During his 20-year academic career, Ian held positions at four universities. He has given invited lectures at Oxford University and York, and in 2010 was Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Reading University (UK). Ian’s early research was in management and organisation and entrepreneurship, and he has taught extensively these areas. Completing a PhD in history, Ian then looked more deeply into the historical trends and influences in these areas and his research has been published in some of the world’s leading academic journals, including Business History and Harvard’s Business History Review. He is a bestselling author and award-winning academic with over 100 publications, including 20 books. Ian’s PhD on the entrepreneur and 19th Century economic development was a finalist in New Zealand’s Montana Book Awards.
Spearheading executive education and the teaching of innovation, Ian served for six years as Director of the University of Auckland Business Case Centre, producing teaching cases for executive education in New Zealand and Europe. In addition, he has worked as a consultant to government and multinationals in the areas of innovation, creativity, economic development, and education.
In the years since 2011, Ian has taken these learnings and worked extensively in education with the team behind Writer’s Toolbox. He is a regular conference speaker and has a passion for seeing teachers and students given the best possible opportunity for educational and life success.
Dr Hunter holds two fundamental beliefs. That every student can be taught to write well—grasping the life possibilities they deserve. And that the teacher is the dynamic force for change in the classroom.
“Any venture into computer-aided learning cannot be binary, or based on some tick-box assessment regime. We must engage the student—right where they are. At their most teachable moment. In a way that speaks to them—and gives them a profoundly different view of their future. This is not just a challenge; it is our duty.”
Dr Ian Hunter