant and coach and has more than 25 years experience in executive leadership roles including Chief Financial Officer for Fisher & Paykel Appliances in the USA and most recently, 8 years as Chief Financial Officer for Livestock Improvement Corp, a New Zealand dairy farmer-owned co-op.
She has extensive governance experience including as a Trustee of the Fonterra Superannuation Plan, Chair of Waikato SPCA, Director of Carevets Business Solutions, Board member of New Zealand Government Science Challenge: Science for Technological Innovation and Chair of the Agri-Women’s Development Trust. Linda also served as a director on several Livestock Improvement Corp subsidiaries including joint ventures in Brazil and Australia and LIC Automation Ltd.
After leaving full-time employment in the corporate world in 2018, she is now committed to governing organisations to sustainable success and empowering women to become active leaders in the Agri-sector and beyond.
Gottfried brings senior level executive experience with multi-national engineering and technology corporation Siemens AG in New Zealand and overseas. A Director of Blackhawk Tracking Systems, Wellington Drive Technologies, McKay Ltd, and AuCom Electronics, in 2009 he was Executive in Residence at business incubator the ICEHOUSE, and an investor with Ice Angels.
Kat (Ngāi Tahu) is co-founder of the Wellington-based creative and multi-media story-telling agency Wrestler. She heads the company’s Virtual and Augmented Reality projects. As entrepreneur with a passion for empowering people to make the world a better place, Kat will champion new ways to integrate the views and approaches of rangatahi (young people).
The SfTI Board values the expertise of its four science advisors:
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise, and Professor in Physics, Otago University
Vice-Provost (Research) at Victoria University of Wellington
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, AUT University
Professor in Electrochemistry, Auckland University
Board observer from Callaghan Innovation
Lara Ariell is an observer of the SfTI Board on behalf of our host, Callaghan Innovation. She is also Chief Financial Officer for Callaghan Innovation.
Lara provides an important link between the SfTI Board and our host, Callaghan Innovation.
Lara has enjoyed broad range of senior leadership, finance, strategy, planning, business support and change management roles in a variety of organisations across the public service.
Prior to her position at Callaghan Innovation, Lara was the CFO of Inland Revenue, leading their Enterprise Support Services transformation workstream. She also held CFO and corporate services roles with the Tertiary Education Commission, Ministry of Justice and Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand. She started her career working in receivership and insolvency with accountancy firm Price Waterhouse and then McCallum Petterson and Co.
Chief Financial Officer, Callaghan Innovation, Board Observer
Daniel is a rangatahi advisor to our Board and chair of SfTI's Rangatahi Advisory Group.
Daniel holds Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics with First Class Honours, a PhD with the Biomimetics Laboratory at the University of Auckland, and is the co-founder and CEO of the artificial intelligence agency, Spark 64.
Rangatahi Board Advisor