Our board
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SfTI’s Board is supported by four independent science advisors and a Board observer appointed by our Host, Callaghan Innovation. 

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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.

Linda Cooper

Board Co-Chair

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Te Taka is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Waikato. He has worked on a number of projects involving Te Reo and technology. These include the Māori Niupepa Collection, Te Kete Ipurangi, the Microsoft keyboard, Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office in Māori , Moodle in Māori , Google Web Search in Māori , and the Māori macroniser. In 2009 Te Taka spent six months with Google in Mountain View as a visiting scientist assisting with the Google Translator Toolkit for Māori . Further work with Google led to Translate in Māori.

Te Taka Keegan
Waikato-Maniapoto, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Whakaaue

Board Co-Chair

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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.

Gottfried Pausch

Board Member

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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).

Kat Lintott
Ngāi Tahu

Board Member

Science advisors

The SfTI Board values the expertise of its four science advisors:

Richard Blaikie

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise, and Professor in Physics, Otago University

Margaret Hyland

Vice-Provost (Research) at Victoria University of Wellington

John Raine

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, AUT University

David Williams

Professor in Electrochemistry, Auckland University


 Daniel is a rangatahi advisor to our Board and chair of SfTI's Rangatahi Advisory Group.

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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.

Daniel Xu

Rangatahi Board Advisor

Special Advisor

Reece is a special advisor to our Board having previously held the position of SfTI's inaugural Manager Programme Office and Strategic Relationships, and also given his extensive knowledge of the machinery of government and the research, science and innovation system, particularly with Vision Mātauranga.

Director - Office of the Vice-Chancellor 

Victoria University of Wellington, Te Herenga Waka

Reece Moors
Ngāti Mahuta – Tainui, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Whakaue – Te Arawa

Special Advisor