- Steve Corbett, CEO AUT Ventures& AUT Director Commercialisation
- Kevin Pryor, Maori Business Development
- Enrico Tronchin, Business Operations Manager - Commercialisation
- Mitali Purohit, Commercialisation Manager
- Wilson Huang, Intellectual Property & Commercialisation Officer
- Tom Davidson, Business Development Manager - Consultancy
- Rita Jacob, Manager Finance & Contracts
- Amber Taylor, Manager Projects & Administration
- Sabrina Nagel, Student Enterprise
Steve Corbett, CEO AUT Enterprises Ltd
Steve’s role is to further develop AUT’s commercialisation capability into a tightly focused, highly effective delivery platform that is sustainable, economically viable and socially responsible.
His expertise is working with entrepreneurs who are looking to develop a global business, and where technology is a key component and can be a differentiator – ideal attributes for AUT Ventureswhich is focused on translating smart ideas into practical business models, products and services.
Prior to joining AUT, Steve was CEO at Massey’s eCentre Incubator since its inception in 2001 and has a strong track record in commercialising early stage technology along with networks across New Zealand’s innovation eco-system and beyond.
Maori Business Development
Enrico Tronchin, Senior Commercialisation Manager
Enrico's role is to commercialise technology developed by the university in partnership/consultation with the private sector. Enrico has worked in science, business and regional and central government and has a PhD and Post-Doc experience in the biological sciences at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He has spent some time innovating within the Market Research industry as an R&D manager at the TNS Global Brand Equity Centre. In early 2010 Enrico moved to New Zealand to take up a role as an ICT Sector Strategist at the Canterbury Development Corporation, followed by a short stint at the Ministry of Science and Innovation (MSI). Enrico's work experience has been diverse and multidisciplinary. He has benefitted from working across a number of economic sectors and industries which has helped him to understand and negotiate differing perspectives around the commercialisation of technology. Enrico has successfully performed bridging roles between industry and science and is excited to be able to continue to perform this function at AUT.
Tom Davidson, Business Development Manager - Consultancy
Tom joined AUT Enterprises in 2013 and is responsible for developing the AUT faculty consulting program and for supporting students, faculty and external start-ups that have innovative ideas and IP with commercial potential. Tom has many years of experience in engineering, management and marketing in the wireless communications industry working for companies such as Motorola in Chicago, and Tessera Technologies and Pericom Semiconductor Corporation in Silicon Valley. Tom also started an importing and distribution business in New Zealand in 2009 specialising in high performance home entertainment systems.
Tom holds a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Mitali Purohit, Commercialisation Manager
Mitali's role at AUT Enterprises Limited is to capture, evaluate and progress the commercial development of AUT University's intellectual property.
Her experience includes commercialisation of early stage technologies through venture formation and corporate partnerships, business development and securing investment. Mitali brings an extensive network of investors and industry contacts.Through her previous role as an Associate at Pacific Channel Ltd., she served as a Chief Operating Officer for Breathe Easy Ltd, a company developing a treatment for Cystic Fibrosis. Mitali has provided venture development and investment assistance to over twelve New Zealand based life sciences and clean technology companies. Mitali is the founder of NZBIO Young Professionals Group, within NZBIO. She is a steering committee member of the Sector Engagement Group of the Lighthouse Platform and a member of the Business Advisory Board of Enactus (University of Auckland).
Rita Jacob, Manager Finance and Contracts
Rita joined AUT Enterprises Ltd in 2012 as Finance and Contracts Manager, responsible for overseeing the financial functions of the company. As a qualified Chartered Accountant she has had varied experience across a number of industries which includes amongst those, multinationals, finance, and private companies. Prior to her accounting profession, Rita's expertise was in the field of operational and logistics management for an offshore manufacturing industry. Rita is currently studying MBA at AUT University.
Wilson Huang, Intellectual Property & Commercialisation Officer
Wilson's primary role at AUT Enterprises Limited is to assess the commercial potential of intellectual properties that come out of AUT University. Wilson's expertise includes market and patentability assessment. During his post-graduate years he has interned at Plant & Food Research and Auckland UniServices Limited.
Amber Taylor, Manager Projects & Administration
Amber's position oversees the marketing, communications and event initiatives within the Research and Innovation Directorate as well as the implementation of administrative systems and processes to enable greater efficiency of operation. Amber has a sound understanding of marketing strategy and proven experience in event and project management. Prior to joining AUT Enterprises Ltd, Amber worked for the AUT University Postgraduate Centre where she gained a comprehensive understanding of senior level administration needs in tertiary education.
Seeing synergies and connecting people is one of Sabrina's strengths which is being fully utilised in her current joint role working for AUT and The Handley Foundation. In her role with AUT, Sabrina is supporting AUT Venturesin a range of activities related to encouraging students to start their own businesses. She is also working on special projects such as what the future of education might look like.
Previously, Sabrina Nagel spent the last 5 years working with NZ Startup Businesses at Massey University's Business Incubator ecentre where her roles included mentoring start up businesses and co-developing and running the 12 week ecentreSprint programme. Sabrina was also looking after ecentre's marketing and communication needs which involved developing and implementing a marketing and communication strategy, positioning ecentre and increasing its brand awareness.