General Manager Plant Varieties
The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research
The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited is a Crown Research Institute. Our purpose is to enhance the value and productivity of New Zealand’s horticultural, arable, seafood, and food and beverage industries, to contribute to economic growth and the environmental and social prosperity of Aotearoa New Zealand. Plant & Food Research operates a wide variety of plant breeding programmes in the fruit, arable, and ornamental sectors with breeding programmes located both in Aotearoa New Zealand and offshore.
As General Manager Plant Varieties, Emma leads the strategic protection and commercialisation of intellectual assets leveraging plant varieties from Plant & Food Research’s breeding programmes together with our commercialisation partners, joint ventures, and licensees. She completed an MSc in Horticultural Science at Massey University and went on to become the inaugural graduate of the CIOPORA Academy with a certificate in IP Competence.