Key Personnel

Emeritus Professor Joerg Kistler

Joerg_KistlerEducated in Switzerland, Professor Joerg Kistler joined the University of Auckland in 1984 and was appointed to a Personal Chair in Cellular and Molecular Biology in 1999. His research in molecular ophthalmology has led to close to 100 published articles and was recognised by his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1997. Professor Kistler was Director of the School of Biological Sciences from 2001 - 2010. He developed world-class equipment facilities around structural biology, genomics and proteomics, and established the Bioinformatics Institute in 2004. The School also hosts the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery which focuses on novel human therapeutics and is one of seven Centres for Research Excellence funded by the New Zealand Government. Professor Kistler is the founder and former Director of the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology (IIB) which supports the growth of the bio-industry through provision of research infrastructure, enterprise training programmes and networking events.


Associate Professor Kerry Loomes

Chair Bioscience Enterprise Programme

Kerry_Loomes___200pxKerry graduated with a PhD from Massey University and joined the University of Auckland in 1991 following a postdoctoral fellowship at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Kerry is based within the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology (IIB) and is an active biomedical researcher in the areas of metabolic disease and natural products. His research is highly collaborative comprising both basic and applied aspects with successful interactions with major Pharma and New Zealand-based Companies. Kerry spent a period of 8 years within the biopharmaceutical Industry (Protemix Corporation) in the area of drug discovery and development of therapeutic candidates for human disease. He is director of the undergraduate Bachelor of Technology biotechnology specialisation at the University of Auckland and Secretary for the New Zealand Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NZSBMB). He is also an Associate Investigator of the Maurice Wilkins Centre of Molecular Biodiscovery. Kerry was also involved in the early development of the Bioscience Enterprise programme that has led to the current framework. You can find more information on Kerry’s research interests through the following link: https://directory.auckland.ac.nz/profile/k-loomes


Dr Diana Gash

Dianna_Gash_200pxOriginally trained as an organic chemist at the University of Auckland, Dr Gash worked in academia in North America following post-doctoral training in the US and Canada. After this, she moved to the global pharma/biotech industry, where she worked for two North American start-ups, and then for ‘big pharma’ for 10 years. Following 6 years at the pioneering New Zealand biotech company, Genesis Research and Development Corporation, she moved to the University of Auckland in 2009, becoming involved with the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology’s BioScience Enterprise programme in 2010. There, she set up a new paper, ‘Product Development in Regulated Environments’, which includes a condensed modular regulatory workshop open to industry participants. Dr Gash also works closely with drug development research groups across the University of Auckland.


Dr Lyn Lavery

Lyn_Lavery_200pxLyn Lavery is the Director of Academic Consulting, a New Zealand based company that provides a wide-range of training and research services, to academic and government researchers. Lyn specialises in teaching Research Methods across a wide range of disciplines, including Business, Health/Medicine, and Social Sciences. While the majority of her recent work is with academic and government researchers, she has extensive experience assisting postgraduate students with the skills they require for their research work. In addition, her PhD research specifically examined the instruction of self-regulated learning strategies to postgraduate-level business students. Lyn’s research strengths are data management, qualitative data collection and analysis, mixed methods, and research software. As a business owner herself, she also has a very real appreciation of the issues involved in starting-up and developing an innovative company within the New Zealand context.


Dr Charlotta Windahl (MSc Chem. Eng, PhD Industrial Management (Sweden))

Charlotta_WindahlHaving been part of the Business School and the University of Auckland since 2007, Charlotta joined the Department of Marketing in January 2010. Before starting her academic career, she worked as a consultant for the Swedish Trade Council in Paris – dealing with Swedish companies that wanted to establish or develop their business in France.

Charlotta’s research interests are product and service innovation, open innovation, knowledge integration and inter-firm relationships and include issues related to corporate strategy and sustainability.

Charlotta’s teaching portfolio includes Marketing Strategy, Services Marketing and Management and the Master in Bioscience enterprise programme. Previously she has been course coordinating Innovation and New Product Development (ENGGEN 405/ MGMT 305) and also involved in teaching Technology Management (MECHENG 451). In Sweden, Charlotta lectured at undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as at Executive courses, within the areas of Industrial Management and Organisation, Project Management, Leadership Studies and Team Work.

