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Alex Thompson
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Alex Thompson

NIWA / Taihoro Nukurangi

General manager, research strategy

  • A science leader with extensive experience in research strategy, investment and evaluation.
  • Appointed to NIWA after a decade in government policy advisory, and as a science investment manager.
  • Previously carried out atmospheric research at British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge UK, University of California at Berkeley, and Forschungzentum Jülich in Germany.


Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment / Te Kaitiaki Taiao a Te Whare Pāremata
Senior Advisor
Oct 2008 - Feb 2012
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment / Hīkina Whakatutuki
Senior Investment Manager, Science
Feb 2012 - Sep 2017
Thorndon School
Board Trustee
May 2016 - Jun 2019
NIWA / Taihoro Nukurangi
General Manager Research Strategy, Manager Research Development and Engagement
Oct 2017 - Present

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