Advisory Board

Dr. Fern Evitt

Fern Evitt, Ph.D., APF is Strategy Director at Untethered Thinking. She is a futurist-at-large; she works with organizations to empower them to shape a better future, supporting understanding of the now ever-present disruptive technologies to transform. The result is companies are able to better manage the implications and the implicit changes to work and society.

Fern is an expert strategist, marketing and innovation specialist, system thinker, applied futurist and is highly technology savvy. Her career spans senior management, international trade, business improvement consulting, and is a startup advocate. As Strategic Director, she works with Cataliize (Previously Startmesh) to build global businesses.

Recognizing that innovation and collaboration are integral to adapting and thriving in the now-common disruptive business landscape resulted in her completing a Ph.D. (Management, 2014) in open innovation. Her doctoral thesis Implications of Openness, explores the challenges of collaborating.

Fern’s passion for enhancing organizations’ strategy is evident from her wide-ranging roles including senior NZ trade director for the UK, driving strategic market share development through identifying and connecting NZ and UK companies. As NZ marketing director, she led the highly successful launch of an Italian marque gaining accolades from the Italian manufacturer and establishing benchmarks for further launches; as a board member of the NZ Institute of Management, she oversaw the organization through a difficult period of restructuring. As business advisor (B2B and B2C) she accelerates business growth through engaging effective strategic advantages and alliances. She has been (and continues to be) a judge for Velocity (University of Auckland’s startup competition), on the advisory board and mentor for a number of startups.

She authored Modelling the Innovation Process: A MultiCase Comparison.

The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology pulled together more than 50 people including Fern from six continents, with a range of backgrounds and points of view, to collaborate on the CTF Scenario Development Project. Please enjoy this introduction to the CRN Nanotechnology Scenario Project.

She is a member of The Association of Professional Futurists, World Future Society, and Beta Gamma Sigma.

Fern earned her Master’s (Honors) in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Unitec Institute of Technology in 2007 and her Ph.D. from the University of Auckland in 2014.

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