Interim Chief Executive appointed at Science New Zealand

Dr Kate Muise has been appointed as Interim Chief Executive at Science New Zealand. This follows the retirement of former Chief Executive Anthony Scott last month.


Kate has an extensive background of working at the nexus of science, innovation and technology and the public sector. Kate joins Science New Zealand from her role as Manager Specialised Investments in the Science System Investment and Performance branch at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The Team is responsible for managing critical science investments that underpin the capability of the sector.


Over the past three years Kate has worked in several different teams at MBIE, including leading the initial development of the Aerospace Strategy and helping create a policy environment that encourages research and development. Prior to MBIE, Kate worked on building international science connections between the UK and Aotearoa New Zealand.


She has a PhD in Ecology and Biodiversity from Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington, in partnership with Plant & Food Research Ltd. Her research focused on the biosynthetic control of red, purple and yellow plant pigments.


Kate is passionate about strengthening connectivity and impact of the Aotearoa New Zealand science system and looks forward to working with the Crown Research Institutes during this transition period.