IANZ Welcomes New Chief Executive

August 30, 2021

We delighted to introduce to you our new Chief Executive for IANZ, Dr Brian Young, BSc (Hon), PhD, CMInstD.

As an experienced science leader, diplomat, and neuroscientist, Brian began his career in science with a BSc (Hon) degree in psychology at the University of Canterbury, followed by PhD study in behavioural neuroscience at Dartmouth College (USA). His neuroscience research work extended across UNC-Chapel Hill, and SUNY-Stony Brook in the United States, followed by the University of Otago and Hort Research in New Zealand.

Brian’s subsequent career in science diplomacy took him back to the United States where he was the inaugural Science & Technology Counsellor in the New Zealand Embassy (Washington DC). Following his diplomatic post, Brian was the Director, Research at the University of Otago, and for the nine years prior to joining IANZ, he was the Director of the Defence Technology Agency.

In addition to his science leadership credentials, Brian has nine years of governance experience representing New Zealand on several international Defence science and technology boards. More locally he is a board member of the Museum of Transport and Technology, and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

Our team are thrilled to have Brian on board and we look forward to his leadership at the helm of IANZ as we continue our commitment to protecting the health and wealth of New Zealand.

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