Alex Thompson
Want to update the information? Click here

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.

Career

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

Discover the public sector and its key players

Type a person or government entity

Our sponsors

Discover the investigation

Can we build it? NZ spends more and gets less

NZ is one of the least efficient high-income countries at delivering infrastructure – just look at light rail.

BREAKING: Ashley Bloomfield stepping down

Ashley Bloomfield is stepping down as the omicron outbreak starts to fade and ahead of major health system reform implementation.

Three waters rains millions for big four consultants

The government doesn't have the in-house capacity for a reform programme as big as three waters.

Fisheries inspections less frequent, more targeted

The Ministry for Primary Industries is making 1,000 fewer annual inspections, but GPS tracking makes them more targeted.

Clive Hudson: SFO fraud hunter

Meet the man trailing the money on the country's largest fraud cases.

MIQ review: A system constrained

The number of people going through MIQ dropped by 30% in 2021 as a series of decisions reduced capacity.

Made with support from
Infrastructure
Analysts question Infratil's CDC, Vodafone mobile towers valuations
Jenny Ruth | Thu, 19 May 2022

Infratil's gearing is just 9.4% and it has about $1.67b of cash and bank facilities available.

Sport
The story behind NZ’s first big sporting NFT
Trevor McKewen | Thu, 19 May 2022

Some big sporting names have a big idea for the next big thing.

Primary Sector
Sanford's revenues lift but domestic challenges remain
Rebecca Howard | Thu, 19 May 2022

The board opted to not pay an interim dividend given the “early stage” of Sanford’s recovery.