Dr Richard Mander is a product design leader with a successful track record in using disruptive technologies to build innovative, high quality consumer products and turning them into a commercial success.
On completion of his PhD, Richard worked at Apple, which included being the Engineering Group Manager and overseeing QuickTimeVR, an immersive photo visualisation technology.
He headed Zanzara for 7 years before returning to New Zealand to be the CTO of Navman, a designer and manufacturer of GPS products for cars and boats.
He has also been the CEO of HumanWare and BigScreenLive as well as holding senior positions at numerous other companies.
His awards include several New Zealand Hi Tech Awards in 2007, Export Deal of the Year Award 2007, Break Through Start-up 2010, an CES Innovation and Design in Engineering Award for the ContourGPS camera in 2011, and a SPIE Prism Award for Green Photonics in 2013.