Professor, the University of Otago, Co-director, Genomics Aotearoa
CEO, Callaghan Innovation
Stefan was appointed Chief Executive in September 2022. Prior to joining the executive leadership team as Chief Product Officer in 2021, Stefan was a member of the Callaghan Innovation Board for three years.
Stefan has launched and developed numerous successful business ventures, many of which are now operating in Australia, the US and Europe. In a prior role as CEO of Creative HQ, Stefan led a team that launched accelerators for startups, government and corporates, inclusive innovation initiatives such as the Korero Matauranga (NZ’s Education Summits), and international innovation training programmes. Stefan has a PhD in Neural Networks/Artificial Intelligence and an MBA in International Business. He has also authored a range of books on early-stage venture development as well as parenting for dads. In 2010 Stefan was recognised as a New Zealander of the Year by North & South Magazine for innovation in parenting education.