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Piet Beukman has over 40 years' international experience in the field of engineering, technology management and commercialisation of technology, as well as training at university and industry level. He is highly regarded in New Zealand and internationally as a practitioner with a sound track record of achievement who uses a practical, but rigorous, approach.
Piet’s experiences are many and varied and include being the Chief Engineer of an airline, Systems Development Advisor to the South African Air Force, 20 years' working in the South African defence, marine consulting engineering and aerospace industries, and Director of Technology Commercialisation at the University of South Australia. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Canterbury Innovation Incubator and Christchurch's Recovered Materials Foundation, taking the project from concept to being its founding CEO.
Piet retired after 25 years as Director of the Master of Engineering Management programme at the University of Canterbury and continues as an educator, mentor and consultant while based in Wanaka. Piet is also a former director of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Canterbury. Piet currently teaches Strategic Management as well as Operational Excellence for the University of Otago online MBA, and also Innovation for the MBA and Strategy for the MEM at the University of Canterbury.
He has presented numerous short courses and custom in-house workshops for local and international organisations including technology companies, district and city councils, electricity companies, infrastructure companies, government departments, and sports organisations.
Piet has developed a unique training style that combines underlying theory, practical examples and case studies into an integrated programme. He believes that learning should take place in a relaxed and friendly environment and that underlying principles should be taught first, before specifics, applications or tools are addressed. Participants therefore gain a thinking framework that can be readily remembered and applied over a wide spectrum in the workplace.