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Conor O'Kane


Conor is Director of the Otago Business School’s Master of Entrepreneurship.

Conor teaches strategic management and innovation at an introductory and undergraduate level as well as at an advanced level to postgraduate and executive students.

Preferred teaching methods focus on case discussions, simulated games, debates and live case projects. Conor’s research interests broadly focus on academic entrepreneurship, University-Industry engagement and the strategies underpinning the commercialisation of university research.

In New Zealand, Conor is a member of the “Building New Zealand’s Innovation Capacity” research team funded with the National Science Challenge: Science for Technological Innovation.

Dr David Band

Dr David Band

David is an experienced international businessman with expertise in the areas of corporate governance, talent management, account penetration and commercialisation of innovation.

He has an extensive history of leadership and consultancy across a wide range of sectors, including technology, professional services, agribusiness and life sciences, as well as the public and not-for-profit sectors. He is currently Independent Chairman of AbacusBio, Director of Pacific Edge Limited and Kauri Australia, and Chairman of PEDUSA.

David is Course Leader for ENTR421 Technology and Entrepreneurship, an optional paper for the Master of Entrepreneurship programme.

Dr Helen Roberts

Dr Helen Roberts

Helen is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Accountancy & Finance and has an active interest in research related to the relationship between CEO compensation, firm performance and corporate governance.

Helen's full academic profile.

Helen is Course Coordinator for ENTR413 Finance for Entrepreneurs.

Associate Professor Anna Carr

Dr Anna Carr

Anna works in the Department of Tourism. Prior to her academic career, she was owner-operator of two adventure tourism businesses, had several years’ experience working for The Helicopter Line and over a decade working in various NZ national parks for the Departments of Conservation and Lands and Survey.

Anna's full academic profile.

Anna is Course Coordinator for TOUR416 Tourism Entrepreneurship and Business, an optional paper for the Master of Entrepreneurship programme.

Dr Sara Walton

Dr Sara Walton

Sara is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management, with expertise in the area of business, sustainability and the natural environment. Her research includes examining ecopreneurial businesses in New Zealand, social enterprise and for-benefit organisations and business responses to climate change.

Sara's full academic profile.

Sara is Course Coordinator for ENTR420 Sustainable Entrepreneurship, an optional paper for the Master of Entrepreneurship programme.

Kim Conroy

Kim Conroy

Kim is the Programme Coordinator for the Master of Entrepreneurship and she works closely with the Director and teaching staff, both on campus and online.  Her role involves the coordination of all teaching staff, guest lecturers and course administration.  She is passionate about Entrepreneurship and what it offers to both the student and the wider community. 

Being able to spend time with the students and watch as they grow and develop their ideas is especially rewarding, as she enjoys being part of a process that sees students achieve and work to towards a new business or venture, that can make a real and lasting impact on the business and their own community.