Charlotta enjoys sailing, music, travelling and her husband’s cooking. Currently most of her spare time is dedicated to spending time with her family and friends and more specifically her 2.5 year old son and 8 months old daughter.


Dr Lisa Callagher

PhD in Management, Cert. in University Teaching and Learning, MCom in Management and Employment Relations and BA in Employment Relations and Anthropology.
Lecturer | Management and International Business

Lisa_Callagher_2Lisa joined the University of Auckland Business School faculty full-time in 2002 as a Senior Tutor in the (then new) Bachelor of Business and Innovation and Tamaki teaching introductory Business and Management courses. With her colleagues Maria Avdjieva and Lynne Mitchell, one focal area was embedding individual and organisational information literacy across the curriculum. Their achievements were recognised by the 2005 University of Auckland Innovation in Teaching award.

During 2007-2010 Lisa completed her PhD in Management under the supervision of Professor Kenneth Husted. Lisa's study was supported by a three-year research stipend funded by the Government Growth and Improvement Project (GIPI) to develop a biotechnology industry in Auckland, New Zealand.

At the beginning of 2012 Lisa took up a Lecturer position in the Management and International Department, contributing to the design and delivery the new Innovation and Entrepreneurship undergraduate major. Lisa also teaches and supervises in the areas of Research Commercialisation as part of the Master of Bioscience Enterprise.


Mr Paul Sumpter - BA, LLB, MA(Hons), LLM (Lond)

Senior Lecturer | Law

Paul_SumpterPaul Sumpter’s primary area of research and teaching is Intellectual Property, which was his principal field of practice over many years in Auckland (as a partner in Kensington Swan) and also in Sydney. He is the author of Intellectual Property Principles in Practice (CCH NZ, 2nd edition, 2013), Trade Marks in Practice (LexisNexis, 2nd edition, 2011) and a co-author of Copyright and Design (LexisNexis). He is member of the Copyright Tribunal of New Zealand (since 2004) and is a consultant to the national law firm Chapman Tripp.


Mr Robert Wilton

Senior Lecturer | Accounting and Finance

Robert_WiltonRobert (Bob) Wilton has been with the Accounting and Finance Department of The University since 1996 and for the three years to 2003 held the position of Head of Department. Prior to this he held positions in investment and merchant banking as well as finance positions with a number of New Zealand public and private companies. He is a past chairman of the New Zealand Venture Capital Association and has been involved in a number of initial public offerings in New Zealand. Bob is a director of a number of companies including Delegats Group Limited and Oyster Bay Marlborough Vineyards Limited and teaches in both the undergraduate and postgraduate diploma programmes.


Associate Professor Richard Brookes (BCA (Wellington), MSc (London))

Richard_BrookesRichard Brookes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing at The University of Auckland. He teaches mostly strategic marketing in the Faculty's Executive Programmes, such as the MBA, and has received a University Distinguished Teaching Award.

His major research initiative is the Contemporary Marketing Practices (CMP) project with colleagues in New Zealand and internationally. He is closely associated with ESOMAR (The European Society for Opinion and Market Research), particularly with respect to research in global automotive marketing.

He has Chaired the Judging Panel for the NZ Marketing Association/Marketing Magazine Annual Marketing Awards (2004-2009) and the Judging Panel for the Market Research Society of New Zealand bi-annual Market Research Effectiveness Awards (2006, 2008, 2010). He has published widely in journals, books and conferences. Over the years he has been involved in the development and/or implementation of marketing strategies for various private and public sector organizations.


Professor Rod Dunbar, MBChB, PhD

Rod_Dunbar_200pxProfessor Dunbar trained as a doctor at Otago University, before gaining a Health Research Council training fellowship and completing his PhD. After 6 years at the University of Oxford, he returned to New Zealand in 2002 under a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship. He is currently Director of the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery, a national Centre of Research Excellence that encompasses a network of scientists and doctors developing new therapies, vaccines and diagnostics. His primary research field is human cellular immunology, especially developing therapies for cancer that exploit the immune system; his lab is also working with other human cells that have therapeutic potential, such as stem cells. Professor Dunbar has contributed 98 publications to peer-reviewed journals including pre-eminent biomedical journals such as Science and Nature Medicine.