Dr Andy West

E-mail: [email protected]

Andy is an entrepreneur who specialises in co-founding and investing in, and governing or managing, high technology start-ups, mainly with a green technology specialisation (clean technology). These include Bioceta (anaerobic digestion waste to energy), Ligar (high value or polluting molecules and heavy metals extraction), Aquafortus Technologies (unique extremely low energy water and alcohol extraction, and zero liquid discharge), Lanaco (unique wool-based air and liquid-filtration) and Synthase Biotech (unique life extension and preservation enzyme).

Over 17 years, Andy was the Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University, Chief Executive of AgResearch, founding Executive Chairman of the Tertiary Education Commission, Chief Executive of the NZ Qualifications Authority, and Chief Executive of GNS Science. A number of years ago he also led the reform of New Zealand’s public science system and then tertiary education system. He was also Chairman of two separate Māori investment companies with balance sheets in combination of $190million.

Andy is a scientist and holds a PhD in Microbial Ecology from the University of Westminster with many international publications. He is based in Cambridge in the Waikato.