Position: Engineer, Director, Owner, Founder, Field: Nanotechnology, nanomaterials, Organisation: Revolution Fibres.
I was very inquisitive about how things worked. I was encouraged by my parents and my grandfather to take things apart, and I used to regularly just pull things to pieces to see what made them tick and how they worked and then put them back together again. My creative upbringing helped me a lot with innovation.
Key skills for innovation
Simon thinks the following skills are important for working in innovation:
- Ability to think outside the square
- Drawing on experience
- Learning off others.
Background knowledge and experience
The background knowledge and experience that has contributed to Simon’s unique knowledge and skill set for his current role at Revolution Fibres includes:
- engineering qualifications
- 20 years’ experience running his air filtration business, Safe New Zealand.
This article is based on information current in 2013.