Kirsty de Jong

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Researcher and Project Coordinator School of Management

Kirsty is a researcher and project coordinator for the Science for Technological Innovation Challenge (SfTI), one of the 11 National Science Challenges launched in 2015. SfTI is a 10 year, multi-million dollar Government investment whose mission is to grow a hi-tech New Zealand economy via the physical sciences and engineering.

Portfolio 1’s role is to build New Zealand’s innovation capacity by examining human capacity (people and their skills) and relational capacity (networks between researchers and industry), within New Zealand’s innovation system. Kirsty’s specific research focus is on the 28 Seed Projects that sit within the Challenges four key themes. She also manages the daily operations and research outputs of Portfolio 1 of the Challenge, which includes 18 academics based around the country.


Master of Museum and Heritage Practice and double degree in Marketing and Art History from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.