PhD (Well), MSc, BSc
Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Porou
Willy-John is Po Pūtaiao, Director Māori Science and Innovation at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. He was previously Manager Vision Mātauranga and Capacity Development for the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge, based at Callaghan Innovation. Willy-John’s expertise brings together Māori and Indigenous perspectives with the tools of the science sector. He holds a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington for his work at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research in Wellington. He went on to establish in Melbourne, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research’s first Indigenous-focussed biomedical research in its 100-year history, and was a founding member of its cultural development committee. More recently, he was the founding Deputy Chair of Rauika Māngai, a collaboration of 12 national research organisations improving the science sector interface with Māori people and Māori knowledge. He currently oversees a capability development programme delivered to 400+ researchers at 13+ research organisations across the country.