Leon Fourie – Deputy Chief Executive of Unitec

Leon Fourie, Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Dean, has left Unitec in December 2016 to take up an appointment as Chief Executive at Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, which is the merged Waiariki Polytechnic and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.

Leon has been instrumental in the planning and implementation of Unitec’s transformation programme over the past few years.

Leon started at Unitec in February 2009 as the Executive Dean for the Faculty of Creative Industries and Business. The Faculty of Technology and Built Environment was added to his portfolio in 2013. In 2015 he was promoted to Deputy Chief Executive with responsibility for three academic networks, Research & Enterprise, Industry Stakeholder Engagement and International.

Leon’s achievements include innovation in product development, most recently in the establishment of a new flexible programme framework for design and creative enterprise.

Leo has had a long association with the RBA, being instrumental in the formation of Tepu. Tepu was a joint venture by both the RBA and Unitec, using their resources to help local businesses achieve sustainability and growth. This initiative has strengthened our relationship with Unitec and the opportunities this brings to our business community.