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Our staff

Meet our staff

Our staff are a mix of academics and high achieving professionals who bring wealth of knowledge to our programmes.


Professor Suvi Nenonen

Director of the GSM

Approaches to Growth (MBA)

Suvi Nenonen’s research focuses on market-shaping strategies, business model innovation, and customer orientation. Prior to entering academia full time, she worked for more than ten years as a strategy consultant to major European companies.

Emails.nenonen@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 9 923 1528 View full profile

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Dr Rick Starr

Director of MBA and PGDipBus

Building Capabilities for Performance (MBA)

Rick Starr has extensive management experience including Procter and Gamble and Johnson Wax. This experience, combined with his consulting and research, gives him a strong applied teaching focus. His main teaching areas include consumer behaviour, applied marketing research, and marketing management and strategy. His research interests include marketing and public policy.

Emailrg.starr@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 9 923 2403

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Dr Benjamin Fath

MBA research project (MBA)

Benjamin Fath has a Master of Commerce from the Justus-Liebig University, Giessen (Germany) and a PhD in Management from the University of Auckland Business School. He has been centrally involved research on Business Engagement with Asia and Growing New Zealand Businesses. His research interests include innovation, entrepreneurship and SME growth.

Emailb.fath@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 9 923 6204 View full profile

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Dr Antje Fiedler

Globalising Mindsets (MBA)

Research interests include business engagement with Asia, innovation and entrepreneurship, and diversity of capitalism. Received her Master of Commerce (Diplom-Kauffrau) from the Justus-Liebig University Giessen and PhD in Management from the University of Auckland Business School.

Emaila.fiedler@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 9 923 1617 View full profile

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Professor Darl Kolb

Managing Talent in the 21st Century (MBA)

A pioneering theorist on social and technical connectivity, Darl Kolb is now studying the links between connectivity and performance in distributed work teams in global firms. He has a PhD in organisational behaviour from Cornell University.

Emaild.kolb@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 9 923 8928 View full profile

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Professor Ilan Oshri

Building Capabilities for Performance (MBA)

Ilan’s research interests include outsourcing and offshoring of IT and services, strategic information systems, innovation, disruptive technologies and qualitative research. His work on global sourcing of services has been featured on BBC Radio 4, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Business Week and CIO magazine.

Emaililan.oshri@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 9 923 3471

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Jolyon Allen

Management (PGDipBus)

Jolyon Allen worked as a clinical psychologist and training supervisor before completing an MBA from the University of Auckland. He then spent ten years as Associate Director with KPMG Consulting. He currently consults to New Zealand and Australian companies in continuous improvement practices and staff development.

Emailjolyon.allen@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 9 923 5759

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Dr Marco Eugster

Senior Lecturer

Marco Eugster completed his PhD in Finance at the University of Auckland. He has held positions in financial consulting for KPMG in Germany and in strategic intelligence for the Financial Markets Authority in New Zealand.

Emailmarco.eugster@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 (0) 21 061 3395

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Professor Elizabeth George

Managing and Leading Change (MBA)

MBA research project (MBA)

Elizabeth George has an active research interest in nonstandard work arrangements and diversity in the workplace. She has a PhD in Organization Science from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of six international editorial boards and is an associate editor of the Academy of Management Annals and editor in chief of Organizational Psychology Review.

Emaile.george@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 9 923 5310 View full profile

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Adjunct Professor Chris Johnson

Organisation Studies: Coaching for Change (MBA)

Chris Johnson has combined a career as HR director, board member and managing director with being a confidant, consultant and coach to hundreds of leaders. As one of the first senior managers to experience the value of executive coaching in the UK in the 1980s, then became a qualified executive coach himself in the 1990s.

Emailchris.johnson@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 9 969 9900

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Adjunct Professor Lester Levy

Leadership and Ethics (MBA)

Adjunct Professor of Leadership and chief executive of the New Zealand Leadership Institute, Lester Levy has an MBA as well as a medical degree and extensive management and governance experience in the healthcare, biotechnology and film and television production fields. He is the Business School leadership guru.

Emaill.levy@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 9 923 2220

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Professor Robert MacCulloch

Navigating the Business Environment (MBA)

Economics (PGDipBus)

Robert MacCulloch has worked for the Reserve Bank of New Zealand – implementing their inflation targeting regime. His research interests include the areas of political economy and behavioural economics. He holds a DPhil in Economics from Oxford University, and is the Matthew S Abel Chair in Macroeconomics.

Emailr.macculloch@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 9 923 2678 View full profile

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Dr Jamie Newth

Strategic Planning: Tikanga Mahere I te Ao Māori
(PGDipBus in Māori Development)

Jamie Newth completed his PhD in social entrepreneurship. He now works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Auckland and is the Managing Director of Soul Capital.

Emailj.newth@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 9 923 7999

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Dr Barbara Plester

Managing Talent in the 21st Century (MBA)

Barbara is a social science researcher and is currently researching workplace humour, fun, food and drink, organisational misbehaviour, virtual teams and emotions of connectivity. She is an enthusiastic teacher and has received Teaching Excellence Awards from the Business School and the University of Auckland.

Emailb.plester@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 9 923 2484

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Professor David Robb

Managing Capacity and Inventory (MBA)

Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management with extensive background in top New Zealand companies, teaching at undergraduate, graduate and executive level, David Robb received his MBA and PhD from the University of Calgary.

Emaild.robb@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 9 923 2812 View full profile

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Bill Ross

Accounting (PGDipBus)

Bill Ross is a self-employed business consultant and company director. He has been a partner in a chartered accountancy firm in London and held various financial and general management roles and worked in an advisory capacity. His experience includes CA practices, importing and distribution, FMCG, logistics and freight forwarding, produce exporting and public floats.

Emailw.ross@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 9 373 7599

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Yen Shih

Financial Management and Control (MBA)

Yen has worked with large corporations and SMEs. His research focuses on governance, management accounting and control systems for New Zealand businesses and their engagement with China.

Emaily.shih@auckland.ac.nz  Phone: +64 9 923 3324

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Professor Kaj Storbacka

Professor of Markets and Strategy

Kaj Storbacka has over 30 years of experience as a strategy consultant. Before becoming a fulltime academic, he spent 18 years as an entrepreneur, leading Vectia Ltd, a consultancy operating in Finland, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands. Kaj has a long background in executive education and has published 12 books and over 30 academic articles.

Emailk.storbacka@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 9 923 7213 View full profile

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Graeme Treasure

Accounting: Whakatakinga Tahua Huanga Māori
(PGDipBus in Māori Development)

Graeme Treasure has extensive banking experience in London and New Zealand. He has worked as a lending officer, branch operations manager, and asset trader. His specialist areas include finance, management accounting, adult and competency-based education and general management.

Emailg.treasure@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 9 923 5342

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Adjunct Associate Professor Daniel Vidal

MBA

Strategy (PGDipBus)

A general management consultant with systems and business strategy development experience from top international companies, Daniel Vidal provides advice on business and systems strategic planning processes, change management and industrial psychology to large organisations. He has worked in line management positions at Ford Motor Company, Air New Zealand, ExxonMobil and General Electric.

Emaild.vidal@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 9 923 3293 View full profile

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Professor Jilnaught Wong

Financial Management and Control (MBA)

Professor of Financial Accounting Jilnaught Wong Researches and teaches in the areas of contracting and agency issues in financial accounting, earnings management, and corporate governance. His research into understanding the effect that the political process has on firms’ accounting decisions was published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics, and has been particularly influential.

Emailj.wong@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 9 923 8528 View full profile

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Associate Professor Chris (Christine) Woods

Māori Business Development: Te Whakapakari Huanga Māori
(PGDipBus in Māori Development)

Christine’s interest in entrepreneurship and the small to medium business sector (SMEs) was sparked after working in Malawi as a small business advisor. She is a senior lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Business School. She is also part of the direction team for The ICEHOUSE Business Growth programmes and facilitates on the Owner Manager programme and the Agribusiness programme.

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Dr Charlotta Windahl

Innovating New Product and Services (MBA)

Charlotta’s research interests are in the cross-sections of marketing, innovation and design thinking; and include issues related to developing and commercialising solutions through product/service and business model innovation. Charlotta previously worked as a consultant at the Swedish Trade Council in Paris.

Emailc.windahl@auckland.ac.nz Phone: +64 9 923 6301

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