Commissioner receives MNZM medal
Professor Sally Davenport was recognised with a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Years Honours List 2018 for her distinguished services to science. She has more than 25 years' experience as a researcher, manager and educator in science, technology, management and innovation.
Professor Sally Davenport took up the role of lecturer in the management of science and technology at Victoria University of Wellington in 1991. She was Head of the Victoria Management School from 2009 to 2011 and in 2011 was appointed an inaugural Commissioner of the Productivity Commission.
She has been an Associate Investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials and Associate Dean of VUW’s Faculty of Commerce and Administration. She served as investigator and leader of three major Foundation for Research, Science and Technology grants focusing on the growth of high-tech firms and was a principal investigator at Te Pūnaha Matatini.
Sally has been a member of scholarship selection and grant-making panels and has held a range of advisory roles within academia and for professional groups, the Royal Society, and central government. Since 1998 she has served as the New Zealand Correspondent to the International Association for the Management of Technology, and has represented New Zealand at the United States-based Academy of Management’s Technology and Innovation Management Division. In 2017, Sally was appointed leader of the newly-established Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge.