Dr. Anton de Waal
With a background in science, Anton started off his career as research physicist in the areas of nuclear energy and underwater acoustics in South Africa. He subsequently worked as programme manager in the electro-optics engineering and manufacturing industry where he played key roles in the commercialisation of new innovations, project management, and international marketing, before setting up an assembly plant for high-tech products in Malaysia.
After immigrating to New Zealand in 1996, he established himself in Auckland where he initially worked as business consultant and later as senior business lecturer with various tertiary education providers. As senior lecturer at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Anton is currently leading the innovation and entrepreneurship major of the Bachelor of Applied Management degree. Anton completed and submitted his doctoral thesis on the management of product innovation in January 2011. He has published internationally in entrepreneurship and product innovation. Professional memberships include PDMA and ANZAM.