D avid has a passion for pulling diverse ideas and people together to solve problems and make a difference to people in developing their future career. He spends time mentoring entrepreneurs, businesses and students to develop their creativity and extend themselves out of their comfort zone. He actively works with leading universities of the world in advising and accreditation roles and was until recently the Regional Counsellor for MIT for New Zealand. Recently returned from living in Australia where he headed the Brisbane operations of the Hargraves Institute he was CEO of Clovely Estate Ltd, Dean (External Relations) in QUT’s Faculty of Built Environment, with particular responsibility for the Royal Dutch Shell Project Management Academy and undertook various consulting responsibilities notably in the design thinking area. In New Zealand, he held positions at Otago University including Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Business), Dean (School of Business), Dean (Faculty of Consumer and Applied Science) and Professor and Head of the Department of Marketing. Professor Buisson’s diverse background includes a PhD in Chemistry as well as an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Sloan Fellow from MIT; Harkness Fellow (USA); was President of the NZIFST and is a Fellow of both the NZ Institute of Chemistry and NZ Institute of Food Science and Technology, both awarded for his work in linking academia and business. David’s powerful mix of expertise and experience across the disciplines of science, business, design, manufacturing and marketing has led him to advising many students, graduates and companies of potential opportunities for development.