Our Team

Incredible things happen when you bring together people who are excited by where innovation can lead our country. We're a small team with a strong purpose; we believe in connecting Kiwi businesses. And we love what we do.

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Craig Cotton

Interim CEO
Chief Connector

Craig is the energetic CEO leading NZ Innovation Council. Around here, CEO stands for ‘Creating Exciting Opportunities’, and that’s exactly what Craig brings to the kiwi innovation ecosystem. He is passionate about people, and places them at the core of everything he has achieved in his career so far. That career spans sales, marketing, commercial and people leadership for all sorts of brands in the FMCG industry. Craig is motivated by the challenge of business and the notion that we can think better, do better, be better.
Craig knows everyone (or at least, knows someone who knows someone) so think of him as a human rolodex and a source of interesting conversations on all manner of business, innovation & industry!

Mark van Wijk

Online Customer Experience Manager
Digital Magician

Mark leads the development and maintenance of our customer and innovation community serving websites, mobile Apps and data systems. He keeps the New Zealand Innovation Awards website and entry system running smoothly and is looking to constantly improve our community members’ online experiences.

Mark looks after our corner of the Internet. He knows which shiny web things you want to look at – and makes them - before you even know it yourself.

